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Tasmania's Beautiful Brookies

by Greg French

Brook trout, with their olive backs, lemon spots and, in the case of spawners, bright orange flanks are perhaps the most strikingly beautiful of all salmonoids and, because they are so rare in Australia and New Zealand, most anglers aspire to catch one. While the species does not offer the same challenge as the ever cunning brown trout, it is highly regarded in its native North America and we are privileged to have a couple of wild populations in Tasmania.

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Lake St.Clair 22/1/2012

I fished with Bailey, arrived on Saturday around 11.30am to 8pm, fished in the Derwent Basin and around the Frankland beaches area. What a fantastic spot to fish, scenery outstanding and no crowds as we were the only boat on the lake.

We caught 8 brownies from 1lb to 2.5lb, all on dry beetle patterns, lost a few as well.
Bailey caught his first trout on the fly here, he is doing a great job with the fly rod at the moment.
We saw a lot of fish chasing the dragon and damsel fly’s but they are very hard to catch, most of the fish we caught were feeding on gum beetles, we saw a few right in close feeding so I dropped Bailey off on the shore and he caught the best fish of the day, a 2.5lb brownie.
He was absolutely rapt, all fish were in good nick and very strong fighters, nice colour inside as well, weather very hot and sunny.
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