Rita with her first wild brown trout

First trout on a fly

Ken and Rita had done some research and practiced casting a fly, keen to expand their angling experience while traveling around Australia.

Mayfly action was sporadic over the two days and limited by long bright spells. Ken

Rita with her first wild brown trout

Rita with her first wild brown trout

and Rita both acknowledged and enjoyed the difference with fly fishing compared with other methods that they have been using.

Using emerging dun patterns, both had successful, exciting hook-ups. Here Ken and Rita each proudly display their first ever wild brown trout on the fly.

 

Ken with his first wild brown trout

Ken with his first wild brown trout

Meander River Tasmania

Pockets and boulders

Jeremy with a wild brown trout

This fish took Jeremy’s dry fly, along with a number of others on the day

It was late season, and experienced fly fishers Jeremy and James spent the day on the Meander River refining technique around the use of nymphs under a dry fly.

This stretch of the Meander has fast water rushing around boulders, and there are pockets of water behind and around the boulders, as well as various runs and glides.

We did find some fish sipping off the top in slow, shaded pools, where we removed the rig and replaced it with a single small emerger, size 16 Mayfly.

James with a wild brown trout from the Meander River

Here James discovers that there are surprises in casting a fly into a small pocket, where you may not expect to find a fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy & James seaThe Meander River

Note here the ideal rod position and the absence of slack line through the system. This is seconds after a hookup, but it also illustrates well a back cast being initiated, and the loading of the rod off the water.