Predatory Fish Species

Click the image to open in full size. Munro,

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.

Click the image to open in full size.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.
Mullet ,
Bream ,
Australian Salmon
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.

"Many fisheries are in trouble."

2010-02-16 13:22:52 by krizpy99

Worldwide, it is estimated that some 90 percent of species of large predatory fish are gone. Domestically, of 230 assessed U.S. fisheries, 54 stocks are classified as overfished, 45 are experiencing overfishing, and the status of just over half of the nation’s stocks are unknown. (See what Environmental Defense is doing to address the challenges.)
America's fishing communities are also suffering. The collapse of New England's cod fishery in the early 1990s cost an estimated 20,000 jobs. About 72,000 jobs have been lost because of dwindling salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest alone

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