Visiting Japanese angler, Yasuaki, started his tour with a short session on the Derwent River estuary. This turned out to be a lively plump little ‘cocky salmon’ taken on a whitebait imitation.
Then a couple of days at Currawong Lakes produced some good fish in tough conditions.
This 3lb brown amongst them.
Yasuaki said this was one of, if not the best looking wild brown he had ever caught, including fishing in the UK.
Alan has a lively introduction to fly fishing …
Returning this 2.5lbs rainbow on our teaching water. This one took a damsel fly nymph
Then a wading/stalking intro on the river. After spotting a couple of rising fish in the river, the weather took a turn for the worst and the fish ‘went down’.
Peter and wife Jill had a full week with Red Tag mid-Autumn that combined rivers and Currawong Lakes
Peter sets the bar early with this top wild brown from Currawong Lakes.
These fish are just beautiful
The rainbows aren’t bad either!
Jill netted a nice stream brownie on the Macquarie River … only for Peter to pick up this very well conditioned fish moments later. Both were taken on the trusted mayfly emerger.
After a top week, it was only fitting that mother nature put on a special farewell to them both – rising trout and setting sun.
What a sight, not a breath of wind in the last hour and an Autumn evening to reflect on for quite some time.
After the usual gear and casting introduction stages, we hit the wild trout water and this was Rod's first ever fish on the fly – a 2.5lb wild brown, sighted, stalked, cast to with a dry and landed! Not a bad way to get into fly fishing.
On release even the trout seems to reflect on Rod's success.
Day 2 of the workshop saw us at Currawong Lakes where Rod had more to hand including a top conditioned rainbow, polaroided and taken on the dry again.
More big grins and a most satisfying two-day workshop.
This was John's 2nd trip in 15/16 and he gets straight into it — 1st rising fish of the day on the second pool fished and bingo!
… nice little wild brown to hand and great fun on the #2wt.
Next day at Currawong Lakes — christening the new #4wt Explorer rod from Hurleys, through our voucher system).
It is his best wild brown to date, a top effort on the new gear.
Alex goes first up and gets this nice small stream fish on the dry.
Will be bigger next time Alex.
Alex was the organizer of a group of fly club mates looking to fish some Tassie rivers for the first time. Although a number of chances, including some hookups were made, the fish won out on this occasion.
Graham got a good one to take the ‘hopper pattern early on day two, however, it spat it seconds later.
Despite the lack of fish to hand, all had chances, learned a lot and agreed they would do it again!
Steve, a fly fisher from the UK, arranged with Gavin Hurley & Red Tag to get a new #2wt with his 20th season voucher. Here he has the first one on. a very nice wild brown, this one on a #14 small bead head nymph.
A very well conditioned fish …
… and pleased to be back in ‘home’ territory.
Another good fish, this one on the emerger after being sighted feeding upstream, puts a decent bend in the #2wt.
This top rainbow was the result of some very patient work by Ron from New South Wales.
Ron had had a tough weather tour, but recent rains around the Currawong Lakes area had lead to good rises in the lake’s water levels. So much so that the trout were searching the newly flooded spots for fresh food.
After this earlier sighting by Ron …
… his one shot 12 foot cast resulted in well earned success. Top fish and big grin!