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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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Stormy skies and clearing rain. Perfect?

A Tough Day

Between my own fishing trips near and far, I guide at Millbrook Lakes near Ballarat. That’s where I found myself on Monday, almost licking my lips in anticipation of a great day. After weeks of warm, sunny and often windless conditions, the weather systems were changing. The day’s forecast promised cloud, some rain and even […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Back to the trout rod.

Early Autumn, King Valley

With the autumn issue of FlyStream magazine to finish and some significant family events to attend, fishing time has been a little scarce lately. So when two clear days came up at the beginning of this week, it wasn’t a question of if, but where? When you’ve had a few weeks where the longest fishing trip […]

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The Snowy above Isaland Bend at low (environmental) flow.

Snowy Streams Pt 2

Having learned about the Snowy River at school, and read its name in famous poems, I’d always wanted to explore its upper reaches with a fly rod. As part of the Snowy Scheme, the river has three major dams along its course, with Guthega Dam at the top, then Island Bend Pondage, and finally Lake […]

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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 […]

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High country brook trout.

Hopper and Beetle Time, Snowy Streams PT 1

Good friend and long-time Crazy Trout Hunter, Darren, joined me and my father Rod for the beginning of a 7 day flyfishing adventure around the Snowy Mountains, based from my home in Cooma. We packed the necessary goods for an overnight mission, including fly boxes loaded with hoppers and beetles. Daz was full of excitement as we told him what he could expect, […]

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