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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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