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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Fishing stories, Trout

Breaking the trout drought

From ribbon thread to storming stream, The anglers chase throughout, The noblest fish the river width, A shining rainbow trout. I’ve always had an affinity with trout. I’m from the mountains, they’re from the mountains. I like swimming in clear, rocky, icy streams; trout like swimming in clear, rocky, icy streams. I like to sit in the shallows at the…

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Fishing stories, Trout

New Zealand Special: Moke Lake

The water was crystal clear and I could make out the seductive waggle of the lure metres before it reached my feet.  After fifteen minutes of slow retrieves I felt a really solid <thud>  from the depths. Was it a rock fish? A snag fish? Head shakes …  I was on! Return to Queenstown Two weeks after first arriving in NZ I find myself…

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Fishing stories, Think like a fish- fishing techniques, Trout

New Zealand Special: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

I was lucky enough to be in New Zealand’s south island for a couple of weeks recently. For the record I wasn’t there on a “fishing holiday”, but was still excited about a couple of cheeky sessions in a new location and hopefully breaking a personal best (PB) along the way. My travel partner is very understanding of my obsession…

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Fishing stories, Trout

Open season: Cotter River Report

October long weekend If you’re fair dinkum, the October long weekend is in your diary for the footy finals. And yes footy is great (a little less great when your team bowed out of the competition weeks ago). If you’re a fishing tragic and you live in NSW or ACT, the October long weekend means the opening of the trout…

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Fishing stories, Trout

The river less fished

A few weeks ago, Hamish reported on an unsuccessful trip that he and I made to the Cotter River chasing pan-sized rainbow trout. The section of the river we fished was just upstream from Vanity’s crossing. The spot is easily accessible to the general public and is also popular with 4WD enthusiasts, trail bike riders and of course fishermen. The…

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Trout

Fishing the Goodradigbee River – Autumn mission

On a recent autumn weekend I made the hour-long drive to the Goodradigbee River with good mate and keen angler Pat Sherley. After picking up some ales and rugging up with layers of clothing, we spent the picturesque drive through the mountains discussing how many big trout we were going to catch and what the best cooking techniques would be.…

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