This week the Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Mick Hall, it's The Gibbo Lure

High in the Victorian Alps is a little river that is seldom fished. The sole reason being is that access is difficult but Brown and Rainbow trout that inhabit this water are truly wild and well worth the effort.

The Gibbo River, as it is named, flows mostly through uninhabited native forests. There are no nearby country villages or towns and it is rare to come across another angler. The isolation is unique and the region, as you would imagine, is abundant in all sorts of Australian wildlife.  (Use Google earth to look it up and you will see what I mean.)

Not much has been written about this water and a lot of its fishing history remains untold but there is a glint of times past and that is the tying of a little known fly that bears this river's name.


Hook: Partridge L5A Dry fly hook

Size: 12-14 Sample shown size 14

Tail: A good bunch of Golden pheasant tippet fibres

Body: Red Floss

Ribbing: Bronze Peacock herl four turns

Hackle: Grizzle Cock


There is a suggestion that this fly could have been developed as a dry version of the fabled "Hardy's Favourite".  Who developed it is clouded in time; it could have been any of three or four old timers who fished this region way back in the 1940s.  At a guess my money would be on a couple of old fly flickers, like Burt Webb or Ern Cheel.  Collectively they spent a lot of time fishing this wild corner of Victoria and between them developed a number of fly patterns that worked well in those hidden mountain streams but I guess we will never know.


Mick Hall

Mick Hall

Mick Hall, although England born, has lived his life in Australia.  Over the last fifty years he has fished in England, Norway, Italy, USA, New Zealand and, of course, all over Australia.  As a fly tyer Mick has gained a worldwide reputation and has contributed to many books including Steve Thornton's acclaimed Fly Tyers of the World, published in 2007.

Mick has also contributed to a number of International magazines, being Fly Line in Italy, "Fly Dresser",  the journal of the Fly Dressers' Guild, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying England and the Russian fly fishing magazine.  For just over 25 years Mick has had a regular fly tying column in Australia's Freshwater Fishing magazine.

As a fly angler he has been the recipient of many awards; some of these include a number of International awards such as the Peter Crosby/Dick Carlsburg award for sportsmanship at the 1996 "One Fly" in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  He is an honorary life member of Club Altotevere in Tuscany Italy and was also awarded the status of Australian Ambassador for fly fishing in Italy during the 2007 SIM Festival at Castel de Sangro.  He has also twice been a juror at the World Tuscany Open Fly-tying competition.

Mick has demonstrated fly tying at the BFFI,  Somerset Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey, the Swedish Fly Fair and at the S.I.M. festival in Italy.

Mick is also on a number of pro teams, being Whiting Farms, Jarvis Walker (for Cortland Australia) and now Partridge and Regal vices.  

For a broader and more detailed list of his achievements and activities visit Micks website,     

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