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The Lowland Rise

Mark Salisbury

Tassie fly fishers and regular "blow-ins" like myself will remember the 2006-7 Tasmanian trout season for the late season dry fly bonanza that took place on the lowland rivers in the northern midlands. The only thing preventing the fish from rising every day was inclement weather and even then a few fish could usually be picked up by visiting notorious insect hatching "hot spots'.
Some of the hatches were immense and the dry fly fishing was outstanding. Every single fish we caught during March and April was stalked, seen or ambushed. On certain days the fish were working themselves into a feeding frenzy likened to the spectacle of bronze whalers rounding up pilchards in the surf. We couldn't even reel in our fly lines without fish slashing and smashing dry flies as they skidded and waked across the surface. The late season fly fishing in northern Tasmania completely eclipsed the early and mid-season's sport.

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Little Lake / Great Lake

I decided to take Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan up to the lakes for a night.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Little Lake and caught 27 brownies, the lake was very low, strong NW winds, mostly cloudy. I managed my bag limit using small wets and the boys caught the rest on soft plastics. Many fish were missed and lost as well.


Saw a few duns on the water with the occasional fish on them; we were the only ones there, very unusual, certainly plenty of fish in the lake. Most were on the small side, fish we caught went from 3/4lb up to 1.5lb, they had scud and stick caddis in their stomachs and were very red fleshed, we had a fantastic afternoon.

Sunday morning, I took the boys for a fish from the shore at Canal Bay at Great Lake for a couple of hours, Bailey managed three nice brownies on Berkley flick baits.

CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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