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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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108 buggerPresented from Issue 108, February 2014
As I write this we are experiencing some very hot weather in the Central Highlands. Prior to this though over Christmas it was cold and extremely windy. On most lakes as it gets hot the fish retreat to cooler waters. I don’t like to go boating on the very rough days, but am happy to give the shore fishing a go.

Just recently Bill and I were fishing the Bronte system and we started with a team of English dries - no fish, then small English wets - no fish. It was hot, so the thinking cap went on and I put a #3 sinking line on and some weighted flies. Bingo, we were into the fish and took a number of nice specimens – mostly on the bead head ‘Streamline Bugger’ point fly.

I love these bead head style flies and they can be fished deep on a weighted fly, but also near the surface on a floating line.

Mostly I tie the fly with the bead hard against the eye of the hook, but you can put it anywhere to change the action of the fly. The variety of beads is extensive — from plastics, to glass, brass, lead and tungsten. Lead wire can be added for even more weight.

The two flies most commonly tied with beads are nymphs and wolly buggers.

The fly shown is one I use to get down deep — it is not my favourite way to fish, but it does get results.

108 buggerStreamline Bugger

  • Hook: Size 8-12 long shanked hook.
  • Thread: Black.
  • Bead: Choose your bead to suit the hook being used.
  • Tail: Black marabou with two strips of black Shimmerflash fine holographics.
  • Rib: Medium bronze wire.
  • Body: Glister in peacock black.
  • Throat: Orange seals fur.


  1. Place bead on hook and let it slip back to the hook bend. Build a small mound with the thread behind the eye and whip finish and cut off. Apply some head cement and slide the bead over the mound.
  2. Start with the thread again behind the bead and wind back to bend. Take a nice bunch of marabou for the tail about 1 1/2 time the hook length, add a length of Shimmerflash each side of the marabou and tie in.
  3. Tie rib in and dub a nicely formed body of Glister and finish hard up against the bead. Tie the rib forward to bead, tie down and cut off.
  4. Dub a throat of orange seals in behind the bead, whip finish and seal thread here with head cement.
  5. With a brush, velcro or sandpaper tease some of the seals fur back over the body.
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