Tying flies since 2008 I’ve been recognized within an elite, nationwide circle of fly tying masters. Rubbing shoulders and developing relationships with many of the Australians and international fly tying gurus, with whom we exchanged ideas on new and old patterns new techniques.
A naked hook anchored and griped tightly in my vise, I begin the creative process wrapping the thread building the first base of any kaos fly. I apply a layer of material a drop of glue and slow construct not just any fly but a unique Murray cod fly.
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There is an old argument among fly fishermen as to which is more important knowing where the fish are or being able to present the fly to them. Knowing where the fish are, is certainly nice however if you can’t reach them or present the fly you are simply not in the game. Even if you have no idea where the fish are but can cast well enough to cover the water with finesse you are likely to find success.
The technique is to cast your fly across the river, small stream or lake close as possible to any structure. Immediately being to twitch, strip and rip the fly back in a similar way you might fish other large trout or saltwater flies. Often action is instant and cod boil at the fly being surface or sub-surface. A constantly moving fly will entice more strikes from the fish, than a non-moving fly, but a game changer could be the differences if that retrieve isn’t working. Quick 1 – 2 strip then a very long pausing, so long that it feels like you should tweak again – that’s the game changer right there! Even tho they may reject the fly, casting several time in the same location could produce another savage strike. Quite often the same fish will rise, boil and break the surface behind the fly. As the fly desperately swim away from the fish, it will finally take it with a huge swirl or splash and race off with it.
The talk of the day and weeks to come will be all about you landing a fish on fly. Maybe you’re first time or the hundredth time, for me it’s always a great feeling and for your fishing partner as they get involved too by lip griping or netting the fish and also taking the photo. The bug is hard to shake once you have landed a native on fly and the only thing you talk about is the last time you were out hooking up or the next time you can get out on the water chasing these magnificent green backs. In your favor too around the camp fire while enjoying a yarn about how big you’re biggest is; or the one that got away. If you have caught a Murray Cod on fly and i can tell you now not too many anglers can say they have, you will always have a story to tell.
Golden Perch fever, not the start I was intending for as it’s the new season for Murray cod and a week late for myself and Steve. The 2014/15 open was at Central Victoria on the Loddon River just out of Bendigo…. With big fish in mind as it’s been along 3 months while the season was close as there in breeding times. I tied a few different flies over that period and big was the size I’m going for long tails with huge profile and the good old favorite colors Red/Black and Purple/Black. Once on the river the water was looking great and with not much boating traffic we had all rods blazing for the cod!
A few hits and dropped cod early in the trip it all turned to GOLD after that. Continuing casting in to shady areas with timber structure most surrounded by weed beds the yellas fell head over heels for the kaos flies. Accurate placement was the key as once the fly was in the zone BAM yellas all over them not a second lost. In all over the past couple of days 4 Golden Perch boated and 3 all around the 40cm plus mark I did manage a little rat which had a huge appetite.
Above picture where the spots we targeted and other heavy structure chasing those green backs. Well I’m off up the river in 3 weeks to try and open the cod account with my rods crossed. Enjoy your fishing…..
Kaos Cod Flys Murray cod Catch & Release.
G’day – Excited to say the least as at this moment and words can’t explain! But ecstatic to announce that my latest Murray cod on fly is 106cm – 30kg or 67lb and a girth of 97cm. It was rather a cold night at 4 degrees the water temperature about the same; with fog rolling in though out the night. Myself and angling mate Steve, fished from the late night though to the very early hours the following morning. It was 2AM we had a few inquiries before the huge commotion erupted and it was fish on. Once the cod was hooked it was about a 15 minute fight with many hart stopping moments – Steve netted the big girl and happy days were here! We were casting surface flies and big 1s at that, the Cod Zooka from the Kaos range tied on a 5/0 Owner hook and a length of 220mm.
A short career in the fishing industry; only fly tying and fly fishing for 5 years. Owning my own Murray cod fly tying company for the same duration. Leaning a lesson or two from other anglers and educating anglers’ myself; as well as experimenting with all tackle. Taking the good with the bad and keeping faith, goals can be reached and time on the water being proactive using the time wisely can result in long life dreams.
Huge thanks to my angling mate Steve Bam. Not that he just netted a Murray cod of a life time but braving the cold conditions along the way on several trips. Winter fishing shouldn’t be over looked at any time and especially at night time! A big shout out to all the fish’O’s that have taken on this revamped sport. I know it shouldn’t be in the closet as a secret society as it’s just too good for that! Cheers Virty