new to this forum, Craig this is quite a wealth of info on this site to say I am impressed would be an understatement. I have done plenty of lure fishing and live baiting over the years but just recently I have been keen to try a bit of salt water fly fishing……I am really keen to try it out in the seaway especially when the surface feeding critters are about. I would love to score a decent GT on fly. Just wondering if anyone here has any experience fly fishing the seaway. I will let you know how I go in my quest as I give it a try.
Flyfishing does work very well in the seaway. I dabbled with it for a couple of months in 2013 and caught a few fish with it, but nothing big. It takes quite a bit of practice to get good at it, particularly getting the fly in the right zone. Flyfishing in the seaway is less casting and more like deep fly. Letting your line sink to the bottom and stripping it back. The most common flyline used is a striper IV and they even add pea sized sinkers to the end to really get the fly down fast. Best fly is a white bucktail fly with a red belly and a bit of flash.
There are two older guys who only flyfish and they do catch some nice fish, Vince and Andrew. Andrew(guy with the beard and straw hat)is the top Flyfisherman and catches more fish in the seaway than anyone I know. He does fish hard though. If you can get Andrew to talk to you then you’ll learn alot about flyfishing the seaway.
Hey Craig, thanks for those tips, I have just purchased an 8 wt with sinking line so but have a spare spool with floating too in case some surface action happens. I will buy a heavier set up once I feel I am getting the hang of it. Thanks for those tips, i will track down some of those flies. This site is a great resource too mate, I too believe in who shares wins so I will post up some of my progress.
Unfortunately I am working away on an oil rig in the Timor sea right now but in a couple of weeks I will be heading on a cape york trip with the family and will be fishing up there for about 3 weeks so I can give the new gear a run.
So in about 5 weeks I will finally get back home to give the seaway a go. I will post up how I go and if anyone here sees the boat in my avatar out there, feel free to come over and say hi.