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Tweed weekender

It was Nicks 30th not long ago. To celebrate last weekend a few of us headed out into the country to his families property in the Southern highlands. The objective was simple. Eat well, drink well, play board games and do a little bit of fishing on the side. Its a long drive from Melbourne so we had to make the most of it…

Down by the river
Down by the river
Learning to cast (and quickly!)
Learning to cast (and quickly!)

The theme for the weekend was tweed, so we all looked pretty damned fine. On the fishing front, we got in a few sessions. We landed a few rainbows and a brown. Nick spooked a monster trying to get a cast into an impossible lie in one of the creeks. A couple of folks who had never played with fly rod before had a cast and enjoyed it. The dogs had a ball. We ate well, Nick made some killer pork rolls, Perrin knocked up a stellar lamb stew. The whiskey went down a treat. A few of us re-discovered the delights of fortified wine (as a side note, cask port is apparently the cheapest way to get drunk- cheaper for each unit of alcohol than anything else. Thats why we used to take in on all our camping trips), its ace. And thats how we finished off the trout season. In style. Cant wait to do it all again soon…

Tweed. Its pretty fantastic
Tweed. Its pretty fantastic

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Release
Release
Fishing dog got cold.
Fishing dog got cold.
Sunset
Sunset

perrintrout

Till next time

Cheers

Hamish

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10 thoughts on “Tweed weekender

  1. Why dont we organize a “Cane and Tweed Day” for the forum? Or just a “Tweed Day, as not everyone has a bamboo fly rod.
    Steve.

    1. Sounds like a great idea to me. Maybe for the start of the trout season? I have a bamboo rod, but its about as low class as they get, so I think we stick with just a tweed day 🙂

      Cheers
      Hamish

      1. We’ll have to work out a destination before the trout season reopens in September. I have a bamboo rod that I picked up at a garage sale some years ago that is in good fishable condition as well as a wooden reel that holds a level fly line with a furled leader. It’s fun to play with and caught me a few fish. Heavy and very sloppy compared to my modern gear. Also got the tweed jacket and Pommie cap to add to the impression. This could be a hoot!
        Cheers,
        Steve.

  2. Hello Hamish,

    Any chance of that “Cane and/or Tweed Day” in the not so distant future. Marysville Lake is a relatively close to Melbourne possible destination and it is stocked with rainbow trout.
    Cheers,
    Steve.

    1. Would love to. I am currently super busy finishing my PhD though so will struggle to commit to any date until about 24 hours beforehand… I’ve also got lots of other engagements over the next month and most/all of my weekends till Xmas are pretty much already accounted for (Canberra, bucks parties, weddings, New Zealand)…

      Sometime Mid- January is about as early as I could lock down a date at the moment…

      Sorry!

      Cheers
      Hamish

  3. Hello Hamish,

    Pre-Xmas is usually a busy time for everyone. Mid January or even a little later when it cools down might be the go. Woolen Tweed and hot weather don’t go together well. It gives us time to dust off the March Brown’s, Greenwell’s Glories, Alexandra’s and other traditional English flies.
    Tallyho! Chap’s!
    Steve.

    1. Sounds good Stephen. I should have the Phd sorted by early Jan so it will be a little easier to organise things.Lets organise a date in early Jan 🙂

      Cheers
      Hamish

  4. January sounds fine to me, Hamish. I’ll leave it in your court to work out a few possible dates. I have Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays off work. Looking forward to it.
    Cheers,
    Steve.

    1. This year has been hectic (for me at least). There has been a lot going on. I’m definitely still keen, however, I’m not sure how I’m going to go for time given my first kid is scheduled to arrive in a month.

      At the very least we should catch up for a fish though… If you shoot an email to the blog email (flickandflyjournal@gmail.com), I’ll give you my number and personal contact details and hopefully we can organise at least an afternoon on the water 🙂 If we can get a full cane a tweed day going all the better…

      Cheers
      Hamish

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