wild brown trout

Spinners on Penstock Lagoon

Peter's brown troutStewart's brown troutFather and son team Peter and Stewart Rasmussen were keen to improve their fly fishing knowledge and skill level.

We spent the day at Penstock Lagoon in Tasmania’s highlands. There were a few jassids around but the trout were showing more interest in the adult mayfly; the spinner.

In light wind conditions, stealth was needed to get close enough to these fish for the cast and good presentation was crucial.

Peter and Stewart’s presentations were spot on, and here is their fine brace of wild brown trout.


Jon with Four Springs Rainbow trout

Nice rainbow trout from Four Springs

Jon with Four Springs Rainbow troutOn the last weekend of the 2017/18 wild brown trout season for Tasmania, temperatures had dropped in the highlands so we decided on a day at Four Springs. With hardly any surface food there weren’t many rises, so we got stuck into it with a nymph under the emerger. Jon landed this well conditioned hen rainbow.


Trout food – a quick bite

A quick trout food report for you.

In the northern lowlands good volumes of flying ants are starting to appear in clouds around the trees on days of light winds.

Grasshoppers are still on the menu on many lowland rivers.

Jassids have been around now for a couple weeks in the central highlands and sighted at many popular waters.


This image shows a lowland jassids of a similar variety to the highland jassids that are currently exploding in populations this year.

jassid red belly

The key with jassids and the fly pattern is the underneath needs to show a good amount of bright red, and the fly should be fished static.

Jassid instars

Jassid, like many insects, go through stages of maturity called instars. These jassids have not yet developed their wing cases, exposing their true under body colour.