I was brought up on the family farm in Cornwall, in the UK. The farm was a mixed arable and livestock business in Ladock. A small trout stream, a tributary of the River Fal, wound its way through the property, on for 7 or 8 miles to Truro and then to the ocean at Falmouth. With its large tidal estuary the river held sea trout and the occasional lonely Atlantic salmon, but mostly brown trout and eels.

I’ve fished for as long as my memories. I caught my first trout on fly when I was 12 on a Peter Ross fly which I’ve adopted as my website (and boat “fly by night“) logo.

(The “Peter Ross” artwork Trevor Hawkins)

I’d been eyeing off the flies in John Langdon’s tackle and gun shop on River Street in Truro for weeks and eventually parted with some pocket money for my precious Peter Ross. That evening I hopped off the school bus at the bottom of Truck Hill, waded through the marshes in full school uniform, unpacked my rod and drifted the fly down the riffle of a tantalisingly deep pool. With that first effort I caught the biggest brown trout of my early fishing life, and that’s how it really all began.

The Ladock River near the railway bridge at Truck Hill, in full flow on its way to the River Fal (Rosie Morris 2011)

I left Truro School when I was 15 and worked in agriculture, civil engineering sub contracting, trout farming, fish processing, commercial fishing, recreational fishery management, scuba diving and boat handling instruction. As a mature student I worked my way through my first degree in fishery science at Plymouth, and migrated to Australia in 1990.

– I started work with NSW Fisheries in 1991 as a Fisheries Officer.

– In 1993 I started working in fishery management.

– In 1996 I moved to Victoria as Director of Fisheries.

– From 1999 to 2004 I was Director General of NSW Fisheries.

– From 2004 to 2006 I was Deputy Director General of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency in Honiara.

– From 2007 I worked for NSW Maritime initially as Deputy Chief Executive and then from March 2008 as Chief Executive until October 2011.

–  I am a Certified Casting Instructor with the US based Federation of Fly Fishers (, I have a certification from the Royal Yachting Association as a Power Boat Instructor, and I hold a Coxswains commercial vessel operators certificate of competency. I am a scuba diving instructor accredited by the British Sub Aqua Club, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and the World Underwater Federation (CMAS).

For me, fly fishing is about the utter tranquility of a mountain lake at the day’s end; the infinity of a perpetually effervescent trout stream; the other people who fly fish, enjoying a sport which is such a great leveler. And all interspersed with titanic battles with a feisty rainbow or a lunging brown.

If you’re interested in learning about this wonderful sport, just get in touch.

0438 403362

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