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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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Tooms Lake, October 13 2010

Finished with 16 in total only five of which were browns, rainbows very strong & pulled like little freight trains.
Thier size was up to 3.5 pounds. The water was still quite dirty, hardly anyone about and no one trolling it.....virtually had Tooms to themselves.
No sign of Galaxias only two were found in stomach contents...mainly full of stick caddis. Most fish were caught on a mudeye pattern cast to moving fish. Big hatch of midge last night, fish on top everywhere...threw a mudeye pattern in the direction that the "flash was heading"....caught ten in this session.

Very windy today, didn't fish. John did agree with Shaun that things were not easy and felt they were lucky to be "in the right place at the right time" for their best session.

Cheers, Todd
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