Fishing Styles › Fly Fishing
If you asked around the traps,
and wanted to know what is the latest Buzzzzz! in fishing
circles, it would have to be the phenomenal growth in the sport known
as Fly-Fishing and in particular Salt Water Fly-Fishing!
Fly fishing is one
of the oldest known methods of angling. It is steeped in history and has
its own rules, traditions, techniques and skills, all of which have been
developed from the fine art of deceiving fresh water fish into taking
the delicately placed offering.
however is re-writing the rulebook and here in Tropical North Queensland
we have an abundance of piscatorial targets well suited to this magnificent
Our fish don't usually
feed on insects, jungle stream species excepted, but rather small fishes,
(large baitfish if talking blue water targets) shrimp, prawns and crabs
are their prime tucker and obviously your offering must imitate their
foods. We tropical anglers therefore use quite large flies by comparison
to our southern, fresh water trout stream cousins.
Whether your bag is
wading along a secluded white sandy beach, sight casting to schools of
golden trevally; to deftly placing the "pink thing" on the nose
of a prime silver salt water barramundi hiding amongst the mangrove roots,
to the ultimate thrill of landing a billfish on fly, our region can deliver
all of the above and lots, lots more.
Around North Queensland
Within easy striking
distance of this modern tropical city of Cairns lie many fine fly-fishing
Many articles have
been penned about the preferred tackle for this species and that, the
best lure, the most productive fly. A lot however depends on the angler's
confidence and skill level.
Confidence in the
quality tackle at hand to do the job, confidence in the chosen fly to
imitate the food source and the skill require to work the retrieve in
a way irresistible to the predatory fish.
On some occasions
a hungry, excited fish will have a go at almost anything. On most occasions
it will take a little bit of patience, skillful presentation and repetitive
casts to entice the right response. Once the art of fly-fishing is mastered
though, most proponents enjoy a level of satisfaction rarely found in
any other form of angling or sporting pursuit, for that matter.
It's a real deception,
a real challenge, to present that offering in the fish's vicinity, to
twitch the fly so enticingly and retrieve it so subtlety as to have your
quarry engulf the fly with deadly intent.
Fly-fishing is very visual;
this adds another dimension to the art. Being physically connected as
well as visually connected to your quarry enhances the senses, pure adrenaline.
Anyway back to basics,
- River and estuary:
# 7/9wt outfits are fine, weight forward line, sinking tippets, floating
- Beaches and rocky
headlands: # 8/10wt outfit, fast tapered line, shooting head for casting,
- Blue water - light
tackle: # 9/12wt outfit, large capacity reels, IGFA tippet if required,
- Blue Water - heavy
tackle: #12/14wt outfit and quality reels as above, shooting head, sinking
Note: our tropical
fish are usually very aggressive, they will hit with gusto and offer a
good turn of speed when hooked. Deft rod work and plenty of backing is
the norm. This is no place for dinky trout reels (no offence intended).
Our fish are not primarily
insect feeders and matching their food source is obviously a major consideration.
In fresh water streams sooty's will even eat berries falling into the
water. Species like permit can be singularly focussed on small crabs while
barras will do the same on jelly prawns or shrimps amongst the weeds.
Milkfish are regularly caught on "bread" patterns!
We commonly use quite
large streamer flies in various patterns and colors with the following
proving reliable fish takers in our waters.. Obviously the thrill of tying
your own fly and having it succeed in capturing a new species is a very
rewarding exercise, if you think it might work, give it a go!
Fresh Water - poppers,
clousers minnows, deceivers, dahlberg divers
- Gold, pink and
brown for barra, green for sooty's and perch
- Salt water - deceivers,
clouser minnows, billfish flies
- Green, blue, pink
and purple (all colors)
Lure and fly fishing
in the Tropical North is a real buzz, so please visit our Rigs
And Bait section for some more tried and proven tips and tactics
for our local conditions.
Any fish that will take a lure can be successfully targeted using fly fishing techniques. Although I don't intend to list them all here (refer to Target Species) we have reproduced an excellent article penned by Steve Starling from Modern Fishing magazine listing his prime salt water fly "flats" fishing targets.
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