Sawfly feeder

Willow Grubs – a new species in Tasmania

Macquarie willow grub

Willow grubs

A new species of willow grub, Nematus Oligospilus, has arrived in Tasmania, and will become a feature of our trout fishery for years to come. This will mean fatter trout, as the grub is an abundant feast, and we found the largest fish have been drawn into major feeding lanes on our willow infested rivers. They appear at this stage to be in isolated locations.

Willow grub varieties have always been present (to my knowledge), yet never seriously being a feature on the trout’s food menu. This new species are a leaf consuming grub that are very juicy and grow to around 20mm. I have seen the trout eat saw fly adults, the grub and the pupae cocoon that was falling from the tree.

The pupae grow in the leaf, until hatching into the grub. The grub becomes the saw fly. They appear to be dependent on the Salix variety of willow, which includes the crack willow, a pest plant in Tasmania.

Willow branches stripped by the willow gru

Willow branches stripped by the willow grub

The trout will become selective while the grub is present during the summer months, so good imitations, along with good fly presentation can undo some of these excellent wild fish.

Sawfly fly

Fly: Saw fly


For the non-angler in your life

Strange as it may seem, there are times when the significant other people in your life don’t want to go fishing! But it need not impact on your fishing time… no no. You can help them out by suggesting other things they can do, and we’ll help you with that from time to time.

This is one of those times. For the shopper in your life, the treasure hunter, collector, foodie and market lover… the following info could make them very happy, leaving you to get on with important things. Like fishing.

Here is a list of local markets in Tasmania’s northern midlands. Every weekend there’s a market to visit! And it’s only a snippet… there are numerous markets in other areas… Launceston, the Tamar Valley, down Hobart way…

Perth – Every 2nd Saturday, 8am – 12 noon.
Phoenix and the Wolf Café, 86 Main Road. Growers market with vegies, herbs, seedlings, free range chicken and duck eggs, locally roasted coffee beans, wood fired brick oven sourdough bread, preserves, olive oils and honey, all locally grown, raised or made.

Avoca – 2nd Saturday of each month 
Avoca Museum & Information Centre, Boucher St. Home grown fruit and vegies, arts and crafts, local produce, furniture, collectables and more.

Evandale Country Market – every Sunday 8am – 2pm
Falls Park, Logan Road. Popular country market, indoor and outdoor areas. Over 100 stalls, wide range of wares from high quality crafts to bric-a-brac, food and children’s amusements.

Ross – 3rd Sunday of each month
Town Hall, Church St. A variety of antiques, collectibles  bric-a-brac and treasures, the collectibles  the curious, the fabulous and the just plain useless.

Send them off shopping… then go fishing. Perfect.

Happy to help.

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