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.

Brown Trout Season Opens soon!

It is on again from Saturday August 6!

What is known as the Brown Trout new season opening casts off Saturday 6th till Sunday 30th April 2017.

That mean all rivers & streams plus the majority of lakes, classified as Brown Trout waters are open again.

For us fly fishers it can be a little early, as August is still winter, but if you want to have an early introductory workshop and visiting then, drop us a line.

Water … water everywhere, and how those fish did spawn!


A quality wild brown from an earlier high water season start – around the 4lbs on a #4wt – great fish – top action.

This year we have had the wettest late Autumn/Winter for years and don't the fish just love it.

I can't wait for the early Spring to come on and expect the waters to stay high for many weeks into the season giving the recovering trout excellent feeding conditions after their best spawning runs for ages.

Spring time enquiries are on the increase, so don't leave it too long to get in – check out the Bookings Calendar.

Late season success


Visiting Japanese angler, Yasuaki, started his tour with a short session on the Derwent River estuary. This turned out to be a lively plump little ‘cocky salmon’ taken on a whitebait imitation.


Then a couple of days at Currawong Lakes produced some good fish in tough conditions.


This 3lb brown amongst them.


Yasuaki said this was one of, if not the best looking wild brown he had ever caught, including fishing in the UK.

Good introductory workshop


Alan has a lively introduction to fly fishing …


Returning this 2.5lbs rainbow on our teaching water. This one took a damsel fly nymph


Then a wading/stalking intro on the river. After spotting a couple of rising fish in the river, the weather took a turn for the worst and the fish ‘went down’.

Peter & Jill’s week that was

Peter and wife Jill had a full week with Red Tag mid-Autumn that combined rivers and Currawong Lakes


Peter sets the bar early with this top wild brown from Currawong Lakes.


These fish are just beautiful


The rainbows aren’t bad either!


Jill netted a nice stream brownie on the Macquarie River … only for Peter to pick up this very well conditioned fish moments later. Both were taken on the trusted mayfly emerger.


After a top week, it was only fitting that mother nature put on a special farewell to them both – rising trout and setting sun.


What a sight, not a breath of wind in the last hour and an Autumn evening to reflect on for quite some time.

Rod off to a perfect start


After the usual gear and casting introduction stages, we hit the wild trout water and this was Rod's first ever fish on the fly – a 2.5lb wild brown, sighted, stalked, cast to with a dry and landed! Not a bad way to get into fly fishing.


On release even the trout seems to reflect on Rod's success.


Day 2 of the workshop saw us at Currawong Lakes where Rod had more to hand including a top conditioned rainbow, polaroided and taken on the dry again.


More big grins and a most satisfying two-day workshop.

Regular Tagger in the action


This was John's 2nd trip in 15/16 and he gets straight into it — 1st rising fish of the day on the second pool fished and bingo!


… nice little wild brown to hand and great fun on the #2wt.


Next day at Currawong Lakes — christening the new #4wt Explorer rod from Hurleys, through our voucher system).


It is his best wild brown to date, a top effort on the new gear.

Clubman opens account


Alex goes first up and gets this nice small stream fish on the dry.


Will be bigger next time Alex.

Alex was the organizer of a group of fly club mates looking to fish some Tassie rivers for the first time. Although a number of chances, including some hookups were made, the fish won out on this occasion.


Graham got a good one to take the ‘hopper pattern early on day two, however, it spat it seconds later.

Despite the lack of fish to hand, all had chances, learned a lot and agreed they would do it again!

UK visitor christens new #2wt gear


Steve, a fly fisher from the UK, arranged with Gavin Hurley & Red Tag to get a new #2wt with his 20th season voucher. Here he has the first one on. a very nice wild brown, this one on a #14 small bead head nymph.


A very well conditioned fish …


… and pleased to be back in ‘home’ territory.


Another good fish, this one on the emerger after being sighted feeding upstream, puts a decent bend in the #2wt.