Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

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

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