Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

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It’s funny how old favourite flies can fall to the way side, to a point that they’re now totally forgotten. Back in the early days if the river had the slightest hint of colour, it was all about the Rattling Clouser/ Rouser. In particular, rivers such as the Dumaresq river, located on the Qld/ NSW border, the combination of flash and audible rattle wreaked havoc on so many of the resident cod.
Over time we stepped away from the use of rock sensitive rattles, concentrating our time on designing a simple, functional weed guard, with the reliance of natural fibres to create highly effective flies.
Looking back through my old fly boxes, I was drawn to the assortment of 4/0 Rattling Clousers, a fly that had bought me so much success in the past.
Knowing that the fishing in our rivers has been pretty tough going lately, I had my suspicion that this could be the fly to unlock these shut down Murray Cod. And indeed it did. So don’t be afraid to get reacquainted with your old favourite flies because chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Nick

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2 responses

  1. Neville Palmer

    Hi Im comming over to Australia in September we will be visiting our daughter in Toowomba Queensland Im thinking about fishing lake Leslie for the Murry cod and perch on the fly is there any patterns you could recommend for dam fishing in this area
    Regards Neville

    April 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    • flymasta

      G’day Neville… Australian Bass are one of the main species featured in the QLD dams, some of these dams require a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish them. Flyfishing for these fish usually involves taregting schooling fish, quick sink lines and quality fish finders. Popular flies are Bass Vampires in size 2 and 4′s, Bunny style and Woolly Buggers are popular for Bass. You can find some of these patterns available from the two fishing shops in Toowoomba, Mullet Gut Marine and Fish “n” Bits. The snag filled sections are a better option for Cod, just need to step up to bigger, bullkier flies. Nick

      April 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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