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 […]


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 […]


Low flows, clear water and rising fish. Lot to like about the Goulburn.

Autumn Report, Goulburn River

You know its autumn on the Goulburn when the irrigation season ends and the flows back off. You don’t have to follow the reports from Goulburn Murray Water – you can tell the river has dropped even before you see it. The giveaway is the sudden increase in cars parked at Gilmores Bridge. The lower flows […]


Guy Fawkes River.

Exploring the New England Region in NSW

I’ve signed up to fish in my first flyfishing competition in May this year on the Tumut River. Stewart Dick – who regularly writes for this blog – convinced me to register a couple of months ago and I’m really glad he did, as it has been great having something to work towards to improve my fishing. […]


Lake or stream? I had a mental image of Wartook looking somrthing like this, which helped sway us.

Wandering Around Wartook

Perhaps more than any other month, April sees me torn between lakes and streams. On the one hand, it won’t be too many more weeks before a lot of streams slip into winter mode and are either closed, or too cold for anything other than fishing to prove it’s still possible. It would be nice to get […]



Eucumbene spawn run – prelude in G minor

The weekend shot by, even with a Friday chucked in for good measure. The weather had the feel of a change about it; a crispness in the air temperature, with dewy mornings and a lot of light, high level cloud that took progressively longer to burn off as the weekend passed. I’d planned some small stream […]


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Live from the Lakes – West Central Vic

It’s the first blast of really cold autumn weather that usually has me thinking seriously about the central Victorian lakes. So, after such a system hit last week, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to head out and see how these waters are going and the last three days provided that. It hasn’t been one solid […]


It was one of those days where you have to get everything just right..

Beginners and Autumn Streams

A month ago I introduced Aidan to the art of flyfishing and the joys of slapping down hoppers to hungry trout, intent on gorging themselves ahead of leaner times in winter. In hindsight, the fishing had been so good, it set an unrealistic benchmark for future trips. Despite warm weather and a number hoppers still jumping around […]


Choosing the right fly (hopefully!) for fussy Kiewa sippers.

Summer to Autumn, NE Victoria

After who knows how many thousands of kilometres of fishing trips (many with me in the passenger seat) Max’s trusty Range Rover was retired last week. From cruising country freeways, to crawling up and down goat tracks in the Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps, she never missed a beat – not in my company anyway. […]


The Royal Wulff is a buggy fly that trout all over the world have eaten for decades.

Maybe it’s me

So I’m at my fly vice with the usual array of fur, feather, plastic, cottons and silks, and some bizarre metal instruments that would seem more at home in an operating theatre or dental surgery, and I’m deep in thought. I’ve decided to go and fish a small stream near home, however I feel I’m short of the ‘right’ fly. […]