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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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Oral History Association of Australia

The Tasmanian Committee of the Oral History Association of Australia will hold a seminar on Saturday, 7th September, featuring a couple of items that might be of interest to the wider fishing community.  One speaker is Neil Stump on the oral history project for the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and another is Garry Kerr, a fisherman by profession and historian by inclination.  He has produced DVDs, especially on the Flinders Island traders, and is interested in wooden boats.

We are trying to publicise the seminar to get people who might be interested to attend.  It is not expensive, $30 for the day, including lunch.  I am attaching a programme for the day.

Here is the agenda

Here is a press release.
Calling all people interested in oral fishing history.  The Tasmanian Branch of the Oral History Assn. of Australia is holding a seminar on Saturday, 7th September, from 10.30-3:30 p.m. at the meeting room, Queen Vicoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk.  Neil Stump, Chief Executive, of the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, will tell about its oral history project commenced in 2012.  Commercial fishing from 19th C whaling to ever-expanding salmon aquaculture has made its mark on the industry.  Much is undocumented but remains in the minds of old time fishers.  Their stories beckon.  Another speaker will be Garry Kerr, a fisherman by profession and historian by inclination.  He has compiled Oral Histories on Film.  Three of these have been on Tasmanian subjects: Trading out of Hobart, Crayfishing around Tasmania and Wooden ships and stockmen, about Flinders Island and some of its people.Registration is essential:  $30 for non-members, including lunch.

Enquiries:  Jill Cassidy 6394 7677 or Lana Wall 6391 1086.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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