What a way to begin!

Julie’s first one on the fly, following usual ‘on grass’ casting practise, dam fishing next (missed one) then afternoon at Currawong Lakes … what a bend in the #5wt.

… and this is the reason why — a 4.5lb rainbow! You guessed it, on the Butler Brown Woolly Bugger.

Followed up soon after with a lively young brown on the same fly.
That is a number of young very healthy browns so far this season, from last year’s excellent spawning.
This means there is a large number of quality self-sustained wild brownbtrout growing on in these lakes, which is a good indicator for the future of the fishery.

Better weather = better fishing!

Regular Tagger Dan, is not only a recent convert to fly fishing, but to tying as well. “should I try one of my Woolly Buggers” he asked? As it looked similar to my successful brown versions, “why not” was the answer.

Within a few minutes this was the result … 2.5lb beautiful wild brown trout, with grin to match. The only problem was the next fish, considerably bigger and less obliging, struck, bit it off to keep it!

Had to rely on the guide’s version for the next one along with a neat bit of self netting!

After a frustrating, but intense couple of hours polaroiding at least a dozen fish cruising the flats, but ignoring everything presented to them, we put on Dan’s ‘other Bugger’ and last cast, last fish. A great way to finish.

Finally some rising trout to target

Dylan’s first day on the rivers with the fly.

Working the gentle runs. Had some to the emerger, missed a good one and dropped another, but again a full on new fly day experience.

It should only get better from here on with the air and water temperatures rising.

Young at heart and on the Dry

Just had a 5-day return tour with Brian from Western Australia, and a very good one as well. Struck the first mayfly hatches on the lowland streams and at Currawong Lakes.

Over the five days fished five different rivers plus two days at Currawong Lakes.

From fun on the southern streams to …

… success with the dry on the lowland waters …

… then the charming, and plentiful, platypus appearances … followed by …

… releasing 3lb wild Currawong Lakes browns taken on the mayfly emerger. This trip had all Tasmania offers in a wild trout tour — nymphing, dry fly, polaroiding, wildlife, top insect hatches and the wild browns.

 

Two out of three ain’t bad

Ed, Neil centre and Peter far right, on our introductory water.

Peter strikes first! After only a few minutes, Peter hooks up (and lands) a 2lb rainbow on the nymph. First one on the dam this season and his first ever on the fly.

Not to be out done by his long time mate Peter, Neil gets his first ever on the fly, and the first wild brown on the dry this season on the ever reliable Dark Brown Emerger.

Although working hard, learning heaps and targeting a couple, the fish weren’t responding to Ed’s efforts … well, 2 out of 3 learners with fish to hand on day 1 is not bad.

Mates have a day on the nymphs

Jon (in stream) and Jeremy on a better day, but still too cold for the long-awaited hatch, so weighted nymphs proved the best fly.

Jeremy has just hooked up in the shadow upstream …

… cheeky little wild brown on the bead-head.

Jon is then into a better stream fish, again on the bead-head.

A well deserved grin on a hard, but enjoyable day.

Early season visitors

Svein, over from Norway and an experienced river fly man, headed off down stream and had a productive morning …

… while I took Edward, from Alaska, and first time fly fisher on rivers, upstream. Too cold (and a bit early) for hatches, but learned heaps and had some half chances.

Both were over in Tasmania as guest speakers at a Lobster convention. A day on the stream was just what they wanted to relax.

Nicole breaks her duck!

Nicole’s first trout on the fly — not a large one but on a tough early spring day certainly brought a smile.

Nicole with Dad, Shane over from South Africa, had a wait to get on the water — it snowed in up on the highlands for a day or two, but finally they managed to get down for a day on Currawong Lakes.

Impressive sunset after a hard day.