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Fabulous Flinders Island

Joe Riley
It's not everyday you get to fish what is arguably the best saltwater fly fishing in Southern Australia. Where the fishing pressure is decreasing rather than increasing, where you can have a bay full of Australian salmon, trevally, and big flathead rumoured to be up to 10lb all to yourself, unless you live on Flinders Island. I've just had a "working" visit to the Island for 2 weeks, during this time I regularly found myself with a fly rod in my hand firmly attached to Australian salmon, the majority in the 3 - 4lb range, with the occasional one up to 7lb.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing -

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150-years-awards-b-ken-with-sponsor250+ photos capture 150 years of trout.

The 150th Trout Anniversary Photo Competition Celebratory dinner and awards were held at the Central Highlands Lodge on Saturday 18th of April with a full house, a great night and 36 of the images from the finalists across the six categories mounted and displayed at the event.
With national fishing guru Steve Starling as M.C., special guests - Mr Michael Youl (great- grandson of James Youl, credited with bringing the first trout & salmon to Tasmania), John Diggle (head of Inland Fisheries) and judges from  Japan (Ken Tsurusaki), Victoria (Bob Grieve of Ifish fame) and Tasmania (Brad Harris, FlyLife) it was a great event.

Major sponsors, Huon Aquaculture's Charles Hughes was also a guest representing the long standing connection between the recreational trout fishery and the original efforts to establish salmon here back in 1864.

Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania's promotions officer Roger Butler said "it was a fantastic night with the range and quality of images impressing our highly qualified and experienced judging panel'.
'After starting out as a what if thought back in August 2014, the event took on a life of its own enabling us to promote Tasmania through this visual concept of our world quality wild trout fishery around the globe, nationally and across the state' Butler said. "As an example of the breadth of time in the historic section, winner Andrew Lowry's entry was one of his grandfather on the Great Lake back in the 1940's" just the sort of shot we were hoping for'.
'The international winners came from Japan, UK and the USA, reflecting and substantiating the very high standing in which Tasmania's recreational trout fishery is held amongst the travelling angling fraternity across the world." Butler added.
A sincere vote of thanks must also go to Events Tasmania, whose marketing grants initiative programme enabled this project to reach out to the national and international angling ommunity encouraging both participation in and creating awareness of our state's great fishery potential.

The display of the 36 finalists images will be available for public viewing at the Central Highlands Council’s AGFEST stand (7-9 May), the annual IFS open day activities Miena (May 16-17) and for the month of Sept at the Australian Fly Fishing Museum – Clarendon.


 Presentation of the Awards with the Sponsors



 The Major award, for Ken



 150 Years of Trout Fishing



 International Award



Interstate Award



Junior Award 



Selfie Award

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