Wednesday morning saw Pete and Myself checking out what they had all been talking about the Namoi river below the dam the word was that there were some big carp in it. When we arrived at the water there where already two guy's fishing the car park section and more had already headed up stream so Pete and I head down stream we found a long broad hole with slow flowing water and only average visibility which looked great for Native fishing. We seen a few nice carp but had no luck getting them interested in our flies.
By now Pete was getting itchy feet and was keen to head back to the Dam and see if we could find some more big ones so after a early lunch we where off. On arrival at the bay that had seen all the action the day before, kayak man had already beaten us to it so we chose the next bay around so as not to disturb him. It was not long before we both found fish feeding and a couple cruising the bank as well and the first cruiser I covered that I thought had seen me as he had turned and headed out from the bank but he accelerated to grab my fly that had been placed only a meter in front of him and I was on. As I wanted to test my new prototype 8 weight Vale Creek Native Series rod I had chosen it for today and it did not disappoint handling the rampaging carp with ease that I did not think possible with an eight weight using only 6 lb tippet but I was blown away by the stopping power of this rod combined with the amazing tippet protection given buy the s glass blank.
I could hear Pete hooping and hollering from around the corner in the direction he had headed so new he was into some fish so headed round to see how he was going, he was having some fun seen lots of fish even broken a couple off and landed a couple. There where way more fish in his direction so we decided to fish together for a while and It was not long before I was covering another big carp and he was quick to take my fly once I got it in his sights and it was on for young and old as he tore off the the direction of some vegetation to my right along the bank and on this occasion my s glass could not save my six pound tippet and he did me in on the rubbish. We had a quick chat about my tippet selection while I tied a new fly on and then moved on a bit and I was not long till Pete was into a big one but it to was playing dirty to and heading into some small trees right on the edge and yes it done Pete on his twelve pound nitlon tippet. Pete went on to land 4 good sized carp for the day but had broken off or straightened the hood on seven fish all up. While I only managed only two the next fish was taken from around a tree stump and took me ten minutes to to get him to take my fly and as there where trees and stuff in all directions I had to keep him close and to my delight I manage to keep him out of all of it with my six pound tippet in tacked. After landing this fish I stood for a while watching a monster carp launching its self right out of the water only twenty meters away and another swirling on the surface only 30 meters out but had no luck covering them with a dry.
Day 3 seen me choosing to fish My eight weight Vale Creek Native Series again and although I covered some nice big cruising carp and some big muddying ones as well all I could manage was 3 hook ups all ending in pulled hooks it was not my day. Pete fished hard with both of us being on five fish each and on his way back to the boat he got lucky with a short but very fat carp taking his fly and this made it 6 to Pete and Five to me. While the fishing was hard with the rubbish from the dam rising all along the bank coupled with the algae making it difficult to find the fish and cover them it was made up for with Pete's good company and very strong fish when you did hook up.
Till next time happy fishing
My name is Mick Warren and with a passion for fly fishing and a life spent making parts in our Machine shop I decided to start building my own fly rods in 2011. I had been taught how to wrap guides and build reel seats when I was in my teens, now I am crafting beautiful fly rods.