Hot Weather Cod
Hot weather Cod!
Looking back now, what the hell were we thinking! With a lethal combination of forty degree heat, heavy backpacks loaded with Floatboats, fly gear and cameras. We had hatched a plan to trek down onto the Severn River, to pursue Murray Cod.
The river was still in the recovery mode after all the recent floods, we were unsure of the effects it had taken on the resident fish. Weaving our way through acres of black Pine and Tea tree bush, Spider webs mazed across many of the trees. Cunningly I let Jason take the lead to clear the path.
Reaching the river exhausted we sat and admired this rugged landscape! The river bed is a mixture of thick Bottlebrush and Granite boulders, where walking is hard enough let alone trying to fish it.
While Jason inflated his Watermaster I pointed out likely Cod holding water, remembering this is skinny water fishing not your usual river scenario. I commented smugly to Jason I’d show him how it’s done, dapping the fly among some submerged Bottlebrush and area no larger than an average dining table. Instantly a small Cod raced out and smashed my Rattling Clouser!. Although on the lean side the fish seemed healthy, with a few quick photos he was released. When the next fish was pulled out only inches from the first, we just looked at each other in amazement.
Once in our Floatboats we worked the larger pools methodically, but it seemed the fish preferred the quiet backwaters away from the main flow of the river. In a little horse shoe shaped section we were entertained by constant hits from small feisty fish. It gave us a chance to work on our strip strike techniques, which went from mild to wild!
Water clarity made it difficult to target the large submerged boulders, so most times it was a case of bashing casts under overhanging Bottlebrush. These aggressive little fish can provide some special memories! And by the day’s end we released eleven Cod, not large but it was good to see they survived the floods.
The trek out was absolutely exhausting! Our clothes were soaked with sweat and our legs very weiry!
We both used Sage Largemouth Bass rods, Rio 10wt Tarpon floating/ inter sink tip flylines. Jason had his new Watermaster Kodiak floatboat, mine an Incept floatboat. During the day we experimented with different flies, but with the current river conditions the flashy rattling Clousers excelled.