Fishing Sense

Fishing Sense
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Philip Weigall

Fishing Sense

Philip Weigall

*As heard on ABC Big Fish with Scott Levi, 4BC Outback and Bay, 2XL Snowy Mountains, LAFM Tasmania Today and seen in Fishing Monthly, Flylife, VFFA Newsletter, FishMax, Fly Fisher, Life With Style and The Weekly Times.

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: 195 x 135mm | cased with jacket | 196pp


About the author:

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.






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"Philip is able to effortlessly capture the spirit and life of his extensive flyfishing experience - he educates us in the more ephemeral aspects of this pasttime rather than telling us what to tie on and where. Weigall proves that the journey is always far more valuable than the destination. You will no doubt learn much about fishing from these pages, but you will also learn to question and reflect upon your own fishing.  I certainly believe that is where the real strength of Weigall's writing lies - it isn't a brag-fest of what he has done or what he has caught, it is a deliberate contemplation of his experiences reflected in a manner which encourages our own reflection.....I highly recommend to every reader."


   - Neil Grose, Fishing Monthly

"It's an effortless read and will reward fly fishers of all stripes."

   - Tim Hunter, Sunday Star Times

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"If you’re a fly-fisher, Weigall puts you back on the water. If you’re not, maybe he’ll inspire you."

-Newcastle Herald, March 2012

"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."

  - Julian Watson, Illawarra Flyfishers

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"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."

-Flylife 65, Spring 2011

"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."

- John Vaccaro, Sydney Flyrodders

"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." 

- NZ Fishing News

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" 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."

- Geoff Cramer, Fishing Lines

ABC Big Fish - Scott Levi Interview & Blog Entry



-Armidale Express, December 2011

Hobart Mercury review of Philip Weigall Fishing sense

"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."

-Hobart Mercury, August 2011

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-Snowy Times, Spring 2011

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