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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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2016 03 08 Trout number 15 for the daySlow start, but a good finish 8-3-2016

Humid conditions again today saw me heading off to the Meander River this afternoon in the hope of adding a few more trout to my season's tally. I thought I'd try a different area today, one that's fished reasonably well on other trips. Started off using the copper black fury without any success, then tried a Rapala, and after that a black bladed black fury. All I could manage over the first 600 meters of river was two follows and one light hit & miss. Things weren't looking all that good and I'm thinking it's not going to be a good day on the river. 

I changed over to a gold black fury and it all turned around, the fish came straight on to it. I soon had four browns caught & released over the next thirty meters of river. It just kept getting better in each section of fast water I fished. I was really starting to feel the effects of the five hours in the river from yesterday and I thought I'd give it away at the next open space in the heavily overgrown river bank. I kept on catching a few more fish as I made my way to an opening where I finally got out of the river. My tally for the 2-1/2 hour session was fifteen browns from nineteen hook ups in what turned out to be a reasonably good session after all. It was a slow start, but a good finish at the end of it.
** This takes my seasons tally to 597 trout....

Good run of fast water

2016 03 08 Good run of fast water


Ideal conditions today

2016 03 08 Ideal conditions today


Nice Meander brown

2016 03 08 Nice Meander brown


Trout number 15 for the day

2016 03 08 Trout number 15 for the day


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