Just Risers

Halfway through the trout off-season, then mate and fellow RiverFly 1864 guide Peter Broomhall throws up a couple of minutes footage of brown trout rising to naturals on Tasmanian streams. Sounds simple enough, but in reality, all this vision does is offer the viewer a painstaking perspective of what lies ahead. It’s like dangling a…

The After-Work Session

How golden is the after-work session? There’s no greater feeling than shedding the work attire and slipping into some wading boots. It’s like Clark Kent stepping out of the phone booth, only this time he’s free-balling. It’s like picking up the phone to hear the voice of a good mate, except this time, you’ve made…

Fish of a Lifetime

It suddenly dawned on me, that while I have┬ábasically whored a couple (of hundred) images around the internet, I’m yet to share my story here on the biggest, wildest and most badass brown trout that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tangling with… In fact, the whole story starts on the internet. Well, social media…

2015/16 Season Highlights

Every season, things happen from a piscatorial perspective that kind of tickle my fancy. It might be a memorable fish, a new water, amazing wilderness, fishing with someone I’ve never fished with before, or even just a day on the water when someone falls over and eats shit. Either way, every mission offers something that…

The Holiday Hook-up

The typical holiday period in Australia is a time that many savour. Annual leave passes are banked up throughout the year and pennies are stashed away to save up for that relaxing getaway, trip of a lifetime or some well-needed family catch-up. While holiday-makers on the other side of the globe are donning their gloves…

It Aint Easy Being Green

Well it appears that the bitterly cold hand of winter has finally departed and the long, quiet and almost meditative nights of tying flies in front of the fire have come to an end. Our attention is now diverted from reading about amazing piscatorial exploits to actually getting out there and putting all these theories…

Hawaii DIY

So its winter in Tassie at the moment, and all the trout fishing rivers are closed, there’s not much to do during the winter months apart from tie up a few flies or brave the snow and ice and head to the Great Lake for a flick. However there are a couple of other options…

Playtime on the Plateau

Recently I had the pleasure of escorting a pair of the world’s coolest trout bums to a very special part of Tasmania. Paul and Gerd had travelled half way around the world from Austria in search of the ultimate Western Lakes polaroiding experience. Although our spotted locals eluded them on this day the images of…

Western Lakes Whopper!

One day soon, I will tell you a story about that time on Australia Day when I encountered a trophy brown trout tipping the weigh net at 10.5lb, on a small dry fly, in the middle of Tasmania’s Western Lakes wilderness, many miles from any road. It was kind of epic and I’m still buzzing!!…