Can I Fly Fish Tasmania in May?

Yes you can Theresa! Although the rivers and other brown trout waters are closed, private fisheries such as Currawong Lakes are not.

… not only fish, but also succeed!

Another good quality rainbow is netted.

The day was another beautiful Tasmanian Autumn day, cool start, clearing to a sunny and best of all fish active afternoon.

More May Merriment

Lesley and David were our next May beginners.

David could hardly believe it, on the water only minutes after the grass casting session and wham! his first ever (well-conditioned) trout to hand!

Not to be out-done (fished) Lesley returns ‘serve’ with tis beauty … it was kept for dinner.

On another beautiful late Autumn afternoon, Lesley is onto yet another good fish.

This one is heading back to its own home!

Start of May Merriment

Alex and Janet start their fly fishing workshop at Currawong Lakes

Not long after the casting intro Janet has her first ever trout on the fly. … a nice rainbow on a damsel nymph.

Then it’s Alex’s turn, another good rainbow to hand.

Alex had day 2 to himself, not so nice weather, but five to hand and more to the fly made it a great day on the fly.

Great finish to the river season!

Jun, a repeat ‘Tagger’, was delighted with his latest river experience.

Little did he, (or guide holding trout) know he would get the best river wild brown for the season!

It certainly gave the 3wt a real workout, but skill and patience was well rewarded.

Copper bead-head nymph early, black spinner & grasshopper dries later all added to a great day.

A delightful late afternoon in Autumn on a Tasmanian stream, doesn’t get much better than this.

On top of that, during this amazing day we were treated to a couple of wedge-tailed eagles teaching their young to hunt, a wild stag tip-toeing across the stream and an osprey eagle drifting by.

Mid Autumn & Currawong Lakes still firing!

Mark’s aim was to get some shore-based lakes experience, this was the first of his successes.

A beautifully conditioned rainbow.

This rainbow was polaroided cruising from the bank and took a damsel fly nymph placed a metre in front of it.

A nice buck heading back ‘home’

Stream craft day for young angler

Josh, onto his first for the day, was keen to learn as much as he could about small stream craft and presentation. This wild brown took a bead-head nymph using a variable depth technique under a strike indicator.

Meanwhile dad, David, was acting as scout early on to spot any movement up ahead.

Josh got this one on a ‘hopper pattern. Good presentation to an earlier noted feeding fish’s position paid off!

Nice one Josh! It is always a pleasure to pass on knowledge to young (and new fly fishers). Trust Josh has decades of pleasure and continual learning to come following his passion for the fly.

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!