More ‘Taggers return – along with the rain!

Regulars, Peter & Elizabeth from Queensland, returned for, what was hoped, a couple of lovely days at Currawong Lakes.

They had left Queensland during the massive Eastern states March downpour and dodged the rain and floods all the way to Tasmania.

On the water with some blue patches overhead and early success …

A nice conditioned brown.

Not to be outdone, Elizabeth lines up a surface feeder along the reeds.

The result was a another brown – this one on the emerger.

Then it rained for two days straight – 160mm the next day alone – a lot for Tassie in the East!

Great to welcome back a regular

Phil loves his small streams on the #2wt. This one on the dry.

Another small water result – a greedy little chap on the ‘hopper …

Both safely back home.

Next day’s best river fish yet on the #4wt and an emerger.

… a 2.5lb brownie

Then the group day … where Phil coverts his colleagues to the noble art.

Tough day, but still some success.

Phil with a very nice brown on the wet.

Great local support for workshops in tough season!

During this season, following the onset the national lockdowns and pandemic, Red Tag, Ken Orr’s Trout Expeditions and Nick May’s The Highland Fly got together and set up some fly fishing workshops.

We launched thinking maybe one or two groups would be interested in an introduction to the art of the fly!

Well – five workshops later – and around 50 attendees with a 50/50 split between males & females we were blown away by the response.

Top teaching water – safe wading – excellent open grasslands for casting instruction and wild brown trout.

Beginners groups on the grass.

Wild browns to bring a big grin to a young flyfisher’s face.

An even bigger grin and bigger brown …

One of the ladies into a big wild brown.

For those doing a repeat class, some theory on gear selection – vest set up – wets, nymphs & dries why, when & how discussions.

Having seen the above, we are now determined to put aside a number of dates for the 21/22 season. We will be advertising the dates well in advance and getting flyers out to the key fishing stores about the state.

Scratching a seven year itch

Alastair, from Queensland, was last here in 2014. This time a combination of still waters (Currawong Lakes) and small streams soon got him back into the swing.

While day 1 provided some excellent hook-ups, these strong and weighty fish proved hard to bring to hand — break-offs and dropped fish prevailed.

Whereas, first pool on day 2 and a cheeky little wild brown came to hand on the nymph.

Observation is often a key factor in success on the dry. After watching a nice brown taking insects half a body length clear of the water, Alastair changed his fly from an emerger to adult black spinner. Excellent presentation and solid hook-up.

The result — a beautiful 1.5lb wild brown to hand, the best stream fish for the day.

Skills rekindled in style!

Charles had not been on the water for some years, but was keen to get back on the water when in Tassie recently. This nice Currawong wild brown on the Blue Damsel was just the ticket to christen a sage #5wt his dad had given him some time back.

Then it was soon another sighted, stalked and netted brown on the damsel pattern.

Both gently returned ‘home’.

But Charles’ true love was rivers. This was on an emerger next day, only problem was, it was a big fish with an aggressive take and literally bit the fly clean off.

Soon made amends with his first to the net on the stream.

By day three, down to a #3wt with more success despite the weather turning for the worst. All up a successful return to the water for Charles, fish each day, on the dry, emerger and nymphs – well done!

Top day on small water – #3wt delights

Phil – 1st client for 2021! With the wetter summer, good flows in small streams means well defined ‘bubble line’ promising good fishing.

It wasn’t long before Phil hooked up – ‘where are you going’ seems to be the question to the fish.

A nice bend in the #3wt here.

Although not big, well conditioned wild trout in tight lies and good water, provided a very pleasing day. Even had a bust off out of double figures on for the day.

Good family workshop – mum provides

‘Cheeky’ addition to Red Tag and family shot – Ray joins Red Tag as assistant. Family group, (from left) Ben, Tahlia, Tom & Ken) self in background.

Tahlia strikes first with a nice wild brown that the was destined for the BBQ lunch.

… followed up by a neat netting job from Ben.

Tahlia does it again! This one returned to grow on for ‘next time’.