Regular ‘Tagger couple has a ball

Peter & Elizabeth, returning Red Taggers off to a fly(fish)ing start! Cast three of the trip and Elizabeth is delighted with her first wild brown river trout as Peter studies the result.

Next corner up and it’s Peter’s turn on the dry (pink post emerger on show) to get a lively stream brown.

Then its Elizabeth’s turn again … and so on it went over three days, three different rivers with success on all.

Some very nice trout to hand and released.

USA father & son get some wild brown action

Here Dan hooks up his biggest wild brown, only to be broken off mid-air in the playing. Close inspection on retrieving line revealed a ‘wind-knot’ break in tippet after casting warm-up. Always pays to regularly check leader / tippet for these knots.

Son Andrew hooks onto a very good stream wild brown — his best ever on the fly. Again a dry. Sighted, stalked, caught and released, a top effort on the #3wt.

A beautiful wild brown trout about to be released.

What a way to begin!

Julie’s first one on the fly, following usual ‘on grass’ casting practise, dam fishing next (missed one) then afternoon at Currawong Lakes … what a bend in the #5wt.

… and this is the reason why — a 4.5lb rainbow! You guessed it, on the Butler Brown Woolly Bugger.

Followed up soon after with a lively young brown on the same fly.
That is a number of young very healthy browns so far this season, from last year’s excellent spawning.
This means there is a large number of quality self-sustained wild brownbtrout growing on in these lakes, which is a good indicator for the future of the fishery.

Better weather = better fishing!

Regular Tagger Dan, is not only a recent convert to fly fishing, but to tying as well. “should I try one of my Woolly Buggers” he asked? As it looked similar to my successful brown versions, “why not” was the answer.

Within a few minutes this was the result … 2.5lb beautiful wild brown trout, with grin to match. The only problem was the next fish, considerably bigger and less obliging, struck, bit it off to keep it!

Had to rely on the guide’s version for the next one along with a neat bit of self netting!

After a frustrating, but intense couple of hours polaroiding at least a dozen fish cruising the flats, but ignoring everything presented to them, we put on Dan’s ‘other Bugger’ and last cast, last fish. A great way to finish.

Finally some rising trout to target

Dylan’s first day on the rivers with the fly.

Working the gentle runs. Had some to the emerger, missed a good one and dropped another, but again a full on new fly day experience.

It should only get better from here on with the air and water temperatures rising.

Young at heart and on the Dry

Just had a 5-day return tour with Brian from Western Australia, and a very good one as well. Struck the first mayfly hatches on the lowland streams and at Currawong Lakes.

Over the five days fished five different rivers plus two days at Currawong Lakes.

From fun on the southern streams to …

… success with the dry on the lowland waters …

… then the charming, and plentiful, platypus appearances … followed by …

… releasing 3lb wild Currawong Lakes browns taken on the mayfly emerger. This trip had all Tasmania offers in a wild trout tour — nymphing, dry fly, polaroiding, wildlife, top insect hatches and the wild browns.

 

Two out of three ain’t bad

Ed, Neil centre and Peter far right, on our introductory water.

Peter strikes first! After only a few minutes, Peter hooks up (and lands) a 2lb rainbow on the nymph. First one on the dam this season and his first ever on the fly.

Not to be out done by his long time mate Peter, Neil gets his first ever on the fly, and the first wild brown on the dry this season on the ever reliable Dark Brown Emerger.

Although working hard, learning heaps and targeting a couple, the fish weren’t responding to Ed’s efforts … well, 2 out of 3 learners with fish to hand on day 1 is not bad.