Kimberely Lyne River trip

Been planning a trip to the Lyne for a while so tagged along with some local mates for a three day expedition. Three boats in all and the other two boats full of flyfisherman.

 Fly fishermen, like their long wands are full of long stories of big fish in remote locations....... so it was going to be a great time.

Heading out from Wyndham ramp with three days supplies. This was going to be a camping trip in the wet season......

Following the lead boat of Troy and Matt, both experienced flyfisherman

Half way point and no return...... nice chocolate coloured water here in the Gulf.

After reaching the Lyne time to head up and explore the fishing options


Cast plenty of lures but no interest.....time to troll and see if that draws a fish..... while not a Barra very happy with Josie's first Jack after some quick instructions on the art of trolling. Fell to a classic 10+ Guns and Roses.  

The only fish we scored for the day and after 55 miles in the boat time to head for camp.

Some wild country this end of town. Time to moor the boats

and set up camp

One thing about the Kimberley is the sunrise

Especially with a Boab or two fringing the escarpment

So with day two came the full day of fishing. Expectations were high with so much country to explore. With VHF turned on we seperated to go our own way. Given the pulling power of the latest generation of Japanese lures when I was chasing bream down south it was time to cast many a lure from my recently aquired new age Japanese lures......those Ima Flint look sooooo good......... but alas no Barra interested....... Throughout the day, Josie, who has very limited fishing experience, mastered the skills required to cast small plastics amoungst the wood. Very happy with the results of the new found rod handling ability

And while not the biggest Queenie for someone who couldn't cast a rod in the moring it's a fine capture.

While Josie caught a few other fish there was no Barra on lures for me. Josie did drop two Barra that day, one on plastic that smashed the lure at the boat, jumped and spat the hook while a good 80+ fish smashed the classic on the troll but threw the hooks upon jumping. Needless to say no fish in boat but spectacular strikes and jumps to keep us excited. The fly fisherman had a better day with a few Barra boated.

I was somewhat dispondent at the complete lack of interest by Barra in the lures so I thought long and hard about why...... after talking to the 'wanders' it became evident the size and speed of lure was critical. Something to mull over and sit patiently, like the boats, while I contemplate what to do on day three, our last. 


Waking in the morning to low tide and the photo gives you an idea of the manitude of the tidal fluctuataions here......

Day three dawned blue and like my boat that has recently had a conversion (from centre console to side console) change needed to occur.......

Time to consolidate and target gutters, it had occured to me that I was doing something wrong at the gutters....and size it was! The gutters I was passing up were too big so concentrate on small ones..... This one was a little two big.......

So for the rest of the morning we hit really small gutters and we bid managed a few Barra. I had shelved the lures and tied on a plastic. This time it was a 1/4 TT with a 3" Slam white minnow. Cast into the gutter and bounce it out. Any Smacked by Barra but soon threw the hook mid air though........ Must say, never have I come accross a place were all hooked Barra jump.... but given none in the boat, the aerials make up the excitment high. Gota love those aerial flips...... 

The 'wanders' pulled a few fish on the trip but nothing big unfortunately. Lucky in this neck of the woods with wide open skies, escarpment country and no other distractions, its a bonus in this country if you catch a fish 

Even sleeping in stinking hot, sweaty conditions ain't gona stop me from returning again cause I now know were the Barra hide.........





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Looks like beautiful scenery

Fri, 2010-12-31 14:15

Looks like beautiful scenery there Damo, and Josie getting a queenie on her first day casting is a great acheievement, irrespective of size.

Perhaps you better plan the return trip though to sort out those barra!


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Yeh all good

Fri, 2010-12-31 14:12

Return trips for sure, could list a few reasons for no fish but it doesn't really matter as it's the journey that counts.

Still not going to the dark side yet (i.e. live baiting).....

But certainly learn't a lot which is critical when fishing new country.

No string here though ... ha ha


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Great report Damo, boys

Fri, 2010-12-31 15:34

Great report Damo, boys adventure stuff there looks mint!

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looks like an awesome trip

Fri, 2010-12-31 15:56

looks like an awesome trip damo.......great report mate.....


The Kimberley....perfect one day and more perfect the next!!!

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all work and no play PJ

Fri, 2010-12-31 16:41

aint good for the soul

got to get out an explore some mate

be doing plenty more trips so about time we catch up

I'll give ya a call, with this rain Penticost tomorrow may be cancelled until Sunday/Monday

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At least with scenery and a

Fri, 2010-12-31 16:01

At least with scenery and a trip like that, missing out on landing some fish isnt so bad. At least there was a fair bit of action though. Hopefully next trip will be more productive on the fish. Would super sharp back to back singles decrease the chance of thrown hooks perhaps? Otherwise, if you attached the treble to a length of line to the front of the lure, and then used a bit of gardening wire or lacky band to hold it at the tail, the hook would be in the right position for a hookup, but in the air, the fish wouldnt be able to easily use the lure for leverage to throw? Kinda like a jigging assist held in place. Havent heard of anyone doing that though.


Was looking at the first pic and thinking: "That looks exactly like Damo's boat, but the console isnt in the way". The side console setup looks like it gives a lot more room up front. Still considering adding a front casting deck?

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surprised you missed the trihull

Fri, 2010-12-31 16:43

Wanders who have fished with you at boneheads.........

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Dont actually know any

Fri, 2010-12-31 17:04

Dont actually know any trihulls. Might know the guys by name though.


Also, remembered re Paloran:


While wandering, did the wanders and wanderer wonder about the nautral wonders of the Kimberly?

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Pretty special part of the

Fri, 2010-12-31 16:15

Pretty special part of the world up there.

There is a few guys doing the assist hook thing on hardbodies hlokk. Funnily enough its in places like Kunnunurra where the big fish are prevalent that this type of experimentation is most common.


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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Yeh still getting the lecci

Fri, 2010-12-31 16:37

But thats next years project and looking at the new i-pilot. Got to start with the internals and the new extra room with the side console is great.

Plenty of big fish last year, the weather this year is not 'normal' so throwing the fish around so the locals tell me....but not an excuse, I just have to aclimatise to the new environments. Still haven't been landbased and a mate from work has been cleaning up at the Penticost. Might have to wander out but nothing like floating down river just taking the Kimberley in casting a few lures (and practice never hurts).

Regarless of hooks, assist hooks etc if the bard is crushed they don't hold as good and most prefer the safety aspect and handling options when releasing Barra. Unlike the NT the Barra here are open to commercial operators and hammered they get..........hence concentrating on really small gutters!

But thats the draw card here, the endless options for adventures  


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Thats nice and stuff!!

Wed, 2011-01-05 20:06

but I will have to wander up your way and show you how its done!!

Dont worry though Iam jealous. That is some very special landscape there. Would love to see it in the raw!!

PM sent biatch!!



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 thats a great looking place

Wed, 2011-01-05 20:18

 thats a great looking place to forget about life for a while. never ceases to amaze me with such contrast of landscapes. pity there was no barra landed and well done to Josie for sticking with it and scoring a few fish and learning the art of casting


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Awesome report Damo; as said

Thu, 2011-01-06 07:18

Awesome report Damo; as said 'a fish is a bonus' in that country.

Nice work on the side console too.

Cheers Pete