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Li'lDave posted a topic in The Fly Tying BenchGuys and girls. Interested in hearing your thoughts on fly choice for those days when none of the usual tricks don't work. Don't get me wrong i had a reasonable day on the water, but it could have been better. Was fishing for barramundi.....
Where have all the salties gone?You blokes in the northern hemisphere must be out catching the last bit of the summer season.... Let me know when your tying season starts.
Two big weekends coming up in my calendar. The first is this coming weekend, as we (the North Queensland Flyfishers) head to the Northern end of Hinchinbrook Channel for the weekend to fish the estuaries and flats iconic to the region. The second is the same time next month. This time we'll be based in the southern end of the Hinchinbrook Channel, for the 2015 Hinchinbrook Challenge. I think we have 16 teams competing this year, which is nice after a break last year. Two days chasing as many of 15 target species as we can find. Catch and release, photo based comp, and only three fish of each allowed per day. Super keen, and this year I've a few more forum ties in the box to see if they'll work......
Benefits of living in a constitutional monarchyI turned 40 in May.. and as it happens I managed to get an opportunity to fish for 3 days over the Queens Birthday Weekend (6 to 8 June) with one of (if not) the best saltwater fly guides in Australia (Dave Bradley from Australian Flyfishing Outfitters). We had met socially before and I have wanted to fish with him for a while. So when an opportunity came to share the costs of his boat with one other for the 3 days, I jumped at it. The tides were chosen by the other 'jack' because they were pretty good flats tides, as he is very one-eyed for permit (Trachinotus anak or T blochii in this instance). The weather played the game on day 1, and it was definitely an eye opener having never targeted these fish before. Between us we got quite a few shots at fish, but they were skittish, and after 8 hours on the water we had only managed 4 eats between us.... Thankfully, old mate eventually got what he came for, a beautiful, juvenile T anak. Despite not being able to get one myself, I know I saw enough to make me want to go back for more. The pick of the flies was a quite realistic, and heavy, tan crab. It was super important to get the fly down quick. Unfortunately, for the next two days we only managed a total of about 4 hours on the flats, either due to wind, cloud or rain... So we played around in the mangroves, sight casting to barramundi mostly. It was in one of the few good windows however that I had one of the best compliments ever paid to me, when Dave tied one of my tan merkin style crabs to the end of the fly line. With the weather being up and down the fish were never really happy for the last two days, but of course we persisted, and as a result we also managed some nice barramundi (pick of flies for this was definitely a 2/0 chartreuse double bunny). It didn't start well though... the first 10 fish we saw either ignored us or spooked.... It took a pretty cool cast on my part to break the skunk that morning... A small fish sitting just on the edge of a semi-submerged mangrove with his face pointed towards a small gap in the foliage... The cast needed to be a 1 percenter for it to succeed, and thankfully... right after the guide said 'he's not going to eat either' I slipped the cast into it's spot, stripped twice, and wooted as I watched the little fella attach, and felt him come tight. Next cast I gained some half interest from a bigger fella, but got an eat from a little fella hiding in a drain, before the next cast succeeding in getting the bigger boy.... Not a monster but at 66cm (26.5 inches) he is now a personal best on the wand. It wasn't all sight fishing, but we tried as hard as we could.... There were some super cool eats when we got casts right... One of the highlights was a 60cm model that decided he wanted my bunny just as it was about to be stripped over a branch. He didn't like being pulled over the top, and make quick time for the timber on my side. It took a heap of fancy rod work to keep him out of the timber and get him to the boat. The last ditch session of the three days was pretty darned cool too... just 10 minutes from the ramp.... Some nice timber and drains, I managed a few more. The highlight this time being a fish I didn't get to boat... He was a tad larger than the rest, and when he ate next to a submerged log I knew I was in trouble straight away. The choice I had was give him his head and lose him to the timber... or put the hurt on him and give myself a chance... Oh well you win some you lose some.. and my companions had a bit of a chuckle when I yelled profanities and stomped my feet after pulling the hook.... Oh yeah.. I nearly forgot... We couldn't find any of our aussie baby tarpon, but Monday morning while looking we both added a new species to our lists. Diamond trevally. Being juveniles the filaments on the fins were still intact, and as they swam away were absolutely stunning!
Guaging interest for another saltwater swap
Li'lDave posted a topic in The Fly Tying BenchTeehee... Thought I'd put a post in here and see what the response is. I'm looking at hosting another swap... This time focused on entirely saltwater crustacean patterns. I would make it open to all levels of tyer, and make it international of course, given I hail from the land down under.. These patterns can be somewhat time consuming depending on what you tie, so I'm not sure about numbers as yet... Given they are often quite heavy, postage may also be on the higher side. Does it sound like a plan? Let me know
New to Saltwater
Rainbow14 posted a topic in The Fly Tying BenchHI All , I am new to the Forum and looking for a bit of help , having a Family holiday to , Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island on Florida Gulf Coast in first week or two of AUGUST this year and plan to get a while to get in a bit of SALTWATER fly fishing ! I believe the fish in the area are awesome with everything from sea trout, snook to Tarpon (farther out by boat), I was wondering if anyone can give me some guidance on BEST FLIES TO USE & ALSO a FEW LOCATIONS to try a bit of flats fishing or wading with a 9Wt fly rod, on or around ANA MARIA ISLAND , it extends down to Long Boat Quay to south and Tampa bay to North ? Anyone been and make recommendations would be GREAT !