Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
What a crazy start to the 2013 fishing season it has been. Rain, wind, lots of snow and then just for something a bit different we had some rain, wind and more snow! Rivers have more or less been flooded and dirty since July, the lakes have been blanketed in that white stuff for a lot of the time and the wind, well let’s not get started about that god forsaken wind. No word of a lie, it’s been doing my head in. Even contemplated selling all my fly gear and taking up a new hobby, for a brief second!
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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.
Took a stroll up Higgs track Saturday to have a look about and of course had to wet a line, the walk up the mountain is just under 4 km and a bit testing but the scenery is breathtaking, it took Ally and I 1 hour 45 minutes to get up and 40 minutes to get back down.
We have finally finished the entry form for the 2012 Penguin Composites Lake Rosebery Challenge.
Please note - this is an updated form from Wednesday 8th November. Please follow the link here to download the entry form.
We will also take this opportunity to thank you for the Sponsorship and help in making this event what it is.
Thanks, Aaron Mercer
Had the pleasure of spending the day fishing with Dale and Trev Howard and my son Bailey.
We headed off at 6.30am and arriving at Lake Selina at 10am,what a beautiful little lake,fairly shallow around the northern and western side, but deeper on the eastern shore which is better suited to casting softies from the shore.
A few of the Presidents went to Lake Plimsoll (near Tullah) today after the elusive Brook Trout.
Nine fish were landed and many things were learnt from the experience, it is a trip we urge you all to consider at least once this year.
by Dave Egan
Once again my annual trip to Tassie proved to be a fantastic fly fishing learning experience and heaps of fun despite tough weather conditions and some even tougher fish. For those lucky enough to live in Tassie you can pick your days to fish but for us poor deprived Mainlanders we have to take what we get and it isn’t always good what the weather gods dish out. I have fished the central plateau for the last 30 years so I know not to expect great weather on all days every trip. At times the poor weather improves the fishing such as dull, overcast and cool Dun type days.
Took the kids camping to Laughing Jack last weekend. I hadn’t been there for years and had forgotten what a great spot it was. The fishing was pretty slow and we caught 4 fish, 2 spinning around the edges and I caught 2 Sunday at first light on fly while the kids slept. There was a pretty good midge hatch at first light but it was dead still with no wind lanes formed until about 10.00am. Some fish stayed up in them but were difficult to catch.
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Johnny Dekkers and I fished the Cowpaddock area this morning...plenty of water in it and few fish rising,(most quite small though), with the wind putting an end to things in that department ery early on.
Johnny landed nine and kept seven.
I landed 7 and kept five....biggest would have just been about two pounds.
All in quite good nick....even a whisper that a couple of duns are starting to show their faces early.!! Orange gum beetles are about in numbers also.
By Todd Lambert
One of my New Year resolutions for 2010 was to get out of my comfort zone, drive past the ever reliable Arthurs and Great Lake and to start exploring the Western Lakes, so when a work mate (Huon Witt) suggested we pay a visit to Talinah Lagoon on a rostered day off, I was very quick to say yes.
Hi Mike, had a trip into Pillans southern end last weekend via Christys Creek system. Not a lot of fish caught but quality not quantity certainly made up for it. The biggest around 4 kilos and my best for the season. Pretty dry too with not much if any water flowing in the creeks. Disappointing was that previous campers had left a bloody great mess of rubbish etc. Also the idiots lit fires on the cushion plants that are hundreds of years old. They make the effort to walk 3 or 4 hours to access these magnificant fishing spots yet can`t make the effort to take their rubbish out. They wouldn`t leave a mess in their backyards i bet. I ended up carrying their rubbish out and had the campsite pretty much back to normal, otherwise a good trip.
Open up a 1:25000 series map of Lake Mackenzie and you will soon realise there is a huge amount of water to explore back there. Maps are wonderful things; they inspire the imagination and bring out the explorer in us. In Tasmania we have an immense wilderness to explore and a unique fishing experience that goes along with it.
Joe Riley looks at the tail end of the trout season and encourages anglers to make the best of it. You can be sure he will.
As daylight savings comes to pass and the days grow cooler through autumn, winter approaches and the brown trout season draws to a close. All is not despair though as there are still fish to be caught, even the prospect of specimen dry fly fishing in the highland lakes on the warmer days. It's the last surge to make the most out of a season which has been challenged by water draw downs, blustery weather and controversy over one of the world's finest brown trout lakes coming under threat from irrigation schemes.
The heading sounds like something from a Monty Python sketch, but Shane Flude teaches us here about the joys of fishing and exploring. Or maybe that should be exploring and fishing. Nevertheless, sometimes, probably more often than you perhaps do, you should put some boots and a pack on and walk to the fishing. Walking is one of the easiest and healthiest things to do. So take a tip and take a trip by foot with Shane and discover new water.
A first timer's impressions of Tasmania's Western Lakes with ABC Radio's Scott Levi.
So you think you're a dedicated fly fisher! Well try this quick quiz: Are you prepared to walk 1300 metres straight uphill with a 30 kilo pack, cross loose rock screes that can break an ankle with one false step and navigate across trackless wilderness?
Early in the trout season, high-elevation waters like Great Lake, the Nineteen Lagoons and Little Pine Lagoon (all higher than 1000 metres) can be very cold and uneventful, so this is an ideal time to try fishing further west in the Bronte district.
Without doubt, the most high-profile lake in the western part of the Central Plateau is Bronte Lagoon. This is largely because of its wet-fly fishing and superb rises, both of which can be world class. However, the nearby Bradys chain of lakes offers more consistent fishing and more variety. Greg French explains how you can make the most of the venue during the opening months of the coming trout season.
After the birth of our second child in early September last year the opportunity arose for me to have a few days in the Central Highlands pursuing my love of fly fishing. Based at the inlaws shack at Miena the opportunities are endless, the hardest decision to make being where to go. I heard the gate was open to the 19 Lagoons area and after doing some weather checks I decided to give Ada lagoon a try.
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