Early workshop brings first wild brown for the season

Recent Tasmanian (via Sydney and originally west coast USA) Tim, gets the first wild brown trout on an unweighted damsel nymph.

Big grin and well deserved. Fish was sighted breaching in the shallows alongside the reeds and Tom got a good cast to open his own fly fishing account.

Beautifully spotted young wild brown from 2016 spawning run at Currawong.

Finished off with some delicate stalking of edge feeders (2-3lbs) in 6 to 12 inches of water. This time the trout had the big grins!

Top workshop for first timer!

Although our teaching dam level is currently down a bit, the trout were ready for their first learner of the season. David from Queensland had just done his gear and grass casting introduction when we headed up to the dam. In the first 10 minutes David hooks a lively rainbow on an unweighted WB.

Nice one David.

This was followed by some great margin polaroiding and stalking at Currawong Lakes with a picture of concentration on a wild rainbow.

Hook-up: sighted, damsel fly (The Lost Fly) presented, netted and released.

Great first up day on the fly, and such a warm early Tassie spring day even had a few adult damsels hatching at Currawong Lakes.

The 2018 Great Lake Tie-In is on!

Come along on Saturday 13 October 2018, to the Miena Community Centre.

Join fly tyers from around the state demonstrating the Art of Fly Tying.

This is a great chance to see Fur and Feather and all manner of materials turned into works of art.

The Tie-In is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some of the best fly tyers in the state. There will be tying by clubs and Master tiers.

Kids are welcome, and the fun for the kids continues across the weekend with Sunday being the ‘Take a kid fishing day’ at Central Highlands Dam Lodge, from 10am – 4pm.

Entry by gold coin.

For further information, contact Graham Blight 0412 144 072.

The Tasmanian Fly Fishing Expo

The first Tasmanian Fly Fishing Expo is hosted by the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, and will on for two days — November 10-11 at 234 Clarendon Station Road, Nile, Tasmania 7212.

Presentations, fly tying, casting and more.

Contact: 03 6398 6220
Website: www.affm.net.au

2018/19 Season opens

Our Tasmanian (brown) trout season has opened with the expectations of a good season ahead.

Here are some of the past season’s action to whet your appetite:

Your guide and a top river brown late last season.

A beautiful brown on the release.

Women are making up more numbers in the art of the fly!

Typical early season flooded lowland waters — nymphing and small wets.

If coming down please check our Bookings Calendar, as not only pre-Christmas, but post New Year are filling up fast.

Tight lines and good fishing. Roger.

2019 Fly Fishing Championships

Here’s a brief taste of fly fishing opportunities to lure you in for the 2019 Fly Fishing Championships being held in Tasmania next year.

The date is early December 2019 with a combination of lakes and rivers from a selection of venues yet to be finalized, dependent on water conditions/levels and weather leading up to the start date.

Tasmania is predominantly a wild brown trout fishery with a number of waters, particularly the lakes and lagoons holding rainbows as well.

It is anticipated up to 30 international teams will come on down to test their skills with these wild trout.

More May Moments of Merriment

Geordie, son, and father Alastair, on far bank, were an interesting and delightful workshop challenge. Geordie had seldom fished, let alone fly fished and Alastair last used a heavy (# 7wt he thought) cane rod back about 25 years ago!

By lunchtime, not only had they caught their first fish each, but wanted to prove their ‘hunter/gatherer’ skills back home by providing next day’s lunch!

This was definitely the ‘hook-up’ triumph of the day. Alastair had sighted this fish feeding in the shallows, stalked it, presented the unweighted ‘Wooley bugger’ right in its path, and as the guide took a photograph — the strike happened.

Alastair brings the same fish above to hand. It was a perfect day for so late in the season — sunny, warm afternoon, light winds and best of all, both anglers tasted success.

A great way to end the 2017/18 season on the water.

Can I Fly Fish Tasmania in May?

Yes you can Theresa! Although the rivers and other brown trout waters are closed, private fisheries such as Currawong Lakes are not.

… not only fish, but also succeed!

Another good quality rainbow is netted.

The day was another beautiful Tasmanian Autumn day, cool start, clearing to a sunny and best of all fish active afternoon.