In Tasmania, summer is the time when trout anglers are most active. This is due in part to the weather being generally pleasant and people being on holidays. But it is also a time when the fish themselves are very active and easy to find (if not always easy to catch).Read more ...
The Central Highland lakes during the early season can be a daunting prospect. Water temperatures are low with snow, ice and freezing winds a common occurrence, all combine to make fishing the lakes a challenge to say the least.
To say that this winter has been wet cold and windy would be an understatement. It really harks back to the good old winters of years gone by - heaps of snow on the highlands, piercing winds that hardly pause for breath and driving rain that only stops so that it can come from a different direction. While this makes us cold and miserable, uses up all our firewood and ramps up the electricity bills as well strive to stay warm and comfortable, it is also "money in the bank" for the new trout season. We need plenty of winter rain and snow for a great summer season. Oh wondrous day, the opening of the season!
Tasmanian trout guides have a worldwide reputation as guides of high skill and professionalism. This reputation hasn't happened by accident, as the peak body representing trout guides in Tasmania, (Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania or TGALT) has continually lifted the bar in terms of guides qualifications and requirements for government accreditation.
Michael Burgess, a post graduate student from the Australian Maritime College, conducted a study researching the motivations of Tasmanian trout anglers last year and in this article he discusses the results and their implications for increasing angler participation.
The Forgotten Double Taper
Although I have fished extensively for most fresh and salt water species with a fly, I keep going back to the Trout as the perfect fly rod species. Trout challenge us by their natural wariness, while feeding on an ever-changing menu of aquatic and land born insects, together with other water born yummies from baitfish to leeches.
With winter fast approaching the browns of most waters are gearing up for spawning. Though surface activity is possible at ideal times, the browns are more likely to be found grubbing around the weed beds, feeding on crustaceans high in carotene and vitamin B, important for egg and milt quality.
To have not heard or been exposed to the absolute hype surrounding soft plastic fishing you would have had to have been on Mars for the past four years or born yesterday. The success on bream, flathead and a whole host of popular species has been well documented in a whole range of media. Yet one of our favourite species hasn't had that same exposure- the good old dependable brown trout.
by Tim Farell Inland Fisheries Service
What a success, 4 000 people, car park full and 150 cars in the overflow car park. As a consequence of the huge attendance the local police officer spent three hours on the Lake Highway directing traffic on the Saturday and one and a half hours on Sunday. The weather was cold and misty but most the people had come prepared dressed in warm clothing, although a few people were spotted wearing t-shirts. Exhibitors included MAST, Hydro Tasmania, Quarantine Tasmania, the Cancer Council, tackle stores, outdoor equipment stores, Cressy Trout Expo, Anglers Alliance Tasmania and the Fox Task Force. The Bothwell District School had over 60 paintings on display produced by the local children. There were demonstrations of fly tying and fly-casting that proved popular as well.
There is hundreds if not thousands of bank fishing opportunities available in Tasmania, however the poor old bank fisher gets left out in a lot of fishing location articles. Despite the size of some of Tasmania's lakes, such as Arthurs Lake and Great Lake, their smaller bays and relatively open banks can lend themselves to some easy access, exciting trout fishing opportunities. Here is six top bank-fishing spots for locals and visitors a like!
Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.
The majority of Tasmanian fishers think of themselves as a relatively tough bunch, "any harder they'd rust', battling relentless snow, rain and sun (somebody has to do it). Despite the obvious ruggedness of the fishers in question, the battle hardened Taswegian trouter is more likely to be found tucked up in bed eating Nan's chicken soup during August and September rather then on the water. This is a pity because any time is a good time to go fishing, and August and September are no exceptions. Pack away your blouses, pull on a beanie and try a few of these highlights!
The Liawenee Trout weekend was a great success and was attended by a large number of anglers from all around the state. It was great to see so many brown trout in the fish trap and it proves what a fantastic resource the Great Lake is for trout fishing all around the state.
Nine times Australian Casting Champion, Peter Hayes believes a little bit of work and concentration on casting techniques makes a lot of difference when fishing. "Good casters get to cover more fish more quickly, and consequently get more chances" he says.
The Tasmanian fishing season has many highlights for the fly fisher. Early season tailing trout, awesome mayfly hatches and unbelievable polaroiding on blue-sky days are probably what Tasmanian fishing is renowned for.
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