When the Trout fishing is ordinary in Australia, Carp fishing is the next best thing. The opening of the Trout season here in New South Wales has been dismal, so Fly Junkies Gavin Davis and I have been targeting Carp in the urban areas of Sydney close to home.
We have been enjoying sight fishing for Carp; stalking Carp individually, carefully presenting a fly to them and watching them erupt once hooked.
The pinnacle has been sigh fishing to Carp tailing in shallow water. These Carp feed tight up against the bank with most of their body out of the water. Watching every movement they make, from feeding to being hooked is incredibly exciting. Here is a short except where I hooked a tailing Carp.
Issue No.9 of Southern Culture On The Fly Magazine has arrived. Enjoy.
For most avid flyjunkies October long weekend usually means hitting the rivers and streams for the trout season opening. But with spring arriving early this year Eddie Savkovic, Tony Loader and I decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and head west to lake Windamere and chase some Australian Natives.
Lake Windamere has an epic reputation for Golden Perch, so we tied up a handful of flies, loaded the boat, and hit the road in search of this iconic fish!
After the first day on the water it was obvious that it was going to be a tough weekend! We all had little experience chasing goldens on fly, but after a little experimentation with different flies and sinking lines we finally started seeing results!
There’s definitely something spiritual about our inland water ways at the crack of dawn. Cool and crisp, fog filling the air, native birds singing their songs and the magical hum of a 2 stroke outboard roaring across the water. Although the fish didn’t seem that active during the day, early morning gave us a small window of opportunity where we found fish feeding in shallow water. These fish would not hesitate to smash large flys the instant they splashed down, and was definitely the most productive time for us over the weekend.
Once the sun’s rays hit the water, the goldens seemed to shutdown and head for cover. Switching to smaller flys and fishing them slow and deep around structure still caught fish, but this method was definitely not as productive or fun as the early morning onslaught!
Flys that worked for us consisted of toad and woolly bugger variations, with an assortment of colours and weights. Having plenty of spare flys came in handy too, because we did loose a few to the sticks!
We certainly didn’t bag out over the weekend, but for three guys fishing new water for a new species I think the weekend was a success! We definitely put in the time, worked through a steep learning curve and were stoked to encounter some of Australia’s most iconic freshwater native fish!
During September, Fly Junkies Andrew Yabsley and I headed over to New Zealand to get a taste of winter fishing in the Taupo area. As it was our first winter fishing trip to the North Island, we had no expectations other than learning a few new techniques and exposure to different fisheries.
We were hosted by Peter Godfrey in Turangi who made our stay very comfortable. Peter was extremely helpful sharing his extensive local knowledge and experience. He showed us the local flies, leader set ups, techniques and happily shared some of his spots with us.
We primarily fished the famous Tongariro River during our trip, which proved challenging. Getting flies down and in front of fish was difficult in such an enormous fast flowing. Line management and mending were critical to getting the flies into the strike zone. It took a few days for us to become confident making reach and tuck casts, spiral mends and their variations which were all critical to getting the flies to drift at the right depth. Once we had the technique and leader set up sorted, it was a matter of working the water and finding the fish. We eventually hooked up but then faced the next challenge of landing feisty Rainbows in fast water on 10ft rods. After many dropping many fish, we finally brought them to the net.
We explored some of the smaller stream that run into Lake Taupo including the Hinemaia and Waitahanui Rivers. These rivers had crystal clear water that made them ideal for polaroiding. Many of the fish we spotted were either extremely spooky or in spawning behaviour reluctant to take a fly. However , we did manage to hook up with a couple of supurb Rainbows using two nymphs under an indicator.
The week we spent in Taupo was fantastic exposure to a new fishery
and a great opportunity to unwind fishing. The Taupo region is a place we’ll definitely come back to and explore.