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Fly Fishing

Updated on April 10, 2013

The mysterious, ancient fly casting pool at Fairfield, Melbourne, Australia.

Unearthed during freeway excavations, this well-preserved site is of incalculable archaeological significance to fly fishers and laypeople alike.

This lens illustrates a field trip to the site by dilettante Team Leader Paul Hassing and his fearless Research Assistants Graham & Omaha.

Battling heat, toxic residues, government security and a host of terrifying imponderables, our intrepid team risks all to add insight to this most puzzling of ancient erections.

The road to ruin. - On the track to the site, fragmentary evidence of prior cultures abounds.

A stunning find, but where is the 'fisher'?

Evidence of an earlier, Latin-speaking tribe?

Security is tight for such a sensitive location.

Entry is by special permit only.

Our first glimpse of the site.

Conditions are harsh under the blistering sun.

Despite the danger, we press on.

Ideal companions for a challenging dig.

Graham & Omaha show their mettle at water testing.

This unsightly residue poses unknown threats.

The view on the ground

Checking the bund.

The ancient makers leave their mark.

But what's this? Traces of older epithets?

A portal to the Iron Age?

A closer look at that satellite image.

This find is comparable to the famous Nazca Lines!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      fascination... :)

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What an exciting archeological site for all Australians! I believe I saw it on the Time Team programme last week and was just amazed at the Ancient Roman connection. Blessed by an angel today

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Catch any big ones lately Paul and team? Maybe try a different bate if the fishing is slow. - Sorry I haven't stopped by in awhile, been busy busy! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You and your fearless Research Assistants Graham & Omaha are excellent guides and I enjoyed this unique trek.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      cute...I love the doggies...thanks for visiting my Christmas lens...and for the gift...I appreciate it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This Is Hot ground Zero! any grilled fish on the Menu, but what tragedy begat the ancient civilisation? Over fishing endangered stocks or too many flies? s

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed my trip here. Two of the cutest research assistants I've ever seen!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      What an adventure!

      I lvoe your sense of humor. Keep the lenses coming!

      Lizzy

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Dear Shelly, you sure have had a field day on all my lenses! Thank you for your generous comments; I'm thrilled to learn that you like this sort of fun! Best regards indeed. P. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just hope I don't have dreams of "terrifying imponderables" after being here! Quite the humor you have. I hope you and your Research Assistants have recovered from this ordeal.

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words, Tipi! I'd be happy to show you this corner of the earth if you ever rock up. I greatly appreciate your support & look forward to discovering your stuff via Twitter. Best regards, P. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That's compelling introduction Paul! Quit the site. Have always wanted to visit Australia. Happy fishing and enjoy yourself. By the way I'm Tipigal on Twitter, I see you are thrilled with it! - Look forward to visiting more with you via Squidoo!

      Fly Fishing Pool is Cool!

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Thanks very much for your visit, Mortira. Certainly no fish were harmed in the making of this lens. I caught one fish on a recent holiday & even though we ate it all for dinner, it felt dreadful taking its life. So I can say with truth that I prefer my fly casting pools empty! Best regards, P. :)

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      An interesting find! I would say that's one great way to do catch-and-release - having your own giant fish tank. But we know it's not the sport fisherman who are hurting the fish.

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      An interesting find! I would say that's one great way to do catch-and-release - having your own giant fish tank. But we know it's not the sport fisherman who are hurting the fish.

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      Tammylove 8 years ago

      I'm not much into fishing - of any kind but.... looks like this area could be quite the adventure.

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Dear katyzzz, thanks so much for your visit and comment. We try to put the 'dig' into digs. No bones on this occasion, but some special treaties for very good doggies when we got home. Best regards, P. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I guess dogs will do anything for a good dig, find any bones?

      I loved it, more the dogs than the archaeology I must confess.

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      adamnrave 8 years ago

      I'm spiraling out of control into infinite regress here. Like a fly fisherman in a whirlpool. With an idiot.

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Well, I thought it was rather good!