Cods Country is the affectionate name given to the small bush town of Ashford, located in the New England region of N.S.W Australia. Our freshwater rivers and creeks hold the legendary and iconic Australian Murray Cod, this large native fish is an aggressive territorial fish that holds tight under structure. Its diet can vary from freshwater Mussels, Yabbies, Fish, Birds and Water Rats. Large Cod often turn cannabalistic, eating fish of lesser size, infact fish hatcheries have to constantly grade Cod fingerlings to stop them devouring there smaller sibblings.
The New England is a truly spectacular and rugged landscape, ranging from deep Granite gorges flowing down to rich fertile privately owned farmland. The riverbanks are lined with huge river Gums that harbour flocks of Cockatoos and Galahs. Bottlebrush trees overhang much of our rivers and make perfect Cod habitat.
Most fisherman tend to chase Cod with hardbody and spinnerbait lures, but now there is a growing band of flyfisherman that target Natives on fly. The strike of a Murray Cod is as exhilarating as it gets, the first few seconds is mayhem as you try to bulldog them from under there snaggy dwellings. This is the time when knots fail, tippets bust and hooks straighten. Sunrise and sunset is the peak time to throw large noisy surface flies, this is as good as sportsfishing gets. The noise from a Cod smashing a surface fly is similar to throwing a large brick onto the water, and of course any fish that provides this much of an adrenaline rush deserves to be released for others to enjoy.
Myself and Jason a former Canadian, are so captivated by these Aussie fish we thought we would share our passion through this Blog, enjoy.