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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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Fish Frenzy at the Huntsman Lake - around 8th Nov.

Hi All,
After two false starts with my boat this season I arranged to meet Jim at Deloraine at a time that would have us waiting at the Huntsman boom gate with our waders on and boat ready to launch at 6am. Jim reckoned that the boom did not operate until 6.01 costing him fishing time! When we did launch into a spilling lake and whilst setting our rods the auxiliary motor developed problems, with the water pump only slow dripping! Stop the motor, wind in and head to shore under the power of the big motor. Rod not happy and very frustrated as the motor had been to the motor hospital and supposedly fixed! Jim being a non smoker has very good lungs and blew up the tube fixing the problem.
Weather was cold early and cloudy with little wind and a light ripple. A good day's fishing - 21 bagged with 8 "drop offs" (mostly mine). All in excellent condition with the larger portion the traditional flesh colouring of the highlands. Although we caught fish at all depths most were hooked at 4 colours of lead line. All fish were hooked on hard plastic lures, from two different manufacturers. Most were boated early in the day. There was little action after lunch although weather conditions did not change. Jim caught the most using his usual lure.  Two of these he left on the lake bottom but do not despair he still has more than a good pocket full left!
He did give me ample opportunity to catch up as he dragged a "lure less" lead line for a least 3/4 of a hour.
Footnote:-  In general a good day for the fishermen!
Rod Summers.
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