Fishing Sense

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Philip Weigall is considered to be probably the best writer on flyfishing in Australia and has a large following. Flyfishing, and fishing in general, is one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most popular outdoor activities. It’s a sad fact of flyfishing that there is no prescriptive manual for ensuring success.

It is an activity that defies simple evaluation, with enough variables to leave even the ‘experts’ scratching their heads from time to time. For example, why is it that a trout will respond to a certain fly one day, but ignore it entirely in identical conditions on another day? Acclaimed flyfishing author Philip Weigall attempts to answer this question and many more in this engaging book.

In his words, it is a book of ‘flyfishing truths’, a collection of techniques, ideas, concepts, knowledge and equipment that, to the best of his objective observations over many decades spent with a rod in hand, honestly seem to matter when it comes to catching trout.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback, Cased with Jacket | 195 x 135 mm / 7 ½ x 5 ¼ Inches | 196 Pages | 

Philip Weigall lives with his partner and two young sons near Ballarat, Victoria. He is a flyfishing guide and instructor at Millbrook Lakes, and otherwise fishes and travels as often as he can. Philip has been writing regularly on all things flyfishing for twenty years and is presently a columnist and feature writer for Freshwater Fishing magazine, and editor of Flyfisher magazine. His previous book with Exisle Publishing was the acclaimed Fishing Season.

Newcastle Herald, March 2012
“If you’re a fly-fisher, Weigall puts you back on the water. If you’re not, maybe he’ll inspire you.”


Julian Watson, Illawarra Flyfishers
“Ahhh. It’s always nice to sit down and crack open a new fly book by a well known Australian flyfishing writer and Philip Weigall’s Fishing Sense is no exception. A lovely mix of anecdote and teachings, this book feels as if Phil has taken an opportunity to write not just on tips and techniques but to let us in on some of his favourite fishing places and trips, events that stand out for more than just fish. Of course there are more than enough tales of fish, large fish and lost fish, all told in a way that makes you feel you might be with Phil sharing a counter meal in a country pub or nestling a mug of your favourite around the campfire above a summer stream.”


Flylife 65, Spring 2011
“This is the first book in some time that has been a late night ‘can’t put down’ for me. It was a relief to my wife when I finished it.”


John Vaccaro, Sydney Flyrodders
“Philip beautifully describes, at times humorously, the many situations we anglers find ourselves in. Importantly this book covers the things you need to know about trout from feeding, presentation, the drift, the seasons, the retrieve and more. Beginners to experienced anglers will find this book a helpful insight by one of Australia’s most experienced anglers.”

NZ Fishing News
“Fishing Sense is the culmination of many, many dedicated years of fly-fishing, as well as a superb example of fine writing. Philip Weigall is indeed blessed with both fly-fishing and literary skills, and we are the ones who benefit….. Intelligent yet simply stylish – as befitting its overall appearance – Fishing Sense is bound to appeal on a number of levels, and will reward those who read it.” 


Geoff Cramer, Fishing Lines
“I have to say it is a classic…I believe this book will become a standard reference for all those fly fishers wishing to improve their fishing and trust this publication delivers.” “If you have someone in your life that is a fly fisher then do them a favour and buy them a copy of this excellent book or just buy it for yourself you will not regret it.”


Hobart Mercury, August 2011
“When you return to the log fire and a shot of warm-me-up whisky after a long day on the water, another new book well worth curling up with is Philip Weigall’s Fishing Sense.”

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