Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Majors Creek

Fishery 4 Rating

Waterway Type

Creek
Creek

Catchment

Clarence River catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Reliable dry fly fishing for most of the season
  • High population density of small-medium rainbow trout

Target Species - Seasons

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rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

Majors Creek is stocked regularly with healthy numbers of rainbow trout. For the most part, the creek is narrow and shallow and is very conducive to dry fly and nymph presentations. The fish generally aren’t big, most around a pound or two, but are normally very willing.
Like most New England Tableland fisheries, the trout here are opportunistic and not fussy with what they eat. For the majority of time, an angler will find success with a simple dry dropper rig. Wulff and Adams variants work well, as do stimulators. As the temperatures rise through late spring and into early autumn, hopper patterns and other larger dry flies can be very effective, and a lot of fun. Nymph patterns need not be overly prescriptive, but keeping them around a size 14 to 16 size is recommended.

Access

Trespassing on the New England Tableland streams of late is rife. The issue is so bad that landowners are starting to rethink allowing stocking to occur on their properties in an attempt to discourage anglers. As very little natural recruitment occurs on these northern streams, this would have dire consequences for the New England Tablelands trout fishery – especially after severe drought. Please respect the landowners that call the region home.
Public access points to these rivers and creeks can be found on the NSW Angler Access map through the NSW Department of Primary Industries' website.
Majors Creek runs almost entirely through private property. However, there exists a Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) on the true left bank of the creek immediately downstream of the Waterfall Way road bridge. This is public land (it encompasses part of the Bicentennial National Trial) and can be used to access Majors Creek. For specific information on the location and access, see the NSW Angler Access map.

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Royal Wulffbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Parachute Adamsbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Claret Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#8 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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