Fishing stories, Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Hook and leader avoidance: how to fool educated fish.

What the carp hole carp can teach us about fishing for educated fish In two years fishing the carp hole I discussed some of the lessons I’ve learnt fly fishing the same same spot for carp over an extended period of time. In this post I’d like to delve a little deeper into some practical lessons that have come out…

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Recipes, Sustainability

Eating ‘trash’ fish – mullet, slimy mackerel, yellowtail, leatherjacket and salmon

Countless times I’ve been walking along a bridge or wharf, checking out what people are catching, and seen them throwing back so-called ‘trash’ fish, in the hope of catching a bream, snapper, flathead or other such ‘desirable’ species. The fish that find their way back are often the slimy mackerel, yellowtail scad (yakkas), leatherjacket, mullet and salmon. While I love…

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Weekend report

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my growing fishing itch that needed to be scratched. Well, I have to admit that I didn’t end up fishing that weekend…moving house and other life-related admin got the better of me, and needless to say, I have been pining for some fishing. Graz and I headed down to Wallaga Lake…

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Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Think like a fish- fishing techniques, Trout

Late to the party? discovering articulated streamers

  Fishing big articulated streamers for trout is a big part of US fly fishing culture. In general fishing big dirty streamers for trout seems to be a visible and vibrant part of American fly fishing culture, complete with die hards who fish very little else. In Australia, streamer fishing, especially with big articulated beasties, doesn’t appear to have quite…

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Freshwater, Native

Things that go BOOF in the night

If you’ve seen and heard a Murray Cod engulf a surface lure, you’ve witnessed one of the most exciting and heart-stopping fishing experiences our region has to offer. There is a time somewhere between ‘afternoon’ and ‘evening’ when the sun is setting and you can no longer quite see into the water.  You cast out a lure and wind it…

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