The Last Wild Trout – Book Review

SHOP ONLINE FOR GREG’S NEW BOOK HERE Having just finished a fairly harrowing biography of wartime Resistance hero Nancy Wake, I was uneasy about the dark title of Greg French’s new book. Call me shallow, but I just wasn’t in the mood for an apocalyptic prophecy regarding my favourite fish. I needn’t have worried. ‘The […]


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IFTD New Gear Summary

The International Fly Tackle Dealers (IFTD) show has been and gone for another year. There were more exhibitors and attendees than ever at this year’s show; which has been a trend since IFTD combined with the “gear” show ICAST. While last year was relatively quiet regarding new rod releases, this year was the opposite. If you’ve been living in […]



Australia’s best trout flies revisited

Have I got the right fly on? That’s one of the questions I inevitably ask myself when I turn up to the edge of a trout lake or stream. Despite my insistence on the importance of presentation, an element of hypocrisy is unmasked when the likes of Craig Coltman or Christopher Bassano tell me they’ve been […]


The Waioeka River.

Late Autumn, North Island of New Zealand

I remember my first trip to New Zealand with John about ten years ago. It took all of an hour to organise. A quick email to Felix at Owen River Lodge to check availability, flights booked and calendars blocked. Busy people get things done! This current trip took a bit longer to organise. John has since […]


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 […]


A nice sailfish carefullly lifted into the boat for photo.


Billfish of all species are considered to be at the extreme end of flyfishing targets. Of these, sailfish are thought to be the fastest fish in the ocean. To put in perspective just how fast, a sailfish can swim at around 112km/h while a tarpon comes in barely half as quick with a top speed of ‘only’ 56km/h! It makes sense […]



Spring Issue of FlyStream Magazine out now

Our eighth issue is hot off the virtual press. Depending upon your location, the spring trout stream season has started or is going to in the next few weeks, so Joshua Hutchins has taken it upon himself to offer 10 steps to your stream fishing success this year. To back him up with a more technical bent, Craig Coltman […]


Trying the new lines 'in the field' at Millbrook.

Scientific Anglers Day at Millbrook Lakes

This week, Mayfly Tackle’s Andrew Summers organised a retailer’s day at Millbrook Lakes to showcase Scientific Anglers’ new range. On hand to help explain the new gear were SA’s two gear gurus from the USA, Jeff Pierce and Andrew Bosway. The Orvis Company acquired Scientific Anglers nearly 2 years ago and since then they have been […]