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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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Beautifully coloured wild brown troutEleven Trout Caught In One Hour & Twenty Minutes 3-2-2016

I had around two hours before the wife came home before I had to take her up to the daughters at Cradle Mountain, so I decided to get in a quick session on a small river 10 minutes from home.. Once there I started flicking the little black fury around in the tannin coloured river and had a hit & miss on the second cast. The next little stretch gave up three nice little river browns with the best one going around 290gms and beautifully conditioned too.

 

Knowing I didn't have long in the river I kept working my way upstream flicking the spinner around getting a hit on nearly every cast. After 30 minutes of fishing I had only landed 5 browns from 8 hook ups. I changed over to a copper bladed black fury and that worked a treat as I picked up another 6 browns from just seven hook ups. I also had heaps of hit & misses too. In the 1hr & 20 minutes I was in the river I managed 11 nice little river browns.. I wished I had gone an hour earlier.. I know where I'm heading to at 6.00am in the morning..

cheers
Adrian

 

Beautifully coloured wild brown trout

Beautifully coloured wild brown trout

 

Bright red spots on this brown

Bright red spots on this brown

 

Small brown taken from under overhanging bush

Small brown taken from under overhanging bush

 

Two browns taken here

Two browns taken here

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