Big Fish Start for 2007

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Another Nigel & Hugh day, always great fun, always productive and what a start to the year.

Nigel with his best for the day 1.5kgs wild brown falls to the Pink Bum Grasshopper — should mention this was on Red Tag’s Pro Angler 1-2wt Master series rod (WF2F line) and for some time the trout looked in charge of the situation, however skilful handling by Nigel and a good rod finally brought it to hand.

Hugh, not to be left out of the action, below, nets another good one around the 1kg mark.

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From one extreme to the other …

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Wally from Queensland had a great dry fly day recently (late Sept 06) where he started off by taking the famous Tasmania ‘tailing trout’ concept to the extreme, ie, first good take of the day on the dry … was a little late on the ‘lift’ and hooked up to a very surprised wild brown in the tail fin!

Hence the decent bend in the rod.

As the day went on the hookups got back to the more traditional end.

About an hour before sundown Wally said “be great to see a platypus in the wild and get one more nice stream fish for the day”.

As if on cue, up comes our platypus friend, not once but about five times, to check us out and give us the nod that at top of the pool there’s a nice 1.5lb brownie just waiting for a dry … sure enough, out goes the Humpy, down goes the fly and here is the result.

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Great season opener with Brett & Corey

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This was a day of ‘firsts’ if ever we had one.

Brett and son, Corey, had never fly fished before … it was the first trip in the ‘new’ Red Tag wagon plus our first clients of the season.

After a slow start, I blamed the fish for this much more than the enthusiastic anglers, the afternoon session was full on. By the end of the day 10+ fish to hand (all released), some excellent conditioned rainbows amongst them up to 2+kg which included individual fish stalked and taken on small ‘woolly bugger’ wets.

Although we have had the occasional two anglers together hookups, this was the first time the anglers were at crossed purposes, sorry crossed lines, (see below) as their respective quality trout decided to go in opposite directions. Youthful enthusiasm won over experience with Corey landing his fine fish but Brett dropping his.

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Tasmania’s trout fishery on the rise

Recent figures from our Government recreational fishery service IFS (Inland Fishery Service) are very encouraging on the rebound of local anglers licence sales and the highest sales of Interstate licences sold on the last 12 seasons!

After heavy mainland Australia marketing competition by Victoria’s trout fishery and others, a decline (perceived or otherwise) in the management and quality of the fishery the local and visiting angler numbers dropped away.

The current team at IFS have introduced new management strategies, improved hatching facilities and developed the popular waters concept for major population centres fisheries that have rapidly improved the fishery and turned the participation rates around.

Also reinforcing the wild brown fishery concept by looking to raise the vast majority of hatchlings from wild stock, both brown and rainbow, not domestic.

So come on down to Tasmania and chase some wild brown trout, plus others, the fishing (in my view) is the best its been for the last decade or more.

Oh, and if you like stalking, wading and hunting secluded waters and feeding wily wild browns in rivers or streams, then Red Tag knows where they are, how to find them and what to tempt them with.

From recast to release

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A great final fly fishing workshop and wild fish tour for the season just gone. Andrew, Gail [centre] and Donna getting to know what a fly rod does first up day 1 and the final wild fish released by Gail on the last session of the tour.

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Passion Rewarded

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Our original browns may have come here from the UK in 1864, but their wild and wily descendants were no match for UK flyfisher Rosemary on her recent visit to Tasmania.

This beautiful specimen was taken by Rosemary on the ‘PB ‘hopper’ at the end of February — one of the best fish out of the Macquarie this year. 21+ inches and close to 3lbs.

Tempted up from the depths to a well presented PB drifted close to the near bank, it was great to see someone who had come so far get a good reward for their passion.

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