Fly fishing for flathead

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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby pwalnuts » Sun May 13, 2018 5:13 pm

I've tried it a few times but the most I've managed was a mullet. :(
I use an 8 weight rod with an intermediate sink tip line, allows the fly to hit the bottom in 1-2 metres of water pretty quickly.
Good luck, post your results :)



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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby smile0784 » Sun May 13, 2018 7:18 pm

As some.have said getting to the bottom could be a issue.
Could you put a split shot to help sink

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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby sirsquidalot » Mon May 14, 2018 6:57 am

pwalnuts wrote:I've tried it a few times but the most I've managed was a mullet. :(
I use an 8 weight rod with an intermediate sink tip line, allows the fly to hit the bottom in 1-2 metres of water pretty quickly.
Good luck, post your results :)


thanks for pitching in, any info will help.

I was thinking that when i go out i might take the light spinning gear as well and do some prospecting with soft plastics, then switch onto fly when i've tracked em down.

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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby greggo » Mon May 14, 2018 8:50 am

I used to catch them in NSW from the around oyster racks and sand flats when targeting Bream. They are fun and go hard. Be prepared to lose a few flies though, as their headshakes tend to saw through tippets. I was using little shrimp pattern flies, slowly working them along the bottom. Though I've also had them take surface and top-water flies as well in shallow water. All this fishing was done in no more than waist high water.

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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby pwalnuts » Mon May 14, 2018 9:19 am

sirsquidalot wrote:I was thinking that when i go out i might take the light spinning gear as well and do some prospecting with soft plastics, then switch onto fly when i've tracked em down.


Locating them has been my problem as well. In a river I can locate fish pretty consistently, lakes and open water not so much.

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Re: Fly fishing for flathead

Postby Basti » Mon May 14, 2018 9:42 am

nice to see some fluff chuckers come out of the woodwork. I haven't targetted flatties on fly yet but i've got an inter line for my 6wt that'll do the job. been meaning to wade some bay beaches for them. from what i gather, north melb, carrum/parkdale and the area around dromana are pretty good



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