As the 2023-2024 trout season approaches its final weeks for most states, the shift to Tying Season begins for many Australian fly fishers, and most certainly for you guys, our loyal customers. I’m in the process of finalizinf the list of upcoming events, as you are all settling down to the vise to begin refilling those fly boxes for the new season. Then, I will be doing the same, as the tolls from the previous season are always taxing on my own fly boxes.

At the same time, I will be hitting the road, visiting a number of fly fishing clubs around Victoria and New South Wales presenting on a range of topics fly tying related. During this time of year, when less fishing options are available, we see more club members gather together and tell tales of the season past and muse on what the season future may hold. And I do love to tell a good tale, or two.

At time of writing, I am still finalizing details of some appearances and events through the winter and early spring, so I will update this post as more dates are confirmed. For now, here is the list of dates for these upcoming events :


Gisborne Community Centre
8A Hamilton St
VIC   3437

(I know you’ve already missed this one, but I mention it to give the gang at Calder Fly Fishing Association a shout out, and to remind you all to keep an eye out for the my next presentation there)



Brennan Park Swimming Pool
Houlahan St
VIC     3550



GreenField Park
Alma Steet
NSW    2640


August 22nd – Mornington Peninsular Flyfishers

Leawarra House
200 Beach St
VIC    3199


These events are always a highlight of my winter season, even when the Calder boys get in early and drab me down on the hottest evening they can find in summer. We go through a range of topics, always fly tying related, be it how to tie specific patterns, and how to fish said flies being discussed. I’ll always have the vise with me. One cannot travel without ones vise and tools. So we’ll be tying flies for discussion, and often as a group if the club members so wish too.

If you’re a member of any of these clubs, be sure to get down to those nights so we can all catch up. If you’re not currently a member of these clubs, and would like to attend, get in touch with the clubs’ president or membership secretaries and become an active member. You can click the links on each club’s listing above to find their contact details.

For now, make the most of the last six weeks of the trout season in Victoria and New South Wales. I’ll see you all over the winter. Happy tying!