Red Tag’s 21st — Coming of Age Offer!

This year Red Tag Trout Tours celebrates its own anniversary — 21 years of guiding!

To celebrate with us, here is our 2016/17 season offer:

Every angler who books a minimum 2-days/overnight tour package from now till the end of the 2016/2017 trout season in Tasmania will receive a $150 gift voucher to spend at either of the Hurley’s Fly Fishing stores located at Bentleigh or Geelong, or go shopping Online.

Plus a bonus! if your tour is 4-days/3-nights or more every angler gets two sets of vouchers!

Vouchers must be redeemed with Hurley’s Fly Fishing World by 30 June 2017. Vouchers are issued after receipt of deposit.

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.

Father & sons day

Mark, seen here with his 1st ever trout on the fly – a 4lb rainbow from our teaching water, along with his sons Luke and Charlie had a recent introduction day with us.

Here is the team, Charlie (closest to camera), Luke & Mark.

Later we moved to Currawong for the afternoon session and Luke hooked into a good wild one, but the fish had other ideas taking him into a big weed bed and breaking off.

Regular ‘Tagger’s Best Trip!

Phil was very happy with this lively wild brown on his #2wt, one of seven to hand on a day of unweighted nymphing and dry fly fishing

On day 1 we had to find Phil some sheltered spots on Currawong Lakes – this one also acted as top concealment … resulting in this hook up, a 3lb wild brown.

Another nice bit of stream action by Phil. All in all a top trip with his comment on getting home, “Thanks again for a wonderful time – the best one yet. You just keep making them better and better.” – a most rewarding one for the guide as well.

Delightful days on Tassie streams

Philip’s grin says it all – day 1, session 1 – his first Tassie wild brown river trout, sighted rising, changed to black spinner, perfect presentation, fish to hand.

Then  released. Not the biggest fish in the river, but very satisfying and exciting on the lightweight gear.

Day 2 – 2nd cast and we were off again. This day, complete success on all the mayfly imitations. This one on a copper beadhead dk. brown (mayfly) nymph under indicator.

This one on the (Mayfly) para Emerger. Another six to hand, some on the black spinner (adult) pattern and the balance on a single un-weighted #12 mayfly nymph fished upstream – no indicator yarn – 10′ leader.

A very tricky, testing yet rewarding, single fly style. No wonder Philip had such a wide grin with a promise to return!  

Rivers and lakes fire up

After breaking his duck on one of our river sections the day before, Ross ( a returning ‘Tagger) then had a top day at Currawong Lakes. This (at 3.5lbs) was the only rainbow to hand for the day, but plenty of action.

This was one of a number of brown’s from 3-4.25lbs to hand.

For the final action of the day – Ross desperately trying to steer an estimated 5lb+ out of the bullrushes.

Finished with the guide up to his chest in water among the 3m high rushes, (very) wild brown wrapping himself four times around a bunch of reeds – guides gets fish in – fish bites off fly — leaps out of net and takes off to the deep … “always look on the bright side of life.”

Stream lover’s success

Phil (with wife Jacqui) loves small stream fly fishing and this lively wild brown on the (Stalker Gluide Series) #2wt was a nice reward for his …

… ’first time’ cast that had to be made from a couple of rod lengths back through the narrow opening, right up the bubble line to the sighted rise at the top of the pool, where Phil is about to net it.

Jacqui, seen here checking out the next stretch, took her first fish from the pool Phil had success on just a minute or so earlier — again a nice stream wild brown on the dry – first cast at the bottom of the pool. Great to see the black spinners out and the waters starting to settle.

Regular ‘Tagger’s Best ever Trip

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This was one of John’s wild browns to hand at Currawong Lakes – on day 1 of his 4 day tour in early November.

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Keen to finish what he has started – John’s enjoys the challenge of netting these beauties as well …

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… yes definitely a ‘cherry ripe’ counter that one!

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This one took some netting … turned out to be John’s persoinal biggest trout on the fly yet — a 4.25lb rainbow!

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After two days of exhilarating big fish action at Currawong, it was on to the rivers and this wild stream brown gave John a new set of challenges on his Stalker Aire series #2wt.

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Day 4 another stream … another wild brown on the #2wt and the dry. This turned out to be John’s best day yet on a steam.
To sum up for John:

  • best ever trip (so far)
  • biggest brown yet … 3.75lbs
  • biggest rainbow trout yet … 4.25lbs
  • most fish to the fly & most fish to hand
  • 1st at Currawong Lakes on the dry for this season
  • 1st on the rivers on the dry for this season.

Considering the wind, rain, and fickle temperatures, a great effort all round, and John’s feedback: “I’ll be back in the Autumn, Roger.”