High water offers great opportunities

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This top rainbow was the result of some very patient work by Ron from New South Wales.

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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.

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After this earlier sighting by Ron …

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… his one shot 12 foot cast resulted in well earned success. Top fish and big grin!

Day One success!

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Petar & Amanda, only had a day to ‘give it a go’.

But, after some trying times, Amanda is delighted with this one taken on a blue damsel dry.

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Very happy to release back into our teaching water.

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After a frustrating day, ‘last cast Paul’, hooks into what turned out to be the biggest ‘teaching water’ rainbow yet to hand … 3lbs+

Not bad for their first day ever on the fly!

Father and son on top form

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Bruce and son Joel had a successful introduction to fly fishing day.

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A tag team act to land this one. Dad hooked this very nice rainbow on the Blue Damsel and Joel landed it!

After some frustrating misses. losses and a breakoff Joel was very happy with this one.

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As they were at Somercotes overnight, they kept it and the feedback was: “Dinner was pretty awesome”.

UK couple combine Fly & Flight

Janice & Paul were keen to get the most out of their short trip to Tassie in mid January. Janice is a very keen twitcher and Paul the fly man.

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Here Paul is very happy returning a 3lb wild brown taken on the Blue Damsel. He had never seen trout leaping bodily clear of the water to chase these insects before.

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Releasing it, he was delighted with the beauty and colours of the fish.

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Meanwhile Janice, after a few hours bird watching, got into the fishing success with a beautiful rainbow.

After another ‘twitching’ session in the evening, Janice had sighted more than half the endemic Tasmanian birds plus wedge tail eagles, osprey, falcons, robins and parrots, not to mention a very close and charming encounter with a young wombat out on its early feed.

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To top off Paul’s successes, in a short half day session on the rivers next morning, he got a lovely wild brown to hand … again on the Blue Damsel.

A most satisfying trip all round.

First day fly fishing — biggest trout ever

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Toshi, from Japan, has been lure/bait fishing for 40 years in Japan and decided Tasmania was the best place to try out fly fishing.

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He started tarted on a gentle stretch of the river with an unweighted nymph – and action! 

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With great concentration he bought it to the net. Turned out to be a wild brown over 45cm – his best trout ever!

Phil’s best Tassie tour yet!

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Now a regular Tagger Phil (Victoria) had his best trip to date. This was early day one – a nice wild river brown

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Pleased to be back in its natural habitat.

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No wonder Phil is looking pleased, this was one of eight to hand at Currawong the next day.

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With a combination of browns like this and bigger rainbows, Phil's catch was something like 26lbs of wild trout (ave 3lbs+) for the day.

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A final rainbow (nudging 5lbs) puts a most satisfying smile on one’s face.

Some reflective notes on the Currawong Lakes day:

  • Phil took fish from every lake
  • on dries, nymphs and wets.
  • the biggest fish got away (of course), but brings with it a warning – check your backing before it’s needed! One fish hooked took him straight down to the backing in one run, only for Phil to find out his backing had a couple of bad loops in it. Result was jammed reel with guide de-spooling to clear the snagged line while 100 feet away a great (looked like a brown est. 6lbs+) trout leaped clear and spat the hook! It was certainly the biggest fish of the day by far!

When reviewing the problem Phil's comment was: "I've never been into the backing before so had no idea it was loose on the spool.” Bet he checks it regularly now!