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Jigging Unknown Waters

Saltwater jigging is a technique that is really getting a solid following worldwide, but in Tasmania it is relatively unknown. Tasmania does have the species and the waters to make this work and tackle shop owner Leroy Tirant recently gave it a try with a couple of mates.Jigging lures for fish has been around for many years, but it's only in recent times that tackle and the lures themselves have been specifically developed for this new born form of fishing. High speed reels, braid, and ultra-light, fast tapered rods have come forward in leaps and bounds as this new frontier has been developed.

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Size isn't everything

Joe Riley
As the drought that grips Australia continues towards 2008, Tasmania is fast becoming one of only a handful of viable trout fisheries available to anglers who pursue trout. With Victorian lakes still hovering in the low teens percentage wise, with many rivers already at summer levels and   irrigation demands obviously high, a good percentage of the fishing pressure from the big island is being transferred to Tasmania.

West Coast Wonderland

Leroy Tirant
Late last year I was lucky enough to be involved in the capture of a wild trout that weighed over 17 pounds. I've caught some big fish over the years but I had never seen a fish of such huge proportions with massive golden flanks, thick powerful tail and broad backed.

Walking and Fishing in Comfort

Quenton Higgs

It doesn't happen a lot, but occasionally I encounter someone on the track and you get the remark "gee, you're carrying a big heavy pack there". I guess this can be interpreted as one of two things:
a. you're carrying more than you need or,
b. you must be out for a long time. I'm never sure how to take it but I do know that when I am walking I like to be comfortable. If that means carrying a bit more weight then so be it!

Some great early season locations

Shane Flude

Well it's that time of year again, the opening of the brown trout season, time to check your old gear and stock up on some new. Now the only problem is deciding which location to hear for.
Here is a list of places that may help to narrow down your choice for the first few months of the season.

Winter cockroaching

Craig Rist

Don't scoff and think this story is a bit lightweight and simple. Craig Rist is a skilful and diverse angler and he revisits his fishing with this delightful piece.
The important lesson here is the importance of catching fish when you are young. Many beginning anglers lose interest because they don't catch fish. Enjoy this story for what it is - a lesson in diversity.
You might remember Craig's last story was about fishing Weipa - the next might be mako shark on fly.  (Ed)

Czech Nymphing - ideal for Tasmania's trout

Joe Riley
Competition fly fishing has been one of the driving forces in the advancement of fly fishing techniques in Australia over the past couple of decades. Loch Style fly fishing was largely brought to Tasmania by visiting competition anglers and has been widely accepted as a deadly way to fish by locals keen to improve their catch rates. Changes of fishing regulations in Tasmania to allow the use of 3 flies on a leader came about largely as a result of the international competitions also allowing the use of 3 flies.

Trevallyn Tailrace - Monster Trout

Dan Clifton

As the open season on trout waters arrives there will many keen anglers heading to the highlands to catch the first of the hungry, post spawn, browns.
With the winter well underway and some heavy frosts often covering the ground, I find myself keeping my trout fishing close to home. It is great to get home to a warm house, shower, warm meal and I really like my own bed.

The Lowland Rise

Mark Salisbury

Tassie fly fishers and regular "blow-ins" like myself will remember the 2006-7 Tasmanian trout season for the late season dry fly bonanza that took place on the lowland rivers in the northern midlands. The only thing preventing the fish from rising every day was inclement weather and even then a few fish could usually be picked up by visiting notorious insect hatching "hot spots'.
Some of the hatches were immense and the dry fly fishing was outstanding. Every single fish we caught during March and April was stalked, seen or ambushed. On certain days the fish were working themselves into a feeding frenzy likened to the spectacle of bronze whalers rounding up pilchards in the surf. We couldn't even reel in our fly lines without fish slashing and smashing dry flies as they skidded and waked across the surface. The late season fly fishing in northern Tasmania completely eclipsed the early and mid-season's sport.

Feed the Winter habit

Jamie Harris
My name is Jamie. I am 33 years old and I am a fishaholic. Around this time every year when most trout waters have closed and the seafishing action slows, I get withdrawal symptoms. I mope around the house annoying the missus, playing all my home fishing DVD's from previous years, watching the weather forecasts intently hoping the swell might back off a bit on the West Coast so I could at least go and catch a blackback or two.

Anglers Access - North Esk River at "Ballroom'

by Sarah Graham IFS

Ron Dennis, owner of the "Ballroom" property on the North Esk River has been conducting his own war on the willows and gorse that infest much of this beautiful river. As a result he has successfully cleared approx 3 km of river bank.

It's all happening in the highlands

Peter Hayes
March and April are among my favourite months for fishing in Tasmania's Central Highlands.

The weather is generally at its most stable in these months and breathlessly still, bright, sunny day are not uncommon.   I remember being at Great Lake one day in a spot I call Proposal Point and looked in awe of the stillness of this wonderful environment. The surface of the lake was literally like a sheet of glass and I remember commenting that it looked possible to roll a marble all the way from Miena to Breona on the surface of the lake.

December and January trout options

Peter Hayes
I noted with interest recently that after more than a dozen years of guiding my most regular clients come during December January. Two clients in particular are emphatic that the best week of the season is the third week in December. In this dozen years one of these clients has never missed catching at least his bag (12) limit of trout on at least one of the days of his visit.

Nymph under Dry - double your chances

Joe Riley
Those who fish the rivers around Tasmania all enjoy the sight of a black spinner drifting along a riffle disappearing in the slight swirl created by a good sized brown sucking the fly through the surface film of the water.

Fishing the edges

Peter Hayes
History of my experience
You know, it's a funny thing. I started guiding a dozen years ago and whilst I had a big, flash, fast sportfishing boat (which incidentally I still have) I never used it to catch fish from it except in windlane and dun fishing situations.

Early season trolling - improve your catch rate

Bill Presslor
During our hot Australian summer months, with long days and short nights, the metabolism of trout and salmon in our impoundments goes at full bore! As we enjoy our summer holidays, fish that are reaching maturity are generally packing on the weight in preparation for the rigours of spawning and the coming cold weather. The arrival of winter and cold weather generally means that fishing pressure slows while trout are spawning. After the spawning period, the trout and salmon that have spent much of the winter months in colder water will now start to leave this winter habitat and move more readily into other areas that offer optimum temperature, structure and food sources.

Trout - a beginner's guide

Andrew Richardson
I doubt that I'm alone in thinking the new trout season has come around rather quickly again this year. It hardly seems like twelve months ago I was messing about, throwing lures to the wide blue yonder at Four Springs Lake on opening day 2005.

Winter trout options

Andrew Richardson.
There was a time, not so long ago, that once the calendar ticked around to June trout fishing in Tasmania was shut down for several months.
The brown trout fishing season has traditionally finished at the end of April, and for most this has spelt the end of trout fishing until it's recommencement in August.  
Several locations around the state have been designated rainbow trout waters for quite some while. The rainbow season opens a month later than the brown trout season, and thus traditionally closes at the end of May.

Fishing wind lanes

Andrew Richardson
You don't need to be reading this article to discover that us fisherpersons are a weird mob, for I'm sure you already know that. We come from all different walks of life and we all have our own values and opinions. Some of us are meek and mild, while others are boisterous and bold. Some of us prefer to fish fresh water, others salt. Some of us like to fish with bait, others with lures or flies. 

Launceston's suburban trouting

The little lure was halfway back when a yellowish flash and a sharp tug indicated it had drawn the interest on one of this little stream's inhabitants. After a short thrashing fight with a couple of jumps, I was able to work the small trout into the bank for a quick photo and release. This was my first for the day and whilst only a small fish at around 40cm long for water this small it was a monster and at least it showed that this little stream held fish and that the water, though discoloured from recent heavy rains was still clear enough for lure fishing. I had only been fishing for less than 10 minutes, was still at work less than 25 minutes previously and with home less than 10 minutes drive away I knew I could afford to stick around for a while longer before having to head homewards for dinner. This suburban trouting was not bad at all.

Atlantic salmon the hard way

Scott McDonald
The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.

Hopper Season


Many keen trout anglers would relies just how much trout love grasshoppers. They are a good easy source of energy that trout just love to feed on during the warmer months. From January right until the closing weekend of the season trout will be feeding themselves on the abundant food source that is grasshoppers.

Fishing Bruny Island Part 1 Trout and Bream fishing

Introduction

Bruny Island is an island off the South East Coast of Tasmania. It is situated around 40 minutes South of Hobart and is accessed from Kettering via the Mirambeena vehicle ferry. Bruny Island features the most southern hotel in Australia and was also where the first apples in Australia were planted. It has very little habitation with the bulk of the island being forestry areas or national parks and farms. The coast line is dotted with shacks and there are a few small residential areas.  It has beautiful beaches and exceptional surfing at Cloudy Bay.

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