Fishing stories, Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Trout

Preparing for a trip

  One of the things I enjoy most these days is prepping for a trip somewhere new. Unlike fishing locally, going on a destination trip means stepping into the unknown and stepping out of your comfort zone. Many hours are spent pouring over google maps scouting out potential fishing spots. More hours spent reading every bit of information the internet…

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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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Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Niko Tinbergen, supernormal stimuli and what we can learn as fishermen…

During the 1950s the dutch biologist Niko Tindbergen came up with the idea of supernormal stimuli. What his work showed was that male sticklebacks would preferentially attack a redder wooden stickleback model over real fish. That herring gull chicks would preferentially beg to a redder, more cartoon like beak over a realistic representation. That male butterflies would preferentially mate with…

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

“Vary it up”- musings on fishing dogmas

Inspired by this great gink and gasoline post, I decided to write a short little entry on fishing dogmas in general. Firstly fishing dogmas are usually dogmas for a reason, that is they generally work “most” of the time. They provide an easy to remember short hand of what to do in certain situations. Individually, as we become better anglers,…

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Photos, Top End Adventures, Uncategorized

Crocs! High fives and hisses

Its been a croc filled fortnight. Here’s a selection of pics, stories and science from my recent enounters with these modern dinosaurs. First to Cahills Crossing on the East Alligator River in Kakadu where we discovered a new call sign, mullet were mauled and we made a quick exit when we were hissed at by a techno croc. The next encounter occurred on a section of the…

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