Rob Sloane

FlyLife Editor, Founder, Writer
Rob Sloane has a PhD in fish biology, having served time as a trout biologist and fisheries administrator. As well as many scientific papers, Rob has hundreds of fly fishing articles to his credit having been a regular contributor to popular magazines in Australia and New Zealand. His scientific background adds depth to his articles which reflect his passion for debunking the myths and complexities of fly fishing.
Rob's book The Truth About Trout (1983) is regarded as an Australian fly fishing classic and he followed this up with More About Trout (1989), Trout Guide (1991), Fly Fishing Fundamentals (1993) and Australia's Best Trout Flies (1997). Fly Fishing Fundamentals offers a great introduction to fly fishing and has been reprinted many times. Rob's more recent book, The Truth About Trout Revisited (2002), is a reprint of the original The Truth About Trout with updated text spanning the twenty year period since first publication. Rob also compiled and edited the fly-fishing short story book Short Casts (2004), the travel book Fifty Places To Fish Before You Die (2006), highlighting the best fly-fishing destinations across Australia and New Zealand, and, most recently, Watershed, detailing his personal experiences of a move to the country to renovate an old farmhouse on a river.
A resident of Richmond in Tasmania, Rob Sloane has fished as far afield as the United Kingdom, Europe and South America. In Australia his favourite trout waters include the Monaro streams, the rivers of north-east Victoria, and the Western Lakes in his home state of Tasmania. Rob regularly fishes New Zealand waters and has fished both islands extensively.
Rob is also a saltwater convert and has now taken a variety of species on fly including tuna, queenfish, Australian salmon (kahawai), golden trevally, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel, bream, cobia, barramundi and bonefish.

Water Colour by Greg French

Rob Sloane reviews the much-anticipated sequel to Frog Call

Telling Stories

Rob Sloane shortlists images from Topshot 2018 - FlyLife Extras

The Imperiled Cutthroat – Book Review

Rob Sloane reviews the latest Greg French offering

Great Lake Tie-In

Which included the Tasmanian launch of Australia's Best Trout Flies Revisited

Sport & Procreation

Mother’s Day for browns, Father’s Day for rainbows

The Last Wild Trout

Rob Sloane reviews a new book by Greg French

Stu’s Superior Flies

More creative patterns from Stu Tripney. Reviewed by Rob Sloane

Tackle Tinkering

Rob Sloane catches up with Kaj (Bushy) Busch. 

Stealth With A Fly

Rob Sloane views this instructional release from Stealth Films