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Dave’s not here man.

Dave’s not here man.

The other day, gun angler, soft plastic revivalist and all-around cormorant Steve Starling asked if I wanted to try one of his new ‘Finesse’…

Nothing but net!

Nothing but net!

Being covered head to toe in cameras, lenses, photographic excuses and a tripod while I fish has limited what fishing gear I can bring…

Scott Radian 8’6 #4

Scott Radian 8’6 #4

“While three inches added to or taken away from your old fellow might dramatically change your life, on a fly rod it’s not such…

Airflo #3 Creek series.

Airflo #3 Creek series.

Right now, finding a small trout stream with a fishable flow near my place is harder than finding a good gluten-free vegan steakhouse. The…

The new season

The new season

Trout season 2016, for me, is off to a real slow start. Firstly, the biblical winter and spring rains that have everyone except ducks…

Simms Dry Creek Hip Pack.

Simms Dry Creek Hip Pack.

Off season cabin fever? Possibly, as through winter, it’s rained so much around northeast Victoria that I did seriously consider wearing a sheet and…

Airflo Bandit 3 weight.

Airflo Bandit 3 weight.

*1/9/16 – update: the Bandit series of rods are being replaced with the new ‘Creek’ series. For many years I got away with bringing…

Sage Click reels.

Sage Click reels.

The click & pawl drag reel has been around since waders were made of tweed, fly rods of tree and your transport to the…

Simms G3 Guide boots.

Simms G3 Guide boots.

There’s a moment, very brief, between wading majestically through the stream like a Gore-tex-clad giraffe god and lying flat on my back flailing in…

The new Sage X #5

The new Sage X #5

  It’s a little bit of a shock to hear Sage are discontinuing the One series rods as I think the 9’, closely followed…

Patagonia Stormfront Pack.

Patagonia Stormfront Pack.

Here’s a fact. I’ve tried every combination of daypack, vest, shoulder bag, sling and minimalist wishful thinking imaginable in trying to comfortably combine photography…

The big rods.

The big rods.

  I love wiggling twiggy little fly rods around tiny mountain streams bothering all the cute little trout within, but the lure of bigger…

My old Scott G 2 weight.

My old Scott G 2 weight.

In the old days, before instant internet know-it-alls and fan boyz, if you wanted to know what was happening in fly fishing, you needed…

Wheatley Compartment fly boxes.

Wheatley Compartment fly boxes.

A-loo-min-um or owl-you-min-ee-um? However you say it—the American way, or the wrong way—an aluminium fly box is cooler than your fave hipster hog-tied and…

Harfin Reels.

Harfin Reels.

Here you go: one actual positive to come from the government-assisted assassination of the Australian automotive industry. Ashleigh Dunsmore, a fitter and turner and…

A new leader – Part Two

A new leader – Part Two

No, after thirty years of photographing live music, I can’t hear you if you mumble in the opposite direction while we’re standing next to…

Custom Ijuin Yomogi 7′ #3

Custom Ijuin Yomogi 7′ #3

Slow? You have time to consider Trump as president and in control of the world’s second-largest collection of nuclear weapons between each stroke. Yes,…

My current Camera gear.

My current Camera gear.

Fly-fishing has always factored into camera and lens decisions in my commercial photo gear and I’ve used virtually every camera I’ve owned shooting for…

Sage One 3 weight.

Sage One 3 weight.

  If Northeast Victorian small stream fly fishing is a knife fight, this rod is like bringing Bruce Lee; and he’s got guns.  …

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4

  Not that he would, but if Chuck Norris went fly fishing and needed some pictures, the Olympus TG-4 ‘Tough’ would be his camera….

Abel TR reels

Abel TR reels

  Many years ago, back in the bronze age the fly shop I used to work at part time, the Australian Fly Fisherman, stocked…

C&F Lightweight Fly Boxes

C&F Lightweight Fly Boxes

  Apparently, Imelda Marcos left behind 1,220 pairs of shoes and a vast collection of clothes and accessories when she legged it from the…

Scott F2 7′ #3

Scott F2 7′ #3

To my eye, the hipster is like the lovechild of two hippies and a lumberjack—you can guess the sexes of all involved yourself because…

Smith Creek Rod Clip

Smith Creek Rod Clip

  Conspiracy theory #1: MacGyver ditched California for new digs in New Zealand in the 90’s and now calls himself Wayne Smith and makes…

RIO double taper LL lines.

RIO double taper LL lines.

  While hipsters continually ‘re-inventing’ fly fishing in ugly shirts, punk-ass hats and greased beards may get all the press for what’s ‘new’, a…

C&F LCS-1 Lanyard

C&F LCS-1 Lanyard

If I didn’t have a Nikon D810 around my neck and a couple of spare lenses in my vest, I would have this thing…

The Strike Indicator tool.

The Strike Indicator tool.

  In case you’ve been living under a rock and missed it, this is the single biggest advancement in nymphomania since chilled beers. Yep, the…

Sigma DP-1 Quattro.

Sigma DP-1 Quattro.

  The ergonomics caused major social unrest in Scandinavia, the engineering mass suicide in Japan and the thing is so ugly the Chinese haven’t…

Kabuto 7033 Custom rod build.

Kabuto 7033 Custom rod build.

  The do-it-yourself mentality now sweeping through the fly fishing industry is most evident in custom fibreglass rod making. And I like it. Twigwater…

Abel Zinger.

Abel Zinger.

  I know there’s stuff out there that does the same job for less, but I don’t care. This does the same job, but…

HCE Custom 2 weight.

HCE Custom 2 weight.

  Spending north of $1000 on a rod, but still not happy with the guide spacing or the timber the factory chose for the…

A new C&F fly box.

A new C&F fly box.

  It’s probably boredom as much as anything, this constant tinkering with fly boxes or maybe it’s another of fly fishings hideous and incurable…

Costa 580G Sunnies.

Costa 580G Sunnies.

  Though not really unhappy with any of the polarised fishing glasses I have, the need to get something in a prescription lens for…

Abel Line Nippers.

Abel Line Nippers.

    My brother-in-law rolled up to my house a while back in his new Audi R8 and, being a petty sort of person,…

Sage ZXL 8’6 #3

Sage ZXL 8’6 #3

        The Sage ZXL 8’6 #3 Destined to become a classic ? Sage’s chief rod designer, Jerry Siem must be a brave…

Vedavoo Spinner daypack

Vedavoo Spinner daypack

Just now realised I’ve had this pack for a few years and never given it a second thought. That’s a good thing. No complaints,…