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!
Tony’s introductory fly fishing workshop starts at Currawong Lakes, a perfect place to introduce beginners to the ‘art’, let alone a challenge for the experienced angler as well.
his first trout on the fly, a very nice 2lbs+ rainbow.
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.
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.
Shane, from New South Wales, got an early result on this beautiful day …
… a lovely river wild brown trout on a damsel nymph.
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.
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.
Terry is well under way up front while son Greg is sorting out a ‘technical’ problem following up. To make matters worse for Greg, a good riser was feeding well within casting range while this was happening!
After some tough going with very bright sun and clear water, Terry gets onto a wild stream fish on the ‘hopper.
Then its Greg’s turn. Lovely wild brown, again the ‘hopper did the trick with a well placed left shoulder roll cast into the shadows ahead.
Smile and returned.
After three rivers in two days, off to the Currawong Lakes for day three.
Here the sun, along with a gentle breeze, was a blessing as Greg gets his first of five for the day on the Blue Damsel.
Terry also gets a very nice brown to hand on the Blue Damsel.