Barra are firing in Morrissey's but not for the fly fishers
Club Trip report by David Little
The morning of 26 February saw Ward, Bob, Richard S and Dave up bright and early to chase the elusive barramundi in one of the more "productive" creeks in the Townsville region. We were buoyed by reports of good captures coming from this sytem in recent weeks, and a lull in the wet season rains only added to our enthusiasm.
Early on our expectations were high, barra could be heard and seen almost everywhere that we weren't.... 2 or 3 meters too deep in the mangroves, or smashing live mullet in the middle of the channel. Despite the action, and the prolific schools of prawn and baitfish the going was tough. About an hour into the session, just before the others arrived, a rat finally took a gold-flash back deceiver he'd tied 2 weeks prior in preparation for our deceiver tying night. While not large, the 50cm plus fish put in a great showing on Dave's 6 weight, even providing a small aerobatics display. Once landed, the fish showed off its beautiful pink and silver colouring having obviously spent some quality time in the salt.
Despite spending the best part of the morning's run-out with flies in the water, Dave's fish was the only to be landed, and somewhat disgruntled we left for home at lunchtime. Maybe the combination of the fresh and the tide was just too much for a successful day on the fly.
This rat inhaled the small deceiver