With many fisheries performing well to start the season off, regardless of weather conditions, David managed to fast track his fly fishing skills on Four Springs.

Here’s David with a wild brown trout taken on a wet fly.

David has his own property in Gippsland with a dam and some Australian natives where he can continue on his fly fishing journey.

John with a wild brown trout

Boarding school had the right idea!

The forecast was for tough weather on the last weekend of the 2018/19 brown trout season when John fished with our guide Scott.

John’s history was salt water fly fishing, having not fished for brown trout since his boarding school days in England where the school had a chalk stream and a requirement of students to catch a trout on the dry fly.

With some casting instruction, John quickly adapted to the softer trout rods and slower casting of much lighter flies and was quickly fishing well enough to give himself opportunities of hooking the elusive brown.

The weather quickly deteriorated but John persevered in trying conditions. We spotted this healthy 3 pound brownie moving up shore. We approached with caution and on the third cast it sipped down John’s fly and was soon in the net.

The beautiful colours of the wild brown trout were matched by the brightness of John’s smile and his delight.

Image: Scott Murphy

John with a wild brown trout

Wally with a wild brown trout from Lake Leake Tasmania

Two casts after 15 years for this wild brownie

Wally is no stranger to fly fishing in Tasmania, having done plenty, although he put the rod down when he moved away for about 15 years.

Now back in Tassie, we headed off to Lake Leake, often a great choice late in the season. Using a red tag dry fly, Wally caught this wild brown trout on his second cast.

We also rose a number of other quality browns and rainbows to large grasshopper and beetle patterns.

Wally with a wild brown trout from Lake Leake Tasmania