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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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Gazza's Big Day Out

Two weeks ago, myself and long time workmate, (Gary Garwood), took a voluntary redundancy package from Aurora, ..between us we had been employed there for over 60 years. Gary actually trained me as an apprentice linesman all those years ago. Before we left Aurora, we said," whilst we were unemployed"  we would try and get together for a fish as often as we could, as a way of staying in touch with each other.

 With the brown trout season now closed, the only real option that we had available to us, was  nearby Brushy Lagoon. So this morning at 8.30 am, we packed a BBQ lunch, met up at Andy's bakery in Westbury, had a quick coffee and snuck out with my little 12 ft tinny. Gary managed to land this monster and the look on his face when it came near the boat is a memory that will stay with me for years to come, if i missed it with the landing net i reckon I would have been a dead man!.
It's size,... bloody big!,.. at least 12 to 14 pounds I reckon. I had to wait for his hands to stop shaking so he could hold the fish and I could take these pictures, funny! He also backed that effort up with a three pound perch.
Well done Gazza, and thank you Inland Fisheries!!
Regards, Todd





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