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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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Scamander River Report 17/11/2012

The Longford Fishing Club held a bream fishing competition on the Scamander River today. Johnny Dekkers is a member and invited Jacob and I to tag along. Although we are not members (and therefore not eligible for entry into the competition side of things), we decided we would still go along as a bit of company for John and do our own thing. Mike Stevens also found himself a late minute inclusion.


The game plan was that Jacob would catch 6 fish for tea, Johnny would catch a big one, Mike would guide and I would be cook for the day.
It’s not often that a plan comes together perfectly, but today it did.
Johnny ended up winning the Longford competition, Jacob caught the required fish for tea (that he promised his mom), and I didn’t burn anything.
Jacob actually caught a bigger bream than the one John weighed in but as it was a big breeder fish, he promptly released it to swim for another day. (He is quite smug about that) ha ha.
Many others were also released.
Mike pulled the soft plastic rod out towards the end of the day and landed a couple of nice ones as well.
What a great day.



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