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Issue 90 Summer 2017/18

  • THE WESSELS – Joshua Hutchins explores the East Arnhem Land flats
  • NOT JUST BOW & ARROW – Brad Harris demonstrates fly casting in tight surrounds
  • ROMPIN REVISITED – Kelvin Ng reports on a decade of sailfish encounters
  • DRAGON SLAYERS – Steven Ooi shares his passion for photography
  • EDGERS – Gary Lyttle targets Taupo’s lake edge smelt-feeders
  • RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – Rob Sloane ponders success in all forms of fly fishing
  • KIMBERLEY GRAND SLAM – Micah Adams tackles a tropical trifecta
  • A DAY ON THE LIFFEY – David Anderson finds twigwater heaven in Tasmania
  • EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED – Piero Bertocchi is tested in the South Island backcountry
  • SALT FLY LADIES – Kristina Royter reports on a fly fishing escape for women
  • BEYOND GADEN – Andy Bodsworth enjoys time on the Thredbo River
  • BACKCASTS – Readers’ letters
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Peter Watson – Dangle Dragon
  • ON THE BEACH — Chris Beech – Articulated Cod Popper
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally – Industry news and new gear
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS – Reviews of David Anderson’s new book and Rod Vault rooftop rod-carrier, plus new products from Waterworks Lamson, Rio, South Pacific, Scientific Anglers, One Planet, Orvis and Simms
  • POSTCARD — Greenland — Greg French
  • TRAVEL GUIDE – Guides, accommodation and services by region
  • SHORT CASTS — Short stories from Nick Withers, Ben Lucas, Scott Levi, Ranald Moore and Greg Hardy
  • LAST CAST – News, events and editor’s musings

       

Issue 89 Autumn 2017

  • MOUNT FIELD - Greg French takes to the hills in southern Tasmania
  • THE WEST BRANCH - David Anderson spends time on the Kiewa River in Victoria
  • SLOW PREY - Bill Mitchell offers food for thought on the tropical flats
  • HARD TIME TACTICS - Bob Wyatt deals with Southland’s toughest streams
  • COSMOLEDO & ALPHONSE - Joshua Hutchins can’t get enough of the Seychelles
  • ONE TO REMEMBER - Micah Adams comes to terms with the Monaro streams
  • HILLBILLY BONEFISH - Thomas Clancy confronts carp in the Sydney suburbs
  • FINE TUNING - Peter Morse takes a subtle approach to Exmouth permit
  • HIGHLAND REDS - Mark Cloutier appreciates the red spinner hatch
  • THE SALMON RUN - Leon Normore tackles Western Australian salmon
  • ROADSIDE RAINBOWS - David Freudenberger seeks easy access in New Zealand
  • BACKCASTS - Readers’ letters
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Perdigon Nymph — Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH — Vlahos Marbled Sand Flea — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS – SA freshwater leaders, Scott G-Series fly rod and Rod & Fly 'River to Reef' rod reviewed, with new products from Rio, Simms, and Korkers announced
  • POSTCARD — Swedish Lapland — Axel Wessolowski
  • TRAVEL GUIDE - Guides, accommodation and services by region
  • SHORT CASTS — Short stories from John McKeown, Kerryn Milligan, Mike Dimond, Ben Mackereth, Michael Wood
  • LAST CAST - News, events and editor’s musings

       

Issue 88 Winter 2017

  • RANGITIKEI TREKKING — Jack Kós hikes in to an iconic New Zealand river
  • KOSCIUSZKO KIDS — Greg French preaches to a younger generation
  • NORTHERN KINGS — Joshua Hutchins targets Tauranga Harbour kingfish in NZ
  • RAIN DANCE — Jonathan Jones battles impoundment barramundi in the wet
  • DEAD-ENDERS — Rick Stuart-Smith searches for Western Lakes rewards in TAS
  • TOP SHOTS — Rob Sloane showcases some photo competition winners
  • THE BROWNS — David Anderson samples the King River’s wine and trout, VIC
  • THE ROLL CAST ACADEMY — Piero Bertocchi researches the Tongariro Roll Cast, NZ
  • PILBARA BLUES — John Robertson takes up the ‘blue bastard’ challenge in WA
  • A CASE OF THE MENDS — Peter Morse deals with drag in fresh and salt water
  • KEEPING ME SANE — Sam Reach shares the benefits of his recent misfortune
  • BACKCASTS — Readers’ letters
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Adams Variant — Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH — Andy’s Toga Destroyer — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — New gear and industry news — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS - Scott Flex rod and Fishpond net reviewed, plus new products from Loop, Scientific Anglers, Sage, Loon, Manic and Simms
  • POSTCARD — Louisiana Redfish — David Reverdito
  • TRAVEL GUIDE — Guides, lodges and services by region
  • SHORT CASTS — Greg Wood, Nick Withers, Kerry Kelb, Bryan Pratt, Samantha Wright
  • LAST CAST - Editor’s musings and upcoming events

       

Issue 87 Autumn 2017

  • WARMING TEMPERATURES & TROUT — Dr John Morrongiello outlines the latest research initiatives in Victoria
  • BUYING & TYING — Chris Beech questions true value in saltwater flies
  • DARK SKY — Leighton Adem & Brad Harris visit the Tekapo backcountry, New Zealand
  • SIGHT NYMPHING FRENCH STYLE — Jonathan White advocates the long leader approach
  • BONES OF CONTENTION — Peter Morse encounters difficulties in New Caledonia
  • WILDSIDE RAINBOWS — Greg French goes bush in New Zealand’s North Island
  • YOU NEVER KNOW — Jess McGlothlin & Jonathan Jones face reality in Samoa
  • TASMANIAN TWIGWATER — David Anderson photographs Tasmania’s small streams
  • LOSING IT — Jack Kós deals with the one that got away
  • THE SPARWOLF CRAB — Brett Wolf shares a deadly fly pattern for permit
  • HOPPERS ON THE DELATITE — Leon Schoots observes and adapts at grasshopper time
  • BACKCASTS — Readers’ letters
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Peter Watson — UV Black Ant
  • ON THE BEACH — Chris Beech — Fishnuts Squid Fly
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally — Industry news and new gear
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Patagonia convertible vest, Scientific Anglers Ampere outfit and Pure Fly NZ DVD plus new products from Korkers, Manic Tackle and Simms
  • POSTCARD — St Brandon Atoll, Indian Ocean — Toby Coe
  • TRAVEL GUIDE — Guides, lodges and services listed by region
  • SHORT CASTS — Michael McBrien, Greg Lowe, Graham Duff, Shane Bretz, Ben Mackereth, Tony Pennacchia
  • LAST CAST — Editor’s musings, news and announcements

        

 

Issue 86 Summer 2016/17

  • BROOK TROUT QUEST — Joshua Hutchins shares some favourite brook trout haunts
  • AUSTRALIA’S BEST — Rob Sloane reports on the latest trout fly trends
  • BONEFISH EVERYWHERE — Ben Little explores Australia’s remote Cocos Islands
  • THE LONG ROD SAGA — Kaj Busch sheds more light on double-handers for the lakes
  • MULWALA COD — David Anderson comes to grips with Victoria’s stillwater cod
  • KARAMEA KARMA — Mark and Sharon Cloutier dodge the rain in the South Island
  • COVERING ALL BASES — Brett Wolf deals with Exmouth’s giant trevally and cobia
  • BUSH TUCKER — Craig Rist matches the hatch on Queensland’s Tully River
  • EXTREME STREAMS — Greg French explores Tasmania’s remote headwaters
  • THE SCORE — Bob Wyatt assesses the state of play in Southland
  • A 3-WEIGHT DAY — Shane Bretz fishes light on the Sunshine Coast
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Rudin’s Leftovers — Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH — Big Head — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS - Reviews of “The Imperiled Cutthroat” book, “Parallel Lines” DVD and Cheeky reels, plus new products from Rio, Airflo, Simms, Scientific Anglers and South Pacific
  • POSTCARD — London — Chris Fiddes
  • TRAVEL GUIDE - Guides, lodges and services by region
  • SHORT CASTS — Nick Withers, Dave Long, Mike Dimond, Gordon Lambert, Ranald Moore
  • LAST CAST — Editor’s musings, news and events
           

Issue 85 Spring 2016

  • THE BEST OF TASMANIA — Jack Kos samples some distinctly Tasmanian fishing
  • HARBOUR CITY HIGHLIGHTS — Jonathan Jones sings the praises of Sydney Harbour
  • SOUTH ISLAND FLIPSIDE — Joshua Hutchins seeks monsters in the Twizel canals
  • INSHORE PELAGICS — Peter Morse tackles everything from mackerel to tuna
  • RETURN TO THE MONARO — David Anderson revisits the forgotten high plains streams
  • THE BLAME GAME — Rob Sloane deals with excuses for not catching fish
  • LINES IN THE SAND — Bill Mitchell makes sense of the saltwater fly-line options
  • MY BROWN YARRA — Chris Fiddes finds trout in the outskirts of Melbourne
  • HIGH COUNTRY COD — Thomas Clancy explores the New England gorge country
  • THE WHITING PUZZLE — Shannon Kitchener shares his saltwater obsession
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Jeff’s Black Spinner — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Uncharted Waters… — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — the Sunbaker — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — “The Last Wild Trout” by Greg French, Sage X-series and Beulah Platinum 696-4 fly rods reviewed, plus new gear from Scott, Nautilus, Tiemco and IceMule.
  • POSTCARD — Santa Cruz (Argentina) — Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS — Robert Butterworth, Paul Abbott, Michael Wood, Shane Bretz, Jack Kos

       

Issue 84 Winter 2016

  • TWO-HANDERS — Tim Angeli prepares for winter fishing in New Zealand
  • CRAWLERS & LEAPERS — Greg French chases mayfly-feeders in Tasmania’s remote lakes
  • GOLDEN BAY KINGFISH — Joshua Hutchins reveals the South Island’s flats potential
  • SPORT & PROCREATION — Rob Sloane sheds light on the spawning-run debate
  • GOING WEEDLESS — Peter Morse advocates weed guards for snag-dwellers
  • SOLITUDE ON THE THREDBO — David Anderson seeks rainbows on the Thredbo River
  • LOW-WATER FLATS — Mark & Sharon Cloutier fish Tasmania’s not-so-Great Lake
  • MORETON BAY LONGTAILS — Geoff Volter grapples with Brisbane’s longtail tuna
  • FOREVER YOUNG — Anthony Cole joins the ‘young punks’ in the back-country
  • THE OVENS — Adam Royter revisits a popular Victorian stream
  • POP FLEYES — Rod Harrison shares some of Bob Popovics’ creations
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Catgut Caddis — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Rods and rules… — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — Lagoon Shrimp — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — New gear and industry news — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Reviews of Scott Radian rod, Adrenalin tying kit and Hatch tippet, plus products from Innovator, Scientific-Anglers and Tonic.
  • POSTCARD — Kanton Atoll — Andrew Martin
  • SHORT CASTS — James Engelbrecht, Michael McBrien, Michael Kearney, Bryan Pratt

       

Issue 83 Autumn 2016

  • ROAD TRIPPING — Jonathan Jones explores the Queensland coast
  • MAINLAND TROUT REVIVAL — Joshua Hutchins revisits some forgotten trout streams
  • FACING DOWNSTREAM — Bob Wyatt gets into the downstream fly swing
  • INTERCEPTION LESSONS — Craig Rist benefits from encounters with tarpon in Florida
  • MAYFLY MAGIC — Derek Grzelewski & George Novak focus on NZ hatches
  • IN PRAISE OF SARATOGA — Peter Morse seeks out tropical billabong delights
  • TALKING TROUT — David Anderson reports on wild trout initiatives in Victoria
  • ONE PERCENTERS — Brad Harris suggests little ways to improve catch rates
  • RESTORING AN OLD GEM — John Barick rebuilds a favourite fly rod
  • TACKLING TUSKIES — Geoff Volter nominates his ultimate flats species
  • LAKE OTAMANGAKAU — Piero Bertocchi extends his stillwater education
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Jiggling Damsel nymph — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Bear's progress... — Jonathon Clewlow 
  • ON THE BEACH — GT Brush fly — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Reviews of Back Country North Island DVD and Patagonia stormfront pack, plus new products from Fulling Mill, Waterworks Lamson, Scientific Anglers, Nautilus and Simms
  • POSTCARD — Arctic Char — Rasmus Ovesen
  • SHORT CASTS — Terry Downey, Glenn Buttress-Grove, Jonathan Cant, Mick Fletoridis, Shane Bretz

      

 

Issue 82 Summer 2015/16

  • SYDNEY WEEKENDER — Joshua Hutchins targets trout, bass, perch, cod and carp
  • BREAM ON THE REBOUND — Rob Sloane competes against lures and soft-plastics
  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH — Kristina Royter battles wind and rain in the South Island
  • WILD MOUNTAIN RAINBOWS — Craig Rist packs a float-boat to drift Tasmania’s Lake Meston
  • ANAA ATOLL — Jess McGlothlin offers a taste of island life in French Polynesia
  • BUSHBASH CREEK — David Anderson tackles the toughest streams in Australia
  • REPAYING A FAVOUR — Piero Bertocchi shares good fishing close to Wellington
  • SHOOTING THE BREEZE — Josh Davis hunts snag-bound impoundment sooties and barra
  • THE REEL DEAL — David Anderson investigates an Aussie-made fly reel
  • SIX SHADES OF FAWN — Alistair Purvey adopts Frank Sawyer’s Killer Bug
  • ULTRALIGHT SALT — Paul Vogl bends his 2-weight on Christmas Island bonefish
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Reel Wing Caenid — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Just do it… — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — BB Shrimp — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Aquasoul DVD and Stu’s Superior Flies reviews plus product announcements
  • POSTCARD — Golden Trout, USA — Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS — Bryan Pratt, Edmund Fitzgerald, Steven Geddes, Kerryn Milligan

       

 

Issue 81 Spring 2015

  • THE MITTA MITTA — David Anderson explores North East Victoria
  • BEACH TO BACKCOUNTRY — Joshua Hutchins opts for easy fishing near Christchurch, NZ
  • BONEFISH BIOLOGY — Alex Filous and colleagues study Tetiaroa bonefish
  • RAISE YOUR GLASS — Jack Van Delft toasts the fibreglass rod revival
  • BERKELEY RIVER DREAM TIME — Scott and Katrina Mitchell fish the Kimberley, NT in style
  • ANYTHING BUT BLUE SKIES — Daniel Hackett shares some Western Lakes, TAS highlights
  • FRINGE DWELLERS — Craig Worthington targets flounder on fly
  • RODS, LINES & LOADS — Peter Morse matches line weights with casting strokes
  • CASTING FOR RECOVERY — Niki Morrell reports on a weekend of fly fishing therapy
  • SIZE REALLY MATTERS — Steven Dally tempts big trout with mega-streamers
  • TACKLE TINKERING — Rob Sloane catches up with Kaj (Bushy) Busch
  • WATSON’S FANCY — GTS stonefly nymph — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Etiquette… — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — BNB Popper — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS - Hanak Superlight and Beulah Platinum fly rod reviews plus new products
  • POSTCARD — Paris, France — Chris Fiddes
  • SHORT CASTS — Ross Mackenzie, Dorian Mode, Bryan Pratt, Jeff Cassidy, Shane Bretz

       

 

Issue 80 Winter 2015

  • MONSTERS & MICE — Joshua Hutchins seeks trophy trout in the South Island
  • BRAVE NEW WORLD — Peter Morse looks back on 20 years of saltwater fly
  • POLAROIDING RIVERS — Daniel Hackett offers some practical river-fishing tips
  • SALTWATER AWAKENING — Leon Normore heads to Exmouth to educate his boys
  • IT’S NEVER TOO LATE — David Anderson attends a weekend fly-fishing clinic
  • 20 YEARS OF FLYLIFE — Rob Sloane takes stock after 80 editions
  • CAPE YORK PERMIT — Dougal Rillstone questions his own obsession
  • FLY ANGLER IN THE MAKING — Kristina Royter shares her love of fly fishing
  • IMPRESSIONS OF THE TONGARIRO — Piero Bertocchi captures the mood of the rainbow run
  • CLOUSER — Rod Harrison profiles Bob Clouser and his flies
  • FOREIGN EXCHANGE — Brad Harris comes to grips with Christmas Island bonefish
  • TIED & TRUE — Andrew Bell recounts his fly-tying journey
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Muz’s Messy Wulff — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Man of mystery… — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — Dave’s Pink Shrimp — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Simms waterproof hip-pack review plus new products
  • POSTCARD — Lahontan Cutthroats, Pyramid Lake USA — Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS — John Black, Brian Cooper, Tony Orman, Mick Ripon, Paul McMenamin 

       

 

Issue 79 Autumn 2015

  • PERISHER CREEK — David Anderson learns more about a favourite twig-water
  • THE SECRET LIFE OF GIANT TREVALLY — Alex Filous and colleagues track GT movements at Tetiaroa
  • AUTUMN ON THE EUCUMBENE — Joshua Hutchins joins the crowds for the spawning run
  • FROM LINE TO FLY — Peter Morse gets serious about leader construction  
  • TROUT BUMMING — Anthony Cole lives the dream in the South Island
  • FISHING BLIND FOR BONEFISH — Craig Worthington adopts a different approach
  • TELLING TAILS (PART 2) — Rob Sloane adds more pieces to the tailing puzzle
  • TALKING THE TALK — Brad Harris scores an invite to Hinchinbrook  
  • THE GREBE — Adam Royter finally makes it to Fiordland
  • NOT SO SPOOKY — Greg French deals with some trouty misconceptions
  • FACING WEST — Tim O’Reilly assesses saltwater options in the far north
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Stooped Jassid — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Jonathon Clewlow  
  • ON THE BEACH — Klingon tube-fly — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS & NEW PRODUCTS — Echo Gecko kids’ rod, Back Country North Island DVD and Ekich automatic bobbin plus new products
  • POSTCARD — Great Bear Lake, Canada — Rasmus Ovesen
  • SHORT CASTS — Terry Downey, Stephen Kimber, Tony Orman, Bryan Pratt

       

 

Issue 78 Summer 2014/15

  • TELLING TAILS — Rob Sloane deals with tailing trout
  • THE GOLD RUSH — Bill Mitchell puts golden trevally on a pedestal
  • SMALL STREAM FLIES — David Anderson refines his essential fly selection
  • NEVER-FAILS — Bob Wyatt favours simple flies that work  
  • KINGS ON THE FLATS — Nikolaj Mathiesen sets his sights on kingfish
  • THE PERFECT WINDOW — Joshua Hutchins spends a weekend in the Western Lakes
  • OPEN SEASON — Peter Morse gets to know Dave Witherow
  • FROTHIN’ IN EXMOUTH — Leon Normore shares a passion for sailfish
  • THAI MAHSEER — David Reverdito explores Thailand’s mountain streams
  • POETRY IN MOTION — Scott Levi follows Douglas Stewart to the Duckmaloi
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Scott’s Knight nymph — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Jonathon Clewlow  
  • ON THE BEACH — Fuzzle Shrimp — Chris Beech
  • LATEST & GREATEST — Steven Dally
  • REVIEWS — Patagonia Nano-Air jacket and Cutthroat leaders plus new products
  • POSTCARD — Hokkaido, Japan — Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS — Tony Orman, Terry Ong, Christopher Wardrop, Carl Glaister, Mike Bowyer

       

 

Issue 77 Spring 2014

  • COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN - David Anderson makes an early season trip to Southland
  • BACK TO THE GOOSE - Peter Morse revisits Goose Creek on Melville Island
  • MOODS OF ST CLAIR - Brad Harris profiles a favourite Tasmanian fishery
  • BONEFISH BENEFITS - Carl McNeil helps to put New Caledonia back on the map
  • BACK TO BASICS - Daniel Hackett offers more lessons for beginners  
  • BLUE MOUNTAINS BACKCOUNTRY - Clinton Isaac hikes in to the Jenolan River
  • ELUSIVE PRIZES - Carl Glaister tackles Illawarra estuary perch
  • TROUT ACROSS THE TASMAN - Jack Kos follows the first brown trout to New Zealand
  • THINKING & LEARNING - Rob Sloane explains aspects of trout behaviour
  • SPARKLES IN THE RIVER - John Harris sheds light on the freshwater herring
  • ENCOUNTER ON THE EUCUMBENE - Paul Miller battles big browns on their spawning run
  •  WATSON’S FANCY - Foil Gammarus - Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS - Bad timing... - Jonathon Clewlow  
  • ON THE BEACH - EP Flex Calamari - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Alaska - Micah Adams
  • SHORT CASTS - John McConigley, Shane Bretz, Jim Cairns, Mark Thornton

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Issue 76 Winter 2014

  • 150 YEARS OF TROUT - Greg French & Rob Sloane celebrate our trout heritage
  • THE STOP - Peter Morse punctuates his retrieves
  • THOMPSONS CREEK DAM - Joshua Hutchins profiles a winter fishery near Lithgow
  • SWEETWATER COD - Clinton Isaac fishes for native cod in the Upper Murray
  • THE CURSE OF SMALL FISH - Shane Bretz considers the lighter side of saltwater fly  
  • FLYING HIGH - Mark & Sharon Cloutier go heli-fishing in the South Island
  • SNAPPER ON THE FLATS - Glenn Eggleton dreams of sight fishing for NZ snapper
  • FIELD TO FORK - Leon Schoots respects food, trout and Victoria’s high country
  • EDUCATING TROUT - Marc Griffiths deals with fly avoidance and fussy trout
  • ONE MAN’S ART - Rick Wallace introduces Mitsugu Bizen and his flies
  • AITUTAKI GTs - Herman Rooseboom mixes float boats and giant trevally
  • WATSON’S FANCY - The Screaming Banshee caddis- Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS - Still learning... - Jonathon Clewlow  
  • ON THE BEACH - Ragin' Cravin - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Icelandic Char - Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS - Dougal Rillstone, Rick Armstrong, Jason Munce, Mike Dimond, Craig Humphrey

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Issue 75 Autumn 2014

  • DAM BUSTERS - Craig Rist ambushes Queensland’s impoundment barra
  • 75CAUGHT IN THE OPEN - Rob Sloane talks more about boat-based sight fishing
  • FLATS FLIES - Bill Mitchell considers a selection of each-way bets
  • TANTANGARA - Tom Baxter combines lake and stream fishing in the Snowies
  • GIRL POWER - Kaitlyn Dickson loves everything about fly fishing
  • FORGETTING THE FLOP - Ben & Ray Little improve their chances in the South Island
  • GUIDED ON THE GOULBURN - Mark & Sharon Cloutier enjoy Victoria’s premier fishery
  • BREAKING TRAIL - Bob Wyatt interviews northern salt-fly pioneer Ron Pearson
  • WHY I FISH - Dougal Rillstone finds more than trout in Southland
  • CLEVER LEGS - Josh Davis investigates ways of tying hoppers
  • LUDERICK ON FLY - Shannon Kitchener shares his blackfish tactics
  • WATSON'S FANCY - The Snail - Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS - Down in the Dumps... - Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH - Voltzy Goldy Destroyer Crab - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Scotland - Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS - Ranald Moore, Stephen Kimber, John Black, Sandy Macdonald, Chris Baty

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Issue 74 Summer 2013-14

  • CAUGHT IN THE OPEN — Rob Sloane talks boat-based sight fishing
  • GEEHI & JAGUNGAL — Piero Bertocchi undertakes a solo wilderness mission
  • SHARK BAY SHALLOWS & SHORES — Peter Morse offers some inshore options in WA
  • ALL ABOARD — Shane Bretz puts his stand-up paddle board to good use
  • CRABBY ABOUT THE DERWENT — Greg French sight fishes the Hobart foreshores Read article online
  • FIND A FEEDING FISH — Bob Wyatt considers what turns trout on
  • DAN BLANTON — Rod Harrison & Chris Beech look at the man and his flies
  • WHERE THE ROAD ENDS — David Vincent visits New Zealand’s Taranaki region
  • NEW ANGLES — Jeff Cassidy tweaks a popular hopper pattern
  • THE MILK RUN — Clinton Isaac heads to Cape York for milkfish and permit
  • THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH — Lindsay Bovill catches trout on a prehistoric fly
  • WATSON’S FANCY — Takayama Sakasa Kebari tenkara fly — Peter Watson
  • FIRST CASTS — Girls just wanna have fun — Jonathon Clewlow
  • ON THE BEACH — Avalon permit fly — Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD — Europe — Joshua Hutchins
  • SHORT CASTS — Andy Collings, Steve Slater, Bob Wyatt, Tony Orman, John Coles

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Issue 73 Spring 2013

  • WHEN THE ICE MELTS - starting early in the Tasmanian highlands - Craig Rist
  • SHARK BAY SNAPPER - tackling a prime species in Shark Bay, Western Australia - Peter Morse
  • ARMCHAIR ANGLING - joining the float tubers in the New South Wales Southern Highlands - Paul Miller
  • WOMEN IN FLY FISHING - why don't women fish more? - Simone Hackett
  • HIGH TIMES ON THE GOULBURN - a lesson in backwater fishing in Victoria - Adam Royter Read article online
  • BONEFISHING IN YEMEN - exploring the magical island of Socotra - Ray Montoya
  • TROUT HEAVEN & HELL - tight-water fishing with Miles Rushmer in South Waikato, New Zealand - Derek Grzelewski
  • GARRETT’S WAY - assessing Jason Garrett’s contribution - Glenn Eggleton
  • GURGLE POP MINNOW - tackling kahawai (Australian salmon) on surface poppers - Marc Griffith
  • CROSSING THE LINE - Bob Wyatt questions his limits in fresh and salt water
  • THE FLIES IN MY VEST - revealing what's in the editor's pockets - Rob Sloane
  • WATSON'S FANCY - Bent-hook dun - Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - Hardy Head - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Spatsizi & Nimmo lodges, BC, Canada - John Black
  • SHORT CASTS - Tim Bush, Ross Bray, Shane Bretz, Stewart Rasmussen, Terry Downey

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Issue 72 Winter 2013

  • FLY CYCLING - Mountain biking the rivers around Taupo - Gary Lyttle
  • PIMPS, FLOATS & BOBBERS - field testing the latest strike indicators - Adam Royter Read article online
  • SEVEN SPECIES - taking on the Bynoe Harbour challenge - Piero Bertocchi
  • TOP SOUTH ISLAND TIPS - revealing some guiding secrets - Scott Murray
  • SAND, WIND & REEF - exploring the east coast of Cape York - Peter Morse
  • PROSEK - profile of artist James Prosek - Peter Christensen
  • TROUT ABOVE THE TREE LINE - fishing the Victorian high country - Mark Cloutier
  • THE TYENNA - great water close to Hobart - Brad Harris
  • PURE FLY SNAPPER - berley-free snapper techniques - Craig Worthington
  • THE TRAILER NYMPH - Greg Kelly’s contribution to the two fly technique - Terry Lawton
  • ONLY THE RIVER KNOWS - deconstructing the film-making process - Peter Christensen
  • WATSON'S FANCY- Intruder steelhead fly - Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - KC’s Rear Keel fly - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Cuba - Dougal Rillstone
  • SHORT CASTS - Troy Sinclair, Stephen Kimber, Mark Swann, Doug Brooke, Michael Wood

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Issue 71 Autumn 2013

  • GHOSTS OF CURRIDGEE FLAT - Australian salmon, ideal winter fly target - Stewart Martin
  • HATCHES & MATCHES - showcasing Tasmanian fly tyer Laurie Matcham's imitations - Bob McKinley Read article online
  • SEQUENCING - psychology of responding to fly refusals - Simon Chu
  • THE LONGEST DRIFT - float trip on NSW's Swampy Plains River - Mark Cloutier
  • TROPICAL TREATS - light-tackle jungle perch in Queensland - Ed Roberts & Tom Bridge
  • SUMNER TIME - return to Lake Sumner in New Zealand's South Island - Greg French
  • EAST CAPE EXPLORATION - charting unfished Queensland flats - Clinton Isaac
  • SOUTHERN BLUES - southern bluefin tuna tactics - Peter Morse
  • TASMANIA BY ROCK & BOG - pioneering trip in the Western Lakes - Rob Sloane & Norm Gibb
  • LET'S GET STARTED - school group takes a lesson on the Goulburn River - Nick Kuch
  • WATSON'S FANCY - Curmudgeon Crumpler - Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - Darting Baitfish - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Yellowstone, USA - Greg French
  • SHORT CASTS - Dougal Rillstone, Scott Levi, Tony Orman, John Fitzgibbon, Mark Asplin, Dave Long

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Issue 70, Summer 2012/13

  • THE STONEFLY CULT - a large meal tempts trout all over the world - Peter Christensen Read article online
  • A TALE OF TWO PERMITS - comparing the two Australian permit species - Peter Morse
  • BEHNKE - An interview with leading trout man Dr Robert Behnke - Greg French Read article online
  • FOAM FRONTIER - testing big foam flies on Tasmania's Western Lakes trout - Craig Rist
  • BARRA BEHAVING BADLY - side-scan sonar adopted for a different kind of sight fishing - Troy Sinclair
  • DRY FLY PROSPECTING - a reliable lake-fishing technique - Robert Gott
  • THE GOLDEN WEST - trout and natives west of Sydney - Rod Harrison
  • TOGA TACTICS - using trout indicator-nymphing techniques on billabong saratoga - Steve Starling
  • BUDGET BACKCOUNTRY - Upper Mararoa, Greenstone, Worsley - Ben Little
  • LOST CREEK - pruning back the blackberries to reveal South Australian gems - Neil Charter
  • WATSON'S FANCY - Hemingway Stonefly Nymph - Pete Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - Permit Crab - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - The Monkagerou Hatch, Hokkaido, Japan - Rick Wallace
  • SHORT CASTS - Don Schofield, Gordon Lambert, Shane Bretz, Sarah Graham

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Issue 69, Spring 2012

  • NOT SO UGLY - New Zealand South Island wilderness - Andy Trowbridge
  • TAILS & RIPPLES - stalking bream on the Sapphire Coast, NSW - Josh Davis Read article online
  • FLAT REFUSALS - Making sense of difficult river fish in flat water - Bob Wyatt
  • FEBRUARY PLAINS - early season in Tasmania's untracked highlands - Brad Harris
  • A FLATS TRILOGY - development of the Australian saltwater flats scene - Rod Harrison
  • GULLIVER'S TROUT - small trout and mountain stream epiphany - Rob Sloane
  • KAYAK KAHAWAI - paddling for kahawai (Australian Salmon) - Marc Griffiths
  • FLAT WATER - slow rivers in Gippsland (Victoria) - Mark Cloutier
  • THE STRING THING - simple and deadly nymph pattern - Simon Chu
  • FISHING PREFERENCES - finding satisfaction in difficult trigger fish - Dougal Rillstone
  • WATSON'S FANCY - Drifting Midge Pupa - Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - Simple Surf Candy - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Pyrenees, Spain - Rob Sloane
  • SHORT CASTS - Herbert Orenstein, Michael Wood, Neil Williams, Tony Orman, Ranald Moore, Alan Griffiths

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Issue 68, Winter 2012

  • TOP RODS - stories from the 2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships - Brad Harris Read article online
  • GOING LIGHT - lining up the lightest in fly rods - Adam Royter
  • GIVE NO LINE - dealing with saltwater brawlers - Peter Morse
  • BIG BAD BRAIDS - braids of the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, NZ - Greg French
  • CODE CRACKERS - permit at Hinchinbrook with Dave Bradley - Micah Adams
  • A COMPLEAT ANGLER – interview with Aust tackle retail icon Jim Allen - Nick Kuch
  • MISGUIDED IN MURCHISON - lodge-based & guided in NZ’s South Island - Mark Cloutier
  • ISLAND HIDEAWAY - Bonefish and GT’s in the Maldives - Toby Coe
  • CHANCE ENCOUNTER - following advice on Tasmania’s Western Lakes - Piero Bertocchi
  • JELLY BELLY MINNOW - baitfish imitation for Kahawai/Australian Salmon - Marc Griffiths
  • GIVE & TAKE - Murrumbidgee, example of good tailwater management - David Freudenberger
  • WATSON’S FANCY - Pat Swift’s reverse smelt - Peter Watson
  • ON THE BEACH - Charlie’s Air Head - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Patagonia - Randy Knispel
  • SHORT CASTS - Gordon Armstrong, Sam Stringer, Max Garth, Dougal Rillstone, Bob Smith, Terry Downey

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Issue 67, Autumn 2012

  • LITTLE THINGS - dealing with fussy caenid feeders in Tasmania - Rob Sloane
  • PERPLEXING PERMIT - adding pieces to the puzzle at Broome - Ben Little
  • COFFEE WITH LEFTY KREH - spending time with the casting guru - Steve Cooper Read article online
  • HIGH COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS - ultra-light hiking in the Snowy Mountains - Jono Winnel
  • AITUTAKI – Changing attitudes - bonefish update, Cook Islands - Brett Wolf & Tim Angeli
  • A SHORE THING AT ARTHURS - high water at Arthurs Lake, Tas - Greg French
  • SUSTAINABILITY - leading an environmental crusade - Bill Thomas
  • THE TUSSOCK CICADA - matching the hatch, Ahuriri River, New Zealand - Marc Griffiths
  • GET HIGH ON TROUT - using height to aid fish spotting - Robert MacDougall-Davis
  • THE BAROSSA - finding trout amongst the grape vines in South Australia - Lubin Pfeiffer
  • NOMAD’S LAND - giant trevally (GT) in the Coral Sea - Andy Congram
  • LADY OF THE LAKE - reviving the Alexandra fly (aka Alexander) - Peter Leuver
  • ON THE BEACH - Skull Drag Queen - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Spanish Barbel, Spain - Toby Coe

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Issue 66, Summer 2011/12

  • THE BIG WATER - instructing on the Murrumbidgee river, NSW - Adam Royter
  • JET BOAT TROUT - inaccessible river exploration South Island NZ - Peter Morse
  • PERMIT PRESSURE - first permit after a long wait, Exmouth WA - Rob Sloane
  • ON THE RECORD - chasing IGFA world records - Steve Cooper
  • PERFECTING PLOPS - willow grub feeders - Terry Conway Read article online
  • TROPICAL TWIGGING - 3-weight floodplains fishing, Broome WA - Simon Penn
  • EXPLORATIONS - wilderness trails and the drive to find new water - Daniel Hackett
  • MINIMALISM - a simple approach to fly fishing - Nick Taransky
  • THE HOODLUMS OF NORNALUP - bream fishing in WA - Nick Groen
  • PETE'S PULSAR - Peter Barrow's marabou fly - Peter Leuver Tying instructions online
  • FOCUS ON FERGUS - a reliably productive Tasmanian lake - Greg French
  • METRO BASS - Good water close to Sydney, NSW - Clinton Isaac
  • ON THE BEACH - Turneffe crab - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Taimen in Japan - Rick Wallace

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Issue 65, Spring 2011

  • STILLWATER PLONKERS - new methods on North Island lakes - Gary Lyttle Read article online
  • WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER - making the most of bad Tassie weather - Greg French
  • MASTERING MILKFISH - without bread or berley - Clinton Isaac
  • COD'S OWN COUNTRY - rivers around Ashford NSW - Peter Morse
  • BREAM ON THE FLATS - Tasmania's trophy bream - Craig Rist
  • GHOSTS OF THE GOODRADIGBEE - fishing close to Canberra - David Vincent
  • PATRICK'S CHALLENGE - record-beating kingfish in NZ - Glenn Eggleton
  • CHILE - FUNDO EL SALTO - lakes, spring creeks and rivers of Chile - Rob Sloane
  • UNFASHIONABLE FISHING - Victorian family road trip - Jonathon Clewlow
  • SIMON'S MIDGE - tying a great little emerger - Peter Leuver
  • BARGERS & HOGS - Tongariro etiquette - David Haynes
  • ON THE BEACH - Flats Master - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Bahamas - Simon Chu

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Issue 64, Winter 2011

  • MICRO WEIRDO WOOLLY WORMS - simple wets for river and lake - Adam Royter
  • THE SWING THING - taking the down-and-across approach - Mark Cloutier
  • SHALLOW WATER ADDICTION - hooked on Queensland flats - Dave Bradley
  • CHILE – RIVERS OF THE FJORDS - remote Chilean rivers - Rob Sloane Read article online
  • WINTER IN PARADISE - fishing the South Island lakes - Derek Grzelewski
  • COLD DAYS IN THE WESTERN LAKES - pushing the limits in Tasmania - Craig Rist
  • HEART OF THE NORTH - Maningrida in Arnhem Land - Peter Morse
  • EXMOUTH BILLFISH - going west for marlin and sailfish on fly - Dean Butler
  • SLIP SLIDING AWAY - staking a claim on Southland’s Taieri River - Bob Wyatt
  • HOW NOT TO CATCH FISH - facing inner demons - Susan Brown
  • TYING TADDIES - experimental tadpole patterns - Peter Leuver
  • SIMPLE SPANISH - Broome’s mackerel challenge - Ben Little
  • ON THE BEACH - Jig Hook Whistler - Chris Beech
  • POSTCARD - Cheesman Canyon - Steve Cooper

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Issue 63, Autumn 2011

  • JUNGLE HUNTERS - tight-water trophies, NZ - Lyttle & Gathercole
  • THE NONOUTI PROJECT - new Pacific bonefish destination - Morse
  • NAMELESS BY NATURE - challenging trout in Western Lakes, TAS - Harris
  • DAMPIER PENINSULA - Kimberley coast WA photo essay - Williams
  • MOVERS & SHAKERS - Rob Meade's innovative snagless flies - Beech
  • ONE MAN'S RIVER - fishing the Arnold River, NZ with Johnny Groome - Grzelewski
  • THE FINDING - a special place in Victoria's high country - Cloutier
  • COFFEE WITH GEIRACH - interview with the original trout bum - Cooper Read article online
  • BARRA & BOAR - Victoria River NT adventure - Fisher & Congram
  • FLY BLOWN - sunken blow fly pattern - Leuver
  • RETURN TO OMEO - Victoria's north east streams - Powell
  • DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - Darwin's diamond scale mullet - Starling
  • ON THE BEACH - Bendy Roller Popper - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Iceland - Rist

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Issue 62, Summer 2010/11

  • BATTLING THE WIND - casts to beat a breeze - McNeil Read article online
  • WRINKLES OF THE RISE - trout with poor taste - Conway
  • EXMOUTH & BEYOND - remote coast of WA - Morse
  • OTOMANGAKAU - special place to camp in NZ - Grzelewski
  • FLY FISHING FOUNDATIONS - making basic skill adjustments - Hackett
  • INTERNATIONAL SKINK RESUE - saratoga in the Jardine swamps - Simson
  • PEJAR'S BACK - return of a trophy fishery - Dawson
  • BOULDER DANCING - pocket water tips - Cloutier
  • SHALLOW WATER SALMON - Mallacoota flats - Strahan
  • PHEASANT TAIL RED SPINNER - para-loop hackled mayfly - Leuver
  • THE BENDBACK COMEBACK - impoundment barramundi on classic fly - Harrison
  • ON THE BEACH - Chili Pepper - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Mongolia - French

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Issue 61, Spring 2010

  • TRUE FLIES - matching an unsavoury hatch - Morse
  • THE BASS FROM SNOWY RIVER - iconic Australian river rediscovered - Harris
  • WIGGLE, PILE & TUCK - casts to combat drag - McNeil Read article online
  • THE EMERGING WOOLLY BUGGER - modified favourite - Rist
  • SECOND TIME LUCKY - Parengarenga Harbour - Eggleton
  • SEA TROUT QUEST - world's biggest sea-runners - Kucera
  • STRIPED CITY GOERS - tuna in Hobart's Derwent River - Peel & Frey
  • SCHOOL OF FLY - Victorian students in NZ - Kuch
  • WATSON'S FANCY SPINNER - foam post mayfly - Leuver
  • DOCKLANDS BREAM - Melbourne jetty dwellers - Seah
  • TARANA TALE - fish in the Fish, close to Sydney - Mode
  • WALK'EM UP CAPE YORK - freshwater options - Steptoe
  • ON THE BEACH - Fat Boy - Beech

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Issue 60, Winter 2010

  • REACH & ROLL - casts that catch fish - McNeil Read article online
  • BEYOND COMPLACENCY - saltwater rebirth - Rillstone
  • RAINBOW DEMONS - Rangitikei with Marc Petitjean - Grzelewski
  • TOUGH TIMES - dealing with fickle weather in Tasmania - Taylor
  • TURNING JAPANESE - using Tenkara rods, Samurai-style - Freudenberger
  • SOUTHERN SOJOURN - South Island photo essay - Simson
  • KRILL SEEKERS - tactics for krill-feeders - Worthington
  • THE SEVEN P's OF FLY FISHING - lessons from competition - Dawson
  • JIG HEADS & LOADED LOOPS - fast-sinking flies for the tropics - Rist
  • LORD OF THE FLIES - march fly imitation - Leuver
  • JURASSIC RAINBOWS - Huge Argentinian trout from Lake Strobel - Staiger
  • CHRISTMAS IN JULY - comparing bonefish to trout - Cloutier
  • ON THE BEACH - Hammerhead BMS - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Ireland - French

 

Issue 59, Autumn 2010

  • FAR DOWNERS - wrangling trout in Haast, NZ - Grzelewski
  • NORTHERN EXPOSURE - yearning for Broome, WA - Penn
  • QUESTIONABLE SECRETS - exposing the upper Tumut River - Freudenberger
  • THE BROKEN RIVERS - Tasmania's less visited streams - French Read article online
  • PLASTIC FANTASTIC - crafty damsel fly pattern - Davis Read article online
  • BOGONG BEGINNINGS - Victoria's high plains - Cloutier
  • MOVE IT - reflecting on life in Tasmania - Stackpole
  • EASY PICKINGS - ten fishy places in the salt - Worthington
  • MONKEY BUSINESS - versatile and bright emerger - Leuver
  • THE TROPICAL TAKE - tackling northern species - O'Reilly
  • RANGITIKEI TREK - mission to a wilderness river - Haynes
  • BREAD ON THE STONES - taking to the rocks with a 6-weight - Robley
  • ON THE BEACH - Rattle Rouser - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Austria - Brown

 

Issue 58, Summer 2009/10

  • RAIN DANCE - rising water on Tassie lakes - French
  • DEEP SECRETS - selectivity and nymphs - Wyatt
  • EXMOUTH TO BROOME - bonefish & permit odyssey - Congram & Fisher
  • SUPER PUPA - secret caddis unleashed - Christensen & Poppelhoj
  • THE SOUTH ESK - iconic Tasmania river - Hackett
  • THE HATCHLING - unusual fly for natives - Davis Read article online
  • CHASING TROPHY KINGFISH - tough opponents in NZ - Mathieson
  • DON'T FORGET YOUR 3-WEIGHT - South Island twig water - Anderson
  • THE BRONTE CADDIS - Greg Beecroft's orange caddis pattern - Leuver
  • TABLELAND TROUT - New England art - Cassidy
  • TARPON JOURNEY - fulfilling a dream - Bradley
  • BACK TO THE SIXTIES - reliving past glories - Mode
  • ON THE BEACH - Slinky Minnow - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Los Roques - Gilbey

 

Issue 57, Spring 2009 - SOLD OUT

  • TONGARIRO REVISITED - paying tribute - Anderson
  • FLOAT TUBE BARRA - impoundment barramundi - Davis Read article online
  • HAPPY AS LARRY - backcountry exploring Reefton, NZ - Grzelewski
  • HIGHLAND BAITBALLS - Western Lakes galaxiid feeders - Hackett
  • THE DEADLIEST CATCH - NZ kingfish - Christensen
  • BACK COUNTRY LITE - treading softly in the Snowy Mountains - Freudenberger
  • RODS, RINGS & ROLLERS - European nymphing on local rivers - Spelic
  • AN EYE FOR ART - photographer and artist compare notes - Harris & Zaadstra
  • COCOS BONES - Indian Ocean bonefishing - Bell
  • GIPPSLAND PERCH - cracking the code on estuary perch - Strahan
  • THE BREDBO - Australia's original trout fly - Leuver
  • SPRING FORECAST - early-season in Victoria - Cloutier
  • ON THE BEACH - Foamberg - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Amazon - Botha

        

 

Issue 56, Winter 2009

  • TWO VALLEYS - Victoria's north-east - McBurnie
  • SIGHTS SET ON BYNOE - sight fishing in the top-end - Harris
  • WIZARDS & WILDERNESS TROUT - New Zealand adventure - Christensen
  • SALMON SOLUTIONS - rounding up Aussie battlers - Barker
  • THE LAKE EDGE - South Island stillwaters - Wyatt
  • CAPE YORK ROAD TRIP - the do-it-yourself approach - Rist
  • BEYOND MAYDENA - trout in Tasmania's southern forests - French
  • GAME, SET & MATCH - turn a tennis ball into a willow grub - Leuver
  • ICE MEN - mid-winter in the Snowy Mountains - Buchanan
  • EUCUMBENE ON THE RISE - a remarkable season - Daniel & Dawson
  • SNAPPER STALKING - New Zealand's nort-est coast - Worthington
  • SPOILS FROM THE CHANNEL - southern tasmanian seafood - McKinley Read article online
  • ON THE BEACH - KC's bass fly - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Rockies, USA - Coe

 

Issue 55, Autumn 2009

  • SWAMPY PLAINS DRIFTERS - rafting an iconic river - Anderson & MacDonald
  • TOP END RAIDERS - Darwin trip on the cheap - Harris
  • THE MAJOR, THE MAYFLY & THE CONVICT MAID - W Powlett flies - Lawton - Read article online
  • TAKE TWO - questioning the use of two dry flies - Sloane
  • COLOURS OF THE CAPE - photo essay on Cape York - Simson
  • SOUTHERN LAKES SMELTING - Lake Hawea - Grzelewski
  • TESTING THE TOAD - Tarpon Toad in Australia - Donald
  • JELLY LEGS - more jelly cord uses - Griffiths
  • LAND OF KINGS - Marlon Brando's Tahitiian island - McHugh
  • UP TAILS ALL - using CDC feathers - Wessolowski
  • WATER WORLD - goggles, snorkel & fly rod - Hancock
  • FLYING DEEP - Hervey Bay bottom dwellers - Cherrett
  • ON THE BEACH - Tarpon Toad - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Slovenia - French

        

 

Issue 54, Summer 2008/09

  • TROUT ON THE FLATS - Mackenzie basin lakes - McHugh
  • THE JEWELLER'S NYMPH - cased-caddis pattern - Davis
  • PARENGARENGA - NZ's wild north - Mathieson
  • BOWEN TO MACKAY - Queensland's central flats - Litjens
  • POLAROIDING FAQs - fish spotting tips - French - Read article online
  • DRAGGING YOUR DRIFT - active nymphing style - Chu
  • IN PRAISE OF THE BLOWFLY - Hickling and Leuver
  • ISLAND TIME - Lord Howe Island - Dickson
  • GOULBURN SIGHT FISHING - high water on Vic tailrace - Strahan
  • BREAM BY KAYAK - Paddling for bream - Robley
  • PASS THE AMMO - no-hackle dries - Wyatt
  • BOOTS & GAITERS - walking to remote Snowy Mountains waters - Levett
  • ON THE BEACH - Andy's Fuzzy Crab - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Argentina - Wallace

 

Issue 53, Spring 2008

  • AT WIT'S END - sight fishing tips - French
  • FABLE OF LA FONTAINE - Westland spring creek, NZ - Grzelewski
  • NAILING GT's - baddest flats fish - Gilbey
  • TROUT WITH ALTITUDE - Victorian high country streams - Cloutier
  • SOUTHLAND FRONT ROW - favourite trout flies - Chu
  • PERMIT PILGRIMS - Cape York wish list - Felton
  • THE WALLS TO THE CLIFFS - Mersey River, Tas - Hackett - Read article online
  • IRON BLUE DUN - classic dry fly - Leuver
  • CATCH OF THE DAY - skipping work - Sloane
  • NORTH ISLAND SWOFFING - Coromandel rock ledges - Williams
  • JELLY EMERGERS - caddis and mayfly emergers - Griffiths
  • SMALL THINGS - mullet and garfish - Starling
  • ON THE BEACH - Jelly Minnow - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Solomon Islands - Smith

 

Issue 52, Winter 2008

  • DRIFTS & CURVES - Tumut River driftboating - Harris - Read article onlineView promo
  • DEEP NYMPHING - nymph tactic for lakes - Gott
  • EAST COAST BONEFISH - Whitsundays discovery - Litjens
  • BAREFOOT BARRA - winter lake-dwelling barra - Harrison
  • WINTER STORY - stillwater trout in Victoria - Cloutier
  • TOP GEAR - man vs. machine to Julian Lakes - Sloane
  • WAY OUT WEST - saltwater introduction in WA - Wyatt
  • HEART OF FIORDLAND - South Island wilderness - Reygaert
  • TONGARIRO REFRESHER - nymphing tactics - Griffiths
  • DAINTY DAMSELS - adult damselfly pattern - Leuver
  • GREEN & GOLD - New England cod - Barker
  • TUAMOTO TUTORIAL - Tahitian island hopping - Worthington
  • ON THE BEACH - Felty's Suspender Crab - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Kuala Rompin - Morgan

        

 

Issue 51, Autumn 2008

  • CRIMP NYMPHS - realistic imitations - Griffiths
  • SUBURBAN BROWNS - Hobart's urban streams - Gouldthorpe
  • SPRING LOADED - secret spring creeks, NZ - McHugh
  • BILLABONGS & BEACHES - Aurukun, Cape York - Spelic - Read article online
  • CHASING TUNA - range of species - Bromhead
  • LITTLE LESSONS - small-stream tactics - Cloutier
  • DAN'S HOPPER - Deer-hair grasshopper - Leuver
  • PICKING POCKETS - Pocket water techniques - Powell
  • MYALL LAKES LUDERICK - seaside nymphing - Dickson
  • FRESH FROM THE NET - trip planning on the web - Freudenberger
  • RETRIEVES FOR ROCK KINGS - kingfish off the rocks - Worthington
  • BETTER CASTING - collection of top guns' casting tips - Hayes
  • ON THE BEACH - Polarfibre Minnow - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Cook Islands - Eichelscheim

 

Issue 50, Summer 2007/08

  • BLAIR MOUSE PROJECT- mousing trout in South Island
  • A BASIC FLY BOX: FLOATING FLIES - Tassie selection - Dell
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS - close-range trouting - Taransky
  • 50 WAYS TO TIE A CLOUSER - variations on a popular pattern - Beech
  • EXMOUTH & NINGALOO - Australian bonefish - Sloane - Read article online
  • BROWN TROUT, BUSH STREAMS & CICADAS - backcountry NZ - Griffiths
  • REVISITING THE NINETEEN LAGOONS - favourite tassie fishery - French
  • KINGFISH RISE - evening Tauranga fishing - McHugh
  • DEADBEAT DUNS - hatching baetids - Conway
  • GOING WITH THE FLOW - downstream dry fly - Dally
  • A TOAST TO RICK VARLEY - inspirational fly fisher - Duggan
  • A MOTH FOR THE MOUNTAINS - bogong moth pattern - Leuver
  • ON THE BEACH - White Thing/Chunky Momma - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Norway - Brown

 

Issue 49, Spring 2007

  • GUILT FREE WORMIN'- flooded margins NZ - McHugh
  • NIGHT SHIFT - night fishing Snowy Mountains lakes - Harris - Read article online
  • PARADISE FOUND - Penrhyn Island - Sloane
  • WEIRD & WONDERFUL SEYCHELLES - Gilbey
  • ROD RAGE - 6-weight rod shootout - Anderson
  • REAL RUAKITURI - wild NZ North Island river - French
  • GREAT LAKE - favourite Tasmanian water - Taylor
  • CZECH NYMPHS - bottom bouncing patterns - Leuver
  • JELLY NYMPHS - lifelike transparent flies - Griffiths
  • HOT DAYS & HAY FEVER - spawning bream in SA - Grindle
  • PILBARA ISLAND HOPPING - remote north WA - Penn
  • ON THE BEACH - CB's Garfish - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Chile - Kennedy

 

 

Issue 48, Winter 2007

  • THE ART OF SPEY - single handed spey casting - Smith
  • THE THREDBO - from top to bottom - Anderson
  • SIGHT CASTING BASICS - Weipa sight fishing lessons - Butler
  • FOOTPRINTS & ORANGE PEEL - autumn in South Island - Sloane & Bachman - Read Article online
  • A BASIC FLY BOX: SUB-SURFACE FLIES - Tassie selection - Dell
  • ROTORUA RESCUE - NZ lakes in winter - Kaksa
  • WEE CREEK HOPPER - Leuver
  • PLEASING PARORE - NZ luderick on fly - McHugh & Reygaert
  • LEAP OF FAITH - Catching the fly fishing bug - Mode
  • MELBOURNE: THE PLACE TO BE - Seaside suburbs - Beech
  • DEALING WITH CARP - catching an unpopular fish - Davis
  • A FLY IN THE SURF - North of Auckland - Worthington
  • ON THE BEACH - Bynoe Bendback - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Dorset, England - Witting

 

 

Issue 47, Autumn 2007

  • DRY FLY BONES - surface feeding bonefish - Kristensen
  • TIME ON THE MOONBAH - Snowy Mountains retreat - Spelic
  • MARLIN ON THE FLATS - Fraser Island - Bromhead - Read Article online
  • AUTUMN LAKE RUNNERS - targeting spawn-run trout in NZ - McHugh
  • CUTTHROAT MANAGEMENT - fishing & its regulations in Canada - French
  • BRIGHT IDEAS - new directions in bright trout flies - Hackett
  • SPECIFIC TROUT - willow grubbers on the Mataura River - Wyatt
  • WEST COAST SALMON - Perth, Western Australia - Penn
  • AUPOURI ADVENTURE - New Zealand's northern coastline - Worthington
  • PARSON'S GLORY - prize winning import - Leuver
  • ON DAMS - stocked farm dams - Charter
  • STILLWATER STICK CADDIS - underrated patterns - Weigall
  • ON THE BEACH - KC's Keel Fly - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Hawaiian bonefish - Thomas

 

 

Issue 46, Summer 2006/07

  • THE SHORT GAME - getting close to trout - Anderson
  • BRIDGE TO BRIDGE - Hobart sea run trout - French
  • LACE MOTH MADNESS - Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - Spelic - Read Article online
  • SNAPPER SURPRISE - New Zealand shallows - Hoffman
  • DIRTY DAYS - adverse conditions in Cape York - Adams
  • DEFEATING DRAG - casting techniques - Bourne & Taransky
  • GOING BARBLESS - debating the virtues - Powell
  • HIGH FLYING MARLIN - Port Stephens - Butler
  • THE INCREDIBLE T.C. - classic mudeye pattern - Barker
  • BONE FIX - Christmas Island debrief - Sloane
  • TROUT LOLLIES - four loch-style dries - Hayes & Leuver
  • ON THE BEACH - Christmas Island Special - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Firehole ranch, Montana - Bachman

 

 

Issue 45, Spring 2006

  • SIZZLING SEYCHELLES - trip of a lifetime - Gilbey
  • BRUMBYS CREEK - Tasmanian tailwater fishery - Hackett - Read Article online
  • BLAZING SADDLES - horseback trip in Snowy Mountains - Morse
  • EMERALD WATERS - Fiordland, NZ - Reygaert
  • SOFTLY SOFTLY - soft-hackled wets - Dally
  • WOOL-HEAD SCULPIN - gudgeon imitation - Leuver
  • CHUDLEIGH LAKES - Tasmanian wilderness - French
  • HINCHINBROOK HIGHLIGHTS - Queensland grand slam - Bradley
  • DEEP TROUBLE - Bay of Islands kingfish - Worthington
  • OBERON ENCORE - Sydney hinterland - Coles
  • COD STOPPERS - flies for Murray Cod - Beech
  • LIFE IN THE LILLIES - saratoga fishing - Davison
  • ON THE BEACH - Crease Fly - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Penryhn revisited - Bannerot

 

 

Issue 44, Winter 2006

  • DESPERATELY SEEKING GOLDIE - Fraser Island - Anderson
  • TROUT VISION - Wessolowski
  • TRIGGER HAPPY - supernormal fly design - Wyatt
  • GOULBURN DAYS - Victoria’s Goulburn River - Smith
  • RIVER FLY LESSONS - first timer on Tasmania’s northern rivers - Harris
  • WATTLE TREES & MICRO BEETLES - Sloane - Read Article online
  • DR WARK - Ian Wark’s special fly - Leuver
  • CORAL SEA ODYSSEY - exploring the Coral Sea Island Territories - Steptoe
  • NEW ENGLAND COD - native cod - Morse
  • JINDABYNE THE MOVIE - Daly
  • LAKE KING WILLIAM - a neglected Tasmanian fishery - French
  • WINTER IN WANAKA - swap skis for a fly rod - Grzelewski
  • BREAM FLY EVOLUTION - the latest bream flies - Adams
  • BLACK ON GOLD - Gold Coast marlin - Booth
  • ON THE BEACH - Gartside Gurgler - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Southern Africa - Gilbey

 

 

Issue 43, Autumn 2006

  • DAWN TO DUSK - full day on a high-country river - Weigall
  • FINDING A TROPHY - measuring success in the NZ back country - Tasker
  • A BIT ABOUT BAIT - a look at baitfish diversity - Morse
  • FLY CASTING EXERCISES - simple casting lessons - Kreh
  • RUN-OFF BARRA - faster retrieve for barramundi - Adams
  • REWARDING RECKLESSNESS - aggressive fishing style - French - Read Article online
  • CAMERA CRUISING - Conway
  • CRACKING THE CODE - South Island caddis-feeders - Agar
  • FOAM THORAX EMERGERS - buoyant fly theme - Dally
  • NYMPHING ORIGINS - nymph-fishing heritage - Lawton
  • THE MIGHTY SAMSON - heavyweight contender from the west - Holt
  • BARRACOUTA - toothy predator in temperate seas - Worthington
  • SPIDER BAIT - simple wet flies - Leuver
  • ON THE BEACH - Eye Candy - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Christmas Island revisited - McGlashan

 

 

Issue 42, Summer 2005/06

  • BASS HUNTERS - Hunter Valley - Quirey & Pateman
  • SOLVING THE SMELTERS - bait-fish feeders - Weigall
  • TASMANIAN RIVER RENAISSANCE - rivers on the rise - Hackett - Read Article online
  • FISHED-OUT IN QUEENSTOWN - family holiday in NZ - French
  • LINE CONTROL - Rod Harrison
  • THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - emerging insects & fly design - Wyatt
  • TRUE BLUE BONES - bonefish in Australia’s far west -Wolf
  • HOPPERS ON THE BUNDARRA - after the bushfires - West
  • GETTING INTO ROCK SWOFFING - rock fishing in NSW - Williams
  • 2005 READERSHIP SURVEY - Sloane
  • MODIFIED NYMBEETS - favourite Scholes pattern - Leuver
  • ON THE BEACH - Dave's Jiggy Baitfish - Beech
  • POSTCARD - Papua New Guinea - Hutchinson

 

 

Issue 41, Spring 2005

  • CRYPTIC CREEKS - Snowy Mountains headwaters - Anderson
  • DUN DAYS - mayfly hatches on Victorian lakes - Weigall
  • DRIFT FEEDERS - trout feeding behaviour - Hayes & Hill
  • NORTHERN FLY SELECTION - patterns for northern Australia - Morse
  • HARBOUR VIEWS - Sydney kingfish & salmon - Adams & Duggan - Read Article online
  • GROOTE OPTIONS - charter a mothership - Scott Mitchell
  • TIMBERLINE TROUT - trout in the trees at Eucumbene - Spelic
  • ROUGH & READY - fly logic - French
  • THE SCHOLES LEGACY - Rob Sloane pays tribute to David Scholes
  • HARE & COPPER - NZ's favourite nymph - Leuver
  • REAL HEAVY - tackle for the Exmouth Gulf - Larkan
  • ON THE BEACH - Given's Barred and Black - Beech
  • POSTCARD - New York - Morse

 

 

Issue 40, Winter 2005

At Seventeen by Celeste Walters

After I’d enjoyed the Australian classic, My Brilliant Career, I searched for a modern equivalent. This story, the fifth Young Adult novel by Celeste Walters, also features a seventeen-year-old girl who is pushed out of the family home; to carve out her identity and somehow survive the loneliness of feeling like an outsider everywhere she goes.

The book opens with Catherine in the middle of an argument with her mother over being sent away to board for the final two years of school while her parents go to live in Europe for work. Catherine holds her mother entirely responsible for the decision and is adamant that she will never fit in, unlike her younger brother who doesn’t even have to try.

Catherine hovers on the edges of school life, feeling awkward but invisible, as well as mortified that the only boy she can find to take to the formal is over-eager, sweaty Windsor Fuchs, with his stutter and his pink bow tie. A hurtful comment on an essay sends her reeling – once again in life she feels grossly misunderstood – and she seeks a companion in the sports mistress, who repays her with a suggestive move that forces Catherine even further inside her shell.

But life takes a turn when her estranged grandmother – a world-class artist – dies, and Catherine finds a folder containing pages of her diary. Within these pages she finds a much-needed soul mate, and begins to uncover some family secrets.

This book had all the potential to reel me in, but didn’t. In the opening chapters I felt desperate for the author to linger over the pain of separation and rejection, or to delve deeper into the pressure of life at boarding school, and to show me Catherine failing to settle, but I felt held at arms’ length by this character. I was hoping for the intensity of Sarah Stovell’s Mothernight, or the gut-wrenching scenes of Sebastian Faulkes’ Engleby, but what I found was too much internal dialogue that drifted away and a central character too desperate for my sympathy but not showing me enough of her experiences to get it – or not deeply enough, anyway. At times I felt like I was reading the bones of a very good book – that it had been stripped back to such an extent that it had lost its spirit.

More than that, I found my response to it boiled down to that age-old question of whether we have to like the main character to get on with the book. I don’t think we do, but we have to care about what happens to them – whether or not we wish them well – and sadly I did not engage with Catherine, who was a little too earnest, a little too woe-is-me. She seemed to do all the right things, and she laid claimed to those teenage traits that fascinate me and make me want to write in this genre myself, but ultimately I didn’t believe in At Seventeen. Perhaps, at thirty-three, me and this book were simply not meant to be.

University of Queensland Press, ISBN 978-0-7022-3620-4, 206pp, PB, $18.95

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