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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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Tangle with a Tiger on the Macquarie

Some wise words written below fellow Presidents, luckily it has a happy ending. Thanks President Mick for the timely reminder as the warmer weather approaches.
President Todd.

G’day all,
I haven’t had many chances to get a lot of fishing in this year, but on Friday (after looking out the window all day at the glorious weather) I jumped in the car after work, packed in my fly rod and went for a look on the Macquarie near Cressy.

South Esk Report 13/11/2011

Bailey and I fished the Sth.Esk river for a couple of hours this afternoon, we were supposed to have a fish with Dale and Trev today, but looking at last night’s weather forecast for state-wide rain, I canned it for Bailey and myself.

St Patricks River

We had a look at St.Patricks river late this afternoon with Bailey, he was supposed to go fishing with Dale and Trev but Dale was a bit crook so that was the end of that.

South Esk (2) 01/10/2011

Phil has been giving away a few of his secrets,  so it was off to the South Esk for a couple of hours for Trev and I.
We caught 8 lovely fish in various sizes, all in the one location.
They where caught on YEP Red rascals clear Galaxid and rainbow ripper .
 

South Esk Report (1) 1/10/2011

Had a fish out to the Sth Esk this morning with Bailey, got there at around 10.30am and finished at 1.30pm, had to get home to watch Grand final, just made it.
Anyway we had a fab morning catching 17 brownies, size was from 1lb to nearly 2lb.
Bails caught eleven on hard bodys and i got six on softies, black & gold yeps and berkleys.

Macquarie River 23/09/2011

Bailey and I headed out to the Macquarie river after work today, fished from 4.30 to 6.30pm. We haven't fished here for a couple of years, thought it might be worth a look now that it has a good flow of water again after a couple of years being effected by drought conditions.

South Esk River 11/9/2011

We fished the Sth. Esk River on Sunday afternoon with Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne.
Fished from 1.30pm and finished around 3.30pm, river running clear and dropped to good height now. We caught 14 fish on Dale’s black and gold flappers, lost a few including “one beauty” that would have been 4lb plus.
The fish caught, went from around 1lb to 2lb and were in really good condition, fish had been feeding on stick caddis.

CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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South Esk River proves tough, yet enjoyable

by Peter Blakeley

The South Esk River is one of many contrasts, offering many challenges to the angler. Normally by this time of year I have made numerous visits to the river. This season, however, has been an exception due to the varying weather conditions.

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