Mates have a day on the nymphs

Jon (in stream) and Jeremy on a better day, but still too cold for the long-awaited hatch, so weighted nymphs proved the best fly.

Jeremy has just hooked up in the shadow upstream …

… cheeky little wild brown on the bead-head.

Jon is then into a better stream fish, again on the bead-head.

A well deserved grin on a hard, but enjoyable day.

Early season visitors

Svein, over from Norway and an experienced river fly man, headed off down stream and had a productive morning …

… while I took Edward, from Alaska, and first time fly fisher on rivers, upstream. Too cold (and a bit early) for hatches, but learned heaps and had some half chances.

Both were over in Tasmania as guest speakers at a Lobster convention. A day on the stream was just what they wanted to relax.

Nicole breaks her duck!

Nicole’s first trout on the fly — not a large one but on a tough early spring day certainly brought a smile.

Nicole with Dad, Shane over from South Africa, had a wait to get on the water — it snowed in up on the highlands for a day or two, but finally they managed to get down for a day on Currawong Lakes.

Impressive sunset after a hard day.

Successful first outing

Peter tastes success first up. A great way to get introduced to fly fishing … a wild brown trout 3.5lbs+ on a Butler Brown Woolley Bugger. Being first to hand was a keeper, providing breakfast for five next morning.

Just to prove skill over luck … next one was released by Peter.

From ‘on the grass’ start at Somercotes, team progressed to Currawong Lakes.

From left team is Ben, Stephen, Tim,  & Peter

Plenty of great shore line on ‘Long Marsh’ to get the team stalking.

2017-2018 season opens

Tassie Trout Season Opens on Saturday August 5, and all signs point to a record haul — in condition and quantity. Here’s one of last season’s late releases, and they should be bigger this coming season!

Another late stream take.

Flooded river back waters often encourage foraging big browns …

… like this one!

… and on the lake margins at Currawong Lakes big rainbows like this!
After the top season last year, the quality of the fish, and the action in Autumn ’17 we are expecting a better season this time round and arguably the best season for many years.
Book early, check out the ‘Calendar’ for availability and come on down!

Trailer for a winning season

Get up to date with the latest on the great trout season just ended and get inside information on the great season ahead. Red Tag is expecting the best trout season coming up in years, so if you can make it, don’t miss out.

Movie nights are held at Hurleys Fly Fishing, 489 South Rd, Bentleigh – starting at 7pm.

Call (03) 9532 1583 to book!

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Tasmanian Trifecta – Great 2017-18 season forecast

Last December Red Tag Trout Tours had the privilege and pleasure of hosting Steve Starling, above, and wife Jo for part of their latest Tassie trip (see ‘Currawong Slam Achieved’).

Steve’s reflections and recommendations on fly/trout fishing our beautiful island are summarised in the current issue (#30) of FishLife on sale around the country. The article is titled The Tassie Trifecta (Streams, Lakes, Private). You can download it here, and be tempted to subscribe.

Here is some of the Red Tag assisted action along with Steve’s excellent overview in what has turned out to be the best written article I have seen in over 20 years promoting Tasmania’s wild trout fishery.

It is no wonder they call Steve a fish ‘guru’; he wrote that our next season 2017/18 will be a cracker based on that mid-last season experience and having been on the water up to the last weekend of April 201.

I can tell you I thoroughly agree with Steve’s early call! If you are a regular, planning a first time visit or a lapsed Tassie trouter then the next 2017/18 season is the one to do. Book early!

Best introductory workshop in memory!

Don’s aim was to christen his never used #5wt fly outfit with a wild brown trout.

Here is the first to hand of Don’s two day introduction to fly fishing workshop. A beautifully conditioned 2.25lb wild brown taken on a grasshopper pattern — aim accomplished? … well …


On day two, a tougher test with faster water and lighter gear, this was the pick of the crop … 3.5lb brownie — again on the dry.

Next pool, another good fish, and so it went …

Another top effort in a tight location — very impressed with Don’s adaptability to the tight casting required here.

No wonder a happy smile … ended up 9 to hand, and 20+ to the fly … on only his second day at fly fishing — superb effort.