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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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rotary-devonport-boat-show-2015-bRotary Devonport Boat Show

On Sunday 22 February 2015, Rotary is conducting a spectacular boat show at the TS Mersey Navy Cadet grounds, River Road, East Devonport between 11am and 5.30 pm, with entry via the Rowing Club drive. This has been organised to suit high water in the river to allow demonstration of the new Barcrusher and Stabicraft range of vessels PLUS allowing launch for the first time on the coast a ten-seater hovercraft for joy rides.

 In addition to the on-water demonstrations, a wide range of boats will be assembled for display, ranging from executive ski boats from the Horsehead Creek Water Ski Club, championship and vintage speed boats, jetskis, yachts, $100,000 plus motor cruisers to tinnies, surf boats, kayaks, clinker built dinghies and even vintage rowing shells.
Judging for the Deegan Marine “Boat of the Show” award will be held at 3pm, with boats presented spic and span to achieve top marks – this will become a perpetual trophy.
Safety and rescue boats and personnel from the Marine Police, Australian Maritime College and the local Surf Lifesaving Club will add further to the day.

Demonstrations of scuba diving, with a diver working in a glass-fronted tank, surf lifesaving rescue and resuscitation and cray pot and net making will keep onlookers amazed at these skills. Additional maritime items from Stormy Seas lifejackets – checking and sales, Anchor wetsuits, Rays Outdoors, EPIRB and marine radio and chandlery supplies will all be available for comparison.

With a range of boats from all parts of the state available for sale, representatives from both insurance and finance organisations will be on site for information and quotes.

Not forgetting the children, over forty model radio controlled boats will be displayed in the hall, along with the Fishcare caravan and fishing pool and a face painter to transform pirates and mermaids.

The local Dragons Abreast boat and Cancer Council representatives will be on hand dispensing sun screen to keep everyone sun-safe for the day.

You won’t go hungry – an undercover food court will hold the renowned Rotary BBQ serving burgers and sausages, hot chips, Hotshots coffee, cold drinks and canteen lines while the popular icecream van will be serving favourites.

With entry costs for the day at $5 adult, $2 child and $10 family, each adult entry will receive a ticket in a travel voucher sponsored by Spirit of Tasmania. Along with the Rotary wheel spinning $1 tickets to win a hovercraft ride, it is aimed at a family fun day.

This is a special day for anyone interested in boats, water sports or fishing so mark it on your calendar –




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