The Mob are 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.
Monday, 28 July 2014
NOTE: Click on anything highlighted in RED and it will take you to the relevant post..
BSSS post, and there will be a few more of these before the event. Because we had quiet a few at the recent CCC (Churchley Catch Cook-up) (20+) and there were thirty at the INAUGURAL last July, we have been thinking of having our Saturday night dinner outdoors, similar to the CCC. It gives us a lot more room because inside at Sand Palms, once you get around 25 of us, with locals, it can get crowded. Another factor that we have looked at is that Sand Palms has become very popular and on Saturday nights (flat out last Saturday) it is getting crowded, even without an event there, and the last thing we want to do is put the locals offside.
So, a few of us are looking at having a dinner of Corned Beef (or Chicken/Fish for those that don't eat beef) with spuds, white sauce etc. Corned beef is synonymous with sheep stations too. That way it will be easier for Sand Palms to cater for us should we have a large number of the mob there.
For us to get this organised, it would help if you could let us know if you intend to fish the event.
send to the email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) under the rod above this post.
We realise that circumstances can change and you may not be able to make it, but at least if gives us something to work on for the day. ACCOMMODATION is another thing that needs confirming. At this stage the Mob has a blanket booking for whatever rooms are available (bearing in mind staff and the bridge workers take a some of them) So could you confirm with Sandpalms or the above email and we will follow it up, on what accommodation you are seeking.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Despite the encouraging words decided not to pack camp and go home!
|Rough conditions on "Jim's Flat"!|
|A "Roggie Dodgie" fly catches everything!|
|Back home by 1pm|
|First of the day.|
|A Barra - Bugger!|
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
We tie very simple clousers now, usually with both natural and synthetic material. The Boss likes the long limerick hooks in her flies, with either the eyes well down the hook so you have a longer nose, or the eyes near the eye of the hook. Both work. (see below...same hook, eyes just placed differently for the whims of the fisher..don't think the fish care!)
We tie ours with a bottom wing of bucktail, then turn it over and put in some 'special' aluminium flash with a thin tail of DNA (or similar) then tie on the top wing. The reason for these materials is simple....because the fish chew the bucktail off, and not so much the synthetic, your fly keeps working for quite a while even with most the bucktail chewed off (sometimes seems to work better). The synthetics can tail wrap too, so the bucktail keeps them from doing that a bit, and the bucktail is usually a lot more buoyant than synthetics.
Here are the simple ingredients for the fly, you can miss the synthetic if you wish, we like the light coloured centre (another whim) but the aluminum flash is the secret, not sure what you call it, but it is about $5 a square metre at spotlight and you just pull the stands out.
I have this theory that it makes a signal in the saltwater...probably crazy (we won't go into that) but as I have said before, long long ago when I did physics at Monaro High, we made electricity by putting aluminium foil into saltwater and created a type of electrolysis or something like that.
|Pull the flash out of the material on the left and add to the bucktail and synthetic. The top fly here is on an C70SD mustad hook and has mono weed guards, blue and white, the smaller barra seem to love it.|
|Dave with a Tea Leaf Trevally|
What fish does the clouser catch??? In his 1994 book The Professionals’ Favorite Flies, Lefty Kreh wrote about the Clouser Deep Minnow: “I believe that this pattern is the most important and effective underwater fly developed in the past 20 years. During the past three years I have been able to catch 63 species of fish in fresh and saltwaters around the world with this pattern!”
Here are some of them from up here...
|Cathies' first metery on fly 1.03m on a Cameron Briscoe clouser|
We all love the idea of catching a big fish, and the clouser seems to catch big and small...imagine your first metery on fly, and it was on a clouser, back in 2004, and tied by a teenage Cameron Briscoe for Cathie to try down on the Robinson River. First cast...first metery. Here are some other beauties too....
Duggie with a 155 spaniard caught on an anemic clouser with no wire only a week ago off Turtle Island.
July/August can see the big baitballs around, so have a clouser ready to run through them.
Here are a few more fish on clousers, the photo in the centre top was a 92 queenie that was hooked in the dorsal fin.
As you can see the good old clouser can hook anything....this video below is a bit long, but it is actually Bob Clouser, the inventor, tying the fly so I have included it, rather than some of the shorter ones..
Monday, 21 July 2014
|Leaner fish than from other waterways|
|"Roggie Dodgie" Fly does it again!|
|Normal fishing area - no-longer!|
|Typical along the lily pads|
Friday, 18 July 2014
While I recognise and acknowledge the need for commercial fly tyers, I have been indoctrinated against them by an expression my immigrant English dry fly purist grandfather told me when I was young about why whose flies I should use when fly fishing is important. He said,......
When it comes to fishing with artificials, I have always enjoyed making my own.
|previous style of foreplay|
Using my own personally hand crafted wooden lures made for specific species and locations elevated any captures beyond anything else. The 'yahoos' and screams of exaltation were always more loud and exuberant then for fish caught on any mass produced lure.
Back to tying one's own flies, for me it elevates my fly fishing experience before, then exponentially and additionally impacting when on the water casting that fly to fish that reacts to the fly I made. This could be surmised in a quote from an awesome passage in the book - "Fly Tying by Fishing Guides" by Toni Lolli. Where it says......,
If this premise holds true and you add the knowledge of the necessity and benefits of sexual foreplay;......
the benefit of making your own flies then implies, that the more foreplay (i.e the more fly tying), the more the expectation, and thus, the more the eventual climax and in turn deeper enjoyment.
So I tie my own flies, and I tie a lot. I love my fly tying as unmitigated and absolutely necessary SWOFFING foreplay. Why tie three flies when I could tie using a whole box of hooks, if not several sizes of boxes of hooks.
Every fly tied is like that first subtle and delicate caress, that intimate delicate stage of what is to come. Every finished fly takes me one pulsating sensation closer to the ultimate tightening of fulfilment and ecstasy. In fly fishing terms, the sighted fish, the follow, the take, the tight taught line and the vibrant fish struggling against the strain, ending with the triumphant release of the trophy (a trophy regardless of size) to fight again.
Even writing about fly tying is exciting me right now.
So, I don't know which I want to more now:-
- write some more, or
- tie some flies, or
- go SWOFFING, or
- find my wife!!!
When I am on the water, selecting and tying on a fly that I have previously tied for a specific application at a location I plan to fish for a species I knew would be there for a specific food source or reason - THIS IS what SWOFFING is all about. (My wife says I am easily please!)
What was that romantic quote out of the movie Jerry Maguire, that all the women swoon over?---- Zellweger says to Cruise, "you 'had me' at hello".
Well for me, SWOFFING 'had me' too - at the fly tying.
I hope fly tying is that for you too.
Enjoy! Go tie some flies. Experience some fly tying foreplay, before reaching your climax!
see more at http://swoffingntwaters.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday, 17 July 2014
I'm afraid the wind is still up, but if you are willing to brave it there are a lot of pelagics around, especially macs on the reefs, or any baitballs that you may find.
Tuna, macs and some trevally and I'm told the odd sailfish around both harbours
here is a typical wind prediction for the both days
......with the macs, consider using a small trace, if it's too big, it can turn them off, but none often means bite offs unless you are really lucky....something like this is not bad...on a 3/0 limerick so the hook is a bit longer. It's amazing how just a normal leftys loop knot on the top loop does not cut through the line.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Great Saturday night at Sand Palms - thanks to all cooks for fish bites - Awesome!!!!
My trip report at the following link
The Stig and Jim's Bynoe Harbour trip report-20140713
Richard (aka the Fly Tying Stig)
Exmouth Fly Fishing
When a father names his son Marlin, it's pretty obvious that he's dedicated his entire life to fishing.
14 year old Marlin Wakeman had never seen a marlin until yesterday when his father managed to land his first black marlin on fly. Well today after three strikes of the teaser, young Marlin met the fish that he was named after.