Estuary rig 16 – Fly fishing

Northern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, queen fish, emperor, salmon, barramundi, cat fish, sooty grunter, and most of the more aggressive, northern estuary species.

Southern target species

Bream, whiting, flathead, trevally, tarwhine, mulloway, salmon, herring, tailor and most of the more aggressive, southern estuary species.

Popular baits

No bait necessary for this rig!

Fishing method

The fly fishing rig is designed to present artificial fly’s to fish in the most appealing and natural fashion possible and will account for a large number of species in most estuary environments. Fly choice and retrieval is a key factor when fly fishing in Australia’s estuary systems!

Terminal tackle used

Fly lines – #5 WT up to #12 WT fly lines are preferred for most estuary uses.

Leader or tippet – Fluoro carbon 4 – 80lb breaking strain. Simple fly leaders may be constructed by joining two thirds of a rod length of heavier leader to a third of a rod length of lighter leader. Example – two thirds of 40lb to one third of 30lb.

Fly’s – Small crazy charlies and Clouser minnows are well suited to smaller estuary species with deceivers and larger, bait fish profiles better suited to larger fish.

Casting distance

20 – 60 meters, dependent on angling skill.

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