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Rethinking trout and Australian native fish

An ongoing topic of discussion in fishing circles, at least around the south-eastern Australian region, is the trout vs natives debate. It’s been raging for years — some might even say centuries — so we thought it about time to chip in and throw the proverbial two cents into the fray. Trout aficionados, with whom we often empathise via a…

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Top End Adventures, Uncategorized

Hitting the ‘bong

It’s the dry season. The tidal rivers have shut down due to low water temps and the blue water is subject to the relentless south easterlies that blow hard enough to wash mud crabs up the beach. The billabongs are one of the only options left and luckily we have plenty to choose from. Hitting the ‘bongs is a seasonal…

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Scratching the fishing itch

Life has been busy lately. I’ve started a new job working in fisheries and have just exchanged contracts on a 60 acre property just south of Canberra. Needless to say, finding time for fishing (and writing) has been tough, and is likely to be for some time. I’ve had a few short sessions here and there, mostly a few hours…

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Poor Man’s Quad #1 Finished!

I finally got around to finishing my first PMQ (poor man’s quad). We’ve done a few earlier posts on the building process, so I just wanted to share a few quick lessons learnt from the process. 1. Use quality bamboo (Tonkin cane). If you’re going to invest the time and effort, you might as well use decent materials. I started…

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Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Trout, Uncategorized

Rubber legs and tails on dry flies

Rubber legs are a staple of bigger dry fly patterns such as hoppers and cicada patterns as well as becoming increasingly common on nymph patterns (e.g Manic Tackles wonderful rubber legged nymphs). However, they are far less common on smaller more traditional fly patterns. There are a few, mainly balloon caddis or elk hair caddis variants (e.g mini hoppers, yakcaddis…

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