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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.


An early hatch brought Daniel, from Victoria, quick results on the midge emerger pattern.


Then a bit later a small ‘Nobby’s ‘hopper’ did the trick on a plump little brownie.


Straight after lunch a solid wild brown to hand again on the ‘hopper.


Fit fish in tight structures call for fast reflexes and keep an angler on their toes.


Didn’t take Ian, from Queensland, long to get into the action.


And another is nicely netted. All in all, it was dries all day and an excellent opportunity for Ian to add to his skills.

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Trout in Tasmania and the Photographic Competition awards winners announcement, Huon Aquaculture, IFS and TGALT are holding a celebratory dinner at the Central Highlands Lodge this coming Saturday 18th April.

Bookings can be made at the Central Highlands Lodge (03) 6259 8179.

Australian Angling guru and writer Steve Starling is MC for the night and there are lucky door prizes, auctions and raffles during the night, plus the top photos will be displayed in the lodge dining room for your viewing.


It is not only the fish that catch our eye! This wedgetail eagle was very interested in our activities … watched us for over 30 minutes before it decided we were boring it.


It didn’t deter Leigh from having some nice action on the lightweight gear. This one on a ‘Nobby’s Hopper’ pattern.


Another close take on a ‘hopper presentation.