Weather per­fect for fly fish­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - FISHINGl Scott Tibballs

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.

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