What a couple of days these were.
Dustin, ex USA, now from Victoria, was looking forward to two days river/stream fishing in Tasmania.
Queue ‘destructive winds’ and Currawong Lakes is brought into play, and top rainbow brings grin.
… and a nice wild brown trout.
Day 2 and stalking the streams …
This is more like it! Wild river brown trout on the dry, no less!
Just shows, the conditions can be tough, but the fish are still there.
Shane Mensforth, editor/writer South Australian Angler Magazine puts a Currawong Lakes rainbow to the test, the first of many.
Typical Tasmanian Spring action next day on the lowland streams – note blue sky & shirt sleeves!
Gerard & Mela, ex France, now Queensland-based, in action on Currawong Lakes in October.
Despite some strong winds Gerard got excellent fish, browns and rainbows.
James, from Sydney, with his first ever river wild brown trout.
James and son, Ben, working well in tough conditions.
James won the Tourism Tasmania give-a-way at the Sydney Boat show in August. Red Tag was a guiding contributor.
The boys had an introduction to fly fishing – one day lakes – one day rivers. Ended up a 2-2 draw as Ben was top rod on lakes.
Mark, from Victoria, sets the bar VERY high.
This magnificent wild brown is what early season backwater fly fishing is all about.
It was so big it overhung the landing net.
Very nice two pounder to kick off the season by ex-Canadian Frank – top condition already.
Nymph numbers are excellent and can expect early hatches if warmth stays around.
Meet your guide — Roger Butler — and enjoy his take on fly fishing Tasmania’s streams and rivers … with big thanks to Gavin Hurley of Pro Angler and Eddie Fraker of Sip Films for their commitment re production and supply of this footage.
The latest medium-term weather outlook for Spring in Tasmania is a wetter but warmer one. This should translate into an early start to the lowlands mayfly/dry fly season.
Forecasts like this usually mean more water in the streams and mayfly nymph on the move sooner than the norm in the warmer conditions. So it could be that we will have some hatches and rising trout before the end of September.
If you get in quick, late September and the first half of October have excellent times available … in this case the early angler may well catch the early risers.