Mark from north Queensland, seen here with his first trout of the day.
After this guy was found hiding from the wind on my hat … the hatch started.
A hook-up on the mayfly emerger — Mark’s first ever trout on the dry. Sighted, targeted, presented and to hand!
Nature never ceases to amaze me, in this one area on the top lake with the wind whipping around and only 12°C , the duns were popping and the resident fish going mad for about two hours.
Locals Bob, and son Brad, had a great start to their fly fishing future, with a two-day extended workshop.
Day 1: This was Brad onto his first for the day … not only that, it was the first for the season on the dry for both Red Tag & Currawong Lakes.
Not to be outdone, Dad gets onto a beauty with an unweighted nymph dropper.
Brad and his rainbow.
Bob and his effort.
The day finished with Brad getting this nice, sighted, brown to hand on the nymph
Day 2: A little unorthodox, but to top it off, (again the first on the dry for the season), Brad gets a lively little wild brown on the river … yes the mayfly have arrived!
Bob missed a couple and Brad dropped another, but both very pleased with the trip,
Our trout season is well and truly open for business with scenes like this — stalking, hunting frog & tadpole feeders are happening across the state’s trout fishery.
Hook-ups and action in centimetres of water
Real quality wild fish fossicking in the shallows.
They are a challenge, but great fun … just remember to breath occasionally.
Beat the post World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 and Christmas rush, come on down for a short but frantic trout hunting break!
For a guide or advice go to Trout Guides Tasmania.
From left, Graham, Alice (Tourism Tasmania) & Dean (Tourism Australia) on their recent trout/flyfishing familiarity tour that ended with a flyfishing workshop at the Currawong Lakes. With a good number of tailing trout on hand it was a mixed bag …
Graham, first time on the fly and first wild brown on!
Netted and released.
Next Alice stalked and hooked up … then broken off by the really good fish seen feeding near the reeds to her left.
Then Dean spotted and cast to a number of feeders only to come up empty handed — this time.
Kevin, from the USA, had some testing moments on tailing trout. This one hooked in literally ankle-deep water.
And released to chase some more frogs!
Some big fish hunt in these weed beds.
And nature doubling down for Tasmania’s spring …
Drew from NSW has only been fly fishing for a few years and had never experienced a day like it! The area between the bank and the reed beds on his right were dry only 76 hours before.
An easterly low drift over Tasmania with about 100mm of rain falling around these Currawong Lakes. Then mother nature ‘did her thing’. The water levels rose about 300mm over 48 hrs, lovely (only slightly coloured inflows) rising waters covering the shallow edges resulting in what we in Tasmania love in the early season, ‘tailing’ sighted feeding trout.
Using one of our own fly (Fur Fly) patterns, Drew was mesmerised by the activity of the fish. Wild browns up to 4lbs+ chasing frogs and tadpoles, some less than a metre from the edge in 100mm of water just took your breath away.
this one released was just over 2.5lbs, one of a number to the fly. We estimated in less than two hours Drew cast to 20 or so feeding fish, none more than 3m from the edge.
Drew got this very healthy rainbow earlier in the day on a Red Tag tied Woolly Bugger.
It was the best day’s tailing trout fishing I have seen in Tasmania and renewed my spirits for the season ahead.
Phil from NSW getting into the swing of casting after his 'on-grass' session at Currawong Lakes.
Starting to get some nice presentations going …
… resulting in a fat young wild rainbow — from previous year’s spawning run.
The good thing about Phil’s job it came through our link with Canoes & Lampshades and Phil’s visit to Tassie to build his own Peter Ingram-Jones boat.
The 2019-2020 Tassie trout season is open.
October nymph action at Currawong Lakes
While we are still in winter for August, its time to start planning your next Tassie fly fishing trip!
Check-out the fly lines – replace those old tippets & leaders; clean the reels and ensure no leaks in the waders!
Spring starts the mayfly activity, nymphs moving, emerging mayfly, and by mid-October good rises and hatches are under way.
This action is from October last year;
October early emerging mayfly success on the Macquarie
More spring action in the shallows – note the second fish moving at the edge past the stumps!
Check out the Bookings Calendar, a number of good dates are available through to Christmas.