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Current River Levels, Temps and Info

Date: Friday 17 October, 2014

Phone 03 5774 3928 for the latest info on Goulburn River levels. Message updated daily at 9am or as conditions change.

Three day Goulburn River Level Forecast here :
Lake Eildon Storage:   86.0%
Lake Eildon River Inflows:  1000 Megalitres/Day MLD What does this number mean?
Goulburn River Level:  8750 Megalitres/Day
Goulburn Water temp:  10.4 degrees Celsius
Goulburn Dissolved oxygen:   8.2 parts per million
Eildon Pondage Level:        63% Subject to change
Rainfall past 24 hours:        5.0 mm  in the catchment above the lake

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24
Oct

Fish the edges or stick to the smaller streams

No report today but I did add a short video clip to make up for it. The video says it all. The river is running high and the fish are mooching in close- well away from the main river flows. Plenty of fish for those willing to put in the hard yards – the smaller rivers are the safe bet though for those less experienced at edge water sight fishing.

Have a great weekend and watch for snakes!!

20
Oct

Last calls for Montana Trip participants before our ad hits FlyLife ….. ;-)

 

Fly Fish Montana with Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing in July 2015!

Fly Fish Montana with Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing in July 2015!

17
Oct

Fishing Report for Friday Evening

Our lakes on dusk tonight

Our lakes on dusk tonight

I’m really pressed for time this week with guide jobs every day of late and now a two day weekend workshop starting first thing in the a.m. The shop still needs cleaning, my inbox needs urgent attention and I forgot to order the meat from the butcher for lunch tomorrow; which will thrill him no end when I clean out his window display. So I had better be succinct and to the point tonight.

We had guide jobs, both wading and drift boat, every single day this week, and there were some tough times interspersed with decent fishing. That whole thing about ‘fortune favouring the brave’ is a crock. It’s more a case of if you are out there often enough something is bound to eventually happen.

Outside of paid guiding/teaching jobs, I have been out on the river making the most of every spare minute that I could steal (from family and work). It’s not often that you see the Goulburn at these huge levels (Werner thinks its well over  10,000MLD+ despite the GMW message saying 8750). Then again it’s seldom this big and the memory of such terrifyingly high levels does fade with time.

Today was the first decent day for light and air temps so far this week. We had quite a cold week that saw us all in hoodies and beanies each night on the boat and the insects must have felt similarly, as they were a no-show most of the week.

The trout did what trout do when there is no hatch and we were left to try every desperate measure to elicit a response. A few fish for the week was about as good as we could have hoped for. More often than not it was using sub-surface methods and targeting certain banks with sink tips and streamers. Not what the Goulburn is famous for.

Then came today.

It was cool this morning and I didn’t get out until 11am. The day still had that slow start feel to it and the ground was heavy with dew. Walking out our back gate I crossed the lagoon next door and only walked 100 yards across our neighbours’ paddocks before stepping onto a 3-4 foot brown snake that was sunning itself in the morning sun. I was moving at a fair clip and I saw it at the last second as my foot came down on its back; it was sound asleep. All I could do was land my step and immediately push off it and jump as far as possible. Expletives aside the encounter ended well with the snake going in the exact opposite direction to me, which was lucky as I couldn’t see its head as I stepped on it- only about 2.5 feet of its thick body being visible. Great start.

Continuing on at a much slower pace I hit the river about 5 minutes later and really worked over a huge, newly flooded bay about as long as a soccer field but only half as wide. Plenty of movement but it was just a few carp that were no doubt happy to find some warm, shallow, calm water. Thanks GMW for the environmental release of water to ensure that our carp spawning goes well for this year! ;-)

I cut out the next big river loop as the better backwaters are now mostly on the inside bends, and pushed on through three separate magpie encounters; every time I reached a new stand of gum trees I was swooped. Again another nice collection of bays that I know back the front and again not a scale to be seen. Getting desperate now.

Cutting up further river and up around the bend I finally came to another great backwater complex that I often frequent around willow grub time and finally fish. Two fish, both between 2-3lb working within a few feet of the bank and only stopping to occasionally chase each other out of the spot. More accurately, the slightly larger fish was chasing the slightly smaller one, each time they came within sight of each other.

I moved in behind some cover and bow and arrowed a #14 unweighted Pheasant Tail at the larger fish on this approach. The fly sank down and I figured that he must have seen it; but no take. He then chased the 2lb fish out again which gave me time to pop on a small beetle with an 18″ dropper down to the same nymph. At least I could leave it in the fish’s path at the correct depth and be sure he would see it. I am always loathe to change flies in a situation where they are feeding sub-surface in the Goulburn, as more often than not the proper presentation will draw a favourable response.

Anyway I am rambling and time is of the essence. Where was I? That’s right. Fish approaches. Bow and arrow goes in. Shock horror – the foam beetle sinks. Fish approaches. Fish shifts almost imperceptibly, mouth opens and luckily the little fluoro orange sighting tuft of yarn on top of the beetle gives away the movement. Strike. A clean hook-set. I lock up and roll fish on the surface – always a good sign in these edges full of snags as sometimes you can bully them straight into the net. Somehow he instantly dives in under the tangle of logs at my feet and catches the dry fly in the timber which then breaks the nymph off the 5x dropper. Insert Graham Kennedy’s infamous ‘Crow Call’ here.

The next few fish all played ball and I had three to hand within the next hour. All took the small nymph bow and arrowed in their path. All were in slightly easier water and were turned using 8lb tippet that had been degreased. They were all in and around the 2lb mark.

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the rest of the afternoon. Somehow work had managed to encroach on my only decent session of the week. Life was better before mobile phones. Or perhaps that should read, life was better when your business partner actually answers the shop phone before it diverts to me.

Tonight was amazing. The perfect night. I snuck over to ‘the smaller river down the road’ for an hour and managed four small browns on rusty duns. There was a weak hatch of Mayfly that the fish keyed in on despite quite a few caddis getting about. It really is starting to look good, as are some of the streams further south on the drive to Melbourne.

We have a superb weekend ahead and hopefully it won’t be too busy. I’m tipping that most people’s reaction on arriving at Gilmore’s Bridge will be to firstly perform the ‘Heimlich Manoeuvre’ on their fishing buddy, who will no doubt be choking on their lunch after seeing the river at 9,000 or so megalitres; before promptly detouring to the Pondage or the pub to drown their sorrows.

My advice is simple. If you are an intermediate to experienced fly fisher; walk the Goulburn. Don’t look for the traditional reverses that you would fish at 3000-7000, but rather the flooded edges and trees where the flow slows to nothing or near enough to. I can’t stress this enough. Walk as far as you need to find such water and then spend your fishing time in these small arenas. I found perhaps 15 fish in a short space of time this afternoon and they were all within 500 metres of each other. Maximum.

If you are a beginner there are better options that won’t make you feel like you’ve just had a piscatorial colonoscopy. Drop by the store for mud maps, advice and flies. Only the flies cost something.

I hope that you all manage some time on the water in the coming days. Spring is returning and we are nearly at the end of this period of increased releases of water from Eildon. The Goulburn will soon return to normal flow rates and many of these larger fish that have magically appeared of late, may become a little more difficult to find.

No commercial plugs this week. You all know what we do and the trips that we offer.

Tight lines to all.
Antony

P.S. Some of the flies mentioned in this post:

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13
Oct

Yet another fishing report

It’s been an interesting week or so up here in the Goulburn Valley. Everything from river levels, to the weather, to the angling pressure, has varied from day to day; with no apparent rhyme or reason for the fluctuations. The only consistent theme throughout was the quality of fishing, with the weekend itself being the real highlight.

We have had all our guides in the field this past week, with boats and wade trips out every day. The one thing that everyone reported back was the fish in the edges, especially from Friday on as the river seeped over new ground. Werner watched one backwater quickly fill over the course of an hour and saw numerous browns come into the edge to tail. That’s right. Tail ala Tasmania.

Brown trout are brown trout but many wouldn’t believe that this happens outside of the apple isle but please see the attached pics for an example. He landed one at over 2lb but had to shoot off and leave to pick up his boy from school. This set the scene for the weekend.

Tailing fish in the Goulburn

Tailing fish in the Goulburn #1

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Tailing fish in the Goulburn #2

Tailing Fish 3

Tailing fish in the Goulburn #3

I had a full day float on Saturday and we started late morning so that we could take in the evening rise and get the best light for sight fishing. The first hour we saw about three fish herding up baitfish along the banks and had a couple follow the fly, lunging and missing it, all the way to the rod tip. After that we began to find rising fish in very tight locations, the key being to find where food, cover and shade intersected. As is always the case with the Goulburn, the fish numbers were light on and you had to really work to locate them, but the key prime lies all contained a brown between 2-3lb.

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Eventually we cracked a nice fish (see photos of Erhan’s brown with ant pattern in its jaw) but it was in one of those spots that only an extremely confident and competent oarsman would even entertain getting near, and we ended up catching it with only the leader and perhaps 10 feet of fly line out of the rod tip. We had to bully the fish back across the river, through huge boiling currents and a massive overhanging willow tree, a real effort with great potential for tragedy (i.e. lost fish). I mention this because Erhan did a remarkable job on the 5x tippet he was using.

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That same day those that walked the banks reported some ridiculously good fishing with a hooked:landed ratio of about 1:5. The next day Sam managed eight fish hooked and two landed (all good fish) along the same bank that David and Barry in the drift boat only managed one. What I am getting at is that being on the bank is not a disadvantage during the morning/afternoon at the moment. Late afternoon/evening and it’s the complete opposite.

There has been the odd rising fish in the bubble lines and reverses as well. While duns have been popping in good numbers through the day and caddis are bopping about non-stop as well, it has mostly been the terrestrials that have interested the fish during the day. Lots of tiny black winged ants (#20 or thereabouts) have been falling until today’s cold change and there has been a good number of beetles and larger flying ants at times. It has been a most unusual October thus far.

Afternoon sippers have been taking spent spinners whereas the slashing fish are taking the mating adults. This is most-evident over the riffles. Kossie hatches are really big at the moment with duns appearing in good numbers somewhere around 7.30pm. The peak of this hatch is near to last light which makes it perfect to fish from the drift boat. Focus your efforts on runs directly below the better riffles.

While speaking of spinners I should make mention that the caenids have been hatching in the wee hours of the morning before sunset and for a while after first light. We’ve been seeing some very large clouds of them at times and this will no doubt be important to us as fly fishers if the river levels were to be dropped in the not too distant future. Also as an aside, there have been numerous reports of fish leaping to dragonflies and damselflies. Hardly surprising given the number of mating specimens currently playing ‘Battle of Britain’ over the lakes behind our shop.

I haven’t mentioned the nymphing this time as I’ve been sounding a little like a broken record of late. Suffice to say that there has been a lot of insect activity of late and for every dun and caddis that you see you have to say that there was 2-3x the number in the drift beneath the surface at some stage. The point being that those versed in fishing sub-surface will catch plenty of fish. Just be prepared to go from dry/nymph combo to double tungsten + thingamabobber as the depth and velocity of the river dictate.

No need to go huge with your nymphs at the moment. #14 with Tungsten beads is standard for the gravel bars and stick with your greens, blacks and browns. In the edges you can lose the bead and fish #14-16 standards such as Pheasant Tails, Seal’s Fur Nymphs, 50:50’s, WD40’s and last year’s surprise; the 007.

In terms of terrestrials keep them in the #14-16 size for your beetles and winged ants; hanging a sinking #16-20 ant off the bend of the larger terrestrial has worked for me and may work for you if you try it. Spent spinners in about a #14 have been best. Kossie dun imitations between # 8-12 are also the way to go.

We have an odd week ahead with the first surprise being the river jumping to 7500 MLD today despite rain across the state (we got none here but it was all around us). If the Goulburn stays high and the light stays low, the smaller rivers will definitely be the best option.

It's a dog's life.....

It’s a dog’s life…..

Speaking of which, the smaller rivers are all extremely fishable now with the one nearest to us (that shall remain nameless on the internet) being the pick of the bunch. The lack of any significant rain thus far, should see us in good stead on the weekend, but I shudder to think of how every river in Victoria not named Goulburn will fare, as things heat up at the back end of November. January is going to be a testing time for all fly fishers in South Eastern Australia and I can only say that I am glad to have the ‘cold water guaranteed’ Goulburn River at our doorstep.

Before I go I have to apologise for not updating a report at the end of last week. I got so pre-occupied with preparing for the weekend that I just completely forgot about it.

I should also make mention of a couple of things of a commercial nature. Firstly we have just listed some dates for new fly fishing workshops for the weekend after next and also towards the end of November. These have been extremely popular of late and we have a  tremendously enthusiastic team of instructors at the moment. As a result we are seeing nine competent fly fishers depart our establishment each and every Sunday afternoon at the moment.

Due to popular demand fly fishing workshops have been added for the weekends of Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th October, 2014& Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd November, 2014

Due to popular demand fly fishing workshops have been added for the weekends of Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th October, 2014 & Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd November, 2014 – http://gvffc.com/workshops.html

Whether you are starting from scratch, just need some polish or have a friend or two that have always wanted to learn; this is perhaps the most economical and comprehensive introduction you will ever find. Small group sizes guarantee a lot of individual attention and we utilise our tremendous facility and location to ensure that participants derive the maximum from the workshop.  At $390 for the two days including use of all gear, instruction and lunch both days, it really is a bargain.

Other upcoming trips I mention in chronological order are:

NOV: Swampy Plain River Drift Boat Trips – a couple of days still left!

DEC: Patagonia, Argentina. Two spots left. Bring a mate and we’ll give you a brand new SAGE ONE.

MAR: Only 3 spots remain (from a total of 50) for our New Zealand trips. The spots are in WEEK 10. SUN 8 – SUN 15 MAR

JUL: Today I took another two bookings for our Montana Trip next July. Sing out if you are keen in fishing the best rivers in Idaho and Montana with us during the Australian winter next year.

That’s it for the ‘sales pitch’. Lot’s going here over the coming week with another fully booked weekend workshop this weekend as well as numerous guide jobs. It’s been the brightest start to a season that we have ever seen despite some erratic water releases from the dam. That’s pretty pleasing to us as we really go the extra yard to assist visitors to the area to get the most from their trip. Nice to know that our advice helps so many to have success on this often-times, challenging fishery.

See you on the river.
Antony

PS – the next two days are not looking the best for the Goulburn and to give you some idea we have just given our clients for the coming days the chance to postpone or cancel. Things are looking to be very good again by THU-FRI and into the weekend but the next two days at 7500-8500 MLD and not much warmth is looking rather difficult. If you are heading up consider hitting one of the smaller streams as a substitute or swing by for the latest information.

 

3
Oct

Goulburn River Fishing Report – It’s heating up…

It’s been a pretty good week up here despite some lengthy patches of slow fishing that effected everyone, from the first time visitor to the veteran fishing guide. Most of us managed a couple of fish a session but this often required a lot of effort and an intimate knowledge of the river and its hatches. Sometimes it was just plain luck as one near beginner will attest to catching six fish within a stone’s throw of the Breakaway Bridge – all on dry flies no less.

A good size brown  homes in on a dying spent spinner

A good size brown homes in on a dying spent spinner

The river has come up regularly over the past week and despite the phone message this morning stating that it would remain at 4500 MLD, by 4.30pm this afternoon I was noticing a lot of timber drifting down the river. A sure sign that it was coming up in level.

This series of successive rises in height has seen fish begin to come into the edges and feed with some trepidation; but a growing confidence with each passing hour. Some regulars in the shop have returned for several sessions this week as each time they were finding plenty of fish along the banks. Werner phone me just after lunch to report fish in close to the banks down the Breakaway and while we were speaking a 2.5lb brown swam beneath the branch he was standing, so close in fact that he could have hit it with his rod tip.

A beautiful afternoon today ended with a superb spinner fall and a good kossie hatch

A beautiful afternoon today ended with a superb spinner fall and a good kossie hatch

Walking back to the shop this afternoon after a session fishing the gravel bars, I found a 3.5lb fish in tight and working what was a pretty erratic reverse. The fish would be visible for about 30 seconds every 7-10 minutes and I was forced to present from directly above. I managed to get three good drifts out of four attempts but the fish wouldn’t budge. He was rising once every 10 mins or so and I tried two dries and then a small nymph. Most likely it was the 3X tippet that I was forced to use to give myself any chance at all of actually landing it. In the end I had to leave him there due to the number of phone calls coming through and requiring action back at the shop.

Evening hatches have been superb most nights with kossies and spent spinners being the main things to imitate. Even three nights ago during the big wind storm that we got, amidst all the rain that fell in that time around dark, the duns still came off in large numbers and the fish still rose. Even today we had some kossies in dribs and drabs from about 3.30pm and heaps of them on dark tonight. It was pretty crazy on the river at the back of our property tonight.

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Fish are now taking up positions along the bank

Fish are now taking up positions along the bank

There were plenty of fish on the gravel bars today as the river came up. When Werner phoned it was to tell me just how many fish he was finding in 1-2 feet of water down in the Breakaway. It was the same up this way. I went out and fished dry flies for an hour for no result. Switching to a double tungsten nymph rig and a thingamobobber with a 6 foot dropper and the catching was pretty darn good. Four landed in 25 minutes with a break off on the first hook up. Using 4X I set the hook and the fish just put its head down and bore across 30 metres of fast current in 4 feet of water. The hook pulled just as the backing was reached. I’m not going to say it was a very big fish but it had to be 3lb at least to do that to me using 4X.

Another fish falls to the Copper John - FRI OCT 3 - 10.37am

Another fish falls to the Copper John – FRI OCT 3 – 10.37am

We’ve done plenty of float trips this week and I hope that we booked a few more for the coming days given how good the gravel bars are fishing. One thing I love to do at this time of year when I get a single angler in the boat, is swing out wide around the gravel bars and then anchor in behind them so that we can wade. Also the evening floats are now worthwhile as you are all but guaranteed a good hatch near dark and with the boat we can fish until the very end as you can continually position the boat to utilise whatever light remains; unlike when you are wading and stuck on one side or the other. Sing out if you are interested in doing one.

The smaller rivers, while still a ways off, are beginning to fish much more consistently. Unfortunately due to the finite nature of these streams, I am unable to list any details here. Call in if you are in the area and need info on what else is available and we will do all that we can to help. Some have dropped 12″ in the past week and are now beginning to fish well, particularly for those that like the Eastern European methods of nymphing (I think I did pretty well at not being disparaging with my tone). The good news is that the dry fly is also now a possibility with afternoons the best bet, once the water has warmed a couple of degrees.

The hatches are now getting into full swing - we've had some pearlers this past week

The hatches are now getting into full swing – we’ve had some pearlers this past week

I haven’t heard anything in regards to the Pondage or the lake. The rivers coming into Eildon have been very tough but that’s as much to do with water temperatures as it is to the cormorant plague of recent years and the lack of stocking. The stockings by Rex Hunt’s FutureFish Foundation are now being sorely missed by those that love to fish the feeder streams of Lake Eildon.

On the commercial front we still have spots for the recently announced Beginner’s Workshop next weekend. We are still looking for people to join us in Patagonia, New Zealand and Montana and I think we have a couple of days free on the Swampy in early November. The drift boats are also in huge demand in the coming weeks, especially given the height of the river. There is at least one boat available every day until next weekend.

Once again I urge those of you not on Facebook to make even a dodgy account so that you can check our updates. Many other fly fishing companies utilise Facebook as the main means of communication with their client base and update on a daily basis. I mention this in case you are one of the many that are desperate for content. I am continually updating Facebook with photos from out in the field and with special offers. I understand that many of you are reticent in regards to FB but you don’t have to put up any personal details etc Many just use it to gain access to another world of free and current information.

That’s it for now. Before I go I must put my annual Snakes Alive picture up as it has become tradition to let people know when the odds of seeing a snake are greater than not seeing one. A bit of a laugh but a timely reminder. We’ve had them around since Opening Weekend but we’ve now turned a corner in regards to the weather. Summer is on the way.

All the best. Take care and see you around.
Antony

RECOMMENDED FLIES

 

 

The Green Copper John - while not strictly a caddis pupa tie - you could a lot worse when looking for a pupa imitation that has to get down deep quickly.

The Green Copper John – http://www.theflyshop.com.au/products/copper-john-green

Small beadheads with slim, dark bodies have been best - http://www.theflyshop.com.au/collections/tungsten-nymphs

Pheasant Tail Flashbacks  http://www.theflyshop.com.au/collections/tungsten-nymphs

 

26
Sep

A sneak peak at Grand Final Weekend

**UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING – As suspected it’s a ghost town. Our clients have arrived and all of our guides are out on the water but there has only been one couple through the shop! Go the HAWKS! ;-)

 

First off let me start by declaring that I am not a footy fan. While this is a dangerous way to begin any piece of writing while living in the insular state of Victoria where everything Aussie Rules is better than any other sport found anywhere, I think it worth the risk involved, if only for the reason that it allows me to explain the unusual position that I and many others find themselves in.

My footy I.Q. is zero these days despite an upbringing in a Carlton-Collingwood home, where insulting quips were exchanged as often as the lead between these two leviathans. Nowadays I only know what I glean from clients, despite doing my best at blocking out any talk of footy, and  as a result I couldn’t tell you much. For instance I don’t know who won last year’s GF, or this year’s Brownlow; nor do I know who is playing tomorrow. Yet for this one day, every year, I am a fair dinkum supporter of the code.

And I’m not talking of a once a year ‘bandwagoner’ who suddenly shows up on casual Friday wearing the colours of the favourite,  or even worse an MCC Member going along merely to look down his nose at the riff-raff in the adjacent stands. I wait all year for GF day with one thing in mind and I must confess that for me it’s purely for selfish reasons. GF day is one of the few Saturdays that I can all but guarantee to have no traffic on the rivers.

Ok a bit of a long-winded segue into the fact that the rivers are likely to be uncrowded tomorrow but the point remains. A few other ‘fly fishing tragics’ with the same idea have shown up today and I’m just hoping that not too many more get the urge to take advantage of the likely quiet time to be had tomorrow before things go mental next weekend. Yes while it true that GF day tends to be quiet, there is something that happens in the mind of all Victorian anglers around Grand Final time that not only coincides with the end of the footy, but also directly with the arrival of the snapper (some sociologist needs to conduct a study on this phenomenon); with the weekend post GF typically being like a non-rostered long weekend and chaos on our waterways.

The good news for all that are heading up is that the fishing has improved and the river is at an excellent height. We had steady levels at around 3000 MLD throughout the early part – middle of the week, then it dropped to 1000 yesterday and back to 2000 MLD today with 2000 MLD planned for the weekend. This has stirred things up big time and quite a few bugs are starting to come off (except for David tonight on this float), when a week ago they weren’t.

Don’t get me wrong. I love 3000 MLD. There are many levels between 3000-10,000 MLD that I love and all for different reasons. However when it comes to early or late in the season I prefer flow rates at the lower end of that wide spectrum. At these times of year, a level such as this, allows not only for great hatches, but makes for some very interesting fishing for everyone. Whether you are wade fishing or drifting in a boat; this is a good level with many opportunities for all.

One of the many duns that are appearing on last light

The hatches in the coming nights should be very, very good if the river stays steady at the forecast level. Tonight was an unexpected let-down and I would currently be homeless if the TAB were taking bets, as I would have ‘bet the farm’ on a good hatch despite a fluctuation in river height. This afternoon had duns written all over it. In the end 7 duns emerged and it was the caddis that saved my bacon. Luckily my experience guiding on this river extends back nearly two decades and I know that things are about to explode; despite this evening’s set-back. It will all come with a rush in the days and weeks ahead.

With all that said and done what you are looking at is this. A great level on the Goulburn. 11 Degree water coming out of the Pondage in the morning that warms to about 12.5 degrees by mid-afternoon. An ever-increasing number of caddis accumulating in the streamside foliage and some exceptional evening dun hatches. Nymphs are still working best and green has been good. But more and more fish are willing to come up to an attractor pattern fished with some classic flies standing out. Think Royal Wulffs in #12-14 as a starting point.

The spinner falls haven’t been that great which perhaps reflects directly on the number of duns that have been coming off. I would have thought there’d be more of these guys given the number of duns I have been seeing; perhaps they have been coming off at different times of the day when I have been stuck in the office. But once again we are talking a matter of days, possibly a week or two at the longest.

The smaller rivers are still high and cold, as to be expected, but a couple of the local ones have been reasonable. A substantial drop in height on the most famous of the smaller streams near to us, has resulted in the odd fish rising and plenty now catchable with the nymph. Stonefly patterns have worked pretty well, as evidenced by the number of Prince Nymphs people have been purchasing over the past 72 hours. It’s pretty easy to read what’s going on as a flyshop owner, even when you aren’t fishing a particular river that much.

So that’s it for the moment. No doubt this update lacks continuity as the phone has rung about 12x so far, I have a 18 m.o. with a high fever waking every 10 mins and FB is lighting up with folks desperate for a report; just in the 45 mins I’ve been attempting to compose something.

On the commercial front we just filled our workshop for SAT 18-SUN 19 OCT and have just this afternoon added, and half filled another one, for SAT 11-SUN 12 OCT. Please get in quick as the next one won’t be until late November due to upcoming commitments to Swampy Plain drift trips and a couple of high school groups we are hosting for 5 day programs.

Fly Fishing in Patagonia

Fly Fishing in Patagonia

Also of note is the fact that we now only have two spots left for Patagonia in December (6-13). With little more than two months until we depart, we mention it in case someone’s situation has changed since the trip was first considered. This is going to be a great trip to one of the world’s best trout fisheries and lodges, fishing with a group of interesting and easy-going Australian anglers. Not to be missed if you have the time/funds to tag along. I will be selling a kidney to the highest bidder on EBay in an attempt to secure my spot on both this and the Montana trip next July.

Yellowstone National Park

Fly fishing in Montana

 

If anyone is after a float trip tomorrow, my boat is available after a last minute cancellation by a Hawthorn supporter who obviously doesn’t really rate his team – seeing as how he booked this just over a week ago! (I just googled who was playing). All the other guides are out tomorrow but I have a spot free for a float trip at any time through the day. Sing out if you wanna drift the river with me while 5,790,998 other Victorians sit in front of a TV screen all riled up over a contest they have no control over. (I’m just as sarcastic towards all forms of organised sport where money has changed it to something unrecognisable from its original form!).

Hope you enjoy the weekend. Good luck if your team is playing (even if it is you can’t affect the outcome so why not go fishing somewhere) and hope this report has helped you to plan the week ahead. There should be some decent fishing about for those willing to explore.

Cheers
Antony

 

26
Sep

Grand Final Weekend Report @ 9pm tonight

Apologies to those awaiting our weekend report but we’ve been caught out with walk in guide jobs and won’t be back in front of a computer until after dark tonight. As such a new report will go up at about 9pm and I will then follow up all emails currently in my inbox.

FYI we are adding another two day Beginner’s Workshop for SAT 11 and Sun Oct as the one scheduled for Sat 18-Sun 19 Oct is booked out and the demand is there for a second one in October.

More to come later tonight. Thanks for your patience. As always its a mad-house on this end.

Cheers
Antony

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