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

John's Penstock Rainbow trout

Penstock and jassids

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.

There is an Anglers Access brochure for Penstock Lagoon available on the IFS website.

The Penstock Lagoon webcam is a useful resource for anglers.

John's Penstock Rainbow trout

John’s Penstock Rainbow trout








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?