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A Short Winter’s Day at Purrumbete

After a leisurely start this morning, which included washing ice off the windscreen, Raymond and I arrived at Lake Purrumbete around 11 am. The sky was mostly blue, the water its usual midwinter clear, and light ripple brushed across the lake, fading from time to time to dead calm. I walked inland and down to […]


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Proposed regs. promote Put & Grow, and wild trout

After extensive consultation, Fisheries Victoria are proposing two important changes for the better to Victoria’s trout fishing regulations. First up, for our wild trout fisheries in north-east Victoria, the proposal is to introduce a 25cm minimum size for trout and to reduce the bag limit from 5 to 3 trout for the following waters: Nariel […]


Max fishing the Barham.

Flying Blind on the West Coast

Fishing blind? I know some people who just won’t do it. For them, it’s sight fishing or nothing. And it isn’t difficult to make an argument for the latter over the former. Aside from the immeasurable confidence boost that comes from casting to a fish you can actually see, there’s the excitement of watching its […]


Where there's water, there's hope - we went from nothing but cold fingers, to double hook-ups.

Bream, and a final stream trout

The arrival of winter used to bring with it a sense of slowing down as my flyfishing options contracted to lake fishing for trout. Not that I didn’t enjoy the winter lakes – still do – but in fishing terms, the closed streams counted towards a nett loss. Then, several years ago, I discovered the winter bream fishing on Victoria’s […]


More idyllic water - there's not much else on the Test!

A day on the Hampshire Test

Stockbridge in Hampshire is one of those towns which really comes alive during the flyfishing season, with mayfly hatches bringing fishing tourism to its peak during May. The town is well located with the famous River Test running through it and various gastro-pubs and hotels servicing the generally well-to-do clientele chasing the Test browns. In the heart of […]




The latest issue of FlyStream has arrived. There’s lots to read up on for sunnier times, but also plenty to get you out on the water right now, avoiding cabin fever. Most streams may be closed, but I rate the next 3 months as one of the best times to hit the Victorian lakes. With water conditions […]


Kiel with a big midge feeder from Tumut Pond Reservoir.

Late Autumn in the Snowy Mountains

There’s something about the Snowy Mountains late in the season – crisp cool air, autumn leaves in full colour and usually, spectacular flyfishing. This inspires me and a few mates to make a last-ditch effort to fish the streams and lakes before winter truly closes in. This trip, we fished three spots: the Eucumbene River, some high country streams […]


Autumn colours on the Tumut - a very pretty (and productive) time to fish.

Tumut River Flyfishing Competition, May

Over the 6th and 7th of May, I was fortunate to fish in the NSW river comp which was held on the Tumut river. During much of the year, the Tumut runs very high, around 5000ML/day or more due to irrigation demand. However, in autumn it can drop back to 900ML/day, which is a perfect […]


Chris and Wendy with a wild trout - moving up high in the catchment to find cooler water mid summer proved effective.

Should I stay or should I go?

Working in a fly shop, I hear many stories about some people having great fishing – and some having poor fishing – on the same river or lake. A typical comment is, “How is it that my mate went there two weeks ago and cleaned up, yet I blanked on the same piece of water?” One thing to consider is whether that […]


Max trying to dodge the Talbot redfin while waiting for a rise.

Late Autumn or Early Winter? Tullaroop and Talbot

The calendar might say autumn, but winter certainly seems keen to grab the stage up here in the central highlands of Victoria. While we haven’t had much rain compared to our sopping-wet April, May temperatures are already running below average, and we’re still in the supposedly warmer half of the month. Packing for yesterday’s lake […]