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How many times have you said, or heard … “If I only had a dollar for every …”

Well Red Tag Trout Tours and Hurley’s Fly Fishing are doing just that!

It’s 150 years of trout = $150 of benefit to you!

A dollar for every year of the wild trout’s existence in Tasmania, since 1864, equals a $150 gift voucher for each extended booking till June 30 2015.

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Phil is now a Tassie convert, coming down long enough each trip to combine good time on the streams with a day at Currawong Lakes.

This was start of day 1, after a couple of early takes, a nice little wild brown on the light gear.

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Popped this one in to remind Phil, and let you know we do have some windless fly time in Tassie!

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This was the icing on the cake at Currawong Lakes on a tough weather day. It still intrigues me after all the years of trout fishing and guiding where you will find a trout.

Phil spotted this one in what you could only describe as a ‘puddle’ of calm water behind the reeds. One cast to the right spot … and bingo!.

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Father and son (Patrick & Neil) had an introductory workshop in late October.

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After a tough (fish-wise) day on Currawong, lost fish, break-offs, etc, Neil finally nets a lovely 1kg rainbow on the dry.

Sighted feeding, dry over rise — net result was fish to hand!

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Happy angler, rainbow heading back.

Unfortunately, Patrick, although having a great learning day, broke one off and dropped two, so no cherry ripe!

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Just launched: the 150th anniversary of trout in Tasmania photographic competition.

There are many categories:

  • 150th year action
  • historic section
  • juniors
  • interstate
  • international
  • and cellphone selfie

There’s a great range of prizes to be won.

Competition closes 31st March 2015 with a gala presentation dinner at the Central Highlands Community Hall on 18th April 2015.

Full details and entry via the web site.

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Darren, from Puddleduck Vineyard in the Coal Valley, releasing a nice wild brown (1.4kg) at Currawong Lakes recently.

Ended with three good fish to hand, a top quality fish break-off and dropped a couple of others, not bad for first trip in ages.

His wife thought he was due a well-earned break to flick a fly again. We did a day at Currawong Lakes and the second on the Macquarie River.

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Despite some ‘breeze’ and morning rain on Day 2, Darren was the first ‘Tagger to get one on the dry in this 150th anniversary season.

Followed it up with another and had a couple more misses. On the mayfly emerger again.

Overnight we had it tough with a very tasty drop of Puddleduck’s new Riesling to wash down our Cinzano Chicken and Apple Crumble. As they say someone has to do the hard yakka.

The four minute version:

The 40 minute version:

After the new season opening couple of weekends ago was tempered by snow, freezing temps and wind, the last week or so has been magical Tassie late winter weather. More like late spring.

Couldn’t resist any longer – had to take a look and put a toe in the water so to speak.

A sight to gladden the fly fisher’s heart … spotted rising rainbows (right on the shore line) on our teaching water and it’s still winter!

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Just to show not a one-off, this one was snapped feeding regularly out in the middle.

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Now Available through Red Tag.

Hot off the workbench, prize-winning Lark Distillery have produced these special 150th anniversary whiskey flasks to commemorate the first ever trout introduced to the southern hemisphere — the Wild brown trout in 1864.

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Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania (TGALT) and its members are delighted to promote these commemorative hip flasks.

Red Tag is happy to purchase them for you and arrange Postage & Handling to your preferred address.

Price is $48 rrp + P&H for single purchase and $45 each (+P&H) for two or more.

The come in a black, lined presentation box (price excludes whiskey).

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Both Bentleigh and Geelong get-togethers were popular.

Gavin’s edited videos on Tasmania from their Tassie DVD and ‘On The Fly’ TV series were great. Central Highland and Western Lakes plus rivers & streams gave everyone an excellent overview of Tasmania’s trout fishery.

We finished off with the 150th Anniversary wild brown trout intro doco teaser and reminded all of the $50,000+ 2014-15 season Tassie trout licence draw.

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