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Friday, 21 October 2016
Next fish bit smaller slowly drifting off the flat first cast 3 mts in front and level, the Barra by the time it got anywhere near the fly saw us turned around and went back the way it came from.
Third fish,first cast not even in the same postcode ! second cast I'll be buggered perfect as it was drawn past the Barra ate it and spat it out again, blank look from me to my client who said "I didn't feel a thing" I said, " neither did he".
Persisting on next Barra and excusing the first 3 casts details finally got it right, again coming across the strike zone perfect, I said expect him to eat it, it did and the rod shot skywards the Barra jumped once and gone.
This is my life for a very many guiding days and when someone says how did you go my comment is usually,".. caught a few scared a few".
Now this is not over critical but purely observation, this is experience and is often what you get when you dont get what you want.
Knowing that when it is in the strike zone expect them to eat it .When its mouth opens in goes your "you beaut" fly when it shuts out it goes, not the other way around they implode whatever they eat by opening their mouth and expelling it when they shut it all in one movement.
Lift strikes in saltwater do not usually work hooks are much larger and barbed and need to penetrate you will not do that over the slightest bend in a flyrod. Strike with your stripping hand and stick it in.
For the next week I'm off to the Mini Mini Endalgut Island system one of my favourite places to guide on the Tropic Paradise. Will file a report when I get back.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Anyway, once you get past all the new bits and pieces in that part of the harbour, weed reef and west arm are still magnificent places with the beautiful city skyline in the background.
We started fishing over in the crystal clear water along the edge of little west arm, hoping for a red tag barra but didn't see any, even without red tags. Plenty of trevally, some big goldies and massive queenies cruising the flats and hunting the smaller fish. The trevally were around 30cm and there were plenty of them. Here is a typical catch, but have a closer look and you will see a mark on it's side. That was where a huge queenie T barred it. There were so many of these we decided to crush the barbs on the hook. That might have been the wrong thing to do?
But the weather was so beautiful, so while I was having my debrief over the queenie, Roggie took us for a long ride to calm me down. We ended up out from Cullen Bay where we found birds working in a couple of spots. There were bait balls coming up now and then with heaps of small mackerel chasing them. I sacrificed that fly that had lost the big queenie to the first mac that bit it off while Roggie was making up small wire traces for the other flies.
|This was typical of the smaller macs|
|Another ...all around 55cm|
|They loved this little fly...about 4cm with an 'all clear' head and 6cm trace.|
|My 2006 Tuna|
|There were a lot of these off the sand bar, with bigger fish under them. Strangely no birds working over them.|
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Looks like a great dredging fly too for the deep water????
This is one of a 'Son of Cowan' flies that works on the barra......
|With a weed guard|
|extra sinkers and no weed guard|
|Ken's fly had lead keel tied in on base of hook|
|Gama SL12S 6/0|
|tail with lead wraps around the end to give extra special fish attracting movement...|
|Some flash over the tail...|
|White kinky fibre on the belly and a piece of mono for the keel...|
|Some pink kinky fibre plus some lead wraps around the hook shank...|
|Pink kinky fibre over the top and white underneath...|
|Topped with black, a few stripes and the keel tied off with 2 ball sinkers plus a double mono weed guard...|
|Some crazy eyes and presto...|
|Some A-Grade snag proof fast sink slow retrievable maximum movement flies!|