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Springtime Mayflies

Launceston Show Day, during early October, marks the traditional start to Tasmania’s mayfly hatches. The place to be is on the northern rivers made famous by the writings of David Scholes. 
Upper Macquarie River 
The Upper Macquarie River (from the Lake River to Tooms Lake) is the traditional Tasmanian home of mayfly fishing. Properties such as Stewarton were favourites of Scholes and other fly fishers; even today the Stewarton road bridge provides angler access for fly fishers chasing these hatches, made possible by great co-operation between the local land owners and the Inland Fisheries Service. Although Stewarton is the focal point for effort on the Upper Macquarie, better and more consistent hatches are found further upstream, where riparian areas are in better condition, and less cropping and de-watering occurs. Last season saw this section of river bounce back from years of drought, with hatches and trout populations visibly active and recovering.

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