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Presented from Issue 111, August 2014

There has sometimes been a view that trout fishing is reserved only for the experienced angler, stories of hours spent trying to unravel the mysteries of the cunning trout by elderly gentlemen dressed in tweed is what often comes to people’s minds when they think of trout fishing. Regarded by many to be the premium, freshwater sports fish of the world, it is not surprising that the many anglers put the humble trout in the too hard box. Truth is, trout can be as easily caught as any fish, perhaps not always as accessible and your bread and butter saltwater species, but none the less, with a bit of perseverance with the correct equipment and technique, results can come more quickly than you think! In recent years, more emphasis has been put on making Tasmania’s famous trout fishery more accessible to newcomers to the sport. This has been achieved by increased stocking regimes into waters with lower fish numbers, improving access to waters and more information resources available such as the Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) website and IFS Smartphone App. Angler surveys have also given the managers of our fishery a better understanding on how they can improve certain aspects of the fishery. This year is the 150 th anniversary of trout fishing in Tasmania, and with a Ford Ranger up for grabs for buying a licence, what better time to give trout fishing a go? Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Lake Burbury Dec 31st 2010

Happy New Year to you and your family. Here is a photo of our recent trip to Lake Burbury. So much for summer, as you will see with a good snow fall on our way,.... almost a white Christmas!!.
With all the great rods that we have who would think that a cheap plastic one could catch such a terrific fish?. I had a couple of YEP lures that I received from the Longford fishing club so I put a rattling one on. When my grandson Caine yelled to take his rod I didn't think he would have a fish on.
It took Vic and I a good ten minutes to get it in the boat with me pulling the line and Vic winding. At the same time one of the other rods got a hit while I was fighting just to stop the plastic rod from breaking. I think the other rod had a brown on it but I didn't see it. Well I don't know who was the proudest me or my little boy but the fish is now waiting in my freezer for a special occasion.

 Regards Vic and Rose

Lake Burbury - A great all year round water

Leroy Tirant
Lake Burbury is a massive body of water located near Queenstown on Tasmania's west coast. The water has a dark tannin stained appearance and can seem as though a fish wouldn't see a lure swim past its nose, but don't let this fool you, as the water is usually visually clear. In this article I'll briefly discuss popular methods practiced for fishing Lake Burbury but I will cover my favorite methods more in depth.


Lake Burbury is one of the many out of the way lakes which the majority of fly fisherman don't tend to visit.   Yet Lake Burbury has some highlight fishing in the form of wind lanes, the likes of which are without comparison for fish numbers just  about anywhere in Australia.   On a good morning you can find yourself fishing to literally hundreds of fish, freely rising all around you.  If you couple this with mountain scenery which on most mornings you have all to yourself, Lake Burbury becomes a very attractive proposition.

Lake Burbury - A first timer's view

by Andrew Hart

I had plenty of time to think. Over four hours of staring out a bus window non-stop can become a little boring; but with music from my walkman pumping, I just sat and tried to imagine what the weekend would offer. Hopefully big fish.

More on Lake Burbury with Mudeye Mulligan

At 9:45 am on Saturday 15th November, Les Pearson (a local Burnie identity and a whip cracker to boot), and Phil Youd (proprietor of the George Town Outdoor Centre)  a Mudeye retailer and yours truly, launched our boat at Thureau Hills and set sail towards the flooded regions of the country through which the Governor River flows.

Lake Burbury - The Jewel of the West Coast

by Peter Hayes

Tasmanian Professional Trout Guide Peter Hayes, shares some Lake Burbury secrets.

Located on the West coast of Tasmania just 20 minutes south of Queenstown - is Lake Burbury. The lake is just six years old and like so many new lakes, the fishing can be fantastic.

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