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View Poll Results: What do you think about flyfishing for bream?
Nah, it doesn't interest me in the slightest. 5 20.00%
I could be interested in flyfishing at some time in the future. 7 28.00%
I like to mix my saltwater flyfishing along with my lure fishing. 10 40.00%
I'm a mad keen saltwater flyfishing nut and that's all I do. 3 12.00%
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:35 PM
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Fly-fishing for bream

Around 25 years back, I was a mad keen flyfisherman. It was pretty much the only fishing I did in those days. I was particularly interested in saltwater flyfishing.

Anyway, when my kids came along and I had to work hard to pay off the mortgage, my fishing took a backseat for years. When the kids were little I took up lure fishing for bream, as it was easier than flyfishing for them learn. That's when my passion for catching bream on lures really took off.

Now the kids are adults and I find that I'm thinking more and more about flyfishing again. I have lots of leisure time on my hands now that I have retired. I will always love catching bream on lures, but now there's time to do both.

I'm really enjoying my flyfishing. It's something pretty special when you manage to catch a decent fish on a fly you've made yourself. It's also great fun and also very satisfying tying your own flies.

I was just wondering how many other forum members like to dabble in a bit of flyfishing from time to time.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:12 AM
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the problem with fly fishing (for me anyway) is learning how to do it (casting) I have three fly rods that go unused because I don't know how to use them (despite knowing several people who do fly fish). The common reason for the lack of assistance is "get professional lessons, so I don't show you the wrong things" could be right I just don't know.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:44 AM
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Spent a bit of time here and NewZealand fly fishing. Like everything I do it was not a half measures thing, Did fresh and salt water at Bermagui and Apollo Bay.

Cant remember now why I quit, suspect it may have been through frustration, the excitement of tuna and albacore paled trout to shadows. Sadly a FinNor 12/14 was way out of my reach.

Bream would be a challenge, but I hear Cod calling, hopefully I will resist😎
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:53 AM
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the problem with fly fishing (for me anyway) is learning how to do it (casting) I have three fly rods that go unused because I don't know how to use them (despite knowing several people who do fly fish). The common reason for the lack of assistance is "get professional lessons, so I don't show you the wrong things" could be right I just don't know.
I'm a very ordinary caster. I'm sure I have many faults as I was only self taught. The thing is though, I can manage to cast a reasonable distance, usually far enough to get the job done at least and sometimes I can even be fairly accurate too, but most importantly I only rarely pin myself with my fly these days.

I was fly casting on the flats at Marlo one day and a young guy flicking lures worked his way along the bank towards me. We spoke for a while. I was feeling a little embarrassed about my lousy casting and I was surprised when he said, "I was watching you and man, it looks so graceful". I impressed someone at least, but I'm sure my ordinary casting wouldn't be very impressive to an experienced flyfisherman.

If I was you, I would just give it a go. The worst thing that might happen is that you could ingrain some basic faults into your casting technique. You might turn out to be a natural and you only get better with practice.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:47 PM
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I'm a very ordinary caster. I'm sure I have many faults as I was only self taught. The thing is though, I can manage to cast a reasonable distance, usually far enough to get the job done at least and sometimes I can even be fairly accurate too, but most importantly I only rarely pin myself with my fly these days.

I was fly casting on the flats at Marlo one day and a young guy flicking lures worked his way along the bank towards me. We spoke for a while. I was feeling a little embarrassed about my lousy casting and I was surprised when he said, "I was watching you and man, it looks so graceful". I impressed someone at least, but I'm sure my ordinary casting wouldn't be very impressive to an experienced flyfisherman.

If I was you, I would just give it a go. The worst thing that might happen is that you could ingrain some basic faults into your casting technique. You might turn out to be a natural and you only get better with practice.
Agree, have a go google Lefty Kreh he is an excellent teacher, would have made learning a lot faster had youtube been around.

Spent hours developing skills to long cast and caught everything within the length of the fly line!! Did not even have to shoot backing for tuna or salmon.
Key to salt water is stealth, need to be as water smart in the brine as the fresh.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:32 PM
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Hey John,
You have a fantastic saltwater fly fishing club near by.
http://saltwaterflyrodders.com.au/wp/
Check them out. Great group of guys who are all so willing to help and share their info. There is also a certified casting instructor in the club who offers free casting lessions to club members before the monthly meeting.
For anyone else new to fly fishing my advise is to hook up with a club and get some casting lessons. When you're on the water you then only need to concentrate on fishing and the casting will become second nature.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:29 AM
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I fly fish in both salt & fresh, great chasing the break and an EP comes along. Couple of small streams in gippy I regularly fish, in winter itís a great sport with the salmon.

John, a good start is your local park, short cast at a gentle waving of the rod.

Some links to help you or join a local club.

http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com

http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/video-...od-needs-to-do

http://www.flyandspincasting.com/FlyCasting.html
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:34 AM
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Still have my 6 wt.
Originally bought as a side activity on a trip to NZ north is, and ended up almost hooking a trout until i had tip wrap at the inopportune moment. Then it's just been repeat of the same story since: Pulling a fly out of a good GT's mouth as I saw it come up to grab it. And generally not catching fish.

Find it a bit hard to manage in windy conditions, or landbased where things get caught on the line. Probably a bit awkard throwing a 9 ft rod on a small kayak as well, so just haven't found the motivation to get over those hurdles.
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Around 25 years back, I was a mad keen flyfisherman. It was pretty much the only fishing I did in those days. I was particularly interested in saltwater flyfishing.

Anyway, when my kids came along and I had to work hard to pay off the mortgage, my fishing took a backseat for years. When the kids were little I took up lure fishing for bream, as it was easier than flyfishing for them learn. That's when my passion for catching bream on lures really took off.

Now the kids are adults and I find that I'm thinking more and more about flyfishing again. I have lots of leisure time on my hands now that I have retired. I will always love catching bream on lures, but now there's time to do both.

I'm really enjoying my flyfishing. It's something pretty special when you manage to catch a decent fish on a fly you've made yourself. It's also great fun and also very satisfying tying your own flies.

I was just wondering how many other forum members like to dabble in a bit of flyfishing from time to time.
I wouldn't know how to do it but it looks awesome. I am currently learning to lure fish for Bream, I have always thought it was a natural progression in a scale of how awesome some one is at fishing LOL with Bait at the bottom end, lures mid range and fly being the ultimate skill.
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Old 16-01-2018, 11:28 PM
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I wouldn't say that there's a natural order of progression when it comes to fishing. There are old blokes around who have bait fished for their entire lives and they probably would know as much as, or more about fish and their habits as anyone. Going from bait to lure and then to fly is perhaps a progression for some of us, but not for everyone.

I would rate myself as a crap bait fisherman, a reasonably good lure fisherman and a very mediocre fly fisherman.
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