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Sydney Harbour Update by Gavin Davis

November 24, 2014

Sydney Harbour is really starting to fire up as the summer heat kicks in! Schools of Kahawai/Aussie Salmon can be found throughout middle harbour right down west of the Harbour Bridge. Extremely fussy most of the time, a small surf candy will match the hatch and lite tippet to deal with wary fish. If you managed to get a cast into a school try long slow strips, or dead drift with the occasional twitch. King fish are the hoodlums of the harbour, and are also making the presents known. They like to hang out in gangs around marker bouys on prominent points with good current lines. Try surface poppers at first light, or sinking clousers down deeper as the sun...

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Learning to Fly by Joshua Hutchins

October 28, 2014

I received my first fly rod as a Christmas present when I was 13 years old. The rod came with a poorly narrated learn to fly fish video and I diligently followed the techniques until I learnt how to cast. I spent hours practising and dreamt of catching and landing my first trout on fly. One year later, after months of persistence, that time finally came. Still only 14 years old, I was fishing the Macquarie River near my home town of Bathurst, and after a fumbled cast, I managed to hook and land a small brown trout – needless to say I was stoked!! Fast forward 15 years and my obsession has only increased. I regularly guide my local...

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Any Day for a Spot of Spey by John Gummer

September 09, 2014

A guest post by John Gummer. Fly Fishing with Spey rods has always caught my eye in overseas magazines, and photos of huge salmon and steelhead from the likes of Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia. I have always considered this art form of fly-fishing to not be possible in the trout streams of New Zealand that anglers pursue with tiny flies, and delicate presentation. When Loop Tackle NZ had a Spey casting weekend with FFF certified casting instructor Juan Del Carmen, I couldn’t wait to see what Spey fishing really had to offer. Well blow me down, what ecstasy I had discovered! Juan taught us the basics of Spey casting in the classroom, the first physics lesson that I actually found...

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Loop Spey Academy in Turangi - July 2014

July 13, 2014

In early July we offered a 2-day academy for those who wanted to learn about double-hand or spey casting in Turangi, New Zealand on the famous Tongariro River.  Juan Del Carmen of the Advanced Fly Fishing School in Sydney, an FFF Certified Casting Instructor was our tutor.  We couldn't have done it without the support of Creel Tackle House & Cafe and Parkland's Motor Lodge.   Here is a quick report on the weekend - we hope you can join us next time.   We started off with a classroom session on Saturday morning at Parkland's Motor Lodge to go through the theory and physics of double-hand casting without the distraction of being on the river bank holding these unfamiliar...

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