Wooden boats & wild trout … a special Tassie experience

Warwick comes down to Tassie for his ‘on water and in water’ fix every two years. After two days at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart this is his first run … 1st fish on day 1 of two days stalking wild trout.

It was the only one of some 35 to the fly that was not on the dry — this one on a #14 copper bead-head dark brown nymph.

Warwick’s #3wt got a real work out over the two days on two different waters.

This one was a ‘snuggler’ but it was put back with its friends.

“Went that a way … but finally netted it”.

Warwick ended up with the best two days of the season so far!

New Caledonian family have top workshop

From left Jeanne, Jean-Luc (Dad), Lea & Beatrice (Mum & photographer) had never fly fished before and wanted to experience it while in Tasmania. Currawong Lakes was just the place to start.

Lea, with Mum snapping action shots, gets the best result for the day …

… this top conditioned 3.75lb rainbow to hand was taken on the dry (Blue Damsel) by Lea and despite very limited instructions understood (French on my part and English on Lea’s) it was an excellent result on playing and landing such a good sized fish first up.

Unfortunately Jean-Luc lost a good sized fish and Jeanne, very much the star with the casting techniques, didn’t get a take … such is life!

Canada joins the Red Tag ‘club’

Dale enjoyed some early action down south on his recent visit to Tasmania waters. This was one of seven rainbows and two browns to hand on day 1.

This good sized small stream rainbow was particularly rewarding being polarioded and brought to hand in a tough location …

… then safely returned.

Then there was this dragon fly attack on the emerger. Dale was somewhat surprised (and so was the guide) when this dragon fly swooped on the emerger in mid cast and became his first ‘wild’ dragon fly to hand. Neither of us had seen such a thing before.

A smile of achievement on day 2 with this feisty stream brownie. After the dragon fly catch, leaping 2lb browns taking them and nothing else under the hot bright sun was a most welcome result.

More internationals enjoy Tassie fly fishing

Singaporeans, Ko, left, and Jo enjoyed an introductory day of fly fishing where they wanted to experience wading and stalking small streams as they have nothing back home to compare.

Here they appreciate a rest after a particularly hectic session where both got fish to the dry fly but missed getting them to hand.

To his credit, Ko managed to get his emerger right up in the top shadow on this VERY narrow section, hooked a lively wild brown but unfortunately lost it before we could net it in the hectic action that followed the hook up.

Jo working on her presentation skills in the first session on the river.

Promises kept …

Gary (with fish on) and Keith (in background), great fishing mates, were travelling with their wives — self catering as much as possible, and although never having fly fished before, had booked a two-day introductory workshop and ‘sort of promised’ trout for dinner each day!

This one ended up in a break-off on our teaching water – not the success the boys were looking for.

However … Keith spotted a rising trout on the afternoon river session and set out to correct things.

DIY Keith then not only presented to, hooked and netted his first wild brown unaided, it resulted in a plump 1lber to serve to the girls as main course on night one!   

With Keith’s DIY (and promise delivering) skills well established, 

… he was happy to return this 3.5lb rainbow to its habitat.

Enter Gary … after break-offs and missed chances, this is it!

… his first ever wild brown trout and promise fulfilled with dinner for day 2!

Luck of the Irish?

… or skill of the angler?

I say skill! Paddy’s first go at fly fishing, first cast to a rising fish, first wild brown to hand AND on the dry!

Very nice fish at that.

Next (returning ‘Tagger) Vanessa gets her first of the trip – again sighted, stalked and excellent dry fly presentation.

Vanessa also picked up this brown beauty at Currawong Lakes.

Top day for Michael

Michael (from Germany) onto his first for the day – taken on an unweighted mayfly nymph pattern.

First one on the dry. Michael was delighted to use the #3wt on the stream as he uses similar gear back home and between emergers and black spinner patterns had a double figure day of fish to fly .

This wild brown was particularly satisfying as Michael saw it feeding some distance away, then polaroided its position, then the black sinner over its nose and on! 

Amongs the lost fish was a magnificent brown est at 2.5lbs+ that we watched break Michael off around a tree root.

Currawong Slam achieved

Steve and Jo started their two-week Tassie adventure with Red Tag on the small streams and Currawong Lakes.

Jo getting some experience on small waters with a #3wt.

Steve on the #2wt (for the first time) had success on this small stream picking up a nice little brownie on the emerger.

Jo & Steve working the shore on Lake Macquarie at Currawong.

Steve into his best wild brown for the day – result was a 3.5lb+ brownie. Took some fancy tip-toeing to keep above the ‘plimsoll-line’. This was one of five out of six Steve landed for the day, all on one of my brown woolly buggers designed for the Currawong Lakes.

Steve ended up achieving the Currawong Slam! At least one fish from each (of three) lakes on the same day.