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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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Lures and flies for August and September

by Michael Stevens

Recently I surveyed a number of well known, and some not so well known anglers to establish a guide to lures and flies for the start of the trout fishing season. Firstly lures, and then flies that the following anglers would like to have in their box for the opening two months. Each angler was asked "If you could only have three lures/three flies in your box for the start of the season, what would they be? "

These are in no particular order.


John Fox's Guide; Green/gold spinner, Rapala countdown RT, Lofty cobra #20.

Greg and Lofty Hynes's lure maker; Lofty's lures #13, #20, #48 at Athurs Lake or Bronte Lagoon.

Garth Wigston's lure maker; Tassie Devil #51 (Christmas tree), #71 (new-green/gold with black/red dots, #6 (green/gold).

Ian Wigston's Tackle shop owner and former lure maker; Tassie Devil #30 (mauve/green's also known as the Herby special) an excellent lure for the Derwent River as well as Bronte Lagoon, #26, #51.

Paul Ellis's Manufacturers agent; Rapala countdown 5 RT, Rapala floater 3 TR, McGarth's tallow attractor, deep diver.

Steven Bax's Tackle retailer; Bax pack-selection of specially designed Tassie Devils, Wonder wobbler, Rapala's various.

Steve Suitor's Tackle retailer; Ashley spinner #1 (red/gold), Tassie Devil #50 or 48, Tassie Handcrafted trout.

Ian Davey's General manager TGIO; Celta (red/silver), Wonder Wobbler.

Marshall Johnson's lure maker; new Johnson Stinger Kobra #8, 9, 13.

Rodney Howard's Tackle retailer; Lakes's Nilsmaster 7 cm #67 (good West Coast Lakes), Cobra (frog colour), Ashley Spinner #29 (black/gold). Rivers's Wonder Wobbler (redfin or greenfin), Smiths Wobbler (black with red spots) Johnson #14 spinner.

Stuart Wigston's Lure maker; Tassie Devil #6, 47, 50.


Rob Sloane's Publisher/Editor of Fly Life; Black fur fly, Rabbit fur fly, Fiery brown beetle.

Trevor Hawkins's Artist; Black matuka, Black beetle, Yeti.

Wayne Fulton's Inland Fisheries Commissioner; Brown matuka, Fur fly Green nymph.

Steve Suitor's Tackle Retailer; Red/black Matuka, Cat fly, brown nymph.

Ken Orr's Guide; Woolly Bugger (black/green), Montana nymph, Watson's Fancy. Explore different depths by counting the flies down as you fish and always use a dropper to entice the lethargic fish.

Paul Ellis's Tackle agent; Woolly Bugger, Brown nymph, Yellow Peril.

Steven Bax's Tackle retailer, Woolly Bugger, Yeti, Bead head nymph (all in olive, brown or black).

Ian Davey's General Manager TGIO; Yeti, Woolly worm (both red/black), Black Beetle (sinking).

Jim Allen's Managing Director Compleat Angler; Sunset Fly (Rob Sloane fly), Woolly worm (black), Tom Jones;

Rodney Howard's Tackle retailer; Mrs Simpson, Black beetle (wet), Yeti.

John Fox's Guide; Mrs Simpson, Yeti (short fur in various colours with seals fur body and a pink tail), Black beetle (fished so it splashes when landing). Great for lake edges and rivers.

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