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The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off! :(

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:10 am

Hi guys

I managed to arrange a day on the water with Fly FIshing Master Caster Brian Henderson again last week ...... he is quite enjoying this Kayak Kaper ..... he usually just wades or gets his tinny out to fly fish further afield .... I can see him putting one onto his birthday/Xmas wish list! :wink:

As we were just sitting there, discussing tactics, he dropped his fly into the water to wet it ...... and blow me down, his 'do nothing' retrieve resulted in a flattie jumping on!! It was within a rod length of the yak - he hadn't even CAST it!! :lol:
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Brian gave me a couple of topwater flies that he had made up that we'd had hits on with our previous outing ...... so we started casting towards any bits of structure we could find (fallen branches) or along weed lines etc & were getting lots of hits - we just couldn't convert them into hookups! :grr: Then Brian hooks up to a nice fish that took him a little while to bring to the yak!
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It went 36cm and was in great condition!
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Shortly after, I hooked onto a monster bream! It did a big arc away from the yak & started pulling me ....... I clamped my hand onto the rod, stopping the line & applying full pressure to the fish ....... the rod was fully bent over & I was relishing the thought of getting some photos of it - on the brag mat as well - cos it really felt like a prospective PB on fly ...... when 'PING' ....... NOOOOOOOOO! It busted me off! :beye: DAMN! I was really gutted! This was a REALLY GOOD FISH! :cry:

2 things I should have done .......

1) I should have let it take the fly line til it was 'on the reel' ...... and then played it on the reel ..... instead I choked it & it applied more pressure to the 10lb tippet than it could 'take' - perhaps it had 'touched' some underwater structure too, to make it break?

2) I should have chased it in the yak - silly me - I just sat there & let the fish try & drag me in the yak! :beye: DUH!! Rookie mistakes!!

After that, we continued getting some great hits & Brian got some more smaller fish ....... so I know we'll be back!! :wink:

A couple of days later, I headed out on my own! The day before, in Aldi, I had seen a set of 'Plug Drills' and thought I may be able to use them to make my own topwater fly!! For 4 different sized drill plugs for $6 - it seemed a cheap investment!!

Arriving home, I then found some 'solid' foam .... and tested the 2nd biggest drill plug! It worked just fine! :grin: I loaded up the hook with some silver thread, then using some UV cement, I forced the hook into a slit I had made onto the foam plug - and used a UV torch to 'set' the cement in place. Then using the same silver thread, I tied the rear of the 'plug' onto the hook & used some more UV cement to 'set it' .... also tying in some white rabbit fur as a tail. Ready to go!!
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Casting it out onto the shallows - I instantly got hits!! Then a hookup! Nothing big, mind you, but I was just pleased to get the hits!
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The 'skin' on the rabbit fur turned 'creamy' when wet & gave an interesting contrast to the white fur ....
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I spotted a prawn jumping & cast over to the general area & this breambo jumped on!! A slightly larger model! :lek:
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He was well hooked!
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When I attended the Forster Fly Muster in November, Bretto Wilson gave us all one of these finger protection thingies to wear so the stripping of the fly line didn't cut into your finger! In early Dec, just that had happened to me when I forgot to use them & I ended up with a massive infection in my finger, requiring antibiotics to remedy! So I make sure I wear them all the time now! (Michelle gave me hers as it didn't fit her finger!)

The OTHER reason I wear them is that the line slips over the fingers with no resistance at all! If you are stripping the line without them - the line grabs your fingers & you don't get a smooth retrieval!! :wink:
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So I had 'equalled' my PB of 2 fish caught on fly on the one day on MY OWN FLY .... so was even MORE chuffed ....... NEXT time, I hope to get bigger ones! :lek:

cheers

Roberta
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby windy_kid » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:00 pm

Nice work mate!

Shame about the one that got away. Great to see that you are catching fish on flies that you have tied. I'm yet to do that.

I'm taking a casting lesson this weekend so I'll have to get out on the water afterwards ands see if I can hook up on some fish.
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby arpie » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:24 pm

....I'm taking a casting lesson this weekend so I'll have to get out on the water afterwards ands see if I can hook up on some fish.....

Good one, Windy! It'll make the world of difference! You are probably like I was - just trying TOO hard!! At the Fly Muster, one of the Top Guns (who was helping everyone, along with Brian & Brett Wilson - ex Shimano & now Tackle World fame) told me I was using TOO much power! Trying to thump the line across the field ..... he said 'Half the Power! Half the Power!' Sure enough, now I use half the power & get better casts!

It isn't always about distance with Salt water fishing - specially in the bays. Don't get sucked into trying to cast the full length of the fly line! You only need to do half of it! :wink: Fishing fast flowing rivers is totally different to fishing salt water bays & the flats! :grin:

Good luck!

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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby rocketV » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:07 am

must be a great feeling to catch something on one of your own creations, well done :cool: :cool:
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby Freewily » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:32 am

Woohooo! :lek: Good stuff! Your fly is similar to the fly poppers I made. But I bought the kit online.
Those finger stalls are a great idea too. Shouldn't be too hard to make one. Maybe out of some cotton gardening gloves. :wink:
Great report Roberta. :grin: You can see when you are on a winner fly when the fish gulp it far into their mouths. :lek: You certainly have nailed fly fishing. Have fun. :grin:
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby arpie » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:45 pm

Thanks guys!

....Those finger stalls are a great idea too. Shouldn't be too hard to make one.....

These ones are from lycra type material, Will - I am not sure if cotton from gloves will 'do it'? See if you can find some 'shiney gloves' in the Sallies & Vinnies (that fit) & just cut the fingers off! haha I would love to be there to see you trying them on! :lol: :lol: I want to try double handed retrieve as well - as I got some good hits last week - but it was later in the day & i was getting tired. When going for bream & whiting on my regular topwater lures - I go super fast on my retrieve at times ....... but just can't do it fast enough with single handed fly stripping - and I am not as good at doing double handed retrieve sitting in the yak as I am standing up (and even then it isn't very elegant either! :idiot: )

... You certainly have nailed fly fishing.....

hehe, Having the 2 sessions with Brian REALLY helped me get over that 'hump'! He will show me the proper way to double haul from the yak too ...... mine is a bit 'half hearted' at the moment!! :lol: Also, recognising how fish HIT on topwater has made all the difference, I think! I EXPECT the fish to hit - whereas with sinking flies, you are sort of 'hoping'! I will get to the sinking ones again tho ...... soon! Having too much fun on topwater to be honest. (hehe Nothing Changes! LOL)

...must be a great feeling to catch something on one of your own creations...

Absolutely, Rod. You can even use those soft ear plugs as a 'popper base' if you like! I like the really compressed foam tho. I just made up 3 more whilst watching tv too! My first one is getting a bit hammered :grin:

I must go back to where I was busted off & see if I can find him again! :wink:

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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby Rodney W » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:15 am

Well done Roberta. It is great that you have tied up and caught on your own fly. We used to tie a similar fly on earplugs and because of its action in the water we called them "Madam Butterfly" after Suzie.

You are making me envious as I am not getting any fishing in because of the heat. I am planning to head over your way for a day trip the week after next so maybe we could catch up for a fly session which would be good. Have been tying up a few wets and dries to try out.

I don't get a chance to fish the salt often but I might mention that last SeptemberI fly fished from a boat in Swansea channel and over 2 days caught and landed 7 Salmon 4lb to 8lb and lost quite a few. I lost one to a huge seal which was awesome. It took nearly 15 minutes to land each fish and the power of them had to be felt to be believed. We will be doing it again later this year and as a matter of fact I went to Coal Point yesterday for a tying session with my club and we tied up Salmon flies.

Sorry to put the above in your thread.

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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby arpie » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:51 am

.... I am planning to head over your way for a day trip the week after next so maybe we could catch up for a fly session which would be good.....

Terrific Rod. A weekday would be better than weekends ..... less people on the water. I am tied up on Wednesdays and if a Tues I would have to be back by 2pm.

It'd be great to hit the water with you! WOW! Salmon at Swansea would be AMAZING fun! I BET they would 'go'!!

Did anyone get the seal incident on video??

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PM Me with possible dates & I'll try & get Brian out with us as well. :wink:
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby Rodney W » Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:19 am

Unfortunately no one thought to video the rogue seal nor was I the only one to lose a fish to him.

Have PM'd you

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Postby OzCrow » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:49 pm

I'm just soaking up these marvellous posts. I'm new to fly fishing still but from a kayak has my head in a spin.
Many thanks!! Such to learn..
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Postby Mackayak » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:24 am

Well done I haven't try fly fishing as yet but one day :wink:
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Re: The Master Caster bags a 36cm bream! Mine busted me off

Postby arpie » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:30 am

Hi Oz & Mac ..... it is definitely a challenge in the learning curve - but when that 'hesitation' on the back cast 'clicks in your brain' & you get the timing right every cast - it is just magic!

When you start catching fish on a regular basis - it is 100 times MORE buzz than the first time you caught a fish on a Soft Plastic or a Hard Body Lure!!!

If/when you decided to give it a go - see if there is a local fly fishing club near you & go along - not only will you see how they do it (and I bet they do classes as well) you may also be able to buy a rod/reel set without spending a motza.

Fly fishing stuff 'used to be' REALLY expensive - but in recent years, it has become a LOT more affordable. As with any sport - as you get better, you may want to upgrade your gear ...... you should be able to get into a fly rod/reel for no more than an 'average priced, good quality' spin rod/reel. Just rinse them both well after any salt water fishing.

I hope to hook up with Brian on the water again soon!

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