For me, targeting fish in skinny water is as good as it gets, It’s always rapid fire stuff with only one or two casts into the better looking snags. These fish are cranky little buggers and will snatch a fly like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t pin them on the first go, skinny water fish love to come back for seconds. You can be forgiven for thinking these narrow water sections are full of stupid little Cod. Near the end of the video you’ll change your mind, as I pulled the hooks on a thumpin’ Cod in the high 80’s. Finally it was time to give the Scott S4S 8ft 10wt flyrod a go, finding it preferred the 9wt 375gr Outbound Short line to the heavier 10wt flyline. I’ll hold back my opinion on this potential Murray Cod rod, until Jason gets a chance to help share his views. Another lesson learnt, if you’re going to cast to a log mid stream it’s best to turn the camera on first or you’ll miss footage of an 85cm fish striking, at least you get to see the release. Nick.
I’m excited to introduce my newest flyrod from the custom rod developers HCE (Hard Core Element), based on their specialised 8ft 6” 10wt, Native Spec propriety blank. My request for an even shorter version measuring 8ft rod was met with enthusiasm. Designing a shorter rod blank without destroying the original Native Spec’s casting action was the challenge, through the help of their rod blank supplier New Zealand company CTS they produced a totally new mandrel. The completed rod oozed quality with every fitting picked for performance and function.
One of the criteria I wanted from the Native Spec rod was it to be able to handle Rio’s 10wt Outbound Short tropical flyline. I was really surprised to find how easy the rod / line worked in conjunction with each other, throwing tight loops using one of my 8/0 Bendy Roller Poppers is a pretty big test. And after a late evening trip, all the hard work that Tony and Peter put into the rod’s development payed off. The Severn River produced an above average Murray Cod. I dropped another two fish, which often happens when using this style of popper. Nick
During the month of April the temperature begins to change, from here it won’t be long before the Winter chill sets in. The Willow trees begin to drop their leaves, signifying that the water and air temperatures are falling. Fishing can often be unpredictable during the colder months, but I’ve found this is the month that the big boys come out to play. If your willing to put up with a little discomfort and the shorter daylight hours, this could be the month that you could land your P.B fish. Since we’re dealing with colder climates, I’d recommend the use of Coldwater flylines from April on, in either a full intermediate or floating/inter sink tip. Over the past few months Jason and I have upgraded on tippet stength, it’s 30lb Shneider tippet for us from now on. What we found was happening was that we had so much confidence in our improved snag/weedgaurds, we were starting to fray our standard 20lb tippets from constant casting into vegetation. Have a look at my latest POV video “Big Fish” for what what you could experience during the change of the season. Nick
It amazing how much gear we think is required for an overnight trip. We both looked like a pair of Himalayan Sherpas loaded up with all the essential gear, such as cameras, camping and fishing gear. We both new the extra effort would be well worth it, the thought of being able to fish well into the evening and early mornings had us very excited. Soon after inflating our boats and securing our packs, it wasn’t long before we found a bunch of Cod willing to smash our Mega sized Dobson flys. In fact my first four Murray Cod all measured above 70cm’s. During the evening, I concentrated on fishing topwater. I was using big foam 5/0 poppers and although I couldn’t match the amount of fish Jason was tallying up using subsurface, It was still exceptional fishing. And as the sun set we were having fun catching juvenile Cod, that somehow could manage to eat our big surface flys. Next morning we still found plenty of fish keen to eat our flys, but we were keen to explore and traverse futher downstream. The rapids started to grow in size, flowing past large granite boulders. Considering we had landed 20 fish for the trip, we were content to roll up the boats and start the long hike back to the vehicle. Nick