in the bubbleline

May 2017

Last River for 2017

We covered a variety of high country streams in the last week of this years river season.  Chris had been busy at his tying vice in preparation for the trip.

The weather was very kind, river levels were ideal and with the rivers to ourselves we had some great fish, both browns and rainbows attracted to Chris's unique dry fly patterns when they were drifted skilfully in the bubble line




April 2017

The Ovens in Autumn

"Ovensdale" is a delightful rental property on the banks of the Ovens River at Harrietville.

Walking down through the manicured gardens to the riverside to catch wild brown and rainbow trout on a dry fly sounds more like a dream than reality.  However that's what Ovensdale offers and exactly what we experienced for our autumn visit to the Ovens River.

The fish were mostly eager to take dry flies, although some needed to be tempted from their undercut banks by nymphs or wee wets drifted past their noses.

The Ovens again proves to be the ideal autumn destination.

March 2017

The Snowy Mountains

The head waters of snowy mountain rivers provide a particular challenge for the fly fisher prepared to tackle the often long and difficult walks.

In the deep channels and pools between boulders trout are on constant watch for insects drifted in the bubble lines of this unique pocket water environment.

During the height of summer grasshoppers make up a large proportion of the trout diet and it can be an exciting fishing to have large fish emerge from the depths and smash bright yellow patterned grass hopper flies.

Chris's foam bodied pattern worked a treat on this section of the Swampy Plains River

November 2016

The Snowy Mountains

The northern Snowy Mountains offer some ideallic fly fishing, from mountainous boulder strewn rivers to quiet tussock lined creeks. 

We visited a number of small alpine streams and several larger rivers experiencing near perfect weather conditions and ideal water levels.

All that was needed was the right fly, the right drift, in the right bubble line and we were frequently rewarded with healthy specimens of resident browns and rainbows. 


March 2017

Rivers & Waterfalls of the Otways

Our nearest flyfishing is found in the streams of the Otway Ranges which fringe the southwestern coastline of Victoria.

A short drive and we are in the steep rain forested ravines of the Otway ranges and a dozen or more small stream fishing options. In the headwaters of most streams tall waterfalls tumble into deep well formed pools which provide an all season habitat for the resident brown trout.

Protected in these pools from regular fishing visitors and the extremes of weather, fish can grow to surprisingly large proportions.  A real challenge for our usual light 2wgt fly fishing tackle.

December 2015

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RIVER

The rugged slopes of the Snowy Mountains provide the source of many rocky mountain rivers. These pocket water streams create the ideal habitat for large brown trout, and ensure a challenge to catch on light weight fly tackle.

It’s very much “poke & prod ” water!  Poke the fly here, prod that bit of water there. But don’t be mistaken into thinking this is TWIG water. NO NO! The dry stimmulator or caddis might only drift a meter or so & then…. SMASH!  That three pound brown erupts from a few feet below the surface & grabs your fly, running you ragged around the shallow granite rocks! It’s about then that a deft net man comes in, & with the help of a good cameraman, records the capture, & its ‘high fives’ all round!

Then it’s ’ prod that pool & poke that run………

December 2015

ON an ALPINE STREAM

This small Snowy Mountain stream provided a great day of fly fishing, photography and companionship.

How privileged are we to spend time together on this delightful piece of water! Whilst not easy to get to - the best bits never are - the 2 wgts (some even preferred fibreglass) light tippets & small dries, make for a congenial day out wandering this meandering stream!

And add some of the most beautifully marked fish we’ve ever seen. Thanks Guys.

February 2014

THE WILLOW GRUBBERS

Our base in the NZ Southland town of Lumsden was the ideal location to access the Mataura River and it's tributaries.  Our goal, the finicky willow sawfly feeders

The ultimate dry fly bubble line adversary

High summer sees the mature grubs drop from their willow leaf home and plop into the slow flowing low water pools of this famous NZ waterway. Resident brown trout are quick to respond to the feeding opportunity and can become single mindedly fixated on scooping up every last falling grub.

November 2013

THE RIVER not so WILD

Rafting the Swampy Plains River  

From Khancoben poundage the Swampy Plains River runs for almost 20km through privately owned pasture land.   To access the fly fishing opportunities this stretch of the river offers a suitable floating raft is required.

With this kind of transport every river bend with its gravel bars, split runs and the occasional backwater allows access to some great fly fishing.

February 2013

On the Edge - Fiordland NZ

Several rivers border the remote Fiordland wilderness of New Zealand's South Island.

They provide a particular challenge for the visiting flyfisherman who must firstly determine which fly is in season.  But the fit and feisty fish of these rivers don't give up easily!  Once hooked, getting them successfully into a net can often prove to be a very demanding exercise.

As these rivers run through some of NZ's most spectacular scenery, all the effort is well worthwhile

December 2012

The Evening Rise

This can be a time of great fun or even greater frustration when a seemingly barren stream suddenly comes alive with rising trout as the sun begins to set in the late afternoon.  

Quietly sipping brown trout feeding just below the surface were contrasted against the noisy splashes of rainbows which at times saw fish leaping well above the river surface.  Our problem became - which fish to cast to and what fly to present?

The activity continued well into the late evening which made fishing and filming equally challenging.

October 2012

Early Season In Tasmania 

Just recently returned from chasing trout in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. 

This is trout fishing at its purist.  Walking the margins of  these lakes in the predawn, standing back from the edge & scanning the shallows for the telltale swirl of a feeding trout, sometimes in only a few inches of water. Once a working fish is sighted a low approach is mandatory and an "over the grass" cast is on the way to intercept a feeding fish. 

Stalking trout in this manner is very challenging to say the least, but it is great fun & very rewarding- the very pinnacle of our sport!

September 2012

The Ovens in Autumn 

The trout season was almost over for the year when we heard from our local Proangler store that late season rain had produced an unusually healthy flow in Victoria's north eastern rivers.

Small browns & rainbows were feeding actively throughout the upper reaches of the Ovens River.  

We were keen to take part in this late season activity and so a hastily planned trip 

...   and 30 fish in 10 hours!

April 2012

Into the High Country 

The south western slopes of Mount Kosciuszko provide the start to many small creeks and streams which tumble down steep slopes and pass through deep ravines before joining together to form the rivers which all eventually flow into the mighty Murray River.

The Swampy Plains and Geehi Rivers are two such High Country rivers.  This was the location of our recent filming trip.  

Light 2 weight Stalker rods and buoyant stimulator flies cast into the bubble line, were an ideal combination in these mountain streams. 

 March 2012

A Wee Spring Creek.  

A small spring creek which bubbles up from the middle of a grassy cow paddock, makes its way a short distance across open pasture land before emptying into a major River.  This was our fall back location when persistent rainy weather closed down the main rivers. 

This unique spring creek sees insect hatches occur at the same time, every day throughout the year.  The resident population of large brown trout never tire of the prolific hatch, sometimes even taking the artificial offering by mistake......

February 2012

Two million years ago the great tectonic plates of southeastern Australia began to bend and buckle.

Major movements along southern Victorian fault lines created the structure we know today as the Otway Ranges.

Rapid erosion accompanying the uplift formed deep steep sided valleys, with rapidly flowing creeks and many waterfalls, cascades and rapids.

This effect created a major feature of the Otways...

       The Cumberland River Gorge

 
March 2012

Southland Rivers

The weather was less than kind to us during this years New Zealand trip.  With the main rivers closed following heavy rain we were forced to venture much further afield for our Southland Rivers experience.