Weather perfect for fly fishing
THE calm weather over the past week and forecast into the weekend is perfect for fly fishing, according to Rick Mewburn from Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach.
“In one word I’d just have to say the weather is gorgeous,” said Mr Mewburn.
“We’ve had such great weather and it looks like continuing apart from a couple of showers here and there.
“The wind is so calm so everybody can get out to the reef or if you’re into fly fishing, along the beaches especially up near Wangetti. Anywhere like that is just perfect conditions.”
The weather's calm but summer feels like it’s sticking around, so make sure you’ve got plenty of water and a hat if you’re going to go do any fly fishing.
Mr Mewburn said that even though fly fishing was his forte, conditions were great “all round for any kind of fishing.”
He said that fly fishing was good for catching “pretty much everything”.
“Inshore and off the beaches, salmon and barra pretty much love flies,” he said.
“If you go up in the creeks, jungle perch, saratoga, pretty much anything will eat a fly, it just has to be presented well enough in the right spot.”
Mr Mewburn ties his own flies, saying that it’s a great way to pass the time.
“Flies are fairly easy to make, but to make them well takes a fair bit of practice,” he said.
“I tell people that fly fishing is the least productive way to catch a fish, but that simply gives you more and more satisfaction, just to be able to tie a fly with the feathers on to a hook, and then to go out and catch a nice big fish on it, it’s just amazing.”
He said that with fly fishing the angler had to do everything.
“Flies have nothing. They’re hard to cast, and you have to do every single thing to make sure you get that fish, so it’s extremely rewarding,” he said.
He said that fly fishing was best suited for calm days and in spots where you’ve got room for your back cast.
“So you don’t want a whole bunch of people racing around behind you,” he said.
“The calmer weather the better, because the wind is going to blow your line around.
“Right now it’s absolutely phenomenal, it’s perfect weather.”
These two anglers got among the fish with Cooktown Barra Charters recently. (Top), chinaman fish are thriling to catch but are known carriers of ciguatera toxin and can’t be kept. (Bottom), largemouth nannygai are a welcome addition to any icebox and are keenly sought as table fare.