Lifting Tasmania’s guided trout fishing industry


Red Tag, Tourism Tasmania and Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania combined to lift the awareness and profile of Tasmania’s world quality wild trout guided fly fishing experiences to the anglers of SE Queensland.

It was a very well attended and full-on show from the 30th Aug to 2nd Sept. at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

This had been a regular joint effort over the last five years or so and seen big increases in all numbers by the organizations involved.

This book was made for walking

Red Taggers, and other visitors to Hobart, may be interested in a new top selling publication that was recently launched by arguably Australia’s best know power walker, Prime Minister John Howard, called A Walk in Old Hobart.

It is a joint effort by Red Tag friends Mike Tatlow and Charles Wooley and an excellent read full of Hobart’s heritage and history told in a most relaxed and informative style.

If heading down to tour with us and looking to spend some time strolling in Hobart, let me know and I’ll include one in your Red Tag welcome pack, to learn more about it or get one direct, click here. Well worth the effort.

Keeping the pests out

Didymo action update: Tasmania is a desease free trout fishery and our waters are free of Didymo and we want to keep it that way. As our season is just starting, thought the following would be a timely reminder to visiting anglers., or anglers coming / returning to Tasmania after New Zealand.   
Check, Clean, Dry:
CHECK: Before you leave a river or lake, check items and leave debris at site. If you find any later, treat and put in rubbish. Do not wash down drains.
CLEAN: There are several ways to kill didymo. Choose the most practical treatment for your situation which will not adversely affect your gear.

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Just one more sleep!

That’s right, Tasmania’s 2007/08 wild brown trout season opens tomorrow, August 4, and runs to April 27 2008.

That means the heart and sole of Red Tag’s environment, the rivers and streams are on again.

Not that there is much fly activity this time of year, we are still in winter downunder, down under, snow caps are still on Hobart’s beautiful Mount Wellington, but we have gone past the shortest day and the fish are thinking about feeding again.

We have had some good cold days this winter to help kill off the germs and remind us that Spring is not far away when water levels are rising, those nymphs start moving, the insects start hatching and the trout start visibly feeding.

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Fly Fishing Workshops

workshop in action

“Fly fishing is an art, an art well worth the learning” maybe putting it a little on a pedestal, or should that be easel, but it is a great way to fish, not too difficult to get the hang of and once learned usually ends in being your preferred (if not only) way to fish.

In other words, it lets you stop and smell the roses while pursuing your fishing passion.
At Red Tag Trout Tours we offer a range of fly fishing workshop options, from short days to full (wild fish inclusive) days and extended tours that build on the day to day experiences covering still waters, rivers and streams and a variety of fly fishing techniques. You can even add in a session or two of fly tying as well.
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Season’s Availability

calendar for bookingsIntroducing our new availability calendar for the coming 2007/08 season.

We will keep this updated so when looking at your next, or first, Tasmanian fly fishing adventure with us you can check out availability and sort out what best suits your travel time.

August 4 is opening day for Tasmania’s famed wild brown trout, so no rivers and most lakes are not open until then, but we do have workshop availability, hence the May to July period is included in our calendar.

Check out our Bookings Calendar 2007/2008

Please note: Our calendar is temporarily out of action. Please enquire via the contact form in the meantime.

The wild brown trout

To me the wild brown trout is the ultimate fly fishing challenge. Since its introduction to Tasmania in 1864, from eggs of English wild stock, the Tasmanian wild brown trout has remained disease free and uncontaminated. It could well be claimed to be the purest strain of wild brown trout anywhere in the world.

The most exciting fly fishing test is dry fly fishing to the sighted, feeding fish. Be it rising to the local hatch, clear water polaroiding or shallow water tailing, the wily brown is always a challenge.

When you get it right and the fish is drawn to your fly like a magnet, you say to yourself, this is easy, only to have the next fish come to the same fly, balance it on its nose and refuse your perfect offering as not good enough.

My home fishing territory, Tasmania, is predominantly a wild brown trout fishery of world quality. The majority of our waters, rivers and streams and creek fed lakes or lagoons are self sustained populations. Of the balance, the vast majority of highland tarns and non-stream fed waters are managed by the introduction of wild local area fish transfers not farmed fish.