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Last season we celebrated 150 years of trout in Tasmania with our clients – this year Red Tag Trout Tours celebrates its own anniversary — 20 years of guiding!

To celebrate with us, here is our 2015/16 season offer:

Every angler who books a minimum 2-days/overnight tour package from now till the end of the 2015/2016 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 2016 Vouchers issued after receipt of deposit.


View of the new Puddleduck tasting room, restaurant and exterior eating area (deck) over the ‘duck’ pond.

Local winemaker and vineyard owner Darren Brown now has a excellent, recently expanded, facility at Puddleduck winery on the Cambridge to Richmond ‘Coal Valley’ wine route.

Having tasted a few of his wines on recent season’s fly tours with Darren I can safely say he produces a top drop.

With a novel, but very appealing twist, on the BYO theme; at Puddleduck, you bring the food and they supply the wines to help wash it down!


The view looking out from inside the new ‘enclosed’ dining and tasting area.

Yes, Tasmania’s brown trout waters are open again! All rivers and streams are go!


This was a recent September wild brown trout in a river backwater. nice start that year.


Just to prove he could be bigger still, went back to challenge the next fly fisher.
Check out the calendar!

November getting very busy, but good days left in 2nd half October (start of mayfly), early November and December opportunities.

Expect another good ‘hopper season second half January to April 2016.
Don’t forget our 20th Season $150 Red Tag / Hurleys Fly Fishing vouchers for 15/16.


Tom and his mate Ed wanted a day in May (after the rivers and public brown trout waters had closed) … Tom to have his first ever go on the fly and Ed to sharpen his skills. The guys were happy to look at Currawong Lakes as an option.


This was Tom’s introduction — a nice 1.5kg+ rainbow.



Although Ed sighted a number and polaroided a couple, the best fish of the day broke him off.

As Ed reflected, it was a top day for late Autumn and 'there is always next time’.

The Red Tag Trout Tours & Hurleys Fly Fishing World annual Tassie film nights are on again:

  • Bentleigh shop — Monday & Tuesday July 13 & 14
  • Geelong shop — Wednesday July 15

There will be lots of information and discussion about lakes, rivers & streams, and private 'fly only' fisheries. Included will more about flies, both wet and dry, best times to use, techniques and the wiles of Tasmania’s wild brown trout.

Don't miss out, book early here, for great nights at Gavin and Trev's shops!

Look forward to catching up with you all. Roger.


This was Mick, from London’s, first wild trout on the dry fly. Being a course fisher in England for many years and loving fishing, he was determined to come to grips with the art of presenting the fly while in Tasmania.


This was very much the traditional upstream single dry fly method of the chalk streams ‘back home’.


A well conditioned wild brown to hand – It was great for Mick to be a part of the 150th anniversary year of brown trout’s introduction down under!


To introduce Mick to a variety of waters was a real pleasure.


Glad, from Western Australia, had never held a fly rod before she and son Clay came to Tasmania to ‘tick it off the bucket list’.

Before Glad came over her friends bet her $50 she wouldn’t get one. Not only was this wild brown brought to hand, but Glad sighted it feeding, presented the dry right in front, struck to perfection, landed it and collected the bet.


The day before was Clay’s day, seen here bringing what turned out to be a 4lb rainbow under control.


One of a number of top conditioned fish returned that day.


Jim (doing the stalking) fishing to a ‘monster’ — according to son Jim.


Jim is delighted with this first rainbow to hand at Currawong Lakes on Day One.


After some hard work by Jim …


He brings this top conditioned rainbow to hand. 


They also had a good time on the streams… ‘may I have my fly back please?’


As Warwick found out, some of Tassie’s streams hold the occasional rainbow!


It seems like they often take a leaf out of the brown’s fighting code: no jump – find snag!!


Here we go again!


Result – a nice brown this time.