Red Tag’s 21st — Coming of Age Offer!

This year Red Tag Trout Tours celebrates its own anniversary — 21 years of guiding!

To celebrate with us, here is our 2016/17 season offer:

Every angler who books a minimum 2-days/overnight tour package from now till the end of the 2016/2017 trout season in Tasmania will receive a $150 gift voucher to spend at either of the Hurley’s Fly Fishing stores located at Bentleigh or Geelong, or go shopping Online.

Plus a bonus! if your tour is 4-days/3-nights or more every angler gets two sets of vouchers!

Vouchers must be redeemed with Hurley’s Fly Fishing World by 30 June 2017. Vouchers are issued after receipt of deposit.

Regular ‘Tagger’s Best ever Trip


This was one of John’s wild browns to hand at Currawong Lakes – on day 1 of his 4 day tour in early November.


Keen to finish what he has started – John’s enjoys the challenge of netting these beauties as well …


… yes definitely a ‘cherry ripe’ counter that one!


This one took some netting … turned out to be John’s persoinal biggest trout on the fly yet — a 4.25lb rainbow!


After two days of exhilarating big fish action at Currawong, it was on to the rivers and this wild stream brown gave John a new set of challenges on his Stalker Aire series #2wt.


Day 4 another stream … another wild brown on the #2wt and the dry. This turned out to be John’s best day yet on a steam.
To sum up for John:

  • best ever trip (so far)
  • biggest brown yet … 3.75lbs
  • biggest rainbow trout yet … 4.25lbs
  • most fish to the fly & most fish to hand
  • 1st at Currawong Lakes on the dry for this season
  • 1st on the rivers on the dry for this season.

Considering the wind, rain, and fickle temperatures, a great effort all round, and John’s feedback: “I’ll be back in the Autumn, Roger.”

The Mayflies are here!

Good news … the dry fly fishing season has arrived.

After all the rain, cold and wind we have had down here over the first two months of Spring, The levels on Tasmania’s rivers, streams and lowland lakes are settling, the waters are clearing and the fly life is emerging.


The Mayfly … nymphs, duns, red and black spinners are all starting to excite the trout.


The rise … what we have been waiting for over the last three weeks or so – a mayfly feeder.


… and The Damsels are also emerging and will soon follow on the trout’s menu.
The fish are in top condition, the rivers and streams are flushed ready to fire and the weather is warming to hatching stage.

Come on down and get into the action!

Check our Booking Calendar for available dates.

Teaching water: never looked better – never fished better!


Dan with one of his two rainbows to hand (plus a break-off) on his first ever day of fly fishing. This one a tad over 4lbs! The best fish yet from our introductory water.


Dan, left, with his father Frank had a two day workshop with us.


Day 2 at Currawong Lakes and Dan has his first ever wild brown on the fly — sighted, stalked and hooked up 1st cast to this very nice feeder – doesn’t get much better than that!


Frank, after the whole gambit of ‘learners luck’ — missed, lost, break-off, finally gets a good hook up on a really good fish …


… only to lose it when it spat the fly before Dan could get the net under it.

Well there is always next time Frank. They are now hooked on the fly and planning how best spend their #150 21st season vouchers!!

Lakes good, but rivers tough for Red Tag regular


High water turned this usually dry river bed into a second stream. It was high expectations for Simon to search, but not this time.


A few takes along the edges of the bubble lines – but not a lot of river action


Searching the reed edges and structures resulted in good returns at Currawong.


This 3.5lb wild brown falling to a brown woolly bugger was one. Simon had a couple of quality rainbows as well to finish off a more successful lakes day 

An all-round win


Just reward for Noel, with this 3.5lb wild brown to hand!

Noel was presented with a Red Tag fly fishing introductory workshop for his birthday when purchased at a charity fund raising auction.

For the past few years, Red Tag has donated a full day all inclusive fly fishing workshop for two as part of both Heart Foundation and Breast Cancer annual gala dinner/auction nights.


Noel, along with mate John (closest to camera), the day starts with the 'on grass' casting intro …


Progresses to our own (rainbow stocked) teaching water then …


Finally a wild trout fishing session afternoon.

We see it as a particularly all round rewarding experience – the charities get good funds injection, the successful bidders (supporters) get the chance to cross off a bucket list activity and Red Tag makes a meaningful contribution to worthwhile causes.

Winners all.

Successful introduction to the Fly!


Great fishing mates Andrew & Ben share the delights of Andrew’s first ever trout on the fly. A fit 4lbs+ wild brown taken on a small woolly bugger. Fish were feeding close in on the flooded margins of Lake Currawong.


As you can see from the hook up, these fish are fossicking amongst the tussocks in shallow water, often seen chasing frogs, tadpoles, nymph, etc.


Then it was Ben into action – again the unweighted brown woolly bugger did the trick:


Another big grin as he sizes up his top conditioned 3lb+ rainbow while Andrew checks it out.

Worst day’s weather—best day fishing


Just ask young Ben from New South Wales – his first day ever fly fishing and this was one of four big wild rainbows to hand, for the afternoon! Another four had a go at his fly, but spat it.


From hook-up to hand … Ben’s concentration and skill level didn’t falter.

Plus a well earned ‘thumbs up’ from the guide on fish number four in the net!

Meanwhile mum, Penny, is delighted with Ben’s success, but unfortunately the trout weren’t looking at her presentations this time.

With, 50mm of rain in three hours, winds to 40kph and the odd sleet shower up at Currawong Lakes, Ben’s response was “what weather – didn’t bother the fish!”

International workshop day


Elfreda, left, and Parry (both from Hong Kong) getting to grips with the casting introduction.


Then geared up for their first ever fly fishing session.


Although both Elfreda, seen here stalking a fish that rose out past the reeds; and …


Parry, working off the deeper bank section, to another spotted trout, got the basics down well, the trout had the last say this time.

At the end of the day both were vowing to return with improved skills, so look out trout!