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Tiny creeks and sea run trout - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.

I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.

These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.

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A few short news items from the IFS website

Whitebait Fishing Season Opens on Saturday 1 October

The recreational whitebait fishing season starts on Saturday 1 October and lasts for 6 weeks, closing on Friday 11 November. A whitebait licence is required for whitebating if you are over 10 years of age. The licence costs $28 this year and it can be bought at any Service Tasmania shop and at select private agents.


Arthurs Lake Boating Hazards

Anglers are reminded to beware of navigation hazards whilst boating at Arthurs Lake this Spring. This warning is also extended to other lakes, including Great Lake, where anglers have reported a significant amount of floating debris.


Tooms Lake Boat Ramp Upgrade Planned

The condition of the boat ramp at Tooms Lake this season has been noted, with several anglers contacting the Service about it. Marine and Safety Tasmania have set aside $20,000 from MAST's recreational boating fund to upgrade the ramp but the work cannot be done until the lake level drops significantly.


Recent donations of large domestic fish benefit northern anglers

During August, the Service took advantage of the donations by Petuna Aquaculture and Tassal of large domestic rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. Over 700 of these prize fish were stocked into Brushy Lagoon and Lake Barrington, two of the State's northern lowland waters managed by the Service as popular waters and family-style fisheries.


Four Springs Lake Boat Ramp Improvements

The Service has completed the improvements to the concrete boat ramp at Four Springs Lake – doubling its size – and providing a new landing jetty under a recreational boating project funded by MAST.


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