Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

Archive for January, 2013

Exploring the Rivers

With a wet and boring Australia Day long weekend, I thought I’d put together a short headcam clip from one of our earlier trips.
Filmed during late December last year, the object of the day was to find deep pockets of hidden water along the river. It’s in these pools you’ll find the resident Murray Cod very willing to take a well presented fly.
Upon reaching the river, we split up and scurried off on our separate ways. Weaving and dodging under the bottlebrush choked river bank at a frantic pace, trying to find any windows in the undergrowth. The object was to look for any potential water that we could explore with the aid of our float boats.
Meeting back at the Ute sometime later, we set about a game plan that would involve having to deflate the boats several times throughout the day. With no other way, but to portage past the shallow, fish devoid sections.
Our expectations were high as we worked the first run with enthusiasm, an overgrown area that I’m sure no fisherman could ever fish successfully from the bank. Even though the water looked to have potential, Jason could only manage one cod that was hiding deep under an overhanging limb. Somewhat disappointed, we both headed downstream to the next pool. One that we both knew would hold a good population of fish. But beyond our expectations, the next thirty metres of river was an absolute mine field of hungry cod and every few metres of river was action packed. It was one of those spots were every few casts something exciting was happening. At one stage Jason found himself connected to a big cod, one that he had no control over, but once again had a thirty pound tippet fail under the pressure from these strong native fish. Slowly the bite tapered off as the river started to become shallow and weedy.
Reaching the end of the hole, the river started to become just a series of large granite rock pools. The cod in these sections were incredibly hungry and it wasn’t uncommon to have several little cod fighting to eat our flies
When you can land three cod in four casts, proves we had found a mother load of silly fish. As the sun dipped low we started to find better quality fish hiding amongst the babies.
Unfortunately we failed to capture a lot of good footage using the head cam, due to card failures. But as the rain continues to fall over the long weekend, I know these areas will fish even better next time. Nick


Child’s Play

It’s great to watch your kids grow up, developing their own interests and hobbies. My youngest daughter Leah has a real passion for photography and fly tying, she now has the wackiest collection of fly’s out there, bold, bright colours with pink featured in most of her favoured ones.
On my latest voyage, Leah tagged along to see what all the fuss was about. Surprisingly the river was still affected by weed, even though we had received good rain last month.
With slightly turbid water, I fished the reliable pink/black mega Dobson knowing it would work. Tied on a 3/0 Gamakatsu Siwash, I reduced the usual eye weight from 3/16 real eyes, opting instead for large bead chain eyes. Hoping the combination of an intermediate sink tip flyline and slow sink fly would do the trick.
Watching the footage, you’ll notice that most of the time fish preferred the fly if it was dead drifted under the structure. At times Murray Cod can be quite finicky on fly/lure presentation, so it pays to be adaptable.
We both shared a great day on the water, landing 11 Murray Cod on fly and dropping several others. Leah was disappointed at losing her first Cod, but I suspect she won’t have to wait long for the next opportunity. Nick