There’s no bigger rush than pursuing Murray Cod on a surface fly. The anticipation and knowing, that any second, your top water bug could be detonated upon. It’s a sound that travels far across the water, instantly your mates know you’ve been ambushed.
Unfortunately a week can bring so many variables to our sensitive Murray Cod. Just last week, it was a case of having to fish the top layer or miss out on the action.
Today I found out that our native fish can quickly bring you back down to reality. Valuable light quickly faded as I struggled to raise any interest on my usually successful poppers.
The “Light Horseman Fly” (a tribute to the heroic Aussie Soldiers and the Emu feathers that adorned their Slouch Hats), it is a fly we fish with confidence, when using Intermediate sink tip fly lines. It has several features that could also serve duty as a dual purpose fly.
- Flymen Fish Masks provide a very slow sink rate.
- Big Game Articulation shanks, movement and positive hook set on a static fly.
- Reverse tied Buck tail and natural Emu feathers giving the illusion of life.
- Front loop weed guard, we’ve popularised and perfected this awesome snag reducer.
Switching to a floating flyline I began to cover the same snag systems with Light Horseman, areas I usually reserve for a surface bug.
Most times I’d let the fly bulge the surface and sink to a maximum of around 40cm in depth.
It was nearly as much fun as surface fishing, watching fish rush up through the submerged limbs and climbing all over the snaking fly. It always pays to try new tactics and ideas when the usual techniques fail. Nick