Under all that willow was a river and it took a fire to find it, this part of the Curdies was hidden from view until the Saint Patrick day fire burnt a lot of the non native trees .
The earth moving contractor has done a great job not only has he removed the willows he has left the stumps to rot and then poisoned the stumps.
it looks great and I look forward to native trees and grasses to be replanted and native fish like blackfish to be encouraged and stocked to provide locals and visitors with a true fishing experience.
Feeding the fish moths see how the fish hide under the floating habitat, I have this habitat for more than ten years some people are just starting to wake up to its benefits.
A few images from the fires that came to close.
This little fish survived the Saint Patricks fires and looks healthy if not a bit hungry , no insects about because there is not vegetation left around the ponds.
I am delighted they survived now I need to get the bird netting up as fast as I can, before that I have to replace the post that got burnt.
I have created a new group on Facebook called (Blackfish action members) or BAM for short, the group will seek to lobby government and other groups to help in the coming fight to save the iconic river Blackfish ( gadopsis marmoratus ) if you are interested in joining myself and many others in this fight please visit the Facebook group and become a member.
New brood stock for the farm, all the fish shown here are from a private farm dam none were taken from the wild, these fish will breed next season and produce many fingerlings for individuals to own. at the end of the second
year they should be around 22 cms although some grow at different rates to others.
These are native fish and fisheries Vic require you to have a permit to take them from the wild and keep alive.
On a recent trip to London I found an old book on fishing in the city, this book printed in 1885 ( that’s 133 years ago ) gives details about fishing around the United Kingdom and is a good read, along with the text are 17 plates all showing different tackle along with tied flies and insects of the time ( six coloured plates ).
The author of the book is Francis Francis (The author and his Gillie plate 0, ) a well-known fisherman of his time he travelled extensively throughout the UK and some parts of Europe.
Some lucky individuals out there may have a copy of this book, however this books spine is broken and this means printing the plates is possible without further damage to the book, this means I can now make it possible for individuals to own one or more of these incredible printed plates. I have asked a local and well-respected printer to print them and below is the result. The coloured plates are incredible while the black and white ones are instructive of the fishing methods that were used then and maybe even today, along the Thames and other rivers in England .
The price to follow
If you wish to purchase any of these wonderful plates go to fishsticks .co and view the shop blog or view the post below .
All funds raised from the sale of these plates will go towards my work breeding the River Blackfish, Gadopsis marmoratus.