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.
Yes, you read it right.
Red Tag has finally gone digital and Bruce did the honours for the first shots within 10 minutes of the start.
Ye old Pink Bummed grasshopper, no less, proving the fish’s undoing.
Bruce bringing another top conditioned fish to hand while Nigel looks on.
A great time to share the water together, not the usual way for two anglers to fish a small water, but good fish, magic weather, camaraderie and feeding browns made it a special session to guide two fine fly fishers.
The odd sighted wedgetail, wallaby and wild deer just added to the total enjoyment.
Last day of November and Jack, a keen young river angler from NSW, gets his first wild brown on the dry.
A KOCPIT text book take (ie, Red Tag’s theory application).
Knowledge – studied the situation and applied he knew from
Observation – spinner hatch, sipping fish, water speed etc
Concentration – on the cast, the fly on the water
Presentation – gently put the fly upstream from the fish, no drag, on the line of the fishes beat
Imitation – was an emerger tied to imitate the hatching mayfly
Take – saw the fish take the fly, slower water – slight delay in lift – trout on. Well done Jack.
This backwater is usually dry (note fence on right) but the red spinner were out and fish feeding the edges.
Cast upstream with a Red Spinner (see Top flies) short drift, lift and bingo ‘fish-on!’ Simple when it all works to plan — why not every time? ask the trout.
Tasmania’s guided trout fishing industry is guide-driven, not lodge dominant.
This is because our industry has been developed by individuals who are passionate about our fish, the fishery, Tasmania’s environment and the value added services we offer our clients.
Red Tag Trout Tours is no exception and prides itself on quality service and exclusive, intimate and productive wild trout fly fishing experiences.
We offer a personal service, so your experience starts from the moment you make contact with us — the person who plans your trip is the guide who delivers the product.
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.