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

Todd on the Leven River

A day on the Leven River

After the major flooding in 2016, there were a number of bridges being replaced, and the Leven River was recovering rather well from flood damage.

On this particular day in early January, around the middle of the day the wind had dropped out, giving us fairly flat, glassy pools. An accurate delicate presentation was required to capture the interest of the rising fish. Todd took his casting skills to the next level to land this lovely brown trout.

Todd's wild brown trout on the Leven River

Todd’s wild brown trout on the Leven River

The Leven has recently had some willow clearing and bank-side vegetation restoration. When the water is rather clear it has a light tannin colour.

My favourite time to fish the Leven is when the grasshoppers are out in good numbers, usually mid to late summer.

The Leven runs unimpeded to its estuary, there are no dams. We enjoy the riffles, pools, and pocket water.

There are many good Anglers Access points, and these can be found on the Leven River Anglers Access brochure on the IFS website.

 

Leven River, Tasmania

Leven River, Tasmania