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Trout tips - from tackle shops

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013

We did a bit of a runaround Tasmania’s tackle stores to see what their tips for the first month or so of the tackle season were. We asked what the top three places to fish were, plus lures, flies, baits and a few other things.
Here is a rundown on their answers Whenever, and wherever you fish - anywhere, or for any fish in the world - ask the locals and especially ask at the local tackle store. They know what was caught today, yesterday and on what.

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ifs trout jumpingHave you thought about going fishing? Fancy a feed of trout or salmon?

Easter is a great time to get back to nature and drop a line in the water. Recharge and enjoy the natural beauty that Tasmania has to offer.

With only a month of the brown trout open season to go – get out there and make the most of it.

The recent rain falling at Bronte Lagoon should see some water filling the mash creating a smorgasbord of drowned terrestrials for tailing fish.

Tooms and Leake will have cooled down and fishing conditions will have improved. The cooler weather should see red spinners begin to become a feature again at Lake Leake. Tooms Lake offers good fishing for all methods.

Try twilight fishing at Four Spring Lake. Mudeyes or imitations fished around the partially submerged logs or trees on evening could produce some exciting twilight action on large brown trout.
At Talbots Lagoon you might find the tail end of the mudeyes migrating from the weed beds. Grasshoppers should be providing effective bait still during the end of March and into early April.

Recent rains have created good flows in the rivers. The River Derwent is a great option. Accessible fishing in available in many places and you’ll find angler access points from Otago Bay to Gretna. If you are looking for a little challenge, think about trying some evening fishing from New Norfolk. For the fly fisherman, a calm morning may still be producing great fish.
South Esk River offers some outstanding fishing along it’s entire length. With the anglers access points opened this season you can fish from the Upper Esk all the way to Hadspen.

While you are out there having a fish, why not take some photos and enter the 2017-18 Trout Photo Competition. There are cash and gear prizes on offer - 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: 1xpair Neoprene waders (Fly 'n Dry), 3rd Place: 12 x Lures (Hueys Lures). Click on the "Photo Comp Info" button below for more details. Entries close 30 April and winners will be announced at Liawenee trout weekend.

Trout weekend, Liawenee is on again this year, May 19-20. Come and see hundreds of brown trout on their annual spawning migration in our Central Highlands. Watch wild trout being stripped of eggs. With plenty of activities on offer, if you haven't been to Liawenee open weekend yet, there has never been a better time to get up to the highlands and see what all the fuss is about.

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