Whether it’s mayflies hatching on overcast days or polaroiding on blue sky days, Tasmania’s fishing conditions deliver up a huge variety, and every day will be different.
Peter polaroided this brown on Penstock Lagoon. It was happy to come straight up without hesitation to take an F fly (a mayfly CDC emerger without a hackle).
A few spinner along the shorelines of Arthurs Lake and glassy conditions means a very sparse fly is important. Just cover the rise and let them find it, no need for much twitching of the fly at all.
To set the tone for the 12 months ahead, we highly recommend ending one year fly fishing and starting the next the same way!
New Year’s Eve.
Tim was really chuffed with this fish, although it wasn’t the bigger one that he originally spotted.
This particular fish was a one-cast opportunity. Tim’s casting skill and control of a nymph fast approaching the front side of a massive boulder led to an immediate response and a few minutes of high excitement to control this brownie in very fast water.
New Year’s Day
Started with a bit of cloud cover rolling in and virtually nobody on the water. It’s summertime, the trout are jumping and the spinners are high. Arthurs Lake.
It was a good morning and early afternoon over the shallows with a few fish moving to both the emerger and the spinner in the calm before the storm.
Later into the afternoon, we could see the heavy clouds and lightening start to roll towards Jonah Bay and of the few boats that had ventured out, most quickly headed back to the ramp. We sheltered from the heavy rain and hail under the trees on an island.
It was a memorable experience watching this hard and fierce freak storm, which lasted over half an hour, some hail the size of marbles, bouncing off the rocks and churning up the surface of the water. During the peak of the storm, we could not see very far at all past the boat from where we were sheltered. The temperature plummeted around 10 degrees.