Steve's Estuary Fly
Text and Photos by Steve Chatterton
|Hook||Gamakatsu SS15/T size 2|
|Eyes||Size 5/32oz. Chrome dumbbell|
|Tail||Rubber Fly tails - SM pumpkin/black flake|
|Body||Cyrstal chenille - chartreuse|
|Wing||Sparkle Flash - light olive pearl|
Over the last year or so I have put considerable effort into targeting estuary species such as bream, flathead, trevally and whiting in estuary waters around Wollongong. My endeavours were met with limited success and I related this fact to Scott Mitchell of the Alpine Angler. Scott told me there was no problem catching Bream on fly in Lake Illawarra and to prove this we made arrangements to have a fly and soft plastic outing on Lake Illawarra. I fished predominately with fly and Scott with soft plastics. Despite many changes of fly and technique it wasn’t until I swapped to my spin rod and soft plastics that I caught a fish or even had a hit. On subsequent trips I went through the same process with the same result. On analysing what was happening it wasn’t the delivery system that was the problem it was just that I couldn’t make any of my flies do what a soft plastic would do so I set out to change that. I needed a fly that could be fished like a soft plastic but could be delivered as a fly. The outcome is my estuary fly. My preferred colour is green as described below but of course pinks and other colours work well also. The hook type and size and dumbbell weight are important because I have found that thicker hooks such as the 34007 Mustad is too thick and heavy and wont turn over unless you use a much heavier eyes and then the fly is hard to cast and the action of the tail is impaired.
a) Starting at the eye wind the thread to the bend
of the hook and then back four fifths of the way toward the eye of the
a) Tie in the crystal chenille at
a) Take a small bunch of sparkle flash about half
as thick as thick as a match stick and tie it in on the bottom of the
shank and in front of the eyes so that the tag ends will cover the bend
of the hook.