As we move into the new Tasmanian trout fishing season, we are well aware of the concern the current lockdowns and border restrictions are having on travel confidence around the country. At Red Tag Trout Tours we confirm that if your bookings is effected by Covid travel constraints, then we will either:
• Roll over your booking to a mutually agreeable date – or
• Refund in full your deposit should a cancellation be necessary.
If you feel like flicking a fly over our waters, please check out our Bookings Calendar for available dates.
This year, in memory of the late Graham Blight, longest fly fishing mate of mine (50+ years) and past member of the Trout Guides & Lodges association, together we have contributed $500 each to the new ‘Tie of the Day’ competition in memory of Graham at this year’s Great Lake Tie-in – October 16 at the Community Hall Miena. Competition starts at 10am.
We believe this will make it the highest valued fly tying comp in the state.
Lots of other ‘troutie’ things to see and do at the Tie-in together with an IFS trout fishery presentation the evening before.
Following the great support we got from the Tasmanian fishing community learning and developing their Fly Fishing skills last season, Red Tag (Roger & Ray) are again combining with Ken Orr’s Trout Expeditions and The Highland Fly (Nick May) to offer one a month from October ‘21 till April ‘22 – see flyer – for actual date each month and activity details.
Our sponsors are again providing great support for our workshop ‘Lucky Gate’ prizes and ‘Gift Bag’ dips, so there is much more to gain than fly fishing skills.
Early bookings recommended.
Result of mid-June rains on the Eastern half of Tassie at Currawong Lakes.
Wild brown on their way up the spawning creek. This is the second consecutive year these well-timed rains have given the lakes perfect spawning conditions.
It also puts the eastern rivers into flood conditions – Macquarie & South Esk catchments that helps produce early season wild browns like this!
Bring on Spring!
As part of the Red Tag succession plan, this is Ray Curran casting his lot in with us. The plan is over the next season or two, Ray will be an integral part of our operations and as his knowledge of Red Tag’s waters, services and clients grow I can gradually retire from the more challenging jobs to eventually pass the business over to Ray.
Ray has already started working with us last season on our workshops and his background in similar projects in the past with the Bronte Fly Fishing School is standing him in good stead. Added to the fact he has been a fly fisher for decades and run his own trout fishing accessories business – Beyond Trout – puts him in an excellent position to value add what Red Tag already provides in our service range.
Ray is also a dab hand on the BBQ. He is on the left with the tongs along with Nick May & Ken Orr who ran the workshops with us. What it will mean on many jobs during the 21/22 season you may well get two for the price of one as Ray gains the added knowledge required.
Keith was our last angler on the wild brown trout rivers for the 20/21 season. Nice combination of native tea-tree and changing hawthorns lining the banks.
A beautiful autumn day, cool light winds meant little rising. But a couple took a ‘hopper pattern only to take Keith under the overhangs and escape.
This plump little brown took an unweighted dark brown nymph under an emerger.
On his way to rejoin his mates.
Last cast for the season – lovely light, setting sun … there is always next season!
Bright #14 bead head nymph did the trick here.
But by early afternoon, with the sun out and ‘hoppers about – Gary onto a stream brown.
Nice to get one on the dry.
A couple of days later, just as the rain was clearing – John & Chris returned.
The sign’s base and where Chris is standing was dry ground two days prior
The creek was barely a trickle between small pools, but this one was sighted fossicking around.
A fat, well fed 3lbs+ wild brown for John.
Then Chris’s turn … again feeding amongst the flooded backwaters.
Nice one Chris.
A beautifully-conditioned brown trout.