A Sunday morning Social fish at Hen & Chickens Bay on 16th June 2019.
We will be meeting at Hen and Chicken Bay Five Dock, Sunday Morning for around an 08:30am start with a High tide at 07:25am for a few hours of fishing and socialising. You can come and go as you please, so you can start earlier or later, but we will commence brunch around about 10:30am, but if your’e catching then continue. It’s all very flexible and low key, but a great opportunity to pick up or share a few tips.
It is informal and will provide a local outing for members to gather and meet others as well as the opportunity to pick up tips and tricks for all things fly fishing, come to brush up your casting, swap a fly or two or drop by for a drink.
I believe that James Webber will be providing us with a brunch after we have had a fish.
We will meet a little north of the small boat ramp, it tends to mud at the back of the bay. Wymston Prd runs right next to the bay and there is a large flat to fish and generally good parking.
As mentioned James will cook us some brunch, but BYO drinks and nibbles.
Bring some shoes for wading, sun protection, rods and tippet.
Flies: Crazy Charlies/ Gotcha and small Clousers. Bread flies. Try a small popper for whiting. A prawn imitation is a good option.
Bream like a super slow retrieve. Go super slow and strip strike. If you miss, let it sit and count to ten. They will nip at the bit of the fly that moves so if you are tying or buying look for a fly with the hook point in the fluff. A 6 or 8 Crazy Charley with a flash body and rabbit fur beard into the hook point is good. Rubber legs could be good.
The secret with whiting is stripping, keep the fly moving… they will look like they are flat out chasing the fly and you want to stop stripping and let them take it. Try it …and watch them swim away, or keep striping and they will accelerate and hit the fly. Flies need to be small and a little Crazy Charlie of rabbit or craft fur are good. A good fly for those clear sandy flats is a lightly dressed fly of translucent Hi Vis, light white or tan flash with just a hint of orange; I use just a few orange hackle fibers.
Clousers are good and flathead aren’t too fussy, don’t over dress them and make them hard to cast. A steady retrieve making the fly dart and stop is a good start. For shallow flats, use the bead chain eyes to make casting easer.
Burley up some mullet with some bread for light stick fun. Cream wool teased out or white marabou from the base of saddle feathers, dubbed onto an #14 trout hook, makes a great bread fly
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