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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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Brumbys Creek 6/10/2012

On Saturday the 6th we got up at 3.00am to go to the first day of the Tasmanian Trout Expo. We got there around 7.15. We got our tickets and waited till we got the go ahead to find our spot then waited until it was 8.00. A few people had their first fish in the first 2 minutes. I ended up just putting my running sinker rig in an eddy but I didn't get anything. Nothing happened for the first half an hour till I thought i would check my bait. I found I had a small brightly coloured rainbow sitting on it, it would have been about 1.8 pounds but I dropped it.

I was disappointed but I stayed there tell about 3.00pm. At 10.30 I was using a lure and casting across to nearly over the other side and I was half way across the creek with my lure and I noticed my other rod bouncing around so I reeled my lure in fast then I rushed to my rod and set the hook. It took about 1 and a half minutes to land this rainbow, it weighted 1.44kg and was 53cm long, I gutted it and took it up the the weight tent happy with my catch because it was my biggest rainbow and was also the biggest trout for the day.

At 3.00pm we decided to look for a different spot and ended up in a eddy near the weight tent. I had 2 running sinker rigs in it then dad saw a rainbow down further in the same eddy that rose 4 times so I moved my line close to where is was and it picked it up and started to go off with it. I then tried to set the hook but it pulled out. I dropped my rig straight back in and got him 30 seconds later. I quickly qutted him and rushed other the the weight tent so it could be counted because it was around 3.59pm. It was .48kg and was 38cm long.

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