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Know Your Estuary

Posted by chrisdore on June 16, 2018 at 8:05 PM


It's common for 'big water syndrome' to overwhelm many new to fishing our larger tidal estuaries, however it's not about blind chuck and chancing it. There are reasons some anglers consistently do better than others in big water and when those guys struggle, you know it’s been a tough day.


Estuaries abound with structure, ...

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Quick Spey Tip - Fish out that Retrieve

Posted by chrisdore on June 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Stripping streamers is one of the most efective methods of flushing out fish right? So why do so many spey anglers fish out the swing, then rip the line haphazardly back upstream in preparation of the next cast.

I often take in a couple of strips then let it hang, then repeat. Maybe ‘pump’ the rod to add movement or move the tip wide to swi...

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Rods in Transit

Posted by chrisdore on June 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM


So personally I'm not a fan of rods riding on bonnets and roofs, attached by a magnet or suction cupped contraption, holding on against the ever changing elements. There are too many trees around the tracks I drive, Suction lessens with time, moisture and temperature and road scum along with moisture weakens a magnetic grip.

Breaking rods down and packing t...

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Swinging Smarter for Winter 2018

Posted by chrisdore on June 3, 2018 at 4:35 AM


Swinging sexy water.

Don’t just fire out random casts thinking they will work. Identify structure in the water ahead of you and think about how your fly will present to fish holding around that structure. How fast / slow will the fly pass through the bingo zone and should it accelerate, remain uniform or slow as it does so? How deep / near the surfa...

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Get Stoned

Posted by chrisdore on May 23, 2018 at 9:20 AM


I personally don’t use stoneflies a lot in the waters I guide but they allow you to really go to town on profile, accents and importantly for big, come eat me legs, let’s talk more about this...

A good stonefly imitation is my go to in deeper, rocky runs, or big pools where you need your fly to be seen. On many of my Southern waters ...

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The Age Old Question...

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM


Fluoro or co-polymer? Its a question I get often and it really all depends on the water you are fishing, and the way you fish IMO. Here Matt poses the question.


On 12/07/2017, at 2:52 AM, Matt wrote:


Hi Chris,

Hope you are well.

One / a few questions if you don’t mind but what are your...

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Luminous

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Some nights on the water, movement just isn't enough, for one reason or another, be it picky fish, an abundance of food or maybe floating debris following a fresh, the fish just aren't noticing / eating your fly.

Now you can go bigger, look to inbuilt movement from Marabou and hackles etc or give them something they simply cant miss...

Personally I find...

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Top 3 Manic Flies for Winter 2018

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:15 PM


Winter fishing getting you down? With very low and clear conditions for the majority of winter thus far, your usual winter fly box might be a little too much. Big, flashy streamers, size 8 glo bugs are putting fish down and why employ that big double tungsten bomb if the river is at half it's normal winter flow?

There are still a num...

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Your Guide to Shooting Heads and How to Handle Them

Posted by chrisdore on May 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM


It’s that time again when the larger rivers, stillwaters, rivermouths and esturaries beckon as winter kicks in. Often, covering maximum water is the key to success in such places and your typical 30' cast won't get you too far at all.


Long belly fly lines offer fantastic control and distance, howeve...

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Chasing Late Season Browns

Posted by chrisdore on May 14, 2018 at 10:20 PM


So there are a couple of weeks to go to go on our Southern Lakes backcountry tributaries and with temperatures cooling the browns are on the move. However many anglers are struggling to entice these recent additions to our rivers as they hold tight on the bottom of the pools and runs showing little interest in conventional tactics.


Never fear, I'...

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