A day on Lake Leake

A Day on Lake Leake, and a day of very strong wind, so we got in behind Bellevue Island and began a few drifts from fairly close in to the shore. On about the third drift, Melvin hooked up with this rainbow of very good condition, which leapt about and ran all over the place, providing a fair amount of excitement.

Lake Leake is on the East Coast of Tasmania. It is one of the only trout waters close to the east coast. There is a camping ground, and the boat ramp has recently been upgraded. There is an Anglers Access brochure available for Lake Leake on the IFS website.

Rainbow trout from Lake Leake

Rainbow trout from Lake Leake

Melvin's rainbow trout

Melvin’s rainbow trout

Mark with his wild brown trout

Great Lake brownies

There were a few slicks out from the boat ramp on Great Lake‘s Swan Bay so we decided to have a look. The breeze picked up and we started to see a few fish weaving around out in front of us and feeding off the top quite well. One good long accurate cast and the fly landed close enough to this brownie to grab his attention. He immediately turned and took the fly in a very relaxed manner. Mark allowed the fish to roll over the fly and move away, before a smooth lift of the rod and the fight was on.

Mark and a Great Lake brown trout

Mark and a Great Lake brown trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A week later at the northern end of the Great Lake and we found it hard to find any fish out in the open, so we worked right up against the shoreline to find this brown trout about a foot from the edge.

Mark with his wild brown trout

Mark with his wild brown trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is an Anglers Access for Great Lake available from the IFS website.

Trout Territory is proud to sponsor the Anglers Alliance Great Lake webcam, a useful resource for anglers.

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