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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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World Fly Fishing Championships
Bosnia Report 5

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.

Bosnia 2015 Report Number Four

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.

Bosnia 2015 Report Two

We are all together now and enjoying Bosnia but getting here was not quite as easy as we had hoped. Where do I start? Fortunately, I made it across a busy airport to get my last flight in Paris but my bag did not. Arriving in Zagreb, I had that sick feeling you get when you realise everyone has left the terminal, the carousel has stopped and no matter how long you stare at the plastic flaps, your bag is not coming out! The ladies in the "bag office" were lovely although there were a lot of them! Lost bags are clearly quite common in this part of the world.

World Fly Fishing Championships, Bosnia, 2015

Report One
Thank you all for your contributions towards getting this team to Bosnia and the world fly fishing championships, 2015. All of those receiving this email have helped in some way to enable us (as self-funded fishermen) to have this opportunity. Again, thank you!
In Norway, two years ago, I wrote a regular report on all things fishing and social from the campaign and I will endeavour to do the same this year. For those who did not get those reports, please note that my spelling at times can be terrible and with "word recognition" working on my iPad, there may be occasions when you have no idea what I am trying to say. I do not have the time to read over what I have written so please excuse all of these mistakes. You will just have to take it as it comes. As you will see, I clearly have been lucky to work with very good magazine editors when my writing has gone to print!
If at any stage you have some questions or want to know more about anything in particular, please email me and I will get around to answering. Many people had questions about the gear we were using in Norway so I will try to add this into the text where appropriate.

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.

FlyFest 2016 – May 8th and 9th, hosted by RiverFly 1864

http://flyfilmfest.com/IF4/ 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.

150 Years of Trout Photo Competition Celebratory Dinner

TV personality and writer Steve Starling to host 150 Years of Trout Photo Competition celebratory dinner in Miena.
Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania along with major sponsor Huon Aquaculture are pleased to announce that angling personality Steve Starling will MC the dinner presentation night at the Central Highland Lodge in Miena - Saturday 18th April.

eddie-wigston-2015-bEddie Wigston Memorial Trout Contest 2015

The very last Eddie Wigston Memorial Trout Contest was held on the 15th and 16th of March 2015, in the Bronte Park region of the Tasmanian lake country. Unlike recent years the weather was magnificent with Saturday just about as good as it gets for trout fishing in March.
It was another very successful event and one with mixed feelings being the finale to 23rd memorable years. With this event marking 25yrs since the passing of Eddie Wigston the family felt it was a suitable time to wrap up the event and mark the 25 year legacy in 2015.
It was not an easy decision with Garth and Stuart Wigston sharing some emotional words to the crowd throughout the presentation. While the event will be missed all attending this and previous years expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Wigston Family and all involved in hosting the past 23 contests.
It will be remembered as one of the best family orientated fishing competitions in the state and this year once again all the young junior entrants received a substantial prize to take home from Plano tackle boxes loaded with Tassie Devils to rod and reel combos vouchers from tackle stores around the state.

Interclub 2015

While we await the report from this years report ... read last years!
http://pennfishing.com.au/2015/02/17/interclub-2015-tasmanian-perspective/

TRIABUNNA SEAFEST Weekend 2015 MARCH 27, 28, 29.

The Triabunna SEAFEST was a fabulous event that had people talking in the fishing circles for months after. Those that were there said they loved it and those that missed it wished they had been able to make it. We aim to build on what we all helped deliver last year. Not looking to re-invent the wheel, but to make give a great event some life into the future. The locals and visitors alike supported last year’s event and we look forward a community event that has a little something for everyone.

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