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Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:25 am
by CraigP
Has anyone had success on kebari patterns in Vic or NSW? The only pattern that I've managed to work has been a copper kebari, which matches a local pattern. Otherwise the patterns that work so well in the US have still been spectacularly unsuccessful here. My standard fair of nymph's continues to rule for me. What have others found here?
Craig

Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:07 am
by CraigP
I guess not.

Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:35 am
by simonc
Not had the chance to use a kebari yet, but the usual suspects here would be :

Craigs night time
Wooly bugger
Fiery brown beetle
Mrs Simpson's & Hamills killers

Im keen to try the kebari, because as the list above would suggest - the trout here respond well to lure patterns.

Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:47 am
by CraigP
I'd advise that you stick with your conventional patterns, at least at first. by all means try the kebari, but I haven't found any person here that's had much success with it. While I have caught fish on the copper kebari version, this is the only one that worked for me, and swapping to conventional patterns in the same session resulted in a much, much higher hook up rates. I've not have any success on standard kebari's, I think the couple of catches were exceptions, and anything may have worked.
Using the wets you mentioned in lakes or still water is a challenge on a fixed line, and I prefer a western rod for this. The exception being slow moving wets, such as stick caddis or brown nymphs in lake edges, snails, or beetles in the bubble line. I think tenkara does a far better job with dries than western, as you keep all that line off the water - as long as you can get close enough to the fish!
for moving water, swinging the patterns that you are confident in, tenkara rules, as the longer rod length and the fixed line will put the fly in the zone and you will stay in touch.
just my opinion, mind you - try things and tell me what works for you
best
craig

Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:38 am
by simonc
Cheers Craig.
Being as impatient as I am, I tied up a clouser & hit the swan river this evening for some flathead... The pinpoint accuracy,and fact that most of these fish are in the shallows made for a good 1st experience at seeing how the rods handled with a fish on, though I must say I wouldn't recommend this as a future pursuit- the flatheads hard mouth coupled with the extremely soft action of the tenkara rod,resulted in 3 lost fish...hook setting wasn't easy. Still,was good to try everything out. I'll have to wait til next spring to try tenkara down south for some trout.

Regards,

Simon

Re: What Flies are we Aussies using this season

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:23 am
by alpine
I have been having some success on PTN's and spider patterns-(partridge and orange) on some of my local waters. I have also landed a few on size 14 wee creek hoppers.