Category Archives: Gear

Member’s review on items of kit and other gear related posts

Fly Rod Building

Tristan is one of our newest members joining up after the 2020 Fly Casting classes.  He looks to be dead keen and had success on the fly already in the company of BJ – week before Lyle Knowles.  Very good looking fish, especially for the Cotter so well done mate.  Particularly memorable for Tristan since it was on a glass fly rod that he had made himself.  All written up here … quite inspiring for uninitiated.

Opera House Yabby Trap Ban


NSW is still lagging behind with banning these traps and implementing their exchange project. ACT is enacting the change. CAA Sec emailed this today:

The ACT Government is introducing a new Fisheries (Fishing Gear) instrument which prohibits the use and possession of opera-house nets in all ACT waters (including private waters). This instrument also allows the use of open-top pyramid nets in waters where hoop-nets are allowed – please see the following link to view the instrument . This has now been notified and the changes to these fishing gear rules now apply in the ACT.

Minister Gentleman has announced an opera-house net swap program ,this will allow Canberran’s to swap opera-house nets for an open-top pyramid net free of charge at participating retailers. We hope this will see less opera-house nets in the community and result in less deaths of non-target native animals captured in these nets. Flyer:

Gear Review – Koldkutter Studs

Mark has been raving to me for ages about how screws for ice-racing motorcycles can be used for studs in wading boots. Shaun has taken the plunge and bought some, his review is here – many thanks mate.

Especially if you go to another supplier, Mark tells me that the coarse or self tapping thread is the one you want. The fine thread has to be screwed into a nut or threaded hole.

“These are the ones I use (image from here). A couple of tips:

  • Shoe must have a VERY hard sole. Soft sole and they will fall out after a while.
  • When screwing them in put some glue (aqua seal or shoe goo) on the thread.