Farm Fresh

 

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.

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Old and Rare

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.

 

 

 

 

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Original Antique Fish Art print circa 1885. Plate No. 0

Original Antique Fish Art plates circa 1885. First edition prints from original book `Angling` by F. Francis, circa 1885. Quality print on heavy duty card, ideal for the keen fly fisherman or fishing enthusiast. Various plates available including fishing flys, fishing tackle, insects and fishing techniques. Pricing: Black and white plates – $15.00 + $5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Colour plates – $20.00 +$5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Please contact for any enquiries; more plates available.

A$20.00

Original Antique Fish Art plates circa 1885. Plate No.11

Original Antique Fish Art plates circa 1885. First edition prints from original book `Angling` by F. Francis, circa 1885. Quality print on heavy duty card, ideal for the keen fly fisherman or fishing enthusiast. Various plates available including fishing flys, fishing tackle, insects and fishing techniques. Pricing: Black and white plates – $15.00 + $5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Colour plates – $20.00 + $5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Please contact for any enquiries; more plates available.

A$25.00

Original Antique Fish Art plates circa 1885.Plate No. 1

Original Antique Fish Art plates circa 1885. First edition prints from original book `Angling` by F. Francis, circa 1885. Quality print on heavy duty card, ideal for the keen fly fisherman or fishing enthusiast. Various plates available including fishing flys, fishing tackle, insects and fishing techniques. Pricing: Black and white plates – $15.00 + $5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Colour plates – $20.00 + $5.00 postage and handling within Australia. Please contact for any enquiries; more plates available.

A$20.00

 

Heads up

I have just spent a weekend at the beutiful Barwon Heads staying at a unit at seahaven getting relaxed and then my wife jumped out of a plane for her sixtieth birthday, I in the mean time, on the ground, spent my time talking to the locals about the fish in the area, one man i did talk to that knew a lot about local fish was a local artist and shop owner by the name of Stirky if your in Barwon Heads and want to know about the fishing call in and see Stirky he will set you straight  .

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Its a good shop with an eclectic mix of maratime stuff and his artwork worth a visit, its just near the supermarket in the centre of town near the bridge.

Fed Snakes

It’s a timely reminder to be careful around waterways especially  given the warm weather lately. This copperhead snake although small could still give a nasty bite, I was bitten on the knee six weeks ago and needed antibiotic  to get the swelling down this chap could have been responsible, a bite from a snake this small could keep you from what you love ( like fishing) for some weeks.

I found this snake dead in a redback spiders web in my green house so if you think the snake s bad don’t mess with the redback

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A couple of years ago i found  two small yabbies in a redback spiders web , that in itself is pretty wild to think a spider poisoned the yabbies and carried them to her web but real amazing thing the web was six feet of the floor of the green house ,now some people find hard to believe but i showed my neighbour and he can testify to it .

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Drowning or Waving

During a trip to the Curdies River recently we came across a strange sight, a Koala swimming up the middle of the river.

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The problem was he was swimming towards a swamp and he could get out that way so we positions our boat to encourage him to swim towards terra firma.

As you can see he was exhausted but safe and relieved to be back on land.

U k freshwater Aquaculture

I  have just returned from a trip to the U K and this is what I found out about their freshwater fishery.

Freshwater Aquaculture in the U K is fundamentally  about trout with some carp, carp and some other smaller fish of  are highly prized and much sort after by anglers

There is no similarity between the U k and dry old Australia, the U k have much more water than we do ,the water is colder  and faster flowing.

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The one thing we do have in common is some individuals feel the need to throw there trash into the environment .

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Fishing is predominately fly fishing and many fishers  can be seen at access spots along the roads.

Algae blooms were not present although I was there after heavy rains but i suspect they would be isolated and not severe.

Overall there is not much to be learned from our English counterparts in regard to freshwater aquaculture.

I did visit an aquarium on lake Windermere in the lakes district and found it fascinating

below are some of the photos I took on the visit.

From a fishing perspective it is a great place for trout and carp fishing there is of course lots of opportunity for ocean and estuary fishing as well as freshwater, the people are friendly and the ones involved in fishing seem willing to share their knowledge freely all in all a fishing destination worth a visit.