Category Archives: Fly Fishing

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We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn't have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.

Twightlight Soccer Match

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We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn’t have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.

We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn't have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.


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Flying up front in the Cessna 185

Nature Putting On A Show

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Flying up front in the Cessna 185 and getting a goat’s eye view of the ranges en route to the Spatsizi plateau. Timeless beauty of nature putting on a show.

 


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A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

Early to bed for this little black duck.

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Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Our guide Ray Collingwood was clearly exhausted by a hectic morning on the Firesteel #Spatsizi

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.


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View wasn't hard to take on our hill climb today.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella

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In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

Today we're mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

At the top of our hill climb today. Spot the float planes at the bottom of the shot. It was quite a hike #Spatsizi

 

Tough day ... hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

Tough day … hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

 

View wasn't hard to take on our hill climb today.

View wasn’t hard to take on our hill climb today.


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So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.

Time to catch (and release) some unwary trout.

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Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he’s getting to know them at breakfast.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he's getting to know them at breakfast.

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

So far you’ve been spared the grip’n’grin shots … but … well … these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn’t resist #Spatsizi today.

So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.


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Flyfishing - Lockdown Daydreaming | Freshwater Fly Fishermen

Lockdown Daydreaming

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During the long months of overlapping Covid lockdowns across all Australian states and the international lockdown to international travel, which is now stretching into years, one of the pleasures we freshwater fly fishermen living in the sub tropics miss the most is the opportunity to travel to some of the more beautiful places on the planet in our own region and overseas.  These short breaks can restore our spirits for the rest of the working year and, while nature is nourishing our inner selves, they also provide the opportunity to cast a long fly line to rising trout on pristine inland waters. I miss it so much.

These newsletters from Sage allow us the opportunity to experience these forbidden pleasures through the eyes of others, if not ourselves and hopefully provide you, as well as me, some hope for the future. They cheer me and I hope they do the same for you. There’s lot more of them in the Recreational Research section.

Read more… Long Days And Long Hikes In British Columbia – Sage Fly Fish

 

Freshwater Fly Fishermen freshwater in the sub tropics miss the most is the opportunity to travel to some of the more beautiful places.


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We're off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi finally, after 2.5 years of covid. No dramas at Sydney today if you're 3 hours plus early. As the signs says, we can relax (touch wood)

Off to Spatsizi

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We’re off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi finally, after 2.5 years of covid.
No dramas at Sydney today if you’re 3 hours plus early. As the signs says, we can relax (touch wood).


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A menu, a wine list, a backdrop of beautiful Vancouver harbour...aaahh ... we're finally off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi

We’re on our way Spatsizi

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A menu, a wine list, a backdrop of beautiful Vancouver harbour…aaahh … we’re finally off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi


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Hey Big Guy! We made it to Smithers! Cheery welcome from on old furry friend in the airport foyer. And from Reg Collingwood #Spatsizi

We made it to Smithers!

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Hey Big Guy! We made it to Smithers! Cheery welcome from on old furry friend in the airport foyer. And from Reg Collingwood #Spatsizi

Hey Big Guy! We made it to Smithers! Cheery welcome from on old furry friend in the airport foyer. And from Reg Collingwood #Spatsizi


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SPATSIZI FISHING TRIP 2019 – JOHN & JACK BLACK

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Recreational Research on the local trout at Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge.

Wow! A double rainbow crowns a wet and cold Brisbane CBD this morning as Jack & I head off for a week of fly-fishing in northern Canada #Spatsizi. It was Jack’s turn for the adventure of a lifetime with his old man … which would be me, folks.

Wow! A double rainbow crowns a wet and cold Brisbane CBD this morning as Jack & I head off for a week of fly-fishing in northern Canada #Spatsizi. It was Jack’s turn for the adventure of a lifetime with his old man … which would be me, folks.

My fly-fishing companion #Spatsizi son Jack, chillaxin’ before the Air Canada Vancouver flight this morning. For those who’ve never experienced it, the Brisbane to Vancouver direct flight to Vancouver is one of the best international flights there is. Even better with a pass to the Brisbane Air Canada lounge.

My fly-fishing companion #Spatsizi son Jack, chillaxin’ before the Air Canada Vancouver flight this morning

Fortunately, Jack was on hand to help the Air Canada pilots fly big jet across the Pacific. Well, to be honest, we’d already landed.

Fortunately, Jack was on hand to help the Air Canada pilots fly big jet across the Pacific. Well, to be honest, we’d already landed.

After a quiet night in lovely downtown Smithers, the next day – Day 1 of the trip – saw Jack and I heading off for a week’s Recreational Research on the local trout at #Spatsizi with Alpine Lakes Air. Not bad runway, eh? as the Canadians would say.

After a quiet night in lovely downtown Smithers, the next day – Day 1 of the trip - saw Jack and I heading off for a week's Recreational Research

To follow the rest of our trip please click  Spatsizi Fishing Trip 2019 – John and Jack Black – Final.pdf

We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.