by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
On behalf of the team that will be competing at the 36th World Fly Fishing Championships in Vail , Colorado in September 2016, we would like to invite you to participate in the future success of the team through one of our Fly Fishing Weekends. These will be held at Peter Hayes’ Lodge in Tasmania, Hayes on Brumbies on three different weekends. December 11th to 13th 2015, February 19th to 21st and March 18th to 20th 2016 . Each weekend commencing with a meet and greet dinner on the Friday night and your departure will be late Sunday afternoon after your fishing activities. (Click here for the offical Flyer)
The Devonport Fly Fishing Club (Inc) will once again be holding their annual Fly Fishing School at Bronte Lagoon in the Tasmanian Central Highlands from the 10th to the 15th of January 2016.
In existence now for over 20 years the School has been acknowledged as an excellent forum for the beginner or total novice to learn Fly Fishing.
Fresh from the USA, Scientific Angler's fly line gurus Jeff Pierce and Andrew Bosway will be talking at Clarendon on the South Esk River this Saturday August 01 at 10am. These guy's are the brain's behind Scientific Angler's and they geek-out on fly lines that result in more fish. Understandably they live and breath their work and passion for flyfishing. Scientific Angler's have long been the leaders in fly line innovation. In more recent years they have created a stir with their revolutionary Textured and Sharkskin coated fly lines. Tapers, coatings, sink rates, grain weights - it can all get confusing. Much of the marketing material for today's fly lines focuses on the technological mumbo jumbo without really delving into how the right fly line can help you're success on the water. Jeff and Andrew will bash down those barriers and tell you in real fishing terms how a particular line will (or won't!) result in more fish in the net. This is a presentation not to be missed and there will be prizes during the day! We hope you can make it.
At Clarendon - through Evandale. (see map below)
(Fly line design guru at Scientific Angler's)
(Scientific Angler's International sales head honcho)
Google Map of Clarendon House
It has been a week now since the end of the world championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To say that the entire Australian team is disappointed with the end result would be an understatement. There was not a lot of conversation in the mini van on the way to Zagreb as we were all pondering what went wrong. I have a few thoughts that I will share with you now.
Gutted! What a day we have had. The competition is over and the results are in. Spain has won the gold, USA the silver and Bosnia the Broze. I can't remember the last time the Czechs, French and Italians all missed out on a medal. It tells you something about the draw and the fishing. That is not to take anything away from those who did well, but you can't catch what is not in front of you.
Individually, a Polish competitor has won, someone from Montenegro was second and USA third. Again, none of the favoured countries in the top three. Amazing.
Enough about them and more about us!
Written prior to official results being released
Today was the middle day of competition and only one session was held. Tomorrow we have two sessions to finish the competition.
Luke fished the lake and as always, there were very few fish caught. Those that were landed were on differing techniques and lines. Unfortunately, Luke did not manage a fish. He is someone who I regard as possibly our best lake angler. That means we have blanked all thee of the lake sessions so far. Mick is fishing it first thing in the morning and then I have the privilege of trying to catch one out of it in the last session. Luke's boat partner did not even see a fish either.
Mick drew the lowest beat in the Verbas River. That means it is by far the worst beat in the river and he did not see a fish at stage throughout his session. I don't think a fish has come off this beat during the entire comp to date. Although he goes to the lake in the morning, he will then get to finish on the highest producing river of the comp, the Sanica.
It is great that you are publishing Christopher Bassano's reports from the World Fly-fishing Competition in Bosnia.
If you read the interim results you will see that he is leading the competition after the first and second sessions. Although he does admit he had good beats, he still has to catch the fish! See the link below:
The first day's competition is over and the results have been mixed. As we suspected, the beats have played a huge part in success and failure. For us, the draw has not been kind. Many countries can say the same thing.
It is rare to see the Czechs so far down the list even if it is after only one day, no matter what, I still expect them to be right up there at the end. The French have blanked some river beats and that is almost unthinkable. You can't catch what is not in front of you. Doing a a beat analysis, it appears as though the Aussie boys are fishing well in spite of what the scorecards say. We have had some terrible, terrible beats and have caught fish where others have not. I have been the lucky one so far as I have had two good beats. Someone has to be lucky and that is me. This competition is a classic "chocolates to boiled lollies" comp and we are all only one session away from a blank. I have fished the two best locations first and have the two worst on the final day. The lake continues to be a pain in the backside as very few fish are coming off it. It is basically a "save the blank if you can" session. What all of this means is that team and individual placing at this point mean nothing as anyone at any stage can blank and as long you have not fished the lake, the results do not accurately reflect the situation.
Now before anyone starts asking where report number three is, let me explain. We have been very, very busy and each day I have been writing a report. For the past ten days, I have written about the day's activities but at no time was I up to date. I would almost finish before something came up and I would then get back to it the following day.
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The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.