I’ve put together a short video on chasing Murray Cod on surface flies. I know the fish featured here are only small, but the basic principals apply for larger fish. You can see the varied responses to the fly from implosions, explosions and subtle sips. Very loud surface poppers and overzealous working of the fly can often promote an aggressive reaction; instead what we we’re looking for is a feeding response.
I like surface flies that sit low in the water, such as James’s “Big Poppa”. Another method I like to employ is to bulk flies up by adding silicone skirts, zonker fur tails, polar and palmer chenille bodies. This method helps the fly maintain water tension and stops the fly from being pushed away during a Cod strike.
In the video, you can see how I tend to fish a snag fairly quickly; often it’s just two or three casts and move on. Active fish will reply to the fly within the first few casts, also remembering surface fishing has only a short window of opportunity.
Since the videos construction I have worked on obtaining consistent volume levels using the external microphone. I don’t want to even mention the missed footage of my first Golden Perch taken on a popper.
It is also worth noting that here in the New England were experiencing an unbelievable weather cycle transformation, at the moment our rivers are enduring constant flooding from heavy rainfall. No doubt future fishing will only improve with the abundance of water. Nick