Tasmania’s wild brown trout season will open on the 4th August 2012 and run through till the 28th April 2013. These waters, including the rivers and streams form the bulk of our trout fishing with the rainbow waters opening on the 29th Sept 2012 and closing 2nd June 2013.
We had good early winter rains that should have given the spawning fish excellent conditions and currently expecting a decent highland snow fall over this weekend to maintain water levels well into the start of the season. Very little reports of flooding, but good flows should persist well into the first half of the season.
If the milder weather predictions hold up for the early spring we can look forward to some great dry fly / mayfly hatches by early Oct and could even have the odd risers by late Sept.
That is right, how time flies! It’s on again from August 6 and time to:
- shake down the gear,
- grease the reels,
- clean the fly line.
- madly start tying (or buying) flies,
- check, clean and dry the ‘old waders’ (leaks in early season are very cold!)
From having a proper winter down here this year, it looks like being a cracker season this time round! Lots of good spawning water, rivers well up during winter, lots of run-off to fill lakes, etc.
How to take advantage:
Book a trip with us, just check out the Booking Calendar for availability and then hit Contact/Enquiries and fill out the details to let us know when you’ll be here, what experience you are looking for, how many, etc, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Red Tag Trout Tours are river & streams, shallow margins stalking specialists, and together with our complete introductory workshop options they can provide the complete package including accommodation options to best suit your fly fishing requirements.
The Pro Angler Packages:
Still places available on these tours which are a combination river and stream, plus lakes and margins, action. Email Pro Anglerfor more information.
That’s right, the new Tasmanian brown trout season has started.
Good north of state rains during winter have meant the lowland rivers and streams will have a strong flow and be somewhat coloured for the first few weeks.
However, expect mid to late Spring mayfly, etc, to be good again. Southern waters have had little to no winter rains yet, but hopefully August will see that corrected and water levels increase to give us a good run into summer.
My favourite private lake levels are full and this should mean top-conditioned fish and plenty of fly life, ie, excellent mayfly hatches as spring progresses.
If the settled, if occasionally cool, weather continues into early season, it should be great learning time and August/September have plenty of booking spots available.
Down under, down under, our next trout season is getting closer. Yes Tasmania’s opening is Saturday August 2 for the traditional ‘wild brown trout’ season.
If you haven’t done so already, clean and straighten the fly lines by pulling off the reel and gently cleaning with mild detergent or preferably the manufacturers recommended cleaning agent.
This helps get rid of any line ‘memory’ that may have built up in the line by being wound on the reel for a long period (ie, since last season).
It also helps the line run through the eyes or ‘shoot’ better when first casting thus laying out straight and true.
Clean and re-grease, check backing is OK and the knots are still good and strong.
Backing to reel, backing to fly line, then fly line to leader and any tippet or leader joins (eliminate any old wind knots left over from that last rushed trip).
Check joins are smooth and tighten OK, no loose bindings at eyes/rings, the tip eye is not worn/grooved to wear fly line or damage leaders, etc, and finally grip is OK — not cracked or split.
Make sure the hooks are in good nick, sharp and clean, no rust in older ones or damaged hook bends.
Tight lines and best of luck for a good season.
My very interactive web master Allan has raised the question when does our (Tasmania’s) trout season end? As he explained to me, you know it, it’s your business, but many of your interstate and international clients and site visitors do not!
The current (2007/08) wild brown fishing season ends at midnight on Sunday — 27 April 2008. This means all rivers and streams, which are designated ‘brown trout’ waters and all public lakes noted as same by the Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) close to ALL forms of fishing!
A certain limited number of lakes stay open as Rainbow Waters till June 1 2008 including the West Coast lakes of Mackintosh and Rosebery.
Open all year — a small number (8 in all) of lakes and dams are open to trout fishing all year round.
To keep the passion of the ‘new season opening’ each year, the annual licences expire on July 31 each year and the new (brown trout waters) licences come into effect at midnight on the Saturday nearest the 1st of August each year.
‘Private’ licenced fisheries can open as they determine, so with some of those waters available and the few all-year-round waters open, Red Tag can operate its introductory flyfishing workshops all year round.
For any further information from the Inland Fisheries Servicde re Tasmania’s trout fishery regulations and rules, I recommend you visit their web site.
Just a quick note of apology to my clients since Christmas and regular visitors for the lack of updates lately!
Thanks to all who have booked with us, January through to Easter, has been flat out.
Now have time to catch up a little, with some great dry fly fishing and good times still available till April 27 (sadly the end of this year’s wild brown trout season in Tasmania).
Recent figures from our Government recreational fishery service IFS (Inland Fishery Service) are very encouraging on the rebound of local anglers licence sales and the highest sales of Interstate licences sold on the last 12 seasons!
After heavy mainland Australia marketing competition by Victoria’s trout fishery and others, a decline (perceived or otherwise) in the management and quality of the fishery the local and visiting angler numbers dropped away.
The current team at IFS have introduced new management strategies, improved hatching facilities and developed the popular waters concept for major population centres fisheries that have rapidly improved the fishery and turned the participation rates around.
Also reinforcing the wild brown fishery concept by looking to raise the vast majority of hatchlings from wild stock, both brown and rainbow, not domestic.
So come on down to Tasmania and chase some wild brown trout, plus others, the fishing (in my view) is the best its been for the last decade or more.
Oh, and if you like stalking, wading and hunting secluded waters and feeding wily wild browns in rivers or streams, then Red Tag knows where they are, how to find them and what to tempt them with.
Tasmania’s guided trout fishing industry is guide-driven, not lodge dominant.
This is because our industry has been developed by individuals who are passionate about our fish, the fishery, Tasmania’s environment and the value added services we offer our clients.
Red Tag Trout Tours is no exception and prides itself on quality service and exclusive, intimate and productive wild trout fly fishing experiences.
We offer a personal service, so your experience starts from the moment you make contact with us — the person who plans your trip is the guide who delivers the product.