Jerry catches on fast!

Despite having his own sea fishing boat back home equipped with a dozen or more fishing rigs, Jerry (from North Carolina) had never fly fished before.

Third cast, using a damsel fly nymph, and this 4.25lbs rainbow was on.

Expect the fly outfits back home will now get a workout on his return!

Steve will never forget the first one!

First ever wild brown on the dry … sighted, stalked, ‘hopper fly presented and on!

Even better when in the net.

Steve had a great early Autumn day on one of our Tassie rivers, his first ever up stream, single dry fly experience. It had it all, fish to hand, a couple dropped, and a couple missed overall a top day.

It’s why they call it fishin’ not catchin’

From left Jeremy, Mike and Justin starting their afternoon workshop session.

But, despite their best stalking and wading efforts and some good presentations, no fish to hand.

Justin lost a big fish on a dry (partly straightening the hook), and dropped another on a wet, but that was as close as they came.

Repeat ‘Tagger John’s trip had it all …

From the happy grin of 1st for the trip, to frustrated misses …

… to this beautiful 2lbs+ wild river brown on the ‘hopper pattern.

Big bends in the Aire series #2wt were part of John’s best ever river day …

… to the final gentle release.

Objective: get first ever wild trout on the dry and in a river

Dan, who had an introductory workshop with us in spring 2016, was keen to learn more about dry fly / river craft. Started the day on the broad waters with improving presentation.

Then onto the faster / variable flow waters – upstream dry fly presentations.

Objective achieved! Wild brown on ‘hopper pattern.

Successfully netted and then released. Dan ended up with 7 to the fly (all on the dry), 2 to hand, another with weight on and the rest … well another day??

Still more International success

Stephen, visiting from Lincolnshire. UK, was delighted to spend a day on one of Tasmania’s wild trout rivers.

Apart from the good number of lively browns he got to hand …

… he was keen to show his angling mates back home what a real wild river trout stream should look like!

Once the ‘stream managers’ clean up the rivers back home after winter floods etc, there are no handy resting places between pools like this!

And, there are certainly no interesting wild life finds like this blue-tongue lizard we came across looking for its dinner on our way back to the vehicle.

First time – first fish – top reward!

Julian was over the moon with this fine wild brown at Currawong Lakes on his first ever fly fishing day.

More so as he was the leader of ‘team Julian’, having organised the introductory fly fishing workshop for himself, Dru, left, and Rodney.

Certainly put some weight on the rod … and most pleasing of all it was on the dry, a committed Blue Damsel feeder. Stalked, cast to and landed!