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.
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.
Weed threat PDF
The attached warning circular was forwarded to me as part of our protection for Tasmanian fresh water fishery / environment.
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.
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.