The sheltered Moorabool shore where the trout were midging.

Moorabool and Winter Midges

Walking the shore of Moorabool Reservoir a couple of days ago with grey clouds racing overhead and a few spots of cold rain, I wasn’t confident I’d spot many trout. But then I rounded a point into a sheltered bay with friends Peter and David, and across about an acre of calm water, swallows were […]


Max fishing the Barham.

Flying Blind on the West Coast

Fishing blind? I know some people who just won’t do it. For them, it’s sight fishing or nothing. And it isn’t difficult to make an argument for the latter over the former. Aside from the immeasurable confidence boost that comes from casting to a fish you can actually see, there’s the excitement of watching its […]


Chris and Wendy with a wild trout - moving up high in the catchment to find cooler water mid summer proved effective.

Should I stay or should I go?

Working in a fly shop, I hear many stories about some people having great fishing – and some having poor fishing – on the same river or lake. A typical comment is, “How is it that my mate went there two weeks ago and cleaned up, yet I blanked on the same piece of water?” One thing to consider is whether that […]


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Cod and Trout in the Ovens Valley

Occasionally, along comes a fishing trip that’s so eventful in so many ways, I could barely do it justice with a small book, let alone a blog. So, this is going to be the merest precis of what just happened; the longer version can wait until I have time to digest a few things that are still swirling […]


Cod love flies.

Codference talks up fly opportunities

In the world of flyfishing many of us tend to think of trout or maybe a tropical flats fishery rather than our native species. But this is starting to change. As one of a series of species-specific conferences, Fisheries Victoria conducted a Murray cod based ‘Codference’ in Shepparton recently. The event, funded through the Victorian Government’s […]


Another nice Goulburn brown on the PTN.

Goulburn River – Forget the Forecast

Weather can play a major role in some angling decisions. However with storms forecast and a sultry sky, I decided to head to my favourite river anyway – the mighty Goulburn. I’ve never really let weather predictions impact on my choice to go fishing or not. I arrived at McMartin’s Lane mid morning, confident of finding a fish or […]


Those dark specs are drowning beetle larvae as a lake at Millbrook starts to flood long-exposed ground. The longer the edges have been dry, the more food is likely to be flushed.

Rising Water

I’d forgotten what it’s like to actually hope it won’t rain, at least for a few days! In 2014 and 2015, no such indulgence was permitted. Our average annual rainfall here around Millbrook is about 800 mm but the last two years each struggled to make 600 mm. The 400 mm deficit really showed and by this year we needed some decent precipitation – […]


This high bank on the north-eastern shore of Lake Bullen Merri provides an excellent winter polaroiding vantage point.

Some lake tips for winter

To segue from JD’s last post, a succession of cold fronts, plummeting temperatures and welcome rain have all seen stream fishing slip away in my mind, to be replaced by the lakes. From my home near Ballarat, I can’t easily count how many decent winter lake fisheries are less than two hour’s drive. Candidates that […]


The Mitta tailwater in autumn is a great place to be.

The Mitta Mitta in Late April

Some years ago I spent a year in England and looking at Australia from that distance, I missed Victoria’s north-east the most. I like the clear, strongly flowing streams. I like the mountains. I like the golden poplars in autumn. And I love the trout fishing even if it is challenging. In fact, it is […]


A serious fish on a fly rod!

Hervey Bay Tuna

A couple of weeks ago a mate George and I started discussing a fishing trip to Hervey Bay, with the idea of camping on the island and polaroiding flats all weekend. The initial plan to take the ferry over and hike up to the flats along the beach was knocked on the head when we realised it […]