Across most of Tasmania most of the rivers, including this one, the Macquarie, had broken their banks and discoloured. This did not deter this fly fishing angler and many others from getting out and about to hone their skills and perhaps catch a foraging fish on the opening weekend.
The conditions on the lowlands were certainly much more comfortable than for those who braved the highlands in snow and winds.
Lake Leake is a low to mid altitude lake on the east coast, less than half an hour from Campbell Town. The IFS have stocked the lake with good number of rainbow trout. This one is of typical size, around the kilo, and was quite happy to take a bead head Black Woolly Bugger.
Fishing tip: at this early stage of the trout season in Tasmania, the water temperatures are cold, around 8 deg Celsius. This keeps the fish’s metabolism slow, so they are unlikely to want to do much chasing. I suggest, allowing the fly to sink for a few seconds then begin a slow retrieve: 2 x figure of eight, and then draw in a few inches, and repeat.
Looking forward to some midge hatches as the season progresses, and some surface feeding activity, ideally in calm, overcast conditions.
Reports coming in from anglers and our own experience on the water are Penstock Lagoon is one of the best performers at the moment, mainly on wet flies, such as Damsel Flies and Woolly Buggers.
Little Pine Lagoon is spilling, so is a much harder prospect. Hard to visually find tailing fish as the water is right up into the tussocks, although still worth prospecting with a wet fly.
Arthurs Lake (the Cowpaddock and Woods Lake, has had fish up in the shallows on midge larvae and stick caddis. With such high water levels again this year, the water extends well into the scrub. Hoping that Arthurs starts to become clearer this season, with a high stable water level. We saw more Mayfly duns and spinners on Arthurs last season, so also hoping to see a great increase in the hatches this year. For now, worth trying smaller Woolly Buggers around shallow areas and casting back in towards the shore into the pockets.
There has been a lot of rain, so most rivers are swollen and even dirty.
Macquarie River, for the fly angler, right now the backwaters have plenty of water in them, and the flood is not too big. Suggest Fur flies, Woolly Buggers, Wigram’s Robin are good starters.
Brumbys Creek at Cressy is the venue for the Tasmanian Trout Expo and the inter-schools competition next weekend, 6, 7, 8 October. A few hundred rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon are going in and should liven things up for the weekend event.
Four Springs has yielded both good brown and rainbow trout right from the start of the season. Good Mayfly hatches are just beginning to occur so expect great fly fishing right through October in the right conditions. Look for good cloud cover.