Perth Coastal fish species
He is correct. There are reasons for this.
The first is that both the reservoirs and rivers in that part of Australia are very warm and are better suited to native species of fish (trout were introduced into Australia in 1864) such as:
Callop (Murray perch)
Cod (Murray Cod)
and Australian Bass.
Now all of these will take a fly so he could change his tactics. If he went into a large tackle shop they will put him right. There are probably some clubs in Perth that specialise in this.
Now there is some trout fishing south of Perth in the Margaret River area and I think this in in Farm Dams. I suspect that most of these are run by tight syndicates and it could be difficult to break in.
My advice is to change the target species. There is a very good magazine out in Australia - Freshwater Fishing - that has articles about fly fishing for native fish species. He could e-mail the Editor who will also give him some direction I am sure.
But, he probably has some really great opportunities in the salt water. All estuaries in Australia hold a variety of salt water species which can be targeted with small flies around piers etc. In fact there are competitions organised for it.
are a few which come to mind.
Move to the rock formations on the sea and the whole world changes. Move to a small boat and there are large schools of Australian Salmon (up to 3 kgs) which take a fly with gusto.
Glass catfish2006-06-30 09:34:59 by Fish_of_the_hour
The first trait we notice about Kryptopterus bicirrhis is of course its transparency hence the common name of 'glass' or 'ghost' catfish. The body is virtually transparent with scattered patches of pigment on the head and underbelly. We can see the swim bladder inside the body cavity adjacent to the pectoral fins and other internal structures, such as the vertabral column, can be seen.
In its native waters of southeast Asia you would think that such a soft bodied fish would stand out and prove an easy meal for predators, but to the contrary the glass cat can prove itself to do a disappearing act in the more murky river waters of its habitat
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