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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.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Billabong Fun Instead of Show Day

Friday saw Dad and I congregrating to a secret billabong where we had plans to meet Lord Jim and Hags. To our surprise every man and his dog was already there with them! I think we counted a dozen boats or so which lead me to believe that this spot wasn't so secret after all... With our intentions not to let this spoil a trip with good mates in a beautiful place we squeezed our camp between Jim and Hags, (which wasn't the best idea as they both have a strong reputation for snoring) then went for a fish.

We soon come across the snoring duo who had caught this nice saratoga and tiddler barra.

Surface fly across the lilies did the trick

4 points according to Jim! Apparently two of these trump Hags' toga??

Sleepy cod was caught on the surface also

With a feed of soup and garlic bread for entree provided by Jim as well as Di's mexican meatball's for main we were all off to bed with full belly's. The night was peaceful and calm besides the odd disturbance due to a release of flatulence on Jim's behalf, no snoring though!

The next morning was fresh and cold...

Whilst I had trouble hooking a toga, the old boy was giving me a run for my money.

Toga always seem to resist their photo

Only saw a couple of decent sized barra caught. Perhaps they were pushed deeper by all the boat activity?
That's the way back to camp, isn't??
Can't go camping without making a mixed fruit damper
Lord Jim was even generous enough to lend a beer (for cooking purposes). Hags must've bought the carton of beer...

Whilst the fishing wasn't the best, we always had fun.


Friday, 29 July 2016


A concern has been expressed that areas of Bynoe that we have fished for years is now closed off to us because of the Kenbi Land Claim,  in particular around Knife and Crocodile Islands....I think everyone has known that both of those Islands were off limits and to my knowledge that has always been respected by the recreational anglers.  However the map released recently has what appears to be a more restrictive limit on the fishing around those Islands....declaring that the intertidal zone around those Islands is also out of bounds as can be seen below....

All the definitions of  '├Źntertidal Zone' are similar and say, ........."Of or being the region between the high tide mark and the low tide mark." 

Now according to all the charts that we can find, the area marked in green on the map below is the intertidal zone for Knife Island, it is much larger for Crocodile Island...

The green area is where the land can dry during tides ie the area between high and low tide.
A comment from the local fishing authority was " 
if you fish below the mean low tide mark you will be fine " ...I cannot find out what the mean low tide is, but there is no mention of 'mean' low tide in the act that I can find, so I will stick to the definition above.

So where can we fish if we are not aboriginal or have a permit which are the only two exceptions in the act.  Who knows????  We have emailed both the Minister and the Northern Lands Council in relation to this, also to see how we can get a permit if it is necessary but at this stage we have had no replies.

It is worrying because none of us wish to do the wrong thing by anybody, but the whole issue is quiet confusing to people like me.  

When we get something concrete we will put it out to you.

Monday, 25 July 2016


Little or no wind, warm sun and cool evenings, you can't get it much better for a long weekend up here in the NT while our southern cousins are fighting the cold....
Well...maybe not this bad down south...but its sends the message.
...and out in Darwin Harbour....
Sam took out this team of fellow Geologists from Canada and WA to try the fishing.

A couple of crews went to Alligator Billabong for the weekend, there were two other groups out there and it was apparently a ball.  It is coming off the full moon and to some that often means the fishing may not be as good as coming off the new moon, but its still fishing, and there is the added bonus of camping out in great weather.

Young Jack is going to do up a full report on the fishing so I'll just put a bit out to whet your appetites.

Dawn...Alligator Billabong.
..with the usual suspects....
Small...and heaps of them

Hard Life for some....
Especially when they have Jack to do the cooking..
That's South....down to the cold.
..will be more to come for this trip from Jack.


There has already been posts out on the great fishing on the Harbours....but here is a little more from Sam and his crew mixed in with some from Canadian Pete.

The Tarpon were still out there..
Sam ...extreme fishing with a 4wt.
Canadian Pete in action

Same with his mate Canadian Ben's fish....the 4wt would have had a work out on this one....

Daniel with another goldie...
Should have another report from Bynoe soon because just got this message from Sam

No matter where you go up here, its great fishing....GOTTA LOVE THE NT


Andy is on a trip to the US before returning to Darwin, and as usual has done us all proud...

We have more photos, but I'm told he will do a write up when he gets back here so you will have to wait for the rest of this trip until then....should see some of the fish!!!!!!