Category Archives: Fishing Journal

Vote 1 in FlyLife Photo Comp

Voting is now open for the Fly Life Magazine‘s photo competition and all of the finalists have some cracking entries.

Big congrats to our mate Angus Kennedy for reaching the finals with his shot of Matt guiding his canoe down the rapids of a remote south coast Bass stream.

Please give him your vote to help his chances of reaching a top 3 placing so he can win some much needed fly fishing gear!

Voting  only takes a couple of seconds and closes this Friday the 10th at 6pm!

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More of Gus’ pics from the trip below…





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My last fish of the year…

The plan was to head to the mid stretches of the Thredbo River in the Snowy Mountains to try and fool some foot-long brown trout into eating a dry fly. But after a short walk to my favourite stretch of water the rain had set in making it almost impossible to spot my fly. A change in tactics was needed, so I tied on a heavy double nymph rig and attached a subtle indicator to fish some deeper runs.

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Dry fly fishing the Snowy Mountains

Warm afternoons, insects hatching and brown trout looking to the surface for a feed – A couple of weekends ago my old man and I had a great weekend fly fishing the Snowy Mountains region. After mid-week snow and rain the creeks were running well and the trout eager for well-presented dry flies. Below are a handful of images from the trip…

By Matt Rees
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Local communities improving fish habitat

A few weeks ago, we helped Conservation Volunteers Australia and the William Beach Bush Care group to improve fish habitat along the shores of Mullet Creek, Lake Illawarra.

It was a fantastic day with a lot of trees planted and rubbish removed from the riparian zone. This work will hopefully enhance the local fishery by improving water quality and increasing habitat structure that fish need throughout various stages of their life.

One of the best aspects of the day however, was interacting with community members who are passionate about habitat restoration and fishing. It was great to meet and chat  fishing with members from the Illawarra Fly Fishers Club. Another drawcard of the event was fly fishing legend Juan Luis Del Carmen from the Advanced Fly Fishing School Sydney, who gave some of us a much needed fly casting lesson (me)!

Watch all the action that unfolded on the day above in a great video produced by our friend James Lidsey from North Head Media. Massive thanks to Adam Woods from CVA for organising the event and having us. Keep an eye out for more events like these in the future!

The project was assisted by NSW DPI Rec fishing trusts “Habitat Action Grants”.


If you ever need a fly casting lesson Juan is the person to see!!


Lac cleaning up litter along the bank of Mullet Creek.

Rock fishing for Luderick

One of my all-time favourite styles of fishing is targeting Luderick (Girella tricuspidata) off wave exposed rock ledges with a float, centre-pin reel and a handful of seaweed. A couple of weekends ago, Niko, Gus and I went exploring in the Royal National Park just south of Sydney to find an empty rock platform and some hungry Luderick. Gus being the super talented videographer that he is filmed the action and produced a short video that captures, what I think Luderick fishing is all about (watch below in HD if possible 🙂 ).

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