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.
Just reward for Noel, with this 3.5lb wild brown to hand!
Noel was presented with a Red Tag fly fishing introductory workshop for his birthday when purchased at a charity fund raising auction.
For the past few years, Red Tag has donated a full day all inclusive fly fishing workshop for two as part of both Heart Foundation and Breast Cancer annual gala dinner/auction nights.
Noel, along with mate John (closest to camera), the day starts with the 'on grass' casting intro …
Progresses to our own (rainbow stocked) teaching water then …
Finally a wild trout fishing session afternoon.
We see it as a particularly all round rewarding experience – the charities get good funds injection, the successful bidders (supporters) get the chance to cross off a bucket list activity and Red Tag makes a meaningful contribution to worthwhile causes.
Great fishing mates Andrew & Ben share the delights of Andrew’s first ever trout on the fly. A fit 4lbs+ wild brown taken on a small woolly bugger. Fish were feeding close in on the flooded margins of Lake Currawong.
As you can see from the hook up, these fish are fossicking amongst the tussocks in shallow water, often seen chasing frogs, tadpoles, nymph, etc.
Then it was Ben into action – again the unweighted brown woolly bugger did the trick:
Another big grin as he sizes up his top conditioned 3lb+ rainbow while Andrew checks it out.
Just ask young Ben from New South Wales – his first day ever fly fishing and this was one of four big wild rainbows to hand, for the afternoon! Another four had a go at his fly, but spat it.
From hook-up to hand … Ben’s concentration and skill level didn’t falter.
Plus a well earned ‘thumbs up’ from the guide on fish number four in the net!
Meanwhile mum, Penny, is delighted with Ben’s success, but unfortunately the trout weren’t looking at her presentations this time.
With, 50mm of rain in three hours, winds to 40kph and the odd sleet shower up at Currawong Lakes, Ben’s response was “what weather – didn’t bother the fish!”
Elfreda, left, and Parry (both from Hong Kong) getting to grips with the casting introduction.
Then geared up for their first ever fly fishing session.
Although both Elfreda, seen here stalking a fish that rose out past the reeds; and …
Parry, working off the deeper bank section, to another spotted trout, got the basics down well, the trout had the last say this time.
At the end of the day both were vowing to return with improved skills, so look out trout!
From left – Antony, Des and Paul had a good workout getting started in ‘the art of the fly’. Here they are gearing up for first assault on our stocked rainbow water.
Antony and Paul working the shallows after a rainbow, but wind and stubborn fish meant change of venue after lunch.
Afternoon and evening on Currawong Lakes stalking wild trout saw a lot more action – especially from the fish!
Here Paul is casting to a close-in feeder that has moved literally just metres in front of him (can see the rings).
All in all very exciting, but frustrating for a team of beginners. Final count 1 lost, 1 missed and 2 lined = lots of fun had and converts to the fly made!
With the high water levels, Currawong Lakes looks like being a great series of waters throughout this season – can’t wait for the dry action to start.
Richard had a day to get some stream action in early September, while visiting Hobart. After recent floods and cool waters, there was no dry fly action but some, like this small stream wild brown, were looking for nymphs.
Another nice corner that brought a little action to the fly. Was Richard’s first time on a light #2wt and he enjoyed the benefit of the shorter rods in the tighter conditions.
Allan and Barb, booked in an early season workshop with us in mid-August.
Allan’s delight at the first 'tagger's trout of the new season
Hang on to it Allan!
End result — a nice rainbow, safely returned.
Barb enjoying the afternoon river session — unfortunately, Barb lost a good rainbow on the dam, and they didn’t want to play on the river.
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.