Local weir

by Dean Price

caught over 30 of these little fellas

caught over 30 of these little fellas

I never enjoyed fishing the local weir. It is the end of a large saltwater system and a barrier for where the fresh water starts. There is a couple of fish ladders so that fish can swim between the two waters for spawning.
A western fly rod is too short for effectively fishing off the weir and line control is just too hard even with a stripping basket. Fishing with bait is a little too easy with bass and bream eating anything from worms to bread and chicken.
I have been fishing with a kebari fly and a Daiwa 5.3M and found that this is an effective way to keep the fly in the strike zone for longer periods of time. The long skinny nature of the Keiryu rod allows for a nice twitch style retrieve. I have now caught 4 different species and have been enjoying some quality fishing all with the one fly. It is great that these rods are so adaptable for this style of fishing in fast moving water and it is certainly easier than getting the boat out.

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