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812, 2023

Trout rising over there

December 8th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing, Hints & Tips, Insects|

From October a major local focus for mayfly hatches is on rivers, for which the Macquarie River is fabled. In the right conditions there are light winds, favourable for enough spinner on the water to get the trout's interest. Here the telltale rings of a rise are evidence of one fish moving rather consistently through the reeds. An adult red spinner mayfly pattern, well presented to consistent feeders, can bring excellent results. Image Credits: Gary France

412, 2023

The hitch hiker spins a tale

December 4th, 2023|Categories: Insects|

Shown here is the Red Spinner, or the adult of the mayfly atalophlebia australis, which is one of the most prevalent mayflies to imitate for fly fishers on Tassie's rivers and lakes. We discovered this hitch hiker who made his way from the Central Highlands to the Northern Midlands in the car. He's like many we find in the boat or car moving from one location to another. Hitch hiking is a means of natural population transfer, insects will hitch rides on animals and vehicles and the wind. Another hitch hiker shown here on the esky in our boat is [...]

2811, 2023

Jassids on the menu

November 28th, 2023|Categories: Insects|

When Jassids are on the menu trout will single them out amongst other food items. There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between Jassids and ants and they live in harmony. Co-existing seems advantageous to both. Perhaps they protect each other, help keep their nests clean? Secretions from the Jassids are of interest to the ants on sappy gum trees such as manor gums and others.   Image credits: Gary France

2511, 2023

Good days on a lowland lake

November 25th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing|

This year, from October on the lowland lakes the mayfly hatches are into a good consistent swing. On the right days - good cloud cover and intermittent sunny breaks changing the light levels, variable winds usually coming from the northern quarters, we drogue down the lake looking for quantities of hatching duns and fish showing to them. Image credit: Gary France, Trout Territory

1210, 2023

Baby damselfly!

October 12th, 2023|Categories: Insects|

This particular lowland water, Four Springs, harbours an excellent array of fly life. Mayflies, damselflies, and dragonflies, to name but a few of the flying insects. There were numerous shucks and newly emerged damselflies on this jetty post. This damselfly has crawled from its shuck a very short time ago, its wings have dried out and its about to fly. Video credit: Fiona Dewar

910, 2023

Portrait of a wild brown trout

October 9th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing|

The strikingly beautiful profile of a wild brown trout. This hefty 56cm wild brown trout went almost to the backing. Fish like these are reasonably common in Four Springs Lake, and other quality Tasmanian trout waters. Photo credit: Fiona Dewar  

710, 2023

Cloud and patchy blue sky

October 7th, 2023|Categories: Fly fishing|

Water temperature hovering just above 13 degrees Celsius. Light to moderate winds with a few gusty spells and small squalls. Nice steely grey light in a mixture of good cloud cover with occasional sunny breaks. Excellent conditions for mayfly hatches.   This location is Four Springs, not far from Launceston in the northern midlands region of Tasmania.

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