Category Archives: Recreational Research

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View wasn’t hard to take on our hill climb today.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella

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In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

Today we're mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

At the top of our hill climb today. Spot the float planes at the bottom of the shot. It was quite a hike #Spatsizi

 

Tough day ... hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

Tough day … hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

 

View wasn’t hard to take on our hill climb today.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.


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A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

Early to bed for this little black duck.

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Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Our guide Ray Collingwood was clearly exhausted by a hectic morning on the Firesteel #Spatsizi

Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.


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Flying up front in the Cessna 185 and getting a goat's eye view of the ranges en route to the Spatsizi plateau. Timeless beauty of nature putting on a show.

Nature Putting On A Show

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Flying up front in the Cessna 185 and getting a goat’s eye view of the ranges en route to the Spatsizi plateau. Timeless beauty of nature putting on a show.

 


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We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn't have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.

Twighlight Soccer Match

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We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn’t have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.

We had an afternoon to spare in beautiful downturn Smithers and paused, en route to the off licence, for this stunning shot of a twilight soccer match. Qld doesn't have the snowy backdrop, but it could have twilight sport with daylight saving.


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Hey Big Guy! We made it to Smithers! Cheery welcome from on old furry friend in the airport foyer. And from Reg Collingwood #Spatsizi

We made it to Smithers!

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Hey Big Guy! We made it to Smithers! Cheery welcome from on old furry friend in the airport foyer. And from Reg Collingwood #Spatsizi


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We're on our way Spatsizi

We’re on our way Spatsizi

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A menu, a wine list, a backdrop of beautiful Vancouver harbour…aaahh … we’re finally off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi


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We’re off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi finally, after 2.5 years of covid. No dramas at Sydney today if you’re 3 hours plus early. As the signs says, we can relax (touch wood).

Off to Spatsizi

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We’re off on Air Canada to #Spatsizi finally, after 2.5 years of covid.
No dramas at Sydney today if you’re 3 hours plus early. As the signs says, we can relax (touch wood).


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Tales of flyfishing, foraging and fungi

Tales of Fly Fishing, Foraging and Fungi

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On October 27, 2020, the Australian Government announced fully-vaccinated Australians could travel overseas without first having to seek permission from the Department of Home Affairs. The next practical hurdle for overseas travel will be reciprocal quarantine-free arrivals in other countries, via vaccinated-only travel lanes, with Singapore apparently now head of the queue for Australians.

Hopefully, the same quarantine-free travel will apply mid-way through next year for Australians heading to British Columbia, where our family Flyfishing and adventure holiday has been booked – and deferred –  for each of the past two years.

As I type, my beloved is in her nearby home office now, filling out the passport renewal forms for our kids by hand, after the Australian Governments’ automated passport renewal form decided (part-way between the first and second child’s form) that it no longer recognised our address, where I’ve lived for 40 years. We just hope the Commonwealth Government does better with the software needed for quarantine-free travel than it has with its Covid-safe software to date. Enough said on that one.

Before you read the Flyfishing story below, can I just reinforce the warning in there about the potential danger of wild foraged mushrooms? Don’t eat them unless you’ve been trained to recognise the subtle difference between a tasty morsel and a deadly fungus. My Dad had a doctorate in plant physiology and he used to take us wild mushroom foraging as kids, across the old diary paddocks dotting the Dulong Hills on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. And it was all great fun, getting up really early with Dad and heading off for long walks with his big plastic bucket, which we’d all help Dad to fill before we headed home and grilled the mushrooms for breakfast.

Dad should perhaps have paid more attention to the mushrooms we dropped in the bucket.

I recall one morning at Nambour Primary School when the blackboard and teacher began swirling across the front of the front of the classroom in paisley shapes and assorted shades of orange and purple. It was a magic morning for this little guy. And then came the rushing paramedics, the ambulance ride, the old rubber hose and the stomach pump, before the entire Black family were finally whisked away to share a big ward at the old Nambour Hospital.

It took Dad a fair while to live that one down at the local Rotary Club dinners and it put me off eating mushrooms for decades.

So, back to our lovely little picture story from Sage, via the adventures of Bri Dostie, a Maine Flyfishing Guide. It’s a tale of backwoods flyfishing and foraging which was no doubt enjoyed by all participants, except the two stocked trout which ended up on the menu.

Our story starts with Bri as a little girl, flyfishing with her Mum and her Grandfather.
🔗 https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/fish-and-forage

 

Tales of flyfishing, foraging and fungi

Tales of flyfishing, foraging and fungi


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Freshwater Fly Fishermen freshwater in the sub tropics miss the most is the opportunity to travel to some of the more beautiful places.

Lockdown Daydreaming

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During the long months of overlapping Covid lockdowns across all Australian states and the international lockdown to international travel, which is now stretching into years, one of the pleasures we freshwater fly fishermen living in the sub tropics miss the most is the opportunity to travel to some of the more beautiful places on the planet in our own region and overseas.  These short breaks can restore our spirits for the rest of the working year and, while nature is nourishing our inner selves, they also provide the opportunity to cast a long fly line to rising trout on pristine inland waters. I miss it so much.

These newsletters from Sage allow us the opportunity to experience these forbidden pleasures through the eyes of others, if not ourselves and hopefully provide you, as well as me, some hope for the future. They cheer me and I hope they do the same for you. There’s lot more of them in the Recreational Research section.

Read more… Long Days And Long Hikes In British Columbia – Sage Fly Fish

Freshwater Fly Fishermen freshwater in the sub tropics miss the most is the opportunity to travel to some of the more beautiful places.


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My favourite picture of the trip. Lunch al fresco by Lake Stalk with guide Cam, Pilot/Guide/Chef Tim, tending the camp fire and a thoughtful Jack

SPATSIZI FISHING TRIP 2019 – JOHN & JACK BLACK

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Recreational Research on the local trout at Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge.

Wow! A double rainbow crowns a wet and cold Brisbane CBD this morning as Jack & I head off for a week of fly-fishing in northern Canada #Spatsizi. It was Jack’s turn for the adventure of a lifetime with his old man … which would be me, folks.

Wow! A double rainbow crowns a wet and cold Brisbane CBD this morning as Jack & I head off for a week of fly-fishing in northern Canada #Spatsizi. It was Jack’s turn for the adventure of a lifetime with his old man … which would be me, folks.

My fly-fishing companion #Spatsizi son Jack, chillaxin’ before the Air Canada Vancouver flight this morning. For those who’ve never experienced it, the Brisbane to Vancouver direct flight to Vancouver is one of the best international flights there is. Even better with a pass to the Brisbane Air Canada lounge.

The Trip to Spatsizi. My fly-fishing companion #Spatsizi son Jack, chillaxin’ before the Air Canada Vancouver flight this morning.

Fortunately, Jack was on hand to help the Air Canada pilots fly big jet across the Pacific. Well, to be honest, we’d already landed.

 

Fortunately, Jack was on hand to help the Air Canada pilots fly big jet across the Pacific.

After a quiet night in lovely downtown Smithers, the next day – Day 1 of the trip – saw Jack and I heading off for a week’s Recreational Research on the local trout at #Spatsizi with Alpine Lakes Air. Not bad runway, eh? as the Canadians would say.

Jack and I heading off for a week's Recreational Research on the local trout at #Spatsizi with Alpine Lakes Air

To follow the rest of our trip please click  Spatsizi Fishing Trip 2019 – John and Jack Black – Final.pdf

We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.