Tassie success for US angler

Rich, from Pennsylvania, USA, had some great close up moments with wild Tassie trout. This was a 3.5lbs wild brown sighted, stalked and netted in less than a foot of water, three feet off the grassy edge where Rich is stalking.

It as just one of the reasons fly/trout fishers from all over the globe come to pit their wits against our wily fish.

Even as Rich is controlling this one, another can be seen feeding in the background. These are referred to as ‘Tailing Trout’. A style of fish foraging found around Tasmanian lakes, lagoons and tarns.

We have just spotted a movement at the outer edge of this reedbed.

A couple of casts and Rich brings a nice 2.5lb rainbow to hand.

West Aussies have a good trip

Ian was first up having sighted a ‘nymphing’ fish just off the reed beds – the stalking begins!

Yes! hook-up on the un-weighted damsel nymph pattern and successfully brings wild brown to the net.

It was Andrea’s first-time fly fishing, and although getting the hang of it really well and targeting a fish or two, the fish had the last laugh, this time.

Day 2 saw Ian on the river with a neat netting effort on the first on the dry for the season.

A lovely 16″ wild brown on the mayfly emerger.

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.

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.