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111, 2021

Early spring on Four Springs

November 1st, 2021|Categories: Short Stories & Fishing Tales|

In September Joe, Kayla, and MJ rugged up warm for a fun day learning to fly fish on Four Springs. The first mayflies had not started to appear yet, as the water temperature was not warm enough. So we used wet flies, imitating fish and subaquatic organisms, learning how they move. This fish responded to a rather slow retrieve, and MJ got to feel the weight, and practice controlling a good fish with the fly rod from the boat, close to the bank and other aquatic structure. MJ steering the fish to the boat, Kayla netting it. MJ with [...]

2810, 2021

Floodwaters brownie

October 28th, 2021|Categories: Hints & Tips, Short Stories & Fishing Tales|

Late October with the Macquarie in prolonged flood through a back to back annual La Nina weather pattern, the Macquarie browns are putting on great condition with the amount of available foods, and given the right conditions, this beautiful brown trout was feeding on adult mayflies and damselflies. Talking about the right conditions... what are they? In this case, it was light winds, overcast skies, the temperature around 20 deg Celsius. Limited window, this was through the middle hours of the day. Talking about available foods... why is that? With prolonged raised water levels, grubs, spiders, worms, beetles, etc. forced [...]

2410, 2021

Waterbug Blitz

October 24th, 2021|Categories: Fishery News, Insects|

Larva is the stage of development of an insect between egg and pupa. Instar is a stage of life of an insect between two periods of moulting. Nymph is an immature form of an insect. The shedding phases. Pupa is an insect in the stage of development between larva and imago (aka: Emerger - a word commonly used in fly fishing terms when talking about mayfly emergence). It's more involved than that, of course, but there's a quick little summary. Why are we talking about this? Because we participated in a project and were excited to find some up close. [...]

1204, 2021

River Leven Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

River Leven TasmaniaThe River Leven is a wild trout fishery in Tasmania's north west. A bubbly, boisterous river, it is long, with much of it in deep forest and gorge terrain. A river of classic runs, riffles, glides, and pools etc. The head waters start not far from Cradle Mountain and enters the sea at Ulverstone.Great trout fishing can be found on the River Leven late season, boasting beautiful coloured wild browns a month or so away from spawning. Cool water temperatures, clean tannin water, and the fish still willing to take dry flies.It's a diverse fishery, and this is [...]

1204, 2021

South Esk River Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

SOUTH ESK RIVER The South Esk River is Tasmania's longest river, rising to the east of Ben Lomond and flowing east then south to Fingal where it then turns to the south west and follows the Esk Main Road toward Conara, then turns North West where the Macquarie River flows into it at Longford, flowing on through Hadspen to the Trevallyn Dam in Launceston, the final leg courses through the Cataract Gorge into the Tamar River estuary. We love the South Esk, there are so many great access points to generally clear water, many tributaries joining it along the [...]

1204, 2021

Nineteen Lagoons Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

NINETEEN LAGOONS - Gateway to the Western Lakes Wilderness Consisting of a network of lagoons, each with its own individual characteristics, some isolated, others connected via creek systems, these waters are within an easy reach of the highland accommodation base at Miena in the Central Highlands and are a fly fishing paradise. The lagoons surround Lake Augusta and provide a taste for the more remote section of Tasmania's enchanting fishery. A gateway to the Western Lakes, the lagoons have a varied food supply, due to their individual geography; some are rocky, some are shallow, some deep, others with sandy bottoms, [...]

1204, 2021

Mersey River Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

MERSEY RIVER The Mersey is a very clear-water stream, has a long journey from the mountains to the sea, and is well served with Anglers Access information and infrastructure. There are bright open sections and plenty of shaded areas, fast water runs and riffles, as well as extended flat pools. On bright sunny days, late season, Mersey trout can be found sipping small mayfly from the surface. Felt soles are ideal on the rocky river sub straight for good grip and a silent approach. ANGLERS ACCESS The Inland Fisheries Service also provides useful information about many Tasmanian trout waters, including [...]

1204, 2021

Meander River Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

MEANDER RIVER The Meander River, in northern Tasmania, is approximately 45 minutes drive from Launceston. A clear, boulder strewn fast water, the Meander is a tail race water from the Huntsman Dam, which has a good regulated environmental flow. It's a clear, fast water, with some deep holes and slow sections, with both brown and rainbow trout. ANGLERS ACCESS The Inland Fisheries Service also provides useful information about many Tasmanian trout waters, including access points, anglers notes, and maps. Brochures are available at most fishing stores, visitor centres, or online. See the Anglers Access for Meander River. See here for full [...]

1204, 2021

Macquarie River Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

MACQUARIE RIVER. Mayfly meadow trout stream Classic mayfly fishing. The Macquarie River is a low-lying meadow river through most of its reaches and flows in one of the flattest areas of the northern midlands. Renowned for its flood fishing mainly in the spring, the rains force the flow over the banks and into the hollows, divots, ditches, swamps and marshes. The result is tailing trout after worms, slugs, snails and the like. Sometimes there is good terrestrial food available in these floods and trout rise freely to the spiders, beetles and hoppers, providing exciting fly fishing. At times a [...]

1204, 2021

Little Pine Lagoon Tasmania

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Trout Waters|

LITTLE PINE LAGOON. FLY FISHING ONLY TROUT WATER On the Central Plateau, Little Pine lagoon is a fly fishing only trout water, shallow and well suited for wading. With grassy shorelines, marshes and excellent weed growth, it is surrounded by tussocks and heathland. Tailing trout are a highlight early season. I personally like to put on a small dry beetle, such as a red tag, to tailing fish, and when they are on the cruise, showing both tail and dorsal, they are usually obliging. When the trout are being difficult, persistently fishing a suspended nymph will often do the [...]

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