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This was Mick, from London’s, first wild trout on the dry fly. Being a course fisher in England for many years and loving fishing, he was determined to come to grips with the art of presenting the fly while in Tasmania.


This was very much the traditional upstream single dry fly method of the chalk streams ‘back home’.


A well conditioned wild brown to hand – It was great for Mick to be a part of the 150th anniversary year of brown trout’s introduction down under!


To introduce Mick to a variety of waters was a real pleasure.


Glad, from Western Australia, had never held a fly rod before she and son Clay came to Tasmania to ‘tick it off the bucket list’.

Before Glad came over her friends bet her $50 she wouldn’t get one. Not only was this wild brown brought to hand, but Glad sighted it feeding, presented the dry right in front, struck to perfection, landed it and collected the bet.


The day before was Clay’s day, seen here bringing what turned out to be a 4lb rainbow under control.


One of a number of top conditioned fish returned that day.


Jim (doing the stalking) fishing to a ‘monster’ — according to son Jim.


Jim is delighted with this first rainbow to hand at Currawong Lakes on Day One.


After some hard work by Jim …


He brings this top conditioned rainbow to hand. 


They also had a good time on the streams… ‘may I have my fly back please?’


As Warwick found out, some of Tassie’s streams hold the occasional rainbow!


It seems like they often take a leaf out of the brown’s fighting code: no jump – find snag!!


Here we go again!


Result – a nice brown this time.


After a tough afternoon in bright skies, this late summer evening hatch brought on the action, and Gary is onto a quality fish on light gear.


‘Come out of there!’  


Next, regular ‘tagger Marcus puts his #4wt Tassie made cane rod to work.


And is pleased to get a wild brown trout to hand.

Last season we celebrated 150 years of trout in Tasmania with our clients – this year Red Tag Trout Tours celebrates its own anniversary — 20 years of guiding!

To celebrate with us, here is our 2015/16 season offer:

Every angler who books a minimum 2-days/overnight tour package from now till the end of the 2015/2016 trout season in Tasmania will receive a $150 gift voucher to spend at either of the Hurley’s Fly Fishing stores located at Bentleigh or Geelong, or go shopping Online.

Plus a bonus! if your tour is 4-days/3-nights or more every angler gets two sets of vouchers!

Vouchers must be redeemed with Hurley's Fly Fishing World by 30 June 2016 Vouchers issued after receipt of deposit.


This magnificent 4.25lb (2kg) wild brown trout is the best Macquarie River fish for the past three seasons. It measured just under 24in (60cm). As you know we mainly practise catch & release with clients, only keeping the odd one for a client's entree, but for some time The Red Tag caterer had been asking for a trout to put on the table.

Having a part day off this week, a lovely autumn day with a few mayfly still hatching, I thought I'd try to accommodate the 'cook'!

This was taken with one of Gavin Hurley's new Explorer #4wts and hooked on a #14 emerger (my favourite stream fly) and this should now satisfy the request for some time to come.

If you want to do the same you have eight days left in the 14/15 150th season wild brown season to do it! Brown trout/rivers season will end 3rd May and we still have the last two weekends open.


After a tough time on the rivers, returning ‘Tagger Ian had a great day on these wild brown trout lakes. This was an excellent example.


Followed soon after by some lively action …


… resulting in a top conditioned rainbow.