Dave on the Meander River

Luring them in

Dave on Brumbys Creek

Dave on Brumbys Creek

David fishes some lovely water in the Spanish Pyrenees, generally with lure, and he could land a small lure on a saucer.

This was invaluable in the tough conditions, as major rains were bringing up water levels, and within an hour of our first fish the water had turned to chocolate. Fortunately northern Tasmania is spoiled with numerous river and tributary options. We caught fish in a number of waters, and hooked up with a solid Atlantic salmon at the end of the day on Brumbys Creek.

South Esk River, Tasmania

Chunky brown on the South Esk River

The South Esk River fish showed no real interest in grasshoppers on this day in early April. But we did manage to find a few that were willing to sip down small mayfly emergers and mayfly spinner in the calmer areas.

Short chunky South Esk River brown trout

Short chunky South Esk River brown trout








Mark is a regular visitor with us over the years, starting out as a beginner fly fisher. He’s been building his skills around Tasmanian wild trout, along with some other trips, and I was rapt when he sent me this photo a week or so later of a king fish he had proudly landed just outside the Sydney Harbour Heads.

Mark's Sydney Harbour Kingfish

Mark’s Sydney Harbour King fish

Jassid Joy

Neal with a wild Tasmanian brown trout

Neal with a wild Tasmanian brown trout

Neal's wild rainbow trout

Neal’s wild rainbow trout

Nice warm days late season have given Penstock and other highland waters a sprinkling of jassids (a delicacy on the trout menu!) Neal had his jassid imitation clopped off the glassy surface with gusto by this great condition rainbow.

Neal is particularly fond of river fishing and caught this nice brown trout in a tricky current situation with a small mayfly emerger.