Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

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Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby Bwak » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:26 pm

Hey guys
Have heard that lake Wyaralong is good for fly fishing for carp. I am keen to give it a try soon. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience fishing there and fly fishing for carp in general.
I have never targeted carp and would love to know anything about flies needed and weather its best there from a kayak or land based.
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby hillbilly » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:38 pm

I gave it a go a year or so ago there out of the kayak and with another fly fishing mate also in a kayak but we both caught nothing. I have heard of a few people catching them on fly there but the flies they used and the locations in the dam were are a little sketchy. We used a few different flies and burleyed up with bread. I may give it a go there again some time in the future as it is a species that is supposed to go very hard on fly. A fellow from another club gave a presentation at one of our fly casting nights and it certainly convinced me to try it again. He sight fished for them though close to the bank in both dams and rivers. Bill
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby StevePeach » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:45 pm

Carp are a great fly target, but they are not easy, at least not in my experience. They can spook very easily in clear still water, so you need to be quite stealthy in approaching them. They feed on the bottom (unless you are berleying with bread). Popular flies seem to be wooly buggers or nymphs, with long light leaders fished very very slowly or completely still on the bottom right in front of the fish, and striking when it looks like they have taken it.

On bread flies they are much easier, if you can get through the ducks and geese!

They go pretty hard particularly with a strong initial run.

Good luck with it, they can be quite challenging to catch but certainly a worthy species on fly.
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby Bwak » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:53 am

Cheers guys
Think I will give it a look soon. I like the idea of shore based Polaroiding them. I use to live in tassie and all we did was Polaroiding the shallows in the western lakes for trout. So will grab some of my trout woolly buggers and nymphs and give it a crack soon.
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby Bwak » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:16 am

Went out the dam the other day and looked around for some carp.
Spotted a few and all of them were cruising mid water. I had tied up a couple of woolly buggers size 10 flies in a variety of colours. Tied on a brown rust one and cast to a few fish. Most time the fish inspected the flies but couldn't make them eat. Finally saw a good largish fish cruising the shore. I cast it a foot in front of it, he inspected it and I stripped the line and felt weight.
The fish took off into the centre of the lake pulling fly line off my reel in two big long runs, I then reeled it about halfway back in before another good run. These fish really do pull hard especially on fly. My 6 weight was put through its paces.
After about 10 minutes I had landed my first carp on fly.
I wish I had targeted carp earlier. They are a really good sports fish. They can be stalked and polarioded from the shore. They are really spooky and stealth is required and they are tricky to get to eat.
I definitely will be giving carp more attention. Really good fun!
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby hillbilly » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:42 pm

Well done Andy. I still haven’t got out there yet but my mate Les has been three times. He fished off the bank each time. The first time he got two, the second time one and the third time nothing. I just rang him now to see where he fished but could not make head nor tail of where it was as I’ve only been there once before. All I know was that he drove along some dirt road for a distance. He caught all of his on a brownish Bass Vampire/Leach pattern of which he added a bit of foam to so it would sink slowly. All fish were sight cast to in about 30 - 40 cm of water. Don’t forget you are not allowed to throw them back but I’m sure you knew that. Look forward to seeing some photos in the future. Regards Bill
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Re: Lake Wyaralong fly fishing

Postby Bwak » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Yes I knew you had to destroy the carp once caught Bill. Yeah they are really a lot of fun on fly.
Have some pictures but Can't seem to be able to post photos on here?
Also Just wondering if anyone knows of any creeks that have carp in them that you can sight fish in down the southern Gold Coast or over the border into nsw area. I live down that way and would love to have a go at some in small creeks.
Any info would be appreciated.
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