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2602, 2024

Lying in wait

February 26th, 2024|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

In a northern midlands river, a wild trout lies in wait on a narrow flowing channel. A single bow and arrow cast with a grasshopper landed with a splat resulted in a solid hookup. An 8lb tippet was used to get the fish in quickly and released without harm.   When water temperatures are above 20 deg Celsius it's really important to give these fish a good chance of survival, so minimal time out of the water. Image by Gary France

812, 2023

Trout rising over there

December 8th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips, Insects|

From October a major local focus for mayfly hatches is on rivers, for which the Macquarie River is fabled. In the right conditions there are light winds, favourable for enough spinner on the water to get the trout's interest. Here the telltale rings of a rise are evidence of one fish moving rather consistently through the reeds. An adult red spinner mayfly pattern, well presented to consistent feeders, can bring excellent results. Image Credits: Gary France

2205, 2023

Why is weed important in the trout’s habitat?

May 22nd, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

For trout living in still waters, weed is a significant part of their habitat. Just as the clean water and sub-straight - the silt, soils, or whatever makes up the base layer, contribute to the whole environment, weed growth has a lot to do with the exchange of oxygen, and provides cover for macro invertebrates, crustacea, Galaxia, and the foods that they live on. The trout is an apex predator in its environment, so with a really good structure of microscopic and macroscopic members of the food chain living in the weed, and using the weed as a primary shelter [...]

1405, 2023

Benefits of an electric outboard motor

May 14th, 2023|Categories: Coaching, Fishing Gear, Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

There are many advantages to using an electric outboard motor when fishing on a lake. Manipulate your position Stealth Quietness in approach and presence Reduction of impact on the environment Use of clean energy Economics Maneuverability Using a remote to control the electric motor gives Gary the ability to keep his eyes on the fishing action without having to focus on starting the motor. Higher end models have GPS spotlock, which holds your position securely moored, saves putting out an anchor. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/yYF6-km7cx8  

1604, 2023

The right fly can trigger a response

April 16th, 2023|Categories: Coaching, Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

Dennis and guide, Gary discuss the details of a trout fly. Q. Why do trout take a specific fly? A. The design of a fly often triggers a response. Shape, silhouette, movement, how it sits on, or under, or in the film of the water, for example. During our guided fishing tours you will increase your knowledge and understanding around flies, insects, trout food, trout behaviour, etc.  

2503, 2023

Basic fly cast

March 25th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

Here is the highly valuable lift up and lay down single cast. Note the rod on the back stroke STOP is vertical at 12 o'clock. This throws the line high, setting up for a good forward stroke. When beginners to fly fishing come fishing with us, we teach casting basics on the grass first. The we add water!

403, 2023

Keeping in touch with the line

March 4th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

Have you heard the words "keep in touch with the line"? What does this mean? To keep in touch with your line is to keep your rod tip low to the water. This removes much of the slack from the line. When you remove the slack from your line, you are more likely to feel the take when a fish eats your fly. And when the fish eats your fly, there's no slack line for it to run away with. And there's less line for you to pull in, giving the fish less chance of diving into the weeds or [...]

103, 2023

The weed line…

March 1st, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

In bright, calm conditions, with occasional cloud, a fish or two are showing just outside the weed line, moving around in the light current, and their exact location can be hard to predict. When they do show, committing to an immediate fly placement in the zone, preferably just upstream from the rise, will be the best opportunity to illicit a response.

2502, 2023

Trout Fly stock box

February 25th, 2023|Categories: Flies, Hints & Tips|

This is Gary's stock box where he will take a few flies to suit the location and the time of season, and place them in a much smaller box he carries with him. The aim is to narrow down to a few functional and productive generic flies, and a few imitative flies specific to the available foods. Check out some of our flies and how to tie them here. Image: #NECIAUS & Ideasbanq

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