Monaro Fly Fishing
(Mainland Australia - New South Wales)
Paul Bourne is the premier guide in the Snowy Monaro region, with 29 years experience flyfishing the area, and 16 of that as a dedicated guide (since managing Sautelle Lodge on Green Lake back in the 1990s). He has also fished extensively throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania, and both Islands of New Zealand.
Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing is centrally located in Cooma. This provides a huge range of locations for fishing, from the popular Jindabyne area (Thredbo, Moonbah ...), to Admainaby (Eucumbene, Murrumbidgee ...), and also the Nimmitabel/Bombala/Delegate (Monaro Streams). Having all these options can make all the difference when weather and varying conditions can lead to one region fishing better than the others. It also offers different types of water and fishing for anglers of all levels of experience.
Paul is also an excellent tutor for those wanting to try fly fishing for the first time. I learn from Paul every time I fish with him. The more time I spend with the best trout anglers in the country, the more I appreciate Paul's dedication to and knowledge of stream fishing. If you want to advance your skills, or hone your techniques in the Snowy Monaro region streams, contact him.
Paul is a licensed Kosciuszko National Park Tour Operator (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/contact/snowymonaroflyfishing.htm ), so he can guide you within the National Park as well as having an excellent network of contacts and access to pastoral waters.
Let him guide you onto fish by all means, but spend some time as well looking under rocks for different species of mayfly nymphs and what they mean to the trout. Pick his brains about trout behaviour, stalking fish, drag, presentation, imitiation and other streamcraft.
|Peter Hayes Flyfishing
(Australia - Tasmania)
Peter Hayes has been the leading guide in Tasmania for many years, and is Australia's leading casting instructor. He is Australia's first FFF Accredited MCI (Master Casting Instructor). I have personally benefitted greatly from his tuition as well as his infectious personality and inspirational casting talent.
Peter's Fly Fishing Conclaves (weekend long intensive seminars with the best tutors in the country) have been a big success since starting in Tasmania a few years back. This year Peter expanded them to the mainland. There are now three a year - at "Hayes on Brumbies" in Cressy, and also in Sydney and Melbourne. Keep an eye on his website (above) for more details as well as Casting Classes and Guiding info.
|Matthew Howell Fly Fishing
(Myrtleford - Victoria)
|Matthew is a mad keen angler and FFF MCI Certified Master Casting Instructor. Based in Myrtleford, he is available for guiding and casting instruction in North East Victoria.|
|Stu's Fly Shop
and Superior Flies
(New Zealand - South Island)
|Stu Tripney is a revolutionary fly designer, based on the Mataura River
on the South Island of New Zealand. He runs the world famous
fly shop in Athol! As well as tying radical foam flies (that WORK), Stu
is also a leading guide in the region. Stu's video, "A Foam Odyssey", that he made with Nick Reygaert,
featured at the 2nd annual Fly Fishing Film Festival in NZ and Oz
|J D Wagner Rodmakers||I learnt the rodmaking craft from Jeff. Jeff is a master craftsman, a great guy - an honorary Australian! He and his wife Casimira are leading rodmakers and have a wonderful website.|
|Classic Sporting Enterprises (CSE)||
Yes, this isn't really a link at all... Bailey Woods, and his stepson,
Steve, make fine bamboo rod ferrules and other rodmaking components
- the industry standard. They seem too busy making quality hardware to
mess with this internet thing, so the only way to get them is via phone
or fax - just check the time in Vermont, USA before you call them... Aside
from others who offer CSE hardware (such as Jeff Wagner, or me!), you
can get them on:
|Hariki Ferrule||Toshiyuki Hariki's family business has been precision engineering for several generations. After years of providing precision parts for the automotive and other industries, Hariki-san began making ferrules and reelseat hardware for the demanding Japanese rodmaking market. I have been trialling these ferrules on my own rods for several years now, and have been extremely impressed with the quality and durability. In 2012 I was lucky enough to visit the Hariki factory in Osaka and see these ferrules being made. Hariki ferrules can be ordered direct via the Hariki website. I also carry a range of sizes in stock for resale too. The Hariki site is mainly in Japanese, but an English page is available here.|
|The Rodsmith's Guild||The Rodsmith's Guild is a recently formed Guild, with the goal of identifying and distinguishing craftsmpeople and artisans in various fields of rodsmithing. Visit the site for more information.|
|The Bamboo Broker||Based in Seattle, The Bamboo Broker sells high quality bamboo for rodmaking.|
|Charles H. Demarest, Inc.||Long time supplier of Tonkin Cane, Demarest has provided bamboo to famous rodmakers for over 100 years!|
|Angler's Workshop||A really good source for rodmaking components of all types, as well as other retail tackle, fly tying supplies, and accessories.|
|The Drake Magazine||An alternative fly magazine from the USA. I bring a few extra copies of each issue so contact me if you'd like to get hold of it here in Oz.|
|FlyStream||This new, Australian based magazine, lead by Philip Weigall and Andrew Fuller is an exciting development in fly fishing literature.|
|Flylife Magazine||Australia's longest published magazine dedicated solely to fly fishing. Coming out quarterly, and beyond issue 50 now, Flylife is still going strong as a leading voice in Australian fly fishing.|
|The New Zealand Troutfisher||
New Zealand's only 100% trout fishing magazine. I have a regular column here on Australia and other ramblings!
|Tasmanian Fishing ang Boating News||
Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News is published six times a year by Mike Stevens at Stevens Publishing - www.tasfish.com is the magazine's online site. It contains a wealth of information on salt and freshwater fishing in Tasmania. Mike also publishes many high quality fishing books, including fine reprints of hard to source Australian classics. You can find these on the Tasfish website as well.
|Fly Rod and Reel Magazine||Leading US magazine, full of fishing and conservation info. FR&R has been hard to track down in Australia for a while. I carry it here, and have some back issues as well, so drop me a line to get hold of it...|
|Flyfisher (Japan)||Stu Tripney put me onto this magazine when we stayed with him for a few days in 2007. Yes, it's all in Japanese but the photography alone makes it worth tracking down! The best place to purchase this wonderful publication is from Amazon Japan.|
|Gray's Sporting Journal||Gray's Sporting Journal has long been the quality American literary fishing and hunting magazine that others are judged by. Gray's features the finest writing, art and photography from leaders in the sporting field.|
|The Flyfish Journal||This American publication has been around for a couple of years now. Beautiful photos and writing. Looking at the latest issue - how many of the same old "grip and grin" shots of someone holding a fish up in front of the camera? Zero. Not even one, even in the ads.|
This lovely online magazine aims to inspire more women to get into fly fishing (though it hopes to be of interest to guys as well). It's a fantastic goal, as it would be wonderful to see more women and girls enjoying the sport. Subscription is free, and it looks great!
|A Tight Loop Magazine||A nice Online magazine, based around fishing in the American midwest, from the same publishers of "Dun" magazine.|
|Catch Magazine||A really nice Online magazine with wonderful photos and video.|
|Eastern/NorthWest/SouthWest FlyFisher||This trio of regional American Fly Fishing magazines are a great read. Visit their site and subscribe. You can even download an issue online for free!|
|Trout Magazine||Trout Magazine is the quarterly publication of North America's Trout Unlimited orgainsation. Although it's focused on North America, it is a really good read on fishing, environmental issues and fisheries management. To subscibe, all you need to do is joing Trout Unlimited.|
Who is TroutBeat?
|S A Angler Magazine||S A Angler magazine has been the leading fishing magazine of my home Sate, South Australia, since 1977. No, it's not a Fly Fishing or even a Trout magazine (though it does run articles from both). I grew up reading SA Angler, and fishing local waters for bream, mullet, garfish, whiting (and trout when I could get to the rivers). SA Angler published my first fishing article (yes, on trout fishing), back in 1990. I'm glad to see it's still going strong.|
|Gin-clear media||Nick Reygeart's Production company, which includes work on "The Troutbum Diaries", awesome flyfishing films. Volume 1 is based in Patagonia, and Volume 2 in New Zealand.Nick's film for 2008 was "The Search", seeking out monster bonefish in Tahiti. In 2009, Nick produced "The Source - Tasmania" an adventure through the diverse Tasmanian brown trout fishery. This Year (2010), Nick will be touring with his new film "The Source - New Zealand". Coming next will be "The Source - Iceland".|
|Adventure Project||Jack McCowan is a talented Melbourne based freelance videographer. He has made a number of outdoor films, including "Three Two One", which has shown at a number of film festivals arond the world. He recently produced a short film about my rodmaking, which you can see here.|
|Rollcast Productions||Steve Apple and Dave Wilson at Rollcast put together Fishizzle! - destined to be one of the most inspirational sporting movies since "Caddyshack". Fishizzle! was a real hit at the Film Festival this year, combining fishing action, humour, and a story about a guide (Steve) who has returned to the "real world" from guiding for the time being... Rollcast have a great new movie currently in production. Check out the trailer on Youtube (search for fishizzle). We have both "Fishizzle" and "Hustle and Fish" available for purchase here. Check out our "Other Products" page for more information!|
|Trufflepig Films||Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier from Trufflepig Films have made the supurb DVD "The Lost World of Mr Hardy". This film is one of the most interesting and moving flyfishing films I have seen. Beautifully shot, with many interviews with long time Hardy employees and devotees, it wonderfully depicts the commitment to quality by the Hardy company through a bygone era, and how this passion is now being taken up by handcraftsmen in the modern age. Everyone with an interest in flyfishing and the pursuit of quality and perfection should see this film. Future projects from Trufflepig include "The River" (interviews with Chalkstream Riverkeepers) and"The Lost World of Angling". Stop Press - we now have the DVD "The Lost World of Mr Hardy" available for sale! Check out our "Other Products" page for more information!|
|Burl Productions||Burl Productions is Proferssional snowboarder, fishing guide and film maker, Mikey Weir's fast paced fly fishing production company. Mikey featured on the first "Troutbum Diaries - Patagonia" film. Mikey's film, "Soulfish" was a real hit at the Film Festival this year too. Burl production also has produced several editions of "Fisheye" DVD/Video magazine, featuring tips and fishing action from the Lake Tahoe and elsewhere.|
|More fly fishing sites, including those of presenters from Peter Hayes Flyfishing Conclaves...|
|Ken Tsurusaki photograpy||Ken's fly fishing photography is exquisite. His work features heavily in Japan Flyfisher magazine and elsewhere, including several coffee table books. His profile information is also available on his site in English here.|
|Tom Sutcliffe||Tom Sutcliffe is the modern father of South African fly fishing for trout. I was originally told about Tom by customer and sculptor friend Alan Meyburgh. Author of several books, Tom's style is unique, but has the qualities of humility, humour and ability to share insight and valuable information, while taking him with you along the stream, in common with authors such as John Gierach and David Scholes.|
|JVice||Jay Smit makes these exquisitely crafted Fly Tying Vices in South Africa.|
|Rocky Mountain Chalets||These Chalets in Ohakune, New Zealand, are our favourite place to stay when we visit and fish the Southern Ruapehu region. We go back every year and it gets harder and harder to leave.|
|Trevor Hawkins||Flyfisher editor, author and reknowned painter, Trevor Hawkins' website.|
|Itinerant Angler podcasts||Zach Matthews excellent podcasts include interviews with a wide range of peronalities in Fly Fishing. They are also available free from iTunes.|
|Dodgers Trophy Waters||Rick Innes has launched this new new site for these small stillwaters outside Melbourne.|
|McKean Fly Rods||Long time Australian Rodmaker Peter McKean's Web Page.|
|Indi River Rods||Fellow Australian Rodmaker Callum Ross' Web Page.|
|Orvis Fly Fishing podcasts||Tom Rosenbauer's Orvis podcasts. These are more "How To" than the Itinerant Angler. Presented in Tom's laid back style, these are very informtive and entertaining. You can find them free on iTunes as well.|
|Philip Weigall||Long time fly fishing author and guide, Philip needs no introduction to Australian fly anglers.|
|KOSSIEDUN - A Fly Tyer's Journey||
World reknowned fly tyer Mick Hall's fantastic site, with a wealth of information and references.
|Fly Fishing Diaries - Simon Zarifeh||Simon was the third person in Australia to become a FFF MCI (Master Casting Instructor), along with Peter Hayes and Matthew Howell. Fly Fishing Diaries is Simon's blog. Included are ramblings and great photos of a range of fishing trips, including his two trips to the USA with Hayesie for the FFF Fly Fishing Conclave.|
|Fish And Fun||Customers from Switzerland, Viktor and Beatrice, have a website that follows their wonderful adventures across Australia and New Zealand. These guys are truly following their dreams!|
|Peter Morse||Probably Australia's most recognised saltwater fly fishing identity, Peter has fished widely around Australia and the rest of the world.|
|Sexyloops||Paul Arden's fantastic fly casting and fishing website.|
April Vokey and her team in British Columbia offer guiding, tuition and wilderness adventures. For girls wanting to take up flyfishing, April is an inspriation. You can be a girl, wear mascara and fish slime at the same time! She is also a contributor to The Canadian Fly Fisher Magazine.
|Hayden Fly Reels||Terry Hayden makes wonderful fly reels in Australia. His main focus is saltwater/game fly reels, but has recently entered the freshwater fly reel market.|
|The Australian Trout Foundation (ATF)||We have a wonderful but delicate fishery in Australia. It is under threat. Join the Australian Trout Foundation and help preserve trout in Australia.|
|Trout Books New Zealand||
THE source of fishing books for those destined for New Zealand!
|Greg Brown - Music||
A customer (who's become a good friend - thanks Garry!), put me onto Greg Brown, a folk singer from the American midwest. Greg sings about flyfishing, love, food, family, life, and death, as well as other, less important things like politics. Greg's music has been an inspiration to me. Check out his website and his record label Red House Records to get hold of some of his music. Start out with "The Live One", a live recording where he sings and talks about fly fishing a in a few songs.
|Adrian Potter||Adelaide based conceptual artist and product designer, who I had the pleasure of meeting on a recent visit back "home".|
|Crooked Fiddle Band - Music||The Crooked Fidle Band is a Sydney based high-octane four piece instramental band, feturing violin, guitar, mandolin, double bass and percussion. I could try and describe their music but just go to their website and listen! They have a new EP out called "Rise" to follow up their debut self titled EP. If you get a chance to see them live, do it...|
|Alan Meyburgh Sculptures||Alan Meyburgh is a talented sculptor and fly fisherman (and writer for South Africa's Complete Fly Fisherman magazine). Originally from South Africa, he has recently moved to Perth (via Dubai)! He works in a range of media and styles|
|Outdoor enthusiast and Photographer Mathew Farrell is making beautiful bespoke wooden surfboards. Check out his websites for information on his photography and boards.|
|Eucalypt Banjos||Roger and Anne Simpson, based in Southern Queensland, make beautiful banjos, including use of Australian Timbers. I'm the proud owner of one of their wonderful pieces of work.|
|Genetic Prints||Local artist, Marina Larcombe, has produces a series of beautiful prints of her "7 Trout" series. Prints of the series are available in a number of formats, from postcard size to full sized framed prints.|
B&B, Hall (Canberra)
|On the subject of ABC Radio, one of my favourite presenters, David Kilby, has recently retired from 666 ABC. In his "retirement", David and his wife, Jenny are running a wonderful B&B in Hall, on the Northern edge of Canberra. If you're planning a trip to the Nation's capital, check it out. Accommodation includes a choice of two 1928 restored railway carriages!|
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