Even if the fishing was tough, the Aire River mouth was wildly beautiful as usual.

Casts and good Company – Apollo Bay

The long-established format goes like this: Max and I head to his place near Apollo Bay for a long weekend in midwinter, to be joined by Pete ands Mark. The date range is based on a decent late afternoon/evening high tide that coincides with a Friday to Monday, and we work back from there. This year, putting the four […]



New Season Underway in North QLD

Up on the north-east coast of Queensland, the summer wet season had drawn to a close. Though not the biggest on record, this ‘Wet’ brought enough rainfall for several major flushes through our rivers and wetlands, which should hold our fisheries in good shape for the year ahead. We’ve now settled into a stable early dry season weather pattern. The […]


All smiles as I claim a new species.

Saltwater Flyfishing around Sydney

For me, a typical day’s fishing starts by driving west. I head over the Blue Mountains and as the sun begins to appear, I veer down a 4wd track and drive towards a central-west stream. But last Friday morning, after going through my routine and loading up my fishing gear, I jumped in the car and […]


Matt and Rene preparing a Kingfish for release.

Auckland Kingfish

New Zealand’s trout fishing is undoubtedly world class, and for this reason I try to plan a trip there once a year. My latest visit was meant to be only slightly different to the last, joining four good mates to check out a few rivers in the North Island we hadn’t fished before. One of our major suppliers at The […]



3 Days Fishing Hinchinbrook with AFO

I’ve been guilty of ignoring Australian saltwater flyfishing opportunities till now. I knew I would do a trip one day but for me it would come after Venezuela, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Cuba and Christmas Island. Why? Most likely the same reason someone might want to catch a permit on fly or try and access a […]



Aussie Inshore Grand Slam

The AFO crew are winding down for their season 2014. The second half of the year saw great weather, some cool fishing and some new clients. One stand out for the season was a special day when Capt. Clinton Isaac (as our US guide mates like to call him) worked with regular AFO client Rod Kelley to […]


DB 6

Florida Tarpon

The AFO team have been off on holidays and what do flats guides do on holidays? They go flyfishing somewhere! This year the AFO team split up and some went tarpon fishing in Florida. The weather was great over there this season and we all know how that relates to sight fishing opportunities… The tarpon were […]



Christmas Island (Part Two)

Even in shallow water like this, the fish can be virtually invisible. The guide here is The Villages head guide, Neemia, who came to Tasmania and fished the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in 2012. Most presentations and takes were close range – as little as 5 feet from the rod tip, out to 40 feet […]


Lachie Hayes gearing up on the first morning.  The boats that took us to the flats were right at “The Villages”, less than a hundred metres from the doorsteps of our bungalows. Each morning it was just a matter of waking up to a comfortable 24 degrees, having breakfast, grabbing your fishing bag and walking to the boats.

Christmas Island (Part One)

I’ve just returned from my first bonefishing trip and I’m well and truly hooked. We spent two weeks at Christmas Island in Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas – the ‘ti’ in the local language is pronounced ‘ss’). The idea came about last winter when I was suffering cabin fever, and seemingly endless days below 10 degrees, and […]


The weather was the kindest it had been for weeks.

Winter Bream Fishing in the Otways

Okay, I love rain and benefits it brings to our lakes and rivers. And at this time of year, cloudy skies coupled with low temperatures mean almost zero evaporation. Much of south-eastern Australia has enjoyed (or should that be endured?) this combination for the last month and a half and it’s been great for run-off […]