In the net.

Eucumbene smelters (and mudeyes)

This weekend was the first time I’ve seen fish smelting on Lake Eucumbene. I’ve seen it in Victoria, in Tasmania, and in New Zealand but this was pretty amazing. It was dusk and my first thought was that a water rat was splashing in the shallows. Casting to the odd rising fish and walking along the […]


Cloudy skies are already clearing

Eucumbene report

Well Autumn has arrived and we’ve had a few days of very welcome rain and drizzle on the burnt countryside – which should take some of the heat out of the land, rivers, and lakes – but the sun is back today, as hot as ever. The warm water layer on the lake surface has been […]


Overlooking the Suicide Hole on The Eucumbene River

The ugliest rainbow?

You never stop learning as a flyfisher, and none more so than when you’re teaching. This weekend was first class. Three really eager fishers wanting to learn to cast, and a very experienced fisher wanting some flyfishing-from-a-boat tips. John, Matt and Kieran came down for the weekend and apart from the casting, we fished the […]


The Frying Pan arm heatwave

Eucumbene heatwave!

Like the rest of the State, we’re getting the heatwave and the lake is tough. Really tough. Hot and sultry conditions are driving the fish deep and even the trollers are whinging! So over the weekend Stephen and I set off for the Eucumbene River and fished downstream from Kiandra. A nor ’westerly wind channelling […]


Woods Lagoon brown

Five days in the Apple Isle

Mixing fishing trips with other travel doesn’t always work but Tasmania is such a unique place that days spent doing other things seem to go almost as quickly as those spent fishing. This trip was the same. A relaxing long weekend for Australia Day on the beach with a hill walk to Wineglass Bay merged […]


Droning the Eucumbene River

Snowies – hopper time?

The perfect conditions for hoppers involve plenty of grass, hot weather, and especially dry conditions. When it rains a lot, the hoppers and their eggs can disappear. Over the last few weeks on the Eucumbene River we’ve seen a lot of small hoppers. Then we have our weekly deluge and we don’t see them for a […]


Sunset over Providence

Snowies – Hot and Cold

It’s been a hot and cold week. Both the weather and the fishing. In Adaminaby we had gale force winds; 5 degree nights; over an inch of rain on one night; and 35 degree days. We didn’t know whether to wear a fleece or a T-irt. The highlights of the week from a fishing perspective […]


Enough to bring a smile to anyone's face

Snowies update

Lake Eucumbene has come alive with the warmer weather and all the bug activity, despite the cruel and harsh reality of steadily dropping water levels now at 52.45%, down from 57% at the end of October. I’ve had good reports of dry fly and emerger fishing from Providence all the way down to Middlingbank. The […]