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Tiny creeks and sea run trout - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.

I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.

These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.

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The Derwent Catchment ProjectThe Derwent Catchment Project is running a training session that may appeal to Anglers who want to learn more about waterbugs that attract the trout . We are running a free training day in how to identify waterbugs at Tynwald Park New Norfolk on Sunday April 8th 2018 from 9am-2pm (but you don’t have to stay for the whole session).

We identify water bugs using basic equipment (no microscope required!) together with a groovy phone app or key. We will have a Freshwater Ecologist on hand who helped develop the system.

We’re running the training so that in Spring community members can take part in the National WaterbugBlitz which is a project that helps assess waterway health by looking at its water bugs. Again this may be of interest to Anglers who could help us out by doing a ‘Mayfly Muster’ i.e. see what mayflies are hanging around their favourite fishing spot.

If you think that AAT members would be interested to know more I could arrange for the Freshwater Ecologist that is coming to our training session to speak at one of your meetings.

If you can’t make it to the training day consider coming to our Information night at New Norfolk Library on Saturday the 7th of April at 7.30pm.

Please find attached a flyer about the event and another flyer about the National Waterbug Blitz that you can share with AAT members.

Kind regards

Trish Clements

Please view the attached flyers - National Waterbug Blitz Introductory Factsheet and Lachlan Waterbug Blitz

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