What we are doing over the weekend and some cool fly fishing vids

I promised you all an actual fishing post after my last links post and I delivered, although the fishing wasn’t great. I was actually catching something… However, given the spate of 3oths, birthdays and the like I’ve had since I’ve been back in Melbourne its been pretty hard to get out and get in a good fish. Added to that there has been a lot of rain, so the trout streams are apparently pretty high and pretty hard to fish, so with my lack of time, I haven’t bothered making the trip up. So really the only fishing I’ve done over the last few weeks is a few half arsed sessions close to home trying to nab myself a carp on fly… Again, waiting is probably the best bet here as well, but sometimes a mans gotta fish. The muddy water makes sight fishing pretty damned hard… I’ve spotted a couple in the local waterways, but so far have yet to be able to cast to them, given overgrown banks etc. In two sessions, so far, I’ve dropped one good fish,  but thats been the only piece of action… On the up side, I’ve done a fair bit of exploring and have found some water close to home which I’m sure to hit up more and more as spring roles into summer…

Lee, being in a similar position to myself, too bust to actually do much “real” fishing has been chasing the same target as myself. Carp on fly. So I suppose we have a blog race. At the moment, I’d probably put my money on Lee, Canberra has had a lot less rain, so the water is clearer and he has been sight-fishing to breeding carp this week. No fish landed but a few takes, so if you’re going to put money on either of us, he is your man. Anyway, carp on fly is something I’m sure I will achieve sometime in the next couple of weeks, so even if I lose the race it wont be too bad, it won’t take me long to catch up 🙂 If you’re interested, fly fishing for carp is a big deal in the States and elsewhere and there are some great blogs e.g here and here. Definitely an underutilized fishing resource here, given they are found so much closer to home than many of the other fish we target. So once daylight saving kicks in, consider heading down and giving it a shot after work. I’m sure its a hell of a lot of fun 🙂

In other news, I will actually be going fishing in the next week, so will have something to write about! Off to Canberra to see a friends new baby, then a weekend in the Kangaroo Valley, where I’ll have a go at catching some bass and then down to Eden for a few days, to work and if I’m lucky hopefully get onto a few kingies and the like 🙂

Lastly my housemates girlfriend who was living with us went back to Denmark a few weeks ago. While we are all sad, she did send me some links to a few videos her mates have made (A backyard in nowhere and Peter and Rolf on Aitutaki)… They are pretty damned cool, definitely worth a watch. Something to aspire to at the blog. We are going to start filming some little video blogs over the rest of the year, which will be fun, the first of which Graz is editing at the moment (its a one man show, starring Graz, filmed by Graz, edited by Graz). On that note- Graz hurry up! Sadly, they won’t be close to this standard, YET!

Anyway, good luck on the water and I promise my next post will be about me fishing!




*UPDATE- Well me and Lee had a little wager on who would catch the first carp on fly, 5 flies for the winner.   It is with bitter disappointment that I herby announce Lee as the victor. Despite my gallant efforts yesterday afternoon in Gardeners creek, Glen Iris, where I sighted three big carp and missed one take, Lee has beaten me to it… Stay tuned for a photo and I’m sure a blog post in the near future…*

2 thoughts on “What we are doing over the weekend and some cool fly fishing vids

  1. cheers Hamish.
    Carp are a good option close to home in the metro regions, and fun too. Unlike with other fishing, carp is one species for which “hot spots” should be promoted. We are doing the environment a favour by culling the carp population, so the more the merrier. every one you kill is a couple of hundred less in the system. unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to make any difference, there are so many and they breed so fast.
    wrt to carp on a fly, hints: the best way to learn on fly is to go after them when spawning, as they are far more agressive at this time. I’ve found that you need to drop the fly right on their nose, or better, where their nose will soon be. slow sinking/suspending near bottom flies are therefore better than heavily weighted.
    In the US, they fish for carp in virtually clear water. when you look at vids, the water is far less turbid than our trout or bass waters, even when there’s a factory in the background! the side catch is bass etc, all of which we would have to travel a fair way to fish.
    The best vid I have seen is the US “Urban Warfare”. Great carp fishing. Look for local vids on the Murray billabongs also. I haven’t fished them, but from the youtubes etc I’ve seen, the carping on a fly there is pretty good.
    in the melbourne metro areas, the local creeks often contain good numbers – this changes from year to year, depending on how much of the population got flushed out into the Maribyrnong/Yarra. however, you should be aware that canberra does have a lot of carp, and carping by fly in lake burley griffin is a favourite lunchtime past time. in melbourne, carping the merri with a fly is commonplace, especially down near the junction with the yarra, and there are often fly anglers heading there when the word gets out.
    it is always easier to cast to sighted fish. the western creeks feeding the maribyrnong system come through basalt and are therefore generally clearer and thus easier to fish for carp (as you can see them and hunt them) compared to north eastern ones feeding the yarra which come through clay and shale, often making it too silty to see anything.

    For fly, the most deadly is still in the local pond where the kids feed the ducks, using a sinking bread fly (otherwise the ducks will try to eat your fly, and the carp are underneath anyway, waiting for the scraps that sink down).

  2. Thanks Craig. Great comment and thanks for the info… Living in Collingwood, I’ve mainly been exploring the East, given its closest to home, but may have to head west at some point… Ideally I’m trying to find some spots within walking distance (I know its pretty unlikely) but so far nothing is standing out, the Yarra is really close but accessibility etc are all pretty bad, but I’ll keep looking. May have to consign myself to traveling a little further from home 🙂

    I chased carp a lot as a kid. Had a lot of success sight fishing for them using small lightly weighted or unweighted soft plastics in LBG, Molongolo and the Bidgee when I was younger… I’ve been assuming fly fishing for them is much the same as what I used to do as a kid, just with a bit more reach 🙂 The key then was to land the plastic literally a few inches in front of a feeding fish without spooking them… If you did that the offering was simply hoovered up with everything else without a second thought… If you got made though- even when the carp weren’t to worried about you and didn’t swim off, there wasn’t a chance in hell… They are definitely fun fish to chase and as you say, you’re doing at least a little bit for the environment targeting them…

    Some of the Carp fishing in the states definitely looks very very different… Places like Lake Michigan look like the ocean (http://midcurrent.com/travel/the-bahamas-of-carp-fishing/), not a thing like our own carp waterways… Pretty amazing stuff really…


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