Family trio’s introductory success

From left, Rod (grandfather), Jackimo (Grandson) and Paul (Uncle) all had their first day’s fly fishing at Currawong Lakes. Both Rod and Paul got their first ever trout to hand on the fly, unfortunately Jack missed out … but two out of three ain’t bad!

Paul with his very nice 3lb rainbow.

Rod … just checking, ‘did I really land this brown!’

Mainland couple have great Tassie trout intro!

Bryan & Roxanne, from Queensland, had kicked off their trout fly fishing introduction at Currawong Lakes. Regular ‘Taggers will recognize the significance of the Cherry Ripes. It has been a tradition since we started (over 22 years ago) that you only get a Cherry Ripe after catching your first trout! Hence the satisfied Day One grins.

Roxanne with her first ever fish on the fly …

… and returning it, a beautiful 2.5lbs rainbow.

Meanwhile, Bryan, who had only salt water fly fished before had a ball! This was his first for the day.

… a magnificent conditioned Tasmanian wild brown trout..

This one was as solid as a rock — young, fit and in top nick, coming in at a tad under 4lbs!
In the end, Bryan achieved the Currawong Slam … at least one fish from each lake on the same day and only missed out on the Grand Slam (a brown & a rainbow from each lake on the same day) by one rainbow from lake Macquarie.

Not a bad first up trout on the fly day!

‘Rusty’ Canadian flyfisher gets his game on


Bob (from British Columbia) hadn’t wetted a line for some years until this Tasmanian visit … so Currawong Lakes was the ideal place to get back into it.


As the presentations improved, so did the results … this 3lb wild brown to start. Taken on the (dry) Blue Damsel no less.


This was followed by some great rainbow action, again on the dry, this time a red spinner (writer’s tie) did the trick.


One of a number of nice rainbows being returned.

Mates have top days on the river


Nick (the angler) looking skyward with relief, as Roy successfully nets very nice wild brown for him. Having been working on his ‘roll-casts’ this delightful wild brown took a ‘hopper pattern less than five metres ahead.


Another top river brown … again falling to the ‘hopper pattern.


Roy certainly had his share of success … here another river and another feisty brown brought to net.

Canadian couple have top day on river


Rob & wife Susan, had a top day on a Tassie river despite waiting out a thunder storm first up then very gusty winds. Here Rob is onto his first, taken on a small copper bead-head nymph.


A nice bend in the three weight with this one!


Susan did a top job getting this one to the net. Being bright, after the storm went through, fish not only using cover to ambush (‘Hopper) flies, but then headed straight back to test the angler’s skills.


Susan releasing the wild brown. There is no doubt these Tasmanian wild browns are beautifully marked.

Son’s first ever trout on fly!


This is the very satisfied grin of your first ever trout on the fly … dry at that. Sighted, stalked, Blue Damsel presented on its nose and … take!


A very good conditioned rainbow heads home.


Kade admires dad Kurt’s effort with his first for the day.