The Pink Thing is a famous fly in the northern parts of Australia for its ability to attract barramundi.
However its application across the flats and in the creeks of the Territory, Kimberly and Cape York see revered species such as mangrove jack, threadfin salmon, and feisty tarpon seduced by its charms.
Down south here in Victoria and Tasmania we are not blessed with such revered species, but none the less the Pink Thing tied in smaller sizes has a certain allure for the picky bream, pugnacious perch, and damned stupid flathead.
Autumn time in the estuaries of Victoria, Southern NSW and Tasmania is prime time for these species, and there can be nothing more enjoyable than wading the flats and fishing the gutters and drop offs and getting smacked by flathead and bream.
Further up the estuaries in the more tannin water amongst the snags the micro thing is like a neon sign to the perch. At this time of the year you are likely to find the yellowfin bream about the lower parts of estuaries and gutters adjacent to estuary mouths.
The fly, although ungainly looking, is not particularly difficult to cast or fish, unless you want to substitute the bead chain eyes for the heavier lead eyes.
The bead chain version can easily be cast with a 4 weight outfit, and playing the previously mentioned fish on a light outfit like this is just an enormous amount of fun, and your whoops and hollers are likely to attract some looks from other people thereabouts.
You will more than likely find that the pink coloured fly is going to be more attractive to bream and perch, substituting the pink for some chartreuse seems to get the flathead all goggle eyed.
Fishing the fly is simplicity in itself. Casting over the flats early in the morning before to many other people are up and about sees the flathead still laying in the shallows from the night before, as is evidenced by the many lies in the sand you see during the day. Short sharp strips 3-4 at a time will get the attention of the old frog.
As the light increases aim for the drop offs and colour changes again to try and snag the flatties. Fishing the little rocky outcrops and edges of the weed beds brings the fly into the bream zone that lay up inside the weed for cover.
Do not discount really weedy areas as usually there are little holes in the weed that you can drop your fly into and jiggle about; you may be surprised with some of the responses you get.
Early morning and evening time in the back eddies and slack gutters either side of the entrances often sees schools of yellowfin waiting for tide changes to move about. These fish go ballistic when hooked and will definitely take any kinks out of your fly line and leader, not to mention your back.
So next time your out and about, don’t even think, go the Micro Pink.
TYING INSTRUCTIONS and MATERIALS
|HOOK:||Mustad 34007 4/0|
|BODY:||Bucktail, and pink wool.|
|TAIL:||2x white hackle feathers and pearl sparkle flash|
|HACKLE:||3x pink saddles 1x grizzle|
|WING:||2x grizzle hackles|
|EYES:||Bead chain eyes.|