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Tiny creeks and sea run trout - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.

I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.

These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.

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Derwent Sea Runner

My names Daniel Crane. I caught a Derwent Sea Runner on Friday 19th just gone in the upper reaches of the Derwent just below Bridgewater. It weighed just shy of three pounds and fell to a Berkley Pearl olive Flick Bait in which the fish just smashed nearly swallowing the whole soft plastic.

It was good to see the amount of fish moving in the area feeding even though this was the only one landed for the arvo bigger fish were seen rising as the derwent was like a milk pond and you could see every movement.
The river was still very dirty from all the rain and just full of dead bugs floating mainly black bugs and all the floating grass weed made some fishing hard as there were a lot of wasted casting where you were just reeling in clumps of weed, But it was also good to see a little school of white bait skipping through the water hard up against the reeds which i thought was a good sign hoping that they will get about early this season.
Its good to see this amount of fish life already as the white bait haven't really taken off even though little schools are about, I think its gonna be a great season for the sea runners and i reckon we will be seeing a few more Derwent River sea runners yet.

Cheers, Daniel Crane

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