2502, 2023

Trout Fly stock box

February 25th, 2023|Categories: Flies, Hints & Tips|

This is Gary's stock box where he will take a few flies to suit the location and the time of season, and place them in a much smaller box he carries with him. The aim is to narrow down to a few functional and productive generic flies, and a few imitative flies specific to the available foods. Check out some of our flies and how to tie them here. Image: #NECIAUS & Ideasbanq

1302, 2023


February 13th, 2023|Categories: Flies, Fly fishing, Hints & Tips|

Here's a grasshopper fly. Into the warmest months of Tasmania's summer, grasshoppers are a feature on rivers and lakes. This is a foam bodied hopper that will float all day, and imparted with the right sort of movement, twitch twitch, bringing it to life, is a highly effective dry fly technique.

711, 2022

Life Cycle of the Tasmanian Mayfly

November 7th, 2022|Categories: Flies, Fly fishing, Hints & Tips, Insects|

In Tasmania, developing a sense around what trout foods are available, where and when, increases the chances for success. Mayfly are in full swing from September/October on the lakes and rivers of the lowlands. The highlands follows a little later due to its altitude and climate. These mayfly hatches continue through to around March, peaking again on the lowlands through to the end of April and the season's close. Altitude plays a major role along with water and air temperature; changing light conditions, i.e. cloud cover; and wind and climate. Nymph The Nymph Nymphs live in the water [...]

211, 2022

Brothers in arms

November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Fishing Tales, Flies, Fly fishing, Hints & Tips, Short Stories & Fishing Tales|

Gary and his brother Colin spent some time on Four Springs one day during October. Bright blue sky and very calm, flat conditions with very few duns hatching, but spinner scattered over the water laying their eggs. Very exciting fishing, tracking these quality fish that move around and are hard to predict. Good mayfly spinner imitations and accurate fly placement will undo these fish. The black spinner fly pictured emphasises the long tails, sparse quill body, and minimal hackle. The hook is a size 12, and strong enough wire to handle these wild browns around the 2kg mark. The wing [...]

1205, 2015

Tungsten Beaded Nymph – wet fly

May 12th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Tungsten Beaded Nymph - wet fly Nice small, quick sinking nymph that would probably be amongst its variants a most reliable upstream nymphing pattern and can be suspended below a buoyant dry fly, Royal Wulff or grasshopper etc. Hook: size 16 Body: pheasant tail Tail: pheasant tail Thorax: pheasant tail mixed with a little colour of antron Back to Trout Flies

1105, 2015

Guitar String Nymph – wet fly

May 11th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Guitar String Nymph - wet fly This wet fly is basically a fairly large bead headed nymph using the brass bead from a discarded guitar string (or course, a regular bead works fine too!). I like to experiment with things I have around. I first used this nymph in clear fast water upstream nymphing and found that it did quite well consistently taking fish. Its nature is to ride through the gravel and bounce around amongst the stones, so it really does get right into the slower zone, close to the stream bed. It fits in quite well with some [...]

1005, 2015

Tups Indispensable – dry fly

May 10th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Tups Indispensable - dry fly This fly is truly witchcraft! One of our favourites, it can be used in such a wide variety of situations. Float it. Sink it. Fish it in a beetle fall. Fish it in a spinner hatch. Fish it as an emerging sedge. One of every size in your fly box! Hook: size 12 – 16 Tail: honey dun hackle fibres Body: sparse, fine yellow silk, waxed Thorax: dubbed rams wool Hackle: honey dun fibres

905, 2015

Scruffy Jassid – dry fly

May 9th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Scruffy Jassid - dry fly Usually after Christmas jassids will show somewhere, and in some years populations explode. Don’t be out there without this pattern in your fly box. Trout love jassids like Fiona loves chocolate! Place it 5 – 6 feet in front of a rising or feeding trout, one twitch, be ready for a hook up! The cycle appears to be several years. Hook: size 12 – 14 Body: red seals fur Wing case: black synthetic raffia Hackle: olive grizzle or black

805, 2015

Royal Hair Wing Coachman / Wolf – dry fly

May 8th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Royal Hair Wing Coachman / Wolf - dry fly Great as an indicator when fishing a nymph. Also fished as a grasshopper in summer. A good ant imitation on lakes. Easily seen, readily taken. A great stream fly. Hook: size 12 – 16 Tail: golden pheasant tippet Body: peacock hurl, segmented by red floss silk Hackle: ginger cock Wing: traditionally calf tail is used, we like to use white antron as it’s sparse, doesn’t absorb water and it sparkles

705, 2015

Great Lake Beetle – dry fly

May 7th, 2015|Categories: Flies|

Great Lake Beetle - dry fly A good floater, highly visible. Works well when gum beetles are present on Great Lake, and of course other waters. Hook: size 12 Body: black deer hair or black cock hackle trim Wing: dyed orange upright Hackle: dyed orange cock

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