Neal fly fishing

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.

Frank all smiles with his first ever trout

Father and son dry fly joy

Mark and Frank

Mark and Frank. Father and son had a great day of dry fly fishing.

Mark enjoys his dry fly fishing and fortunately from the middle of the day onward we had pretty good surface activity.

Mark also wanted to pass this joy on to his seven year old son Frank, who didn’t take too long to land his own first trout on a dry fly.  For one so young, Frank had an incredible attention span and was really keen to learn.


Frank with his first trout on a dry fly

Frank with his first trout on a dry fly



Mark took some great aerial footage of Gary and Frank in the boat on the lake.


A windy couple of days

Adam with wild brown trout

Adam with his wild brown lake trout

Escaping the hard work of his farm to sample Tasmania’s rivers and lakes, Adam spent a couple of days fly fishing in Tasmania.

Used to fly fishing on the small rivers of north east Victoria, lake fishing was new to Adam. His casting skills were quite good and on his first day, during quite tough and windy conditions he managed to land a beautiful wild brown trout on a dun emerger dry fly.


Adam with wild brown river trout

Adam with a wild brown river trout

It was even windier the next day as we fished rivers. The first two rivers we looked at were filthy and rising. The South Esk, however, was clear, and we found a few fish in protected areas leaping and sipping the occasional spinner. Once again, the dry fly, and the smallest that Adam had ever used, provided the results.


How can you make the best of windy conditions? Start by getting a good handle on the weather forecast and the prevailing wind direction. Choose a lake or river that has areas that are protected to some degree from the wind by vegetation or topography. There is always a calmer area somewhere, coupled with this, the wind will sweep trout foods along the edges into these zones.

We help our clients to hone their techniques for casting with the wind, also across, or even into the wind if necessary.

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for having Adam for the two days, despite the challenging weather he has come home with a wealth of knowledge and a new excitement for something he loves. He will be back!!
…  Angela Godley, Vic, Australia