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How many times have you said, or heard … “If I only had a dollar for every …”

Well Red Tag Trout Tours and Hurley’s Fly Fishing are doing just that!

It’s 150 years of trout = $150 of benefit to you!

A dollar for every year of the wild trout’s existence in Tasmania, since 1864, equals a $150 gift voucher for each extended booking till June 30 2015.

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Second cast on Day 1 and Jean-Paul (trout/fly guide in Switzerland) has his first to hand!

Wanting to “dry fly only if possible, Roger”, Jean-Paul did just that for two consecutive days in the last week of the season!

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Using an 8′ #2wt Explorer (from Hurley’s Fly Fishing new range), he brings another nice stream wild brown to hand.

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Second day on the rainforest stream … tight conditions meant tight roll casts, but rewards were plenty.

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Another good wild brown from a tight position.

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Final trout on Day 2 – brought the total to hand to 22 – all on the dry and about 35 to the fly.

It was a pleasure to put Jean-Paul onto some lovely wild brown trout in beautiful spots around Tasmania, and admire his presentation and skills in action.

You can read his own account of this Tasmanian experience on his web site and go to the ‘blog’ link for the full story.

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the import to and release of the first trout into Tasmanian waters. From an incredible journey by ship from England, two species were released by James Youl. One, the brown, prevailed and flourished.

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Steve (left) & Mostyn, from West Australia, enjoying a top workshop day.

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Mostyn’s early triumph on our still water.

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These rainbows are coming on nicely.

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Steve stalking his first ever wild brown trout.

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But beaten by Mostyn who gets his first ever wild brown on the ‘hopper.

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Lauri, from Finland, had a good day on a southern water mid-April. Got a smaller one earlier on the dry after a break-off, This one took a bead-head dark brown nymph.

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A nice Tassie small stream brown is returned.

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Dean, another NSW angler, is all smiles with this plump wild brown from the river.

First time ever fly fishing picked this one up on a Nobby’s ‘hopper upstream under the over-hanging tussocks.

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Late afternoon sun on the oldest bridge in Australia in Richmond, Tasmania.

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Michael from NSW took this very nice wild brown at Currawong Lakes on the Red Spinner.

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… followed next day with more dry fly action on the stream.

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Jeremy, a visiting journalist from the UK, has to travel half way round the world to catch his first ever wild brown on the fly … a beautiful 15″ river fish. Intense concentration and a natural ‘feel’ for the task helped.

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… holding it still for the ‘big smile’ shot proved a little difficult.

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The next one was a better effort.