Skills rekindled in style!


Charles had not been on the water for some years, but was keen to get back on the water when in Tassie recently. This nice Currawong wild brown on the Blue Damsel was just the ticket to christen a sage #5wt his dad had given him some time back.


Then it was soon another sighted, stalked and netted brown on the damsel pattern.

Both gently returned ‘home’.


But Charles’ true love was rivers. This was on an emerger next day, only problem was, it was a big fish with an aggressive take and literally bit the fly clean off.


Soon made amends with his first to the net on the stream.


By day three, down to a #3wt with more success despite the weather turning for the worst. All up a successful return to the water for Charles, fish each day, on the dry, emerger and nymphs – well done!

Top day on small water – #3wt delights


Phil – 1st client for 2021! With the wetter summer, good flows in small streams means well defined ‘bubble line’ promising good fishing.


It wasn’t long before Phil hooked up – ‘where are you going’ seems to be the question to the fish.


A nice bend in the #3wt here.


Although not big, well conditioned wild trout in tight lies and good water, provided a very pleasing day. Even had a bust off out of double figures on for the day.

Good family workshop – mum provides


‘Cheeky’ addition to Red Tag and family shot – Ray joins Red Tag as assistant. Family group, (from left) Ben, Tahlia, Tom & Ken) self in background.


Tahlia strikes first with a nice wild brown that the was destined for the BBQ lunch.


… followed up by a neat netting job from Ben.


Tahlia does it again! This one returned to grow on for ‘next time’.

Back after long break


Lachlan checks his back cast — after 8 year break in fly fishing workshop!


Spots a feeding trout in this backwater and starts to stalk.


Fish moves away along the backwater, need to follow and keep low profile.


Good movement identifies position … on with the Blue Damsel!


Yes! Hook up … only took 1.25 hours. For practically a novice this was just brilliant!


3.5lbs of wild brown trout in 8 inches of clear back water … no wonder a satisfied grin.


Trout heading home. This is why we love guiding/teaching fly fishers … great result for the client from a combination of patience, pattern and presentation.

Borders open and long time friends return


Mik from NSW was keen to get back to Tassie after 18 years away! As you can see tough day weather wise, but still a good number of hook ups.


Some good sized fish — with clever intent — hard run straight into the weed bed!


Despite some excellent stalking techniques, none to hand, with three break-offs and weight on a number of others.
Light leaders for trout (after 14lb‘rope’ bass skull dragging efforts) meant the delicate touch was missing.
“ I will be back” says Mik … and it won’t be another 18 years!

Big catches for early season

UPDATE: This is owner of Currawong Lakes – Richard – with that ‘creek bound’ trout John was casting to.

Amazing the size in such small water – now safely back in Lake Macquarie!

This was an amazing moment … in the pool in front of John, there was a 4lb+ trout that had gone up the creek to spawn and made its home there!

It was hiding under the right hand side large rock overhang and would not move till we spooked it out.

If you didn’t know how determined trout are to spawn you wouldn’t believe it possible!

John was entitled to a big grin on getting this 3.5lb beauty to hand …

… after a chase and capture through the weed beds

Even the smallest was a solid 2lb

This was an amazing moment … in the pool in front of John, there was a 4lb+ trout that had gone up the creek to spawn and made its home there!

It was hiding under the right hand side large rock overhang and would not move till we spooked it out.

If you didn’t know how determined trout are to spawn you wouldn’t believe it possible!

Final fish of Day 2 – a 2.5lb+ salmon … yes that’s right. There are only a handful in the top (Lake Currawong) water and John got this one on a nymph dropper. He also got the first trout for the season on the dry on Day 2 … 12°C and we found a few mayfly hatching in a quiet corner.

Come on warm weather!

Workshop was a blast …

Literally. Snow and 2°C on arrival … but there were fish! Some sighted, some missed, some lost and some to hand! With warm clothes, full waders and a hearty fire, all enjoyed it and learned heaps.



Ladies first – Shauna lands the first one


Rodger, closest beginner to camera, almost had the ‘golden start’ to fly fishing – first cast on the water- hooked (then dropped) a wild brown!


Adrian shows off a very nice brown prior to release.

Class No1 of 2020. Around the deck – introductions and tips to go.


First casting on the grass then the water – sun actually shining.


Shauna & Adrian who later had great success!

November 21 is booked out, and there’s plenty of interest in the next one on January 16.

New workshop open for January

NOW OPEN – New Workshop date (mixed) – Saturday JANUARY 16th 2021!
Get in early for a spot in this Fly Fishing workshop!

Same top water, great ‘Lucky Gate’ prizes and more. Same price, same contact details.

Herne Lake, a great new water is the location for our special, limited group, introductory fly fishing workshops.

This is a wild brown trout only destination, with easy and safe wading, and all gear (as required) provided, top ‘lucky gate’ prizes and much more.

Ideal facilities for all weather conditions, check out ‘Covid-19 Recovery workshops’ for all the details and booking action.