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Lighten up

Craig Rist
Tightening up onto a big fish in a river is a great feeling with those first few seconds of uncertainty, as to what the fish might do, as it powers off after setting the hook. Will it head straight for the nearest submerged tree or swim out into open water. Instinctively you lay the rod on its side to lead the fish away from the submerged tree, the rod nearly bends in half under the shear weight and power of this fish as it now races downstream with the flow of the river. You turn the fish just before it reaches rapids; it then slogs it out deep in the middle of the pool, each beat of the tail getting slower and slower. Finally you land a fish of around 4 pounds, what a feeling.

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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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