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This magnificent 4.25lb (2kg) wild brown trout is the best Macquarie River fish for the past three seasons. It measured just under 24in (60cm). As you know we mainly practise catch & release with clients, only keeping the odd one for a client's entree, but for some time The Red Tag caterer had been asking for a trout to put on the table.

Having a part day off this week, a lovely autumn day with a few mayfly still hatching, I thought I'd try to accommodate the 'cook'!

This was taken with one of Gavin Hurley's new Explorer #4wts and hooked on a #14 emerger (my favourite stream fly) and this should now satisfy the request for some time to come.

If you want to do the same you have eight days left in the 14/15 150th season wild brown season to do it! Brown trout/rivers season will end 3rd May and we still have the last two weekends open.


After a tough time on the rivers, returning ‘Tagger Ian had a great day on these wild brown trout lakes. This was an excellent example.


Followed soon after by some lively action …


… resulting in a top conditioned rainbow.


An early hatch brought Daniel, from Victoria, quick results on the midge emerger pattern.


Then a bit later a small ‘Nobby’s ‘hopper’ did the trick on a plump little brownie.


Straight after lunch a solid wild brown to hand again on the ‘hopper.


Fit fish in tight structures call for fast reflexes and keep an angler on their toes.


Didn’t take Ian, from Queensland, long to get into the action.


And another is nicely netted. All in all, it was dries all day and an excellent opportunity for Ian to add to his skills.

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Trout in Tasmania and the Photographic Competition awards winners announcement, Huon Aquaculture, IFS and TGALT are holding a celebratory dinner at the Central Highlands Lodge this coming Saturday 18th April.

Bookings can be made at the Central Highlands Lodge (03) 6259 8179.

Australian Angling guru and writer Steve Starling is MC for the night and there are lucky door prizes, auctions and raffles during the night, plus the top photos will be displayed in the lodge dining room for your viewing.


It is not only the fish that catch our eye! This wedgetail eagle was very interested in our activities … watched us for over 30 minutes before it decided we were boring it.


It didn’t deter Leigh from having some nice action on the lightweight gear. This one on a ‘Nobby’s Hopper’ pattern.


Another close take on a ‘hopper presentation.


Some tight action on the #2wt


Sighted fish presented to …


Fish on! All up a good day on the ‘hopper and emerger.


Twins Elliot & Frances found studying the trout’s habitat and searching for their food very interesting


Then it was down to the more serious business of stalking some raising browns with Mum & Dad


Fish were sighted and cast to, but their first wild trout is still to come.