Salt Water Fly Fishing in the United Kingdom
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 Post subject: Cyprus
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 7:03 pm 
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Anyone visiting Cyprus this summer?

Don't for get to pack your fly rods lads, there is some good sport to be had in the harbours and inland dams. Good fishing harbours can be found all over the island and I have had good sport at Latchi, Pomos and Kato Pyrgos on the north side of the Greek part of the country, near to Paphos. I'm sure that the other small harbours will offer similar sport.

All the harbours hold bass and mullet and are best fished in the evenings and into the darkness. Most have street lighting nearby so you are not completely in the dark. As dusk approaches you'll see the predators ripping into bait fish. These could be bass or bluefish, or maybe baracuda so take a few light wire traces as used by pike fly anglers.

Mullet grow to about 7 kilos in Cyprus and whilst you will see a few shy ones in the daytime, the majority come into the harbours at night.

Off the beaches you will encounter saddled bream upto about a kilo or so although the average weight will be about a quarter of that. They are hard fighters and will take bread flies especially after chumming them up. I'm not keen on chumming, but when faced with a new bit of water it helps to give confidence that the fish are actually there waiting to be caught. Once they are onto the mashed bread they will accept most white bread like flies and you'll make a lot of friends with the locals who love to eat them.

There are plenty of wrasse near to rocks and other structures too.

Inland there are freshwater dams that hold big carp and large mouth bass. Many are situated close to the resorts, but are notoriously difficult to access unless you have a 4x4 or motocross bike and are willing to spend time exploring.

I've not managed a large mouth bass on the fly yet, but have seen plenty taking surface prey towards evening time and the local anglers get their share on small spinners. I reckon that summer evenings will be best for surface popper action. You will also encounter channel catfish, these give great sport and can be had on lures. I've had them on clousers and on bullhead type flies bounced across the bottom in shallow bays and they don't half hang on for their weight.

You won't find much in the way of fly tackle out there. Well, nothing to be honest. So take all you need and enjoy your holiday. :D



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