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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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Swan River Report 1/1/2013

The weather has finally given me the motivation to go for a fish; Trev was pretty keen to give the bream a go as well, so we headed off to the Swan River to give them a go. We arrived there around 11.30 this morning to a slight breeze and soon had the boat on the water.

We were told about some possible hot spots from a couple of the comp gurus and headed straight there, it only took a couple of casts to get the first one in the boat as there were plenty of fish in this area.
After a bit of fun we went down to the cut and had a look, didn't see any in the shallows so we decided to head upstream as far as we could go, just for a look.
Didn't see one fish up there so it was back down to the deep water where all the fish seemed to be.
Had a great day with my boy, I think we could get used to this “bream’ in”.
Dale & Trev

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