Cool things I’ve seen while fishing

Flick and Fly Journal

One of the great things about fishing is the fact that you’re often moving slowly and methodically through a particular environment. Be it walking along a beach, drifting across the estuary or wading up a stream, fishing forces you to slow down and observe what is happening around you. It differs from other activities, such as walking or riding, in that you often spend a few minutes, even hours, in a particular spot. Because of this, you tend to see some amazing things. It’s partly because of this extra time to observe, but also because you’re actively looking for things around you. In this post, I wanted to share some of the cool things I’ve seen while fishing.

Many of the coolest things I’ve seen relate to wildlife. Because you are treading quietly and carefully, it seems that the animals around you forget that you’re there. I remember wading through…

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Bear Spray: What it is and how to use it


BearSprayI’ve participated in online camping forums and discussion groups for several years now and at least a couple of times a year I will see a post that goes something like this: “I’m camping in bear country this weekend and just picked up some bear spray. I spray it around my tent before I go to bed, right?” And, then my eyes bulge, my jaw drops and I re-read the post just to make sure that I understand it clearly. There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about bear spray, so I decided to dedicate this post to it. It’s also important to remember that the best way to reduce dangerous bear encounters is to keep a respectful distance from wildlife when possible and keep a very clean campsite.

What is Bear Spray?
Bear spray is a specially designed aerosol formula for dealing with aggressive bears…

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Winter camping warmers


As crazy as it sounds, we love camping in winter. There are so many reasons to venture into the outdoors in the cooler months:

  • No crowds, there is heaps of room and you don’t have to fight for the best position.
  • No sunburn, endless hours in the hot summer sun can be unbearable when there is no cool relief.
  • Low or no cost, most bush camping is free or very low cost in the cooler months.
  • Early evenings, I’m always knackered at the end of the day when camping, the early onset of the night makes it easier to fall into bed.
  • Snuggling, if you’re going with your true love, cuddling up at the end of the day to keep warm is fun and romantic.
  • Sitting by the fire, you can have a fire summer or winter, but in winter, its lovely to sit right close by and toast those…

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