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Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.

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FlyFest 2016 – May 8th and 9th, hosted by RiverFly 1864 For the second year running, Daniel and Simone Hackett of RiverFly 1864 will again be hosting their FlyFest weekend. All skill levels are welcome to come along for the activities.
This year’s weekend of events includes the IF4 International Fly Fishing Film festival, hosted by April Vokey, along with a fibreglass rod building day with Epic Fly Rod designer and Master Casting Instructor Carl McNeil on the afternoon of Saturday 9th. Carl is also the presenter of the brilliant ‘Casts that Catch Fish’ dvd.
A free casting session will also be held at Josef Chromy Winery where the general public can come and try the newest rods from Sage, Scott, Orvis and Epic, and join-in on an interactive glass-rod casting session with Carl McNeil.


What: IF4 Fly fishing film festival with April Vokey When Friday May the 8th, starting at 6.30pm. Where: Launceston Village Cinemas, tickets available through the IF4 website, or in-store prior to the showing at RiverFly 1864 (29 The Kingsway, Launceston). Cost: $25. All customers are welcome to catch-up with April Vokey, Carl McNeil, Daniel and Simone Hackett at the flyshop from 5pm for complimentary pre-movie snacks and drinks (29 The Kingsway, Launceston).

What: Fly rod demo day and glass-rod casting session with Carl McNeil, Simone and Daniel Hackett When: Saturday May the 9th 10am-12noon Where: Josef Chromy Winery, Relbia. Cost: Free of charge – please call the shop (03) 63348386 or Email us to register your attendance. All are welcome.

What: Epic Fly Rod Kit build session – learn the tips and tricks to building these ultra-modern fly rods from the maker, Carl McNeil. When: Saturday May 9th from 1.30pm Where: RiverFly 1864, 29 The Kingsway, Launceston. Cost: Free of charge to anyone who pre-purchases an Epic fly rod kit

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