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Bridport Hot Spots

Bridport is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations, and although many of the leisure seekers are after the sun and the surf, there are also a great number who seek the excellent fishing available there. For many people, it is a case of just chuck and chance, so this piece is intended to be a short guide to the best fishing that Bridport has to offer.

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Huon Streams

While the Huon River itself is a fantastic fishery during springtime whitebait migrations, the smaller tributary streams are also well worthwhile.  Suitable waters can be found all along the eastern side of the middle to lower Huon.  The fish caught in these streams are usually small - really quite diminutive when compared to their lake inhabiting counterparts, but how often have you ever caught 50 fish a day in any of our lakes. 

Mid Sea-Run Season Report


Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.

More Opening Tips

Derwent Huon Tamar Rivers                  

These three Estuary Systems and their sister systems around the State always produce fish early in the season and usually from the opening weekend onwards.

Tips on Starting the Season


Every year this question confronts the avid angler, as gear is prepared in readiness for the approaching opening of yet another trout season. The choices of a water that is likely to produce well early this season are probably more numerous than they have been over the past couple of seasons. Many of the lakes are rising over ground that has been dry for a long time and are sure to have trout, hungry from the recent spawning run. Foraging in numbers over the shallows, they gorge themselves on worms and grubs forced to the surface by the rising water.
So, where to head for opening - brave the elements of the central highlands or go for the milder climate of the lowland lakes and streams?

Chasing BIG Trout - The Protein Theory


In this very informative article, Inland Fisheries scientist Rodney Walker reveals some innovate British lake fishing methods that just might undo the big fish we all know exist down there in our favourite lakes.

Dam Wall Fishing

I said to the missus the other day "I'm going dam fishing", she said " you can either rephrase that statement or you can please your damn well self". I rephrased it, after all the work done during the off season building up brownie points I couldn't afford to blow it.

Autumn Tips and Tricks


It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. Autumn, that is. The last months of the trout fishing season can be as good as any other, particularly if the beetles and jassids make an appearance in numbers, or if the mayfly dribble on into the gloaming of the season.  However if the winter rains come early, and the snow and sleet crash the party, it can be incredibly miserable as well. But perhaps the best saving grace for this time of year is that the water is still warm enough to get things moving insect wise, the trout still remember how to look up for food, and the bigger trout are getting very aggressive prior to spawning. By mixing up a variety of techniques over the days fishing, success can be almost assured. Almost!

Trouting Destinations - part 2

by Neil Grose

Sick and tired of going fishing to get away from the rat race, only to find them all out fishing as well? Guide and author Neil Grose lets you in on a few destinations big on fishing, and small on people.

Drifting boats and etiquette afloat

by Neil Grose

Fishing is a past time that by its very nature is intended to be both relaxing and enjoyable. As the pressures of the modern world increase by the day, many people are increasingly becoming infatuated with the ability of fishing to wash away the stress and anxiety that the working week generates. Yet having said that, the amount of aggression displayed out on the water is becoming greater all the time. Most if not all of this is caused by boats, and in particular the way they are handled.

Fine Tuning Mudeyes

by John Orchard

Much has been written about mudeye fishing, all of which works just fine.This article is about taking mudeye fishing that one step further.The theories that I am about put forward are based on nearly 20 years of working toward fine tuning the art of mudeye fishing in an effort to maximise results (and enjoyment) from each fishing trip.

Wind - Friend or Foe?

by Neil Grose

Demis Rousos once sang a song called "my friend the wind He must have been a fly fisher, as the single greatest friend the fly angler can have is the wind, although listening to some anglers it seems like their greatest enemy. An ability to identify the match of wind direction with topographical features of lake shorelines is essential to maximising the benefits of windblown feasts, such as mayfly hatches and beetle falls.

Finding the action

by Greg French

Judging from the number of inquiries I have received in recent months it is high time for a review of Tassie's fly fishing options, especially with a view to helping the occasional angler who is forever perplexed by the fundamental questions of "When should I take my holidays?" and "Where should I fish today?'.

Bountiful Beetles

by Greg French

Gum beetles are revered by some anglers and hated by others. Occasionally the fishing gods get things right and there is just the right smattering of these beetles to provoke action.Greg French looks at the good and difficult times that gum beetle hatches bring.

Hopping Mad

Fishing Guide, Neil Grose, looks at some flies and methods that, although popular overseas, have seen little use in Australia until now.

Small Stream Therapy

Neil Grose is better known to most as a professional trout guide and for his articles on advanced fly fishing techniques - such as "Loch Style" an "Nymphing" .His roots though, and one of his favourite places lay in small streams. Perhaps this article will encourage you to escape to this paradise.

Summer Backpacking

by Greg French

The onset of summer is an appropriate time to talk about backpacking. I spend a big proportion of myfishing time backpacking and, with the exception of some very remote south-western rivers, I have fished just about every water in Tasmania.

Nymphing Maniac

by Neil Grose

There are probably more trout caught nymphing than with any other method during the trout season. But what exactly is meant by nymphing? What are the patterns associated with this method, and what are the best ways to fish them?

West Coast sea trout

by Greg French

It is that time of year again - sea trout time! Sea trout are simply brown trout which spend time in the ocean. In spring they follow huge schools of whitebait into the estuaries and lower freshwater reaches of most of the state's rivers and creeks.

The trout season just past has been one of continual change and innovation. New techniques and tackle from overseas, as well as different attitudes to fly dressing and presenting those flies have given progressive anglers much to digest over the closed season. While the cold and wet is with us, it is worthwhile contemplating just how some of these revelations can be applied to our trout fishing.

Trolling for trout

Does line diameter matter?

One of the most significant factors in trolling success for trout in the thickness of your line, claims lure manufacturer Greg "Lofty" Hayes.

"Last season I introduced a fine diameter high breaking strain line to the market, mainly because I was not happy with the lines on the market, mainly because I was not happy with the lines that were generally available.

Back country browns

by Mark Woodfall 

When the trout fishing season closes in Tasmania many anglers seem to suffer from an acute condition called "off season blues'. Fishing equipment is stored away and it is a time to reflect on the season gone. I seem to develop a hunger for fishing literature at this time of the year and spend many winter nights around the fire reading my favourite books. Also memories come flooding back of past angling episodes, some successful and some not so successful, but always rewarding.

Seeking sea-run trout

Andrew Large, of Got One Hobart, is a keen sea-run trout angler. He outlines how to catch these fabulous sportfish.

What is a Sea-Run trout?

Sea-runners are brown trout (salmo-trutta) that have, as juvenile fingerlings, made a decision to move away from freshwater and to live in saltwater.

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