The Gustafson family were recommended to Red Tag by their friend Andy, a pilot from the USA aircraft carriers that used to frequent Hobart for R&R around the turn of the century. From left, Rhea, son Ryan, daughter Erika, and mum Cheryl.
I had taken Andy and some of his fellow airmen fly fishing on their stopovers and he suggested the family follow their love of trout fishing with Red Tag for the day their cruise ship was in Hobart.
Hold onto that fish Erika!
Well satisfied with this 3lb rainbow, Erika took the points on the day.
Working the dries, everyone had chances, but missed strikes and lost big ones (3 x break-offs) resulted in Erika being top rod for the day.
Working with groups like this with one guide can be difficult, but Currawong Lakes is an ideal location with their three separate lakes, plenty of shore line to give the individual angler room to fish to their own rises / sighted fish and opportunity to maximise conditions on the day.
Experienced fly fisher Darren, seen here onto a solid brown that took the Blue Damsel, was keen to get his wife Andie to try fly fishing.
Didn't take Andie long to come to grips with both the activity and the reward!
This was her first ever trout on the fly, a 3.5lb rainbow taken on a 'Butler' Blue.
Lovely buck rainbow heading home.
Andie with another to hand… a beautiful wild brown, again on the dry.
A great day on the dries and a top way to start your fly fishing journey.
This was son Dan’s fish No1 for the day at Currawong Lakes. First out of 15 to hand. … 6 x rainbows and 9 x browns!
No wonder Dan has the grin, 3rd cast 1st rainbow.
And so it continued … damsel nymph took the 6 x rainbows (between 2.5 – 3.5lbs) pre lunch!
Then we dropped down to Lake Long Marsh and it was the browns taking Dan's own brown woolly bugger pattern.
A beautiful fish!
Finally on day 2 Frank gets a look in. After watching son get 15 to hand on day 1, having dropped a couple, missed a couple, had a refusal or two the Blue Damsel came good!
Here is the proof, the Blue Damsel in the lip!
The day 1 performance by Dan was the most fish ever landed by one of my clients at Currawong Lakes — Dan even followed up with 5 on the Blue Damsel himself on afternoon of day 2.
Mick hooks up to a nice wild brown trout — on the dry!
… then releases same, beautiful colours on our wild browns.
After getting blown off the river, headed to Currawong Lakes for the afternoon, and more success for Mick
A very nice rainbow this time, again on the dry.
It is always a challenge when teaching young people to fly fish. Here brothers Luca, 9, on left, and Jordan, 12, with dad are getting a first taste of 'on water' casting after their intro grass session..
By afternoon they were stalking wild browns in the river … and this is Luca successfully working his first to hand.
Soon followed by Jordan's first wild brown.
As well as both of them getting a fish to hand on day one, the trout were sighted by the boy’s surface feeding, presented to with the merger dry and hooked first time!
A great way to get into fly fishing by anyone, let alone two boys who now have a lifetime of enjoyment and fly fishing adventures ahead of them.
Day 1 – River A nice brown on new (to John) technique. Upstream unweighted, no ‘wool’ indicator, mayfly nymphing.
While high bank spotting for John, came across one of our natural wonders out for a wander.
Day 2 at Currawong Lakes – tough start then the damsel feeders made an appearance, two in five minutes — first for the season on the Blue Damsel!
Top couple of rainbows John.
Day 3 Another stream – Top Rod so far — 14 to hand — all on the dry!
Day 4 and yet another river and more dry fly action. Top trip John, see you again … maybe ‘hopper time?