Fly Fishing

Bad Weather and Wet Fly Fishers

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Fly Fishing | 0 comments

There’s certain things that can ruin your ideal fishing trip you have planned in your head, such as arriving at the waterside and realising you’ve forgotten a rod, losing a fly box to the river or perhaps even falling in but these all fade into insignificance on my top two things that ruin a trip for me. The first and perhaps the most obvious bane of the fly fisherman’s life is bad weather, not a little rain, or a little breeze but really bad weather, gales usually. The second is something that will no doubt rub some people up the wrong way, especially if they are exponents...

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Another River Visit 27/6/13

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Featured, Fly Fishing, Rivers, Scotland | 6 comments

Another River Visit 27/6/13

After last week’s superb day on the river with Ben I was keen to get out again fairly soon. I checked the weather on Tuesday, Wednesday was looking best with reasonably light winds, blowing upstream and relatively stable temperatures. I tied a few flies, decided that I was going fishing and even with the forward planning of a whole day by the time I’d managed to convince my brother to come fishing it was 2030 Wednesday when we arrived at the water! The first mission was unfinished business with a trout I lost on the last outing, I sat down and waited beside his bush and then...

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Superb Day On The River 20/6/13

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Featured, Fly Fishing | 6 comments

Superb Day On The River 20/6/13

Last week I met up with Ben for a day on one of my local rivers. He was back home in Scotland visiting friends and family for a short time and we promised we’d get some fishing in together. If you can’t remember who Ben is, check out this post from Tasmania. We were fortunate enough to have a good forecast for the day we’d chosen, intermittent white cloud and sunshine, warm temperatures and a moderate wind heading predominantly downstream. There’s always a little apprehension in the air when you promise to take a mate fishing as you want to show off your waterways to...

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Help Prevent Salmon Farming in Galway Bay

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Fly Fishing | 2 comments

Help Prevent Salmon Farming in Galway Bay

Ronan dropped me a line asking if I could help advertise a campaign aimed at preventing salmon farming in Galway Bay. Anything we can do to help prevent another wild fishery feeling the impact of artificial farming is well worth doing. Salmon farming itself is a practice that is hard to argue against given the human demand for salmon products however the way in which current farming methods are employed leaves a lot to be desired. The farms are typically located in estuaries and other inshore areas where the returning spawning stock of wild fish (both salmon and sea trout) must pass through....

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Exmouth 2013: Final 3 Weeks

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Featured, Fly Fishing, Saltwater | 5 comments

Exmouth 2013: Final 3 Weeks

My final 3 weeks in Exmouth didn’t quite follow the weather pattern of the preceding weeks. The first large swell of the year coincided with spring tides and high winds to colour up the water to an extent the gulf was blown out for weeks. Fortunately before that happened I managed to get a couple of great fishing days in with Craig. The first day was one of pristine sunshine as I’d come to expect in Exmouth. We set off mid morning with a plan to chase blue bastards and permit in the bottom of the gulf. Bastards get their name by the fact they have a very unpredictable feeding...

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NZ 2013: A Dry Fly Short

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Fly Fishing, New Zealand, Video | 4 comments

New Zealand 2013: A Dry Fly Short from The Fly Commission on Vimeo. The first Fly Commission production has finally been completed and uploaded to the web. It’s roughy 6 minutes of superb dry fly action from New Zealand’s South Island. Please let me know what you think as there are plans a foot for many more films in the future. If you were following the on-the-road reports a few months ago you’ll already know the stories that go along with the film but just in case you missed them here’s the...

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