Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

Working Hard

Talk about a tough cod season! We have really put in some big days on the water looking for willing fish. Most times it’s been a battle to find just a handful. I guess that’s why there are so few people committed to targeting Murray Cod on fly.

Every one of our trips involves heavy packs, overgrown rivers, spills, hot temps and a whole lot of sledging. Keeping the confidence up and constantly casting tight into structure all day is tough, but with a few laughs we’re always up for the challenge.

Flies

Lately we have been taking notice of what overseas Musky fly fishermen have been getting up to. Both species of fish are very similar, lots of casts, big flies and heavy gear. The flies they use are a work of art, we’re talking articulation, thanks to the use of Big Game Articulation Shanks. Check out this clip and you’ll appreciate the similarities and dedication involved. https://vimeo.com/83142246

Tackle

Being a bit of a gear nut, I threw down $250 for a Ross 10wt 7’11” Flystik. At less than half the price of Sage’s Bass version, I never expected much for such a minimal outlay but damn I was wrong.

Both Jason and I worked the rod over after loading it up with Rio’s 10wt Outbound Short Flyline. At the end of the day, we agreed the very progressive action made difficult casts a breeze, bloody accurate too.

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One response

  1. James Inverarity

    G’day nick
    Really glad u gave the Ross flystik a go I have been pondering about getting one of those myself and have been waiting for a good review . If anyone can test a rod on cod then you are the man ! I finally caught my first cod on fly the other day after trying on and off for about two years. Caught him on the surface too on one of your bendy roller popper style flies ! Only a little tacker but a moment I won’t forget !

    February 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

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