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Sydney On The Fly 2018-01-14T14:47:35+00:00

The greater Sydney region has many options for the fly angler with brilliant fresh and saltwater fishing available all year round.

Below are a few spots for those who only have a day or less to spare and want to get a line wet but don’t want to travel too far.

These spots are all recommended by club members who are more than happy to share their knowledge at our monthly club meetings.

Clontarf
Manly Dam
Narrabeen Lake
Deep & Middle Creek
Hen & Chicken Bay
Burns Bay Bridge
North Head
Navigation Markers
Bundeena

CLONTARF

Not a spot for the weekend due to the crowds, but an early morning here fishing the deep sand drop off will put you in with a chance of catching tailor, kingfish and Australian salmon. There are also good numbers of whiting along the drop off.

MANLY DAM

A small dam near Manly Vale on the lower northern beaches. Most of the shore line is accessible with a bit of bush walking but the dam is best fished from paddle craft. The north western end has some good reed beds which hold a population of bass normally in the 20-35cm range which are a lot of fun on light weight gear. Manly Dam also holds redfin and carp for the fly angler. Techniques for redfin are the same as for bass but for carp much smaller flies are needed. Occasionally the carp will feed off the surface, then a dry fly like a royal wulff is a fair choice and you are in for a good afternoon.

NARRABEEN LAKE

Narrabeen Lake is a tidal lagoon at the northern end of Narrabeen Beach. The sand flats at the entrance are good habitat for whiting and flathead when the crowds are low. The remainder of the shore line is accessible on foot with good bream to be had around the weed beds.

MIDDLE CREEK & DEEP CREEK

The two main creeks feeding in to Narrabeen Lake, they are both very fishy at the mouth and both contain good numbers of bream and flathead. A good kayak option on windy days as they are protected. Deep Creek also has a very nice wadable flat at its mouth with plenty of bream around the edges. Deep Creek is best fished in a northerly wind and Middle Creek is best in a southerly, though both are reasonably protected.

HEN & CHICKEN BAY

Easily accessible to those in the Inner West, Five Dock and Gladesville areas. Head over to Henry Lawson Park and there is a large flat of weed beds in front of you. Hen and Chicken Bay is a haven for bream and flathead and has a favourable wind direction in summer nor’easters. The site of some of the club’s saltwater events it is a productive spot on the right tide. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when wading and enjoy.

BURNS BAY BRIDGE

Situated on the Lane Cover River the Burns Bay Bridge offers a wadable flat on the northern side of the bridge out past the first pylons. Best fished around the low tide for access, there are plenty of flathead waiting to ambush your fly. With the favourable wind direction being nor’east this is a good summertime spot.

NORTH HEAD

During winter time this place is like an Australian salmon highway with large schools pestering baitfish often. It is in front of steep rock cliffs so pick your day according to your watercraft.

BUNDEENA

For those on the southern side of Sydney looking for a day fishing, the Bundeena area has ample sand banks to fish. Constables Point is a good place to start. With the sandbanks being close to the entrance of Port Hacking many species can be caught. Use the map link to search the area as there are a lot of sand flats for the kayak angler as well.

Recommended Flies

  • Royal Wulf

  • Parachute Adams

  • Blue Beetle

  • Wooly Bugger

  • Bead Headed Nymph

  • Dropper

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