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A social group of dedicated fly fishers who are passionate about fly fishing in the tropical north of Australia and equally as passionate about the close camaraderie this sport brings. This passion and dedication led to the creation of the NT Fly Fishers (Social Mob) blog site; an interactive and creative outlet where everyone can share our wonderful fly fishing adventures and link into the “after fishing” social events we enjoy in this incredible part of the world.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Love a 'bong of a morning.

With the advise that a certain chain of billabongs had just opened it was grab a couple of boxes of BBQ and Pizza Shapes and a carton of beer for nutrition and drive East arriving there at 11pm.

A cool night gave way to a great sunrise and low mist on the water, but no fish! Fished all day with little interest being shown until 3.30pm when someone threw the switch and barra would follow every retrieve but would only tail nip the fly. Full day of fishing equated 2 barra in the boat. Tough day!

The local residence (mossies) were just a bit too friendly to enjoy a cold beer around the camp fire so was in the swag by 7pm. On the water at 5.30 for a quick fish before breaking camp and "what a difference a day makes!".

Barra were full of aggression (and as fat as) and took the fly with gusto resulting in 11 barra and 1 toga in a short 2hr session, fun at its best. "I love a 'bong of a morning." 

One of the 11!

Remember; "You'll never never know, if you never never go. Get out there and fish!"

Tight lines
Jim Churchley

Saturday, 25 June 2016


I'm not too sure of the year, but back in the early 2000's, 2002 I think, Wayne Hinton introduced the Roger Sinclair (The Silver Fox) 'Wild Thing' fly to us.   Cathie had a thing for the pink things because she had caught her first metery on one, but I couldn't catch a fish on them and I don't think I have yet.  Wayne showed us the 'Wild' thing which was similar to the other but had a green/chartreuse tail instead of the white/grizzly like the 'pink'thing.   I had a lot more success on them, bearing in mind though, I wasn't a really successful fly fisher anyway.

Later, around 2006 or maybe a bit later, the Whiting Farms bird fur arrived on the market.  Each bird Fur patch was one-half of a full, large Spey Rooster saddle, with long wispy fur-like feathers up to 6"long.    (Sadly the original Rooster is harder to get now because of the demand for feathers, I'm told, but the shorter Spey Hen saddle is available as Mini Bird Fur.)

Bird Fur

Some of  us tried this feather fur out and originally didn't like it much because it was too whispy we thought.  But after just putting a clump of one colour on as the tail and then a clump of a different colour as the head of the fly, instead of palmering a feather, we found it was a pretty good fly and even though it was very anaemic looking after it got wet, once in the water it seemed to pulse.   Got us in anyway.

We tied up a Bird Fur 'Wild Thing' and went out with Piero Bertocchi (Tocs) who was stationed up here at the time, to have a first trial of this new ( to us anyway) material.   It was a great success and that trip ended up as a small article in Flylife magazine. Click Bird Fur for the link to the article if it's too hard to read in the picture below

The fly was called monstrous by a  critic on the east coast but the fish liked it....and it has caught a heap of fish since.

Well, it's strange how things happen, yesterday I started tying some more 'wild' things but with the smaller mini Bird Fur....I haven't tied them for a while, probably a year or more because I have been trying out these see through 'No See Um' flies as the Stig calls them.   But I started on them yesterday and thought that I should contact Tocs to see if he could use them in NZ.   (Tocs moved to Canberra and then NZ over the past few years, he has three articles in Flylife, one for the Saltwater up here and two for trout fishing in NZ).

Anyway, I ramble on a usual, and had this in the vice when Graeme the Grey Williams came over for a coffee.

In the vice, not quiet finished, the smaller mini bird fur.
We were sitting outside and Graeme mentioned that he had found one of my old 'Fish a cast' flies, (referring to the fish a cast with the wild thing in the Flylife article) and he said that the fly caught twenty barra on a recent fishing trip.  So I have to make a heap more now.  But that was only part of the 'Omen'?,  because last night got a message from Tocs that he hopes that he is on his way back to Darwin in 2017. .   His previous time up here saw the La Nina and some of the wettest years on record. ..................and the La Nina is returning.....coincidence????or an omen???.    Who knows but bring on the fishing.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Fly Tying / Social Day Sunday 26th June 1100am onwards (Humpty Doo)

I thinks its time we had a fly tying / social day & there appears to be enough interest to hold the event this weekend!
There is plenty of room out here at Humpty Doo with verandas all round & plenty of parking space etc.  We have a few tables we can set up.  Please bring a chair or two.
I will provide some drinks & light refreshments.  There is a BBQ here if you wish to bring a snag or two also.
Please let me know if you are coming for catering purposes.