I’d never met the guy who was house sharing with my future wife. When I asked her what he was like she looked at me with a kind of odd gaze and said, “he likes beer, cigars, girls and fishing, sometimes not in that order. You’ll get along just fine”.
Marcus grew up on the family farm just down stream from the Camden Rivulet, in the north east of Tasmania. Brown trout, green and gold celtas and a small brown dog called Paddy were his daily companions. A pocket knife and an air rifle would sometimes join him on his early morning adventures.
Mine was a little less romantic, hunting rabbits in the Whipstick outside Bendigo, netting yabbies from local farm dams and yellowbelly fishing on the Edwards River. It was free ranging, dusty and by all accounts lots of fun.
These early days for both of us, with fathers around and lots of family and friends, have etched wonderful memories deep into our minds, and made us into the people we are today.
As it turned out we did get along just fine, in fact we became best mates.
Fly-fishing was something that we had both dabbled in, but never took seriously until the day we saw our first full-on caddis hatch. That changed things. In that brief fluttering moment came clarity and a whole world of unlimited possibilities.
Twenty years later we have an even stronger passion for fishing and conservation, and a desire to make a difference so we can show you the Tasmania as we see it; beautiful, wild and offering some of the best dry fly fishing in the world.
Camden is born from all of this and helps us to balance life with our real jobs. We hope that you also find a connection with our gear and our love of fly-fishing.
Local Tasmanian artists and craftsman contribute to our product portfolio. And lots of days drifting local rivers have enabled us to fine tune our drift boats.
Thank you for visiting Camden. We look forward to sharing with you the best of design and workmanship that we can achieve, our love for fly-fishing and showing you this amazing place we call home.
There's a plateau that sits under Mount Barrow in the north east of Tasmania known as The Camden. Here you'll find a tiny mountain stream named the Camden Rivulet, not far from the headwaters of the fine St Patricks River itself.
The land is unusual; a weathered beauty of contradictions, dry and wet, green and brown. The water whispers quietly to you as it licks past the mossy boulders and under Myrtle trees. This… is our place! It's where we found fly-fishing, our friendship and ourselves.
The Camden is home to some of the most pristine water in the world, to sparkling mountain trout, to serenity and most of all to really, really good fly-fishing.
People ask us what Camden is all about? And the answer is simple, that's it… simple!
That's what we strive for in our fishing, in our design, in our fly-tying, in fact all aspects of our lives. Simple works because it strips away anything that's not necessary. If it doesn't add anything, take it away!
This fly fishing journey has always been about simplicity for us. Catching a fish on a fly is simple right? Cast the fly in front of the fish and wham! (said with tongue firmly planted in cheek). So why do we—as anglers—go to so much effort to complicate the process?
We all start out with too much gear, too many accessories, too many flies—most of which were designed to fool fishermen, not fish. The very opposite has been true for us. We threw out any unnecessary dangling thingys, hung up the vests and thinned out the fly boxes; T-shirts instead of shirts, bags instead of vests, oars instead of engines.
A funny thing happened along the way—we became better fisherman. I guess it’s been an evolution of sorts, so we’ve translated our fishing philosophy into a business. It’s really hard to beat a day in a drift boat, casting dries in shorts and T-shirts… it keeps things, well, simple. And that’s what it’s all about for us.
Thanks for visiting!
Paul and Marcus