In Tasmania, we are coming to the end of our wild trout fishing season and there are a few tips on gear storage and care you might like to look at.
Fly Lines — first up a general clean of your fly line is a good idea, then if not using it for a few months, strip it off the reel and hang in large loops (say a metre in dia.) store in a dry cool place.
This stops the line coating from shrinking/expanding while stored on the reel and allows a much better casting performance when again used. Nothing worse than having tightly coiled fly line jamming the rod rings and ‘bunching up’ on the water when presenting to that first feeder next season. Check for cracks in the surface, if numerous and deep, replace line.
Reels — take apart and clean the old grease out. Put in new grease, vaseline or petroleum jelly are good. Lightly smear the casing, gears and spindles before reassembly. Check your backing to make sure it is still OK.
Rods — check ring bindings for wear, rings and rod surfaces for damage. Store in dry place and a protective tube. If manufacturer has not supplied one, then PVC pipe is excellent with capped end fittings.
Waders — again check for damage, make sure they are dried out then hang in dry and airy place.
Great grin and big brown. Agnes had never fly fished before taking a full day workshop.
Late summer and the damsels a plenty. Had a few fish leaping around.
Sighted, stalked and taken on a Blue Damsel, it doesn’t get much better than this first up.
Tasmania’s wild trout fishing experience has established its world class standing primarily through the highland (Central Plateau) lakes, lagoons and tarns trout fisheries.
Whilst this is well founded, it is sometimes forgotten that all of Tasmania’s rivers and streams hold wild trout, in particular wild brown trout. Many of these waters are at lower levels and have a much longer dry fly/surface feeding season than do the lakes.
Ripples, runs, glides, deep pools, undercut banks and sighted fish, this is the fly fishing world I love to share with my clients and (when not guiding and I get the chance) fish myself. From early October to late April (often dry fly fishing the last day of the season) a wde range of hatches and insect falls bring the fish up to feed and take a fly.
Continue reading Tasmanian trout rivers and streams
Young at heart Roy (81 years young) finally got to enjoy the full day introductory fly fishing workshop his wife had booked as a surprise for him some 18 months earlier.
Hip replacement and interstate trip had intervened to delay the start oh his fly fishing experience.
That behind him he got off to a flier. Sighted, polaroided, ambushed (with our emerger mayfly) and landed Roy has now got a beautifully conditioned 3+lb brown to share with his family for Christmas lunch.
Roy had the lot during the day, Missed the first take, then success, then a full on fly inspection refusal. Now planning his next fly fishing trip, look out trout is all I can say.
There are now many types and makes of fly lines on the market. Make sure you understand the use the manufacturer intends of each category of line and its coding, ie, WF is for weight forward, DT is for double tapered, F/S is sinking tip, etc.
The single most important gear set up in fly fishing is that the line # or wt should match the rod # rating you intend using it with.
That is, the ratings are now universal and a #6wt line is manufactured and tested to be most effective with a #6wt rod.
This is my everyday mayfly pattern and when tied with a little body yarn trimmed off vertically behind the dark ginger / brown hackle it doubles as a useful highland dun pattern.
My favourite fly fishing is stalking and sight fishing Tasmania’s wild trout rivers and streams, particularly the lowland or meadow streams.
Red Tag specialises in fly fishing these waters with experienced anglers and introducing our extended or advanced fly fishing workshop pupils to them.
The fish in the rivers and streams of the meadows usually start rising (to the dry) in early October, beginning of the Mayfly season, and continue to be sighted or seen feeding off the surface, weather depending, right through our season till mid to late April.
The Blue Damsel is a longtime development. My mate Graham and I started experimenting with the colours and sizes, etc, many moons ago, after we had been consistently frustrated by these wildly leaping browns taking these bright blue and green version Damsel flies in mid-air.
Having played around in the kitchen getting various dyes to produce unusual shades of blue and green, we finally had the first sample of Blue Damsels to try out.
It was so successful the trout kept the first one to study at close quarters on the first cast of the first fly we had tied. It is also the only fly I have take a fish on in mid-air, but that’s another story.
The main thing is the tie represents the insect in flight not at rest like most of the commercially-tied varieties.