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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 […]



Snowies Report – Tantangara and Nungar

Well, there isn’t an awful lot to report from the Snowies, other than there isn’t much snow, and it’s eerily quiet now the rivers are closed. Camps were being broken down and by Monday afternoon, processions of cars headed east and west out of town, the occasional backward look, a real sense of calm descending […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]