Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

Archive for May, 2012

Cold Weather Cod

Thinking about giving flyfishing for Murray Cod a go? Winter is the perfect time to get all your tackle together and build up the fly collection.  Perhaps you could work on getting some casting tuition, working it all out on the battle field can cause a lot of unnecessary frustration.  Although it’s still possible to successfully target Cod during the colder months, I’ve found that there tends to be a lot of casting in between fish and I’ve also developed a bad habit of accidently falling in the river.  Knowing that our fishing adventure opportunities will dwindle over the next few months, Jason and I hit the rivers with a vengeance.   As usual we start the day with a bit of bantering, leading to a debate on who’s going to nail that elusive one metre fish.  How obsessed are we? We’ve even worked on camera poses and photo angles for when it does eventuate.  Nearing the end of the day, Jason had his chance with one of the mystical river monsters.  There was none of the usual hollering or yelling that happens when fighting smaller fish, Jason knew he was connected to something special.  We were both gutted when the barbless hook pulled on that big horse.                                              Nick



Weed Guards

Snag dwellers such as the Murray Cod, benefit from the use of a specialised weedguard. Over the years we have tried many styles; for the most part they have all worked. It’s a fine line in creating the perfect weedguard, to developing the ultimate fish guard.  Below is an example of our simple front mono loop weed guard that will be found on most of our successful fly patterns.  We have found this style of guard to be durable and provide the most consistent hook ups.  Gamakatsu’s SL12s in size 6/0 is a hook that we base many of our Cod patterns on.  It has taken a fair bit of experimenting to find the optimum size mono to meet our requirements.  Finally we settled on RIO’s 60lb Heavy Shock Tippet, it fills the balance between fish/snag guard.  It can be tied in at the beginning of the fly tying procedure or half way, on some patterns such as the Fatboy, it’s easier to finish off with the loop.                                                 Nick            

1.Lay thread base2. Form loop in mono so it clears hook point by 2-3mm, crimp mono at tie in area with pliers. Add Super Glue to provide extra security 3. Build up with thread in front and behind until in the satisfactory position. 4. weed guard construction completed.  5.weed guard construction completed. (Front view)



The leaves on the trees in New England are falling and winter is slowly creeping in. The fishing in our region is going to slow down considerably.  This will mean more time at the vise and our focus on the blog will be to showcase some of the flies that we have developed over the course of the last couple of seasons.  So stay tuned…