Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fly Fishing

Hand made flies!
The other day we walked into the Grose river and tried our luck at fly fishing for Bass. These native fish are elusive and love logs and darker overhangs. The walk into the river was humid and hot.


Red Bull Ant

There were bull ants everwhere and in fact there was a bullant trying to bite through my shirt. More like a wingless wasp, and some growing to 25mm, these ants have large nippers and a sting. They are fearless and will attack anything.


The trail

The bird life was prolific. Lewins honey eater, Yellow zrumped thornbills, Bell Minors, Currawong and Reed warblers fill the air with song.



Dave trying his hand at fly fishing
After three hours of enjoyment, in a beautiful environment it was time to return. We were luckless on this trip, although there was plenty of interest from smaller fish.However we discovered a new area and vowed to return and explore further upstream.


A top afternoon was had by all!

15 comments:

  1. IN fact we are so excited by the area we are going to do an overnight bushwalk upstream!

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  2. Well that sounds fantabulous!

    ryn: I stalk you. That's why I posted it :P

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  3. An overnight walk upstream? With critters like that about, are you raving NUTS??

    And magnificent as that photo may be, just how close did you have to dangle your fleshy bits to that man-eating red monster to capture the shot? (Shudder..)

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  4. What fun. And happy New Year to you.

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  5. Simon,
    Wow, those ants! Nice time, and glad you can enjoy warm weather while we shiver over here. Fly fishing does sound like fun; never have done it. Good times with your son. :)

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  6. Some nice bits of ecology there mate. Praise to the Lord for his wondrous creations.

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  7. TEd- fly fishing is both fun and frustrating!
    Maalie- Next time you ar over I will take you to this part of the river... amazing bird life

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  8. ryn: You did?!?!?! Oh my gosh why?!

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  9. 如果你批評他人。你就沒有時間付出愛.........................

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  10. You even have "ANTS OF DEATH" there... where "YOU" are the picnic!!

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  11. thats exactly right Lilah! not to mention the leeches...

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  12. your brave, those red ants look nasty. did you go fishing when in Shetland?

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  13. no- But we did eat crabs from the crab factory!

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