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Presented from Issue 97
Before you charge into this article expecting to read about the best trout in Tasmania I should warn you that it relates to the highest ones not the fattest.

It is also fraught with danger to write about something that may not be totally correct as there are still a few remote tarns that I haven’t got to yet and probably never will. There are also some higher places I have found to be devoid of trout that some sneaky specimens may now have swam up into.

Having said all this it is my belief that the highest water in Tasmania to contain brown trout is an unnamed water at around 1290m south west of Turrana Heights. We have named it Lake Australia. It is a headwater tarn on one of several streams that flow into the western side of Pillans Lake. So drag out the Pillans 1:25000 map and follow the stream that runs up through Pencil Pine Tarn to a water roughly shaped like Australia. Now read on about how to get there and what to expect on the way. Maybe it is not for this season, but why not put it on the list for later in the year.

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Always a river somewhere

Hi everyone, Trev abandoned me today, preferring to go to the pictures .
I thought this would give me a chance to ring a couple of mates and sneak to a river for a couple of hours.
After a couple of calls it dawned on me that no one loves me, so off  I went on my own.

I only fished for about an hour arriving at .
This spot was a new destination that I had been told about earlier in the day and it took some finding, but once uncovered, was well worth the search. After a short walk down stream, I started working my way back up, fishing the fast water, my 3rd cast landed a small brownie.

He was quickly photographed and released.
A quick cast in anticipation for the next one and with this “very next cast” he arrived, another smallish but nice brown. I caught one other on in this run, before deciding to walk up to the next piece of fast water.
First cast and it was on again.
Darkness was on the way and dinner was on the table, along with a 4 am start for work the next morning, so with that in mind, I made the decision that this little session was over,... but I will return soon!
Landed 6 fish for the trip.







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