Wedge-tail with a rabbit.

Eagles and Flyfishing

I caught up with local angler Martin Scuffins this week. Martin is one of those people who’s so multi-talented, if he wasn’t such a nice bloke, it would be annoying. Despite his protests to the contrary, he’s a capable flyfisher (which he demonstrated when we went chasing midge feeders), gifted wildlife artist and accomplished musician. […]



Eucumbene River Spawn Run

The Eucumbene spawn run isn’t for everyone – but for anyone wanting to catch a decent fish that’s keen to be caught it can be a lot of fun. For those worried about the ethics of spawn run fishing, we need to remember that all over the world there are recreational and commercial salmonid fisheries […]



In the Footsteps of Frank Sawyer

Below me, the ghostly grey shape hovered over the gravel in the rain-stained chalk stream, occasionally darting left or right, intercepting invisible nymphs. I glanced at Keith and he gave me the nod. I tapped my rod and the non-descript nymph dropped off the penultimate rod ring. I breathed slowly, trying to calm my nerves. […]


Casting on the front lawn.

Casting for Recovery, NZ

This is not your typical flyfishing blog, but please read on….. I moved to New Zealand 13 years ago and luckily chose the wonderful Owen Valley to establish my wee fishing lodge. I was lucky principally because of the sensational people who lived in the valley, particularly Braden & Robyn Cooper and Ross & Pauline […]


A bream's life

It’s a bream’s life!

I first met Anthony Heiser (right of pic) on Lake Eucumbene in a blizzard. I was walking along the bank with my backpack covered in snow – he was sitting in his car and offered me a cup of coffee.  Anthony is heavily involved with Canberra Fisherman’s Club and chases ANSA points and lines class […]



@ Home with Will Minson

As part of Channel 7’s @Home series screened on Saturday nights to promote the AFL Players official charity, Ladder ( Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson tells us he feels most at home on the water flyfishing. “I can spend a whole day fishing, and not catch a trout, and it’s still a bloody good day.” Will says. […]