Over the last two years or so visitors to this blog will have noticed a new guiding face, Ray Curran, working alongside me and with clients on the water. This has been part of our succession plan with Ray taking over Red Tag Trout Tours as I stepped back gradually.
I am very pleased to announce that, from the beginning of July this year this plan is now a success with Ray the new owner/operator of the business.
Continue reading Smooth transition for Red Tag …
With the recent retirement of Roger from Red Tag Trout Tours after 27 years of running a magnificent guiding business, time is now allowing him to enjoy the rest of his life and to concentrate on writing his memoirs and tying flies and of course telling big stories.
I would like to introduce myself formally to everyone out there in Red Tag land and thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and commitment over the years to the values and principles of what Red Tag Trout Tours stands for.
Some of Roger’s loyal customers I have met in recent years, some I may never meet sadly and of course I am looking forward to meeting both old and new alike in the coming seasons.
Continue reading Introducing Ray Curran
Great opportunity to get into fly fishing, learn more or dust off rusty skills …
Our Herne Waters 23/24 workshop dates are now open for bookings – see details in brochures:
- Top-level instruction – decades of experience
- Private wild brown trout water
- All-inclusive – all gear (as required), BBQ lunch, refreshments, etc
- Casting – introduction – wild trout fishing sessions
- Entomology – fly choices – matching the hatch
- Fish habitat information
- Excellent gift voucher opportunity
- Great sponsor ‘lucky gate’ prizes
- All-weather, with wood fire, Cabin
… An early workshop (pre Christmas is a great way to have the rest of the season to gain experience
… Positions are limited in all workshops!
First introduced Vanessa to fly fishing some 16 years ago; this was her first two days on the rivers since then.
Wow! First cast after lunch Day 1 and another one to the net … hadn’t even gotten in the water.
Yet more success on day 1… which turned out to be a record day for Vanessa.
Lovely evening light in which to cast a fly … magic Tassie autumn time.
First up Day 2. Likely looking fellow….
Actual size when netted! Feisty one that.
By the end of Day 2, Vanessa was delivering some very good casts in tight situations and getting just rewards.
This was Anthony’s 5th to hand pre-lunch … all on the dry!
Straight after lunch No 6 … just kept getting better
… and bigger.
Feisty, top condition small water wild browns … fantastic fun.
Fish now behind you guys … Final count 11 to the net (equal top single angler season total) and 19 to the fly!
Ray on left, with great UK mates Paul (now Aus resident) and Godfrey far right just starting out day 1
Godfrey, the first of the trip to net, a lovely 2.5lb rainbow at Currawong.
Godfrey and his first (Red Tag awards) cherry ripe!
Day 2 on the rivers … Godfrey is soon getting acquainted with some ‘ex-pats’ as in wild river browns.
Not to be left behind, Paul soon follows with a nice stream wild brown of his own.
The guys had a ball over two days of separate rivers – fish to hand both days … just fantastic.
Peter (from Queensland) had a workshop with us previously. But this trip was first time on the rivers … nice brown on the dry!
A couple of nice risers to tease him.
Onto a very good rainbow at Currawong, so much so, it straightened the hook and got off.
Ray caught this ‘eye’ of the rainbow at Currawong, nature at her finest.
Finally one to the net!! Jon had two river days with us recently that couldn’t have been more different …
Here a beautiful brown is missed, on day 1, one of 15 to the fly and only three to the net!
Day 2 started with morning frustration … changed location … and afternoon elation
And another — in the end, 16 to the fly and 11 to hand in less than two hours, a new season single angler bar setting!