Experience rewarded & beginner success to start 2018!

Experienced fly fisher Darren, seen here onto a solid brown that took the Blue Damsel, was keen to get his wife Andie to try fly fishing.

Didn't take Andie long to come to grips with both the activity and the reward!

This was her first ever trout on the fly, a 3.5lb rainbow taken on a 'Butler' Blue.

Lovely buck rainbow heading home.

Andie with another to hand… a beautiful wild brown, again on the dry.

A great day on the dries and a top way to start your fly fishing journey.

Record performance by Son … Dad is amazed!

This was son Dan’s fish No1 for the day at Currawong Lakes. First out of 15 to hand. … 6 x rainbows and 9 x browns!

No wonder Dan has the grin, 3rd cast 1st rainbow.

And so it continued … damsel nymph took the 6 x rainbows (between 2.5 – 3.5lbs) pre lunch!

Then we dropped down to Lake Long Marsh and it was the browns taking Dan's own brown woolly bugger pattern.

A beautiful fish!

Finally on day 2 Frank gets a look in. After watching son get 15 to hand on day 1, having dropped a couple, missed a couple, had a refusal or two the Blue Damsel came good!

Here is the proof, the Blue Damsel in the lip!

The day 1 performance by Dan was the most fish ever landed by one of my clients at Currawong Lakes — Dan even followed up with 5 on the Blue Damsel himself on afternoon of day 2.

US angler gets in the action

Mick hooks up to a nice wild brown trout — on the dry!

… then releases same, beautiful colours on our wild browns.

After getting blown off the river, headed to Currawong Lakes for the afternoon, and more success for Mick

A very nice rainbow this time, again on the dry.

Young ones first up success!

It is always a challenge when teaching young people to fly fish. Here brothers Luca, 9, on left, and Jordan, 12, with dad are getting a first taste of 'on water' casting after their intro grass session..

By afternoon they were stalking wild browns in the river … and this is Luca successfully working his first to hand.

Soon followed by Jordan's first wild brown.

As well as both of them getting a fish to hand on day one, the trout were sighted by the boy’s surface feeding, presented to with the merger dry and hooked first time!

A great way to get into fly fishing by anyone, let alone two boys who now have a lifetime of enjoyment and fly fishing adventures ahead of them.

Regular’s bountiful four days on rivers and lakes

Day 1 – River A nice brown on new (to John) technique. Upstream unweighted, no ‘wool’ indicator, mayfly nymphing.


While high bank spotting for John, came across one of our natural wonders out for a wander.


Day 2 at Currawong Lakes – tough start then the damsel feeders made an appearance, two in five minutes — first for the season on the Blue Damsel!


Top couple of rainbows John.

Day 3 Another stream – Top Rod so far — 14 to hand — all on the dry!


Day 4 and yet another river and more dry fly action. Top trip John, see you again … maybe ‘hopper time?

Trials and tribulations of a teaching day

Getting the cast going. Phil furthest from camera, along with sons Paddy & Adrian (closest) starting off.


Then onto the teaching water for the first fishing session — Adrian loses (break-off) a good rainbow.


See — that’s what a wild river brown looks like!


A nice way to start, a 14″ brown on the dry as your first ever trout on the fly.

Light gear delights

Ex Kiwi, now NSW-based, George was looking to get some dry fly action on light gear with his day on the water. This was his first to hand, a lively brownie on a #4wt.

Next one takes off down stream with a lively run …

… but finally brought to hand.

On smaller water in the afternoon, changed down to a #3wt (one of Hurleys FFW new AirFlow Creek rods) and it, along with George, performed beautifully.

One of the many beautifully marked wild browns to hand … the faithful (pink posted) emerger again.

What a way to start!

Kimberly with her first ever trout on the fly, a 4.5lb rainbow in our teaching water taken on a damsel fly nymph.

Partner Brendan, working some of the gentle runs on the Macquarie as part of the intro day. Good stream stalking and wading opportunity although only few rises, but no hook-ups in that session.