C and F Designs Fly Boxes and Accessories now available

c and f chest pack

We are stoked to have received our fist shipment of Japanese C and F DESIGN fly boxes. This is the company that invented the slit-foam fly boxes, with a range that now includes an array of saltwater boxes, waterproof boxes, and my favourite ultralight boxes (full sized boxes from 100 grams!).

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C and F have also begun producing some awesome chest-pack style systems, along with some great accessories from clippers through to double-zingers, net releases and magnetic fly keepers. These will be added to our website shop during late August, but in the meantime the range of over 100 boxes and accessories are available directly from RiverFly 1864 by calling (03) 6334 8386. Thanks, Dan.

c and f fly boxes

Damnation – showing this July in Launceston, courtesy of RiverFly 1864 and Patagonia

Simone and Daniel Hackett from RiverFly 1864 are stoked to be bringing Damnation to Launceston, courtesy of Patagonia Australia.

Where: Saint John Craft Beer, in the Barrel Room, St John Street Launceston

When: Wednesday 17th July, 7pm

Cost:$5 cash at the door, all monies raised above $200 will be donated to a local environmental charity. Give aways from Patagonia and RiverFly 1864 on the night.

With a history steeped in dam building and hydro-power, I couldn’t think of a better place to be showing Damnation – Daniel Hackett.

DamNation Doco poster

The Story

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

DamNation opens big, on a birth, with the stirring words of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of Hoover Dam, and on a death, as the engineer at Elwha Dam powers down the turbine on its last day. DamNation stints neither the history nor the science of dams, and above all conveys experiences known so far to only a few, including the awe of watching a 30-pound salmon hurtling 20 feet into the air in a vain attempt to reach the spawning grounds that lie barricaded upriver. We witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in watching wild salmon – after a century of denied access – swimming their way home.

 The People

DamNation’s filmmakers have done their documentary homework. Rediscovered archival footage and pristine vintage photography reveals the young archaeological “salvage” team working against time to recover priceless Anasazi artifacts before the flooding of Glen Canyon in 1958. We meet singer Katie Lee, who was among the last to experience the canyon and, at the age of 94, still recalls the vivid beauty of its walls. Her nemesis, Floyd Dominy, the long-time Bureau of Reclamation czar who dammed Glen Canyon, exudes pride in his power to alter a landscape. We also hear from dam defender Congressman Tom McClintock and dam critic, ex-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Most of the voices in DamNation ring far from the lobbied halls of our capitols, and closer to the heart of a river. We hear the smoldering outrage of a Nez Perce elder recalling from his youth the flooding of his people’s sacred falls and fishing ground along the Columbia, and the quiet testimony of a river keeper who has manned his post 12 hours a day for 13 years to count, observe and protect a Rogue River steelhead run. And DamNation is not without its action heroes, including the activist/artist who two decades ago painted under moonlight a giant crack down the face of Hetch Hetchy’s dam.

The Shift

DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.

Diverse interests across the country are coming together to remove obsolete dams and find more cost-effective options to meet power, shipping, irrigation and other needs, while helping to restore rivers, preserve tribal customs, recover fish stocks, revitalize waterfronts, improve recreational opportunities and render watersheds more resilient to climate change.

Dam owners, impacted communities, and politicians are now reevaluating the usefulness of certain dams and often advocating for decommissioning and removal. Some call it a movement, others call it a generational shift in values.DamNation documents both – and the undeniable momentum behind river restoration that has begun to take hold in our country.


When, as a young man, DamNation producer Matt Stoecker witnessed migrating steelhead jump at, and bounce off, Stanford University’s Searsville Dam, he recognized the destructive power of a single dam on an entire watershed and beyond. Matt is now a fish biologist, who has since spearheaded the removal of more than a dozen such barriers to migration and is actively involved in efforts to dismantle several others. He and Patagonia founder/owner Yvon Chouinard, a long-time “dam buster” who for years has supported groups working to tear down dams, share the desire to free our rivers. Together they decided to capture such efforts, and their healing effects, on film and share them with the world. Teaming up with Felt Soul Media’s Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, DamNation was born.

Sage Mod Fly Rod

New Sage for 2016 – Available at RiverFly 1864 from August 2015

New Sage for 2016 – Available at RiverFly 1864 from August 2015


Sage MOD – Best New Fly Rod EFFTEX 2015

I’m predicting that this taper will be the new go-to river rod for Australian anglers, and lovers of the classic SLT range. A high-performance moderate action rod, somewhere between the fast action ONE and the deep-loading CIRCA, this should be a cracking taper for hatch-driven fly fishing where a bit of extra power is needed from time to time. The MOD will be available from 2-6 weights, and uses SAGE Konnetic Technology for class-leading rod-tip tracking and accuracy. The MOD just took out the Best New Fly Rod award at the European Tackle Show for 2015.


Many creek anglers will be mourning the loss of the classic TXL range of fly rods. But never fear, the ‘LITTLE’ ONE is here. This top-of the range, ultra-light ONE again uses SAGE Konnetic Technology to deliver an ultra-thin, ultra-light specialist creek rod. Another noticeable change is to the available length. I always felt that the TXL-F rods were at their best in the 7’10’’ models; the extra length helped mend around grassy tussocks, and delivered a slightly slower taper for better line control. So I was excited to hear that the LITTLE ONE rod range are available in 0-4 weights, at a perfect length of 8’2’’.

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New Sage MOD fly rod


There’s no-doubt that fast action rods are this decade’s new black. And for good reason – nothing beats fast-action for quick and accurate casts when sight fishing. So with this in mind, the new Generation 5 Technology BOLT rod from Sage should prove to be very popular. Available from 4 thru 8 weights, the BOLT is a mid-range ultra-fast action rod, which should prove ideal for sight fishing techniques.


Featuring the tried and tested Graphite IIIe Technology, the new PULSE is a fast action fly rod, with the usual quality fixtures, lifetime warranty and made in the USA badge as to be expected from SAGE, all for under US$500. These are great rods for anglers looking to upgrade their basic fly rod, or get into fly fishing with some quality gear that they can grow into.

Sage CLICK Series fly reels – Best New Fly Reel EFTTEX 2015

The CLICK series of reels has always been a favourite of mine. In fact, the last fish I caught this season was a cracking double-figure brown, which was a bundle of fun on my decade-old CLICK reel. So it is cool to hear that the range is getting a cosmetic and performance upgrade. Now available in Bronze, Stealth and a new Lime colour, new features include a concave spool design (for cleaner line-storage and increased capacity), a larger palming ring and an ultra-large arbor. The CLICK series of reels just took out the Best New Fly Reel award at the European Tackle Show for 2015.

Give us a call (03) 6334 8386 or drop us an email if you would like to join our customers in receiving new season rods and reels from our first SAGE 2016 shipment, which will be arriving from August 2015.


FlyLife Magazine Winter 2015 – out now

FlyLife Magazine #80 has just arrived in store, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Well done to Rob and Libby Sloane, and the rest of the FlyLife Magazine team who have maintained the highest standard of any fly fishing magazine, globally, for two decades. Both Simone and I have been really lucky to write for the mag, and can vouch for the huge amount of work that goes into each individual article behind the scenes.

Issue #80 includes:

  • Polaroiding Rivers tips and tricks, written by myself. This is a really accessible article, that al anglers can follow to improve their fishing, and make it more exciting to boot.
  • Three great articles on saltwater – one on chasing Aussie permit (which is high on my to-do list) by Dougal Rillstone, one on introducing kids to salt by Leon Normore (a really well thought out piece), and the other on twenty years of fly fishing history by Peter Morse.
  • ‘Big trout’ articles on New Zealand mouse feeders, as well as the Tongariro winter run.
  • The usual Latest and Greatest gear, editorials, short stories and gear reviews.

Drop in store to puck up a copy.


Sage 6000 series reels and Response rods on special

The Sage 6000 fly reel is one of the best saltwater reels on the market, with an impervious fully sealed drag, large arbor and hard-anodized finish, which combine to create a perfect reel for everything salt from bones through to giant trevally. And what’s even better, is that we have them on special whilst stock lasts, at 30% off rrp. http://flyshop1864.com.au/shop/sales-runouts-and-clearance-items/sage-6000-series-fly-reels/

6000 Stealth

6000 Stealth

Keen on a new trout rod? We also have one Sage Response six weight left in stock, at the special price of $399.95 (normal rrp $530). http://flyshop1864.com.au/shop/sales-runouts-and-clearance-items/sage-response-fly-rod/

Sage Response 590