We were on Penstock Lagoon one day and the conditions were glass; flat, and bright. The fish were very hard to get close to but they were quietly cruising around, searching out the Jassids.
John put out a well placed cast and left the fly motionless. This well conditioned Penstock rainbow found it and put up a tremendous show. John reckons he’d never had a trout fight so well.
The Penstock Lagoon webcam is a useful resource for anglers.
Jassids are a leaf hopper that occur in Tasmania every year, usually in the Autumn. Every few years there may be an explosion in the population and in the best years they may be present from January right through to the end of the season. When they are present, I’d say they have to be one of the favourite surface foods for trout. The bright red belly, the black wing with white veins is the strawberries, chocolate and cream the trout will enthusiastically seek out.
Want to tie a Jassid fly?