Although our teaching dam level is currently down a bit, the trout were ready for their first learner of the season. David from Queensland had just done his gear and grass casting introduction when we headed up to the dam. In the first 10 minutes David hooks a lively rainbow on an unweighted WB.
Nice one David.
This was followed by some great margin polaroiding and stalking at Currawong Lakes with a picture of concentration on a wild rainbow.
Hook-up: sighted, damsel fly (The Lost Fly) presented, netted and released.
Great first up day on the fly, and such a warm early Tassie spring day even had a few adult damsels hatching at Currawong Lakes.
Geordie, son, and father Alastair, on far bank, were an interesting and delightful workshop challenge. Geordie had seldom fished, let alone fly fished and Alastair last used a heavy (# 7wt he thought) cane rod back about 25 years ago!
By lunchtime, not only had they caught their first fish each, but wanted to prove their ‘hunter/gatherer’ skills back home by providing next day’s lunch!
This was definitely the ‘hook-up’ triumph of the day. Alastair had sighted this fish feeding in the shallows, stalked it, presented the unweighted ‘Wooley bugger’ right in its path, and as the guide took a photograph — the strike happened.
Alastair brings the same fish above to hand. It was a perfect day for so late in the season — sunny, warm afternoon, light winds and best of all, both anglers tasted success.
A great way to end the 2017/18 season on the water.