Toe in – Trout out!

Recently Ray & I decided to take a look at some of our favourite river spots and check things out. When we pulled up for a coffee and muffin I said to Ray, while we are here, why don’t you put a #3wt together and ‘put a toe in the water so to speak?’
‘Don’t have any waders’ was the reply – just check the edges! But after just a few casts, the following result.


Ray is gently guiding a wild brown ashore. Note, toe not quite in water


Ray proudly holding a nice well conditioned pounder in hand.


… returning same – with toe just in water.

This was the only fishing we actually did as the water level was quite high, but it all augurs well for a great 22/23 season on our rivers. Plenty of water to keep fish active and in top nick. Only a couple of weeks till the mayfly hatches should start and small nymphs and dry fly action aplenty!

Check out the Booking Calendar as good dates available in October, November and December, all good dry/mayfly times on the waters we guide.

“Tales of Scales” Dinner & Presentation

WHEN – October 14th – 6.30pm for 7pm
WHERE- Central Highlands Lodge – Miena: Limited numbers – bookings essential (03) 6259 8179
WHO – STEVE & JO STARLING
COST – $45 per head for 2 x course dinner.

GREAT LUCKY DOOR PRIZES TO BE WON.
As part of their extended Tasmanian tour in mid October, Steve and Jo Starling, together with the Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania Inc, are holding a evening of fishy tales and piscatorial anecdotes at the Central Highlands Lodge over dinner on the 14th October.

Come along and join the fun, pick up some tips and you may well be a lucky door prize winner.

The Great Lake Tie-in 2022

After last year’s 11th hour Covid-enforced cancellation, the 2022 Great Lake Tie-in is scheduled for –
Saturday October 15th see flyer for details.

This year is the first annual Graham Blight Memorial Fly tying competition in honour of my very close friend and co- Red Tag founder the late Graham Blight, whose love of fly tying and selfless efforts to get this event up and running are being recognised in this event.

Red Tag Trout Tours in conjunction with Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania are proud co-sponsors of this competition in Graham’s name and encourage all to attend.

In addition, Steve and Jo Starling will be guests at the Tie-in giving you the opportunity to meet two of Australia’s key angling influencers.

Click to access great-lake-tie-in-final-flyer.pdf

Herne Lodge Fly Fishing workshops for 2022-2023

The workshops will be held on the following Saturdays:

October 1 – Nov 5 – Dec 10 – Jan 14 – Feb 4 – Mar 11 – April 8
This private water wild brown trout fishery is situated off the Highland Lakes Road (A5), at St Patricks Plains (on gate).

Excellent, safe wading fishery and, once there, all is included from foot to fly – ie waders – fly outfits – BQ lunch – am & pm teas – non alcoholic refreshments, under cover cabin and toilet.

Price is only $325 per person – deposit $65 when booking your spot.
Great sponsor give-a-ways from:
Tonic – Spot-on Hobart – Hurley’s Fly Fishing World – Fly ‘n’ Dry – TFO rods and more.
Book Early And Don’t Miss Out!

Have a look at the Herne Lodge video

A regular ‘Tagger’ has top day


Fist pump from Roy is well deserved – Ray successfully netted the best river wild brown of the day!


This was the reason, 2.5lb+ (420MM) brownie on the #3wt.


Another small water success on the dry – morning it was emergers and afternoon ‘hoppers.


With this feisty wild brown, Roy achieved something special – a Double Take! Yes, the same fish was caught twice within 15 minutes. Not only that but it took the same ‘hopper pattern twice and we got back the original ‘hopper fly – these were the only two we have left of that tie. Roy & Ray can hardly believe it!


In all some 16 or so fish to the fly – all on the dry – and double figures to hand, all safely released. Season-high (so far) on this water.

Shane has his ‘best day on the dry’ with Red Tag

Shane Mensforth is the owner/editor of the South Australian Angler and much enjoys his Tasmanian trout fly fishing adventures. However, up until this last trip, he had yet to strike ‘the right day on the river’ scenario with Red Tag, although we have been saying what fun it can be on light gear on the right day!


First fish sighted on the top, sipping emerging mayfly – strike 1 to Shane.


Shane ‘at work’, another wild brown, with Ray doing the guiding work. Note the day improvement and jacket off!


Another plump wild river brown, by this time the ‘hopper pattern was doing the job.


With another safely in the net and something like 18 to the fly on the dry for the day, what started out as an overcast, tough-looking task, turned out trumps.

Top introductory tour at Currawong Lakes


Peter, on the rod, and son George with the net, make a successful combination to land this lovely wild brown….


A proud supplier of entre, Peter with a well deserved drop.


In between the Currawong days, we did a rivers wild trout intro day. All had success on the dry. This was Peter’s.


Followed by Terry …


… releasing same.


Then George with this well-conditioned wild river brown trout – all on the ‘hopper pattern.