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A social group of dedicated fly fishers who are passionate about fly fishing in the tropical north of Australia and equally as passionate about the close camaraderie this sport brings. This passion and dedication led to the creation of the NT Fly Fishers (Social Mob) blog site; an interactive and creative outlet where everyone can share our wonderful fly fishing adventures and link into the “after fishing” social events we enjoy in this incredible part of the world.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Bynoe this weekend

11 fly fishers congregated of the waters of Bynoe Harbour and faced weather from glass out to washing machine but a good time was had by all and as a bonus everyone caught fish!!

How silver

Friday night arrival saw “Sand Palm Schnitzels” devoured with gusto then a gathering at the camp saw some enjoying a post dinner port or two or three or four. Who was it that took a 100m walk to get to his tent 10m away? Wobbly boot syndrome!!

Few of these around for some fun
Early morning start saw us being greeted by the resident croc on the ramp and glass out seas. With the evening meal in mind, Queenfish, Mangrove Jack, Javlin Fish, Barra, Blue Salmon and Trevally were all added to the menu.

Weapon of choice!
Neap tide provided good clarity for finding the fish and exploring new waters. Had a great time trying to coax a 1m plus threadfin to take a fly. Obviously he had been a brown trout in a previous life as he patrolled a beat in small stream returning every 5 minutes or so. Too smart for me but he is still out there for you!

Small stream Barra

Great weekend had, time to plan next fishing location and see everyone on Wednesday for the meeting.

Top Tucker Jon!

Remember; “You’ll never never know, if you never never go. Get out there and fish!”

Tight line

Jim Churchley    

Wednesday, 10 August 2016


The NTFF Inc. is having a club trip to Bynoe over the weekend of the 13th and 14th August.   The conditions ie wind looks good at this stage and here are the tides....

now many may think that the tides are not much good....no flow...(if you lived in the East it would be a big tide).....but these tides may not be the usual for flats fishing for us up here ie four metres movement, but if the water is clear as it has been lately it will open up a whole new world, so advice from some of the old hands is, explore the reefs that you avoid because of the tidal movement and the adjoining sand flats.

Look for drains like this in the clear water, because the fish, particularly barra and salmon will often congregate in some of them.  If one drain doesn't work...try another....

These tides will also allow you to spend a lot more time over the flats because they will be covered longer and often this is when you see the bigger fish just swimming along in groups.  The are usually out from the mangroves because they can't get into the smaller fish in the roots, so they are well out on the flats.  Some of the biggest barra have been spotted on tides like this well out from the shoreline, so keep an eye out. Try some bigger flies too like fat boys along these drains.

 Have a special look on the sand flats around the shallow reefs where the crabs dwell, because the tailing fish with yellow fins may not be goldies...but the Dart/Pompano/Permit schools that are around and easier to find on the tides.

Peter Morse put out an article some time ago on these fish and while he mentions a different tide, which was around Queensland I believe, it will be similar to this weekends for the fish.   Click on his name for the link.

I will wager that although not a lot of fish may be landed, a lot will be seen and some big ones will test some of you.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Rare Opportunity

The last outing of the NT Fly fishers was interesting, I had the opportunity to go fishing on a good tide which is pretty rare as I'm usually watching someone else.

Dotty and I headed out, we cast to some nice fish and got completely ignored, a lot of fish on the shallows  water temps around 22c with the morning temperature being 13c but ambient air at that cold plays havoc with shallow water and they all had coats on. I went again on my own on the Monday and sought out some flats that I knew had some great fish.
First one in the 80's stopped dead when I put a fly across its nose, the next 20 either swam around the fly or turned and went back the other way, I hooked two and caught nothing, the fish were there, the casting good so I packed up and went home to Darwin.

Wednesday Matt Henger and I went into Darwin harbour,the low tide at 11.30 am was better with warmer temps, fish everywhere on one stretch there were over 100 Barra in small to medium groups .

Saw a number of Threadfin swimming with groups of Barra