It’s funny how old favourite flies can fall to the way side, to a point that they’re now totally forgotten. Back in the early days if the river had the slightest hint of colour, it was all about the Rattling Clouser/ Rouser. In particular, rivers such as the Dumaresq river, located on the Qld/ NSW border, the combination of flash and audible rattle wreaked havoc on so many of the resident cod.
Over time we stepped away from the use of rock sensitive rattles, concentrating our time on designing a simple, functional weed guard, with the reliance of natural fibres to create highly effective flies.
Looking back through my old fly boxes, I was drawn to the assortment of 4/0 Rattling Clousers, a fly that had bought me so much success in the past.
Knowing that the fishing in our rivers has been pretty tough going lately, I had my suspicion that this could be the fly to unlock these shut down Murray Cod. And indeed it did. So don’t be afraid to get reacquainted with your old favourite flies because chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Nick