Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

River Redemption Pt 2

Peering through the bottlebrush we could see a promising sight, the combination of fading light and snag lined pocket water. As an experiment we chose to fish different techniques. Jason stuck with the traditional and boring sub surface flies, while I worked the surface.
I could see Jason struggling to raise interest and having no luck with the use of sub surface flies on his side of the riverbank. In total contrast I was raising a heap of fish amongst the shaded structure.
A 5/0 cod charmer was just the ticket for these little cod! A reasonably small fly, but can be fished subtly or worked hard depending on what the fish want on the day.
The hook up rate was pretty low on the day, but since they were mostly small fish it was all about the blow up.
Fishing top water is a great search tool; a lot of water can be covered in minimal time and fished ultra effectively. Nick

One response

  1. newenglandfishing

    Love the top water!
    As mentioned, Iv’e had some great memories with the ‘COD CHALMER’. Thanks to good mate Jamie Chalmers for designing the pattern and making the top water often more productive!
    ….it’s tough dropping the big ones hey nick!

    March 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

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