Big catches for early season

UPDATE: This is owner of Currawong Lakes – Richard – with that ‘creek bound’ trout John was casting to.

Amazing the size in such small water – now safely back in Lake Macquarie!

This was an amazing moment … in the pool in front of John, there was a 4lb+ trout that had gone up the creek to spawn and made its home there!

It was hiding under the right hand side large rock overhang and would not move till we spooked it out.

If you didn’t know how determined trout are to spawn you wouldn’t believe it possible!

John was entitled to a big grin on getting this 3.5lb beauty to hand …

… after a chase and capture through the weed beds

Even the smallest was a solid 2lb

This was an amazing moment … in the pool in front of John, there was a 4lb+ trout that had gone up the creek to spawn and made its home there!

It was hiding under the right hand side large rock overhang and would not move till we spooked it out.

If you didn’t know how determined trout are to spawn you wouldn’t believe it possible!

Final fish of Day 2 – a 2.5lb+ salmon … yes that’s right. There are only a handful in the top (Lake Currawong) water and John got this one on a nymph dropper. He also got the first trout for the season on the dry on Day 2 … 12°C and we found a few mayfly hatching in a quiet corner.

Come on warm weather!

Workshop was a blast …

Literally. Snow and 2°C on arrival … but there were fish! Some sighted, some missed, some lost and some to hand! With warm clothes, full waders and a hearty fire, all enjoyed it and learned heaps.



Ladies first – Shauna lands the first one


Rodger, closest beginner to camera, almost had the ‘golden start’ to fly fishing – first cast on the water- hooked (then dropped) a wild brown!


Adrian shows off a very nice brown prior to release.

Class No1 of 2020. Around the deck – introductions and tips to go.


First casting on the grass then the water – sun actually shining.


Shauna & Adrian who later had great success!

November 21 is booked out, and there’s plenty of interest in the next one on January 16.

New workshop open for January

NOW OPEN – New Workshop date (mixed) – Saturday JANUARY 16th 2021!
Get in early for a spot in this Fly Fishing workshop!

Same top water, great ‘Lucky Gate’ prizes and more. Same price, same contact details.

Herne Lake, a great new water is the location for our special, limited group, introductory fly fishing workshops.

This is a wild brown trout only destination, with easy and safe wading, and all gear (as required) provided, top ‘lucky gate’ prizes and much more.

Ideal facilities for all weather conditions, check out ‘Covid-19 Recovery workshops’ for all the details and booking action.

Covid-19 Recovery Fly Fishing Workshops

FLY into Spring with our Covid-19 Recovery Workshops. A great range of introductory fly fishing workshops for those Tasmanian fishers, or outdoor lovers, looking to try a new adventure.

All gear is provided, professional instructors, lunch, refreshments, great locations and top value options on offer.

Heavenly rains bring spawn action!

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining! Well the wild browns at Currawong Lakes didn’t need telling twice.

The decent easterly rains we have had in late June were just what the trout needed. Got the creeks joining the lakes flowing strongly and the fish are taking full advantage.

This all goes well for a really top start to the season in spring with hungry trout chasing plenty of food around the margins.

Help hook up our fishing data

National fishing surveys are being conducted across Australia to gain up to date data on all aspects of recreational fishing in the country.

As the last survey of its type was back in 2001, it is more than timely to get up to date information on our favourite activity.

This is not a government survey, but the information collected will assist those that care about our fishery and fishing into the future. It does not even ask you for your favourite spot, but aims to get the latest data on the economic, social and personal benefits we gain from enjoying fishing of all sorts, and in all states of the commonwealth.

Jo and Steve Starling are key conductors of the survey on behalf of all anglers and have sought our help in lifting the response rate for Tasmania. The more we know about our collective strength and value of recreational fishing the better off we are to argue any case we want to improve, maintain or build the various impacts of it.

Not only are the surveys looking at the pre-Covid-19situation, but the second one looks for how Covid-19 has dramatically effected us all and the country at large and as this is, unfortunately, the best time to do that comparison, completing both is vital to the accuracy and effects of its impact.

Anything we can do collectively and individually to assist will be most beneficial in the long run.

Both surveys offer prizes opportunities for those participating in them, check out the web site for full details.

Survey 1

Survey 2: National

Last client for 2019/20 season


Very satisfied grin from Bob with one of his quality wild browns on the para mayfly emerger.


This was a quality rainbow taken on a dropper mayfly nymph.


To both Bob (and I) this was the stalking triumph of the trip, we spotted a big brown nymphing around this structure. Three changes of fly and 30 minutes later, Bob got the ‘hook-up’ on a (Red Tag version) black ‘mudeye’ pattern nymph, only to have a huge head shake, massive swirl and gone! We estimated 5-6lbs of wild brown charging back to the depths. Next time Bob?


Sometimes these trout just don’t play fair! Here bob sighted, beautifully presented and hooked up a top rainbow on a red spinner …


… only to find the trout knew where the submerged end of the tree to Bob’s left was, take him under and around it and ultimately break him off.


But the last day was magic. Blue sky, light winds and a three hour window of surface feeding trout resulting in some great action, nice way to finish Bob.