Jun, a repeat ‘Tagger’, was delighted with his latest river experience.
Little did he, (or guide holding trout) know he would get the best river wild brown for the season!
It certainly gave the 3wt a real workout, but skill and patience was well rewarded.
Copper bead-head nymph early, black spinner & grasshopper dries later all added to a great day.
A delightful late afternoon in Autumn on a Tasmanian stream, doesn’t get much better than this.
On top of that, during this amazing day we were treated to a couple of wedge-tailed eagles teaching their young to hunt, a wild stag tip-toeing across the stream and an osprey eagle drifting by.
Mark’s aim was to get some shore-based lakes experience, this was the first of his successes.
A beautifully conditioned rainbow.
This rainbow was polaroided cruising from the bank and took a damsel fly nymph placed a metre in front of it.
A nice buck heading back ‘home’
Josh, onto his first for the day, was keen to learn as much as he could about small stream craft and presentation. This wild brown took a bead-head nymph using a variable depth technique under a strike indicator.
Meanwhile dad, David, was acting as scout early on to spot any movement up ahead.
Josh got this one on a ‘hopper pattern. Good presentation to an earlier noted feeding fish’s position paid off!
Nice one Josh! It is always a pleasure to pass on knowledge to young (and new fly fishers). Trust Josh has decades of pleasure and continual learning to come following his passion for the fly.
From left, Rod (grandfather), Jackimo (Grandson) and Paul (Uncle) all had their first day’s fly fishing at Currawong Lakes. Both Rod and Paul got their first ever trout to hand on the fly, unfortunately Jack missed out … but two out of three ain’t bad!
Paul with his very nice 3lb rainbow.
Rod … just checking, ‘did I really land this brown!’
Bryan & Roxanne, from Queensland, had kicked off their trout fly fishing introduction at Currawong Lakes. Regular ‘Taggers will recognize the significance of the Cherry Ripes. It has been a tradition since we started (over 22 years ago) that you only get a Cherry Ripe after catching your first trout! Hence the satisfied Day One grins.
Roxanne with her first ever fish on the fly …
… and returning it, a beautiful 2.5lbs rainbow.
Meanwhile, Bryan, who had only salt water fly fished before had a ball! This was his first for the day.
… a magnificent conditioned Tasmanian wild brown trout..
This one was as solid as a rock — young, fit and in top nick, coming in at a tad under 4lbs!
In the end, Bryan achieved the Currawong Slam … at least one fish from each lake on the same day and only missed out on the Grand Slam (a brown & a rainbow from each lake on the same day) by one rainbow from lake Macquarie.
Not a bad first up trout on the fly day!
Tony’s introductory fly fishing workshop starts at Currawong Lakes, a perfect place to introduce beginners to the ‘art’, let alone a challenge for the experienced angler as well.
his first trout on the fly, a very nice 2lbs+ rainbow.
Bob (from British Columbia) hadn’t wetted a line for some years until this Tasmanian visit … so Currawong Lakes was the ideal place to get back into it.
As the presentations improved, so did the results … this 3lb wild brown to start. Taken on the (dry) Blue Damsel no less.
This was followed by some great rainbow action, again on the dry, this time a red spinner (writer’s tie) did the trick.
One of a number of nice rainbows being returned.
Nick (the angler) looking skyward with relief, as Roy successfully nets very nice wild brown for him. Having been working on his ‘roll-casts’ this delightful wild brown took a ‘hopper pattern less than five metres ahead.
Another top river brown … again falling to the ‘hopper pattern.
Roy certainly had his share of success … here another river and another feisty brown brought to net.