Four Springs and a new Traum reel

Gary in the boat holding a lovely wild brown trout from Four Springs

Four Springs is producing some very good fishing as mayfly numbers and hatches are in full swing now.

The fish are very strong at all sizes and there are some over 2 kg. Wouldn’t be surprised to see some bigger specimens reported this season. The water level of the lake is staying high, generally quite clear in most areas.

This fish is the first one I’ve had take a fly off the surface, others up until now are coming to the nymph near the surface film, or down deeper when there’s no visible rises.

Traum Reel

This is also the first fish I’ve taken using the new Traum reel. The fish was hooked up on a long cast of more than 60 feet, and there was no loose line on the deck as I had not yet begun to strip line back. The fish did pull away a few times, but did not get to make any searing long runs, so I had the fish on the reel all the way to the boat.  This fish was 2.2 kg and these strong fish do put a serious test on a reel when you’ve got the drag tightened up a bit. Yet the Traum reel did not falter, and it felt smooth the whole time. I will be leaving this reel set up on a rod for dry fly fishing for the rest of the season.

Traum Reel with black case




Very good fishing

Wally sitting in a boat with a Four Springs brown troutThere are no visiting anglers to the state at the moment however we are seeing some very good fishing since the opening of the season. Water levels are excellent, with many lakes and rivers covering new ground and the fish piling on condition with plenty of snail, stick caddis, and scud in their stomach contents. Some are chasing Galaxia very close to the shorelines.

On the brighter days fish can be polaroided over sandy bottoms, sometimes very close in to the shore. Galaxia imitations, i.e. we’ve been catching fish on the Wigram’s Robin and Bill Beck’s Green Machine.

Gary sitting in a boat with a Four Springs brown trout


Mayfly fishing

John and Harry experienced some of Tasmania’s best mayfly fishing on Pentstock Lagooon and Four Springs Lake.

Another day was on the Meander River, where small mayfly and grasshoppers were the flies of choice.

A couple of the lovely fish caught during their fishing trip, early March.

Photos by Gary France.

Wild rainbow trout Wild brown trout