With the range of Red Tag’s extended tours and introductory fly fishing workshops based out of Somercotes you get it all.
Delightful two-bedroom cottages on the estate built with handmade bricks, open fires, beautifully appointed and originally built for the indentured estate workers (circa 1840s).
The Ticket of Leave building where up to 11 ‘halfway’ convicts lived and worked in the 1830s & 1840s. It is one of the oldest buildings on the estate (circa 1820s)
This 1920 John Deere steel-wheeled tractor is part of a wide ranging static display of farming machinery dating back into the 1800s.
Somercotes was settled in 1823 by Samuel Horton and it is one of the select number of Australian properties that has remained in continual family ownership.
It borders the Macquarie river, one of Tasmania’s best lowland fly fishing rivers for wild brown trout for well over 100 years. Set in lovely grounds of ‘old world’ flowers, shrubs and trees it adds a peaceful, charming and interesting heritage aspect to our tours.
We now have both a private stocked fly fishing teaching water and the wild trout river to maximise the trout fishing options.
Somercotes, being situated in the centre of the Macquarie river system and in close proximity to other wild trout waters, both flowing and still, provides Red Tag Trout Tours with a wealth of fly fishing options and fishing techniques in the extended tour packages.
A couple of first day learners, having both got their first ever trout on the fly on the teaching water, start working the first gentle section of the wild trout river. Both had success on the dry fly.
Nearby is the historic Village of Ross, centre of the Tasmanian wool industry and, in my view, the best heritage town in Tasmania.
Well worth a visit, Ross also boasts one of the oldest and most beautiful stone bridges in Australia.
Much of the early pioneering land settlement and development in Tasmania took place around Ross and along the Macquarie River valley.
A female convict factory, Wool Centre (arts and crafts) and an original woodfired bakery feed both the imagination and the body.