With the recent closure of the Liawenee Field Station and transfer of Plateau management to Mole Creek, one might very well ask this question. For the first time in many decades, there is no Ranger present or Parks and Wildlife Service representation on the Central Plateau.
A late spur of the moment decision found me out West yesterday for a spot of dry fly action.
I decided to join the boys for a wander into a lake I haven't fished in years for a look. As it had been years since I had fished it I was very eager to get in there. The plan was to meet the others at Liawenee at around 5am as they were heading up from Hobart. I couldn't sleep Friday night so I headed up around 11pm and thought I'd get a coupla hours kip in the bus before they arrived. This never happened as I found myself just driving around the highlands to see how much wildlife I could spot under the moonlit sky!
My first effective fishing trip since I ventured to Tassie for the opening season in August , saw me head off to explore a recently discovered little gem out in the Victorian goldfields. I discovered this little reservoir on a recent weekend away. I had heard of it but had never seen it let alone fished it. It is a little expanse of water worthy of inclusion amongst many of my favourite Tassie waters.. With its undulating country side vista and its relatively clear waters, the prospects seem good based on the visuals. I went up on the Saturday afternoon for hope of catching and evening rise. Alas there was no surface movement and after speaking to a regular that was just coming of the water, there was not much action under the water either.
Went to Curries River Dam for 9am Sunday at the Dam wall. I was using Chunky Cheese power bait and caught this beauty in 15 mins. The weather was quite windy so fly fishing was very difficult. But if you were a fly fisher, then today would have been great. Fish were rising until 10:30am. Then nothing.
Connor and I went for a fish to the Lake last night, we were spinning off the rocks at the Kalangadoo Bay Boat Ramp. Connor hooked a nice little rainbow, but it got off. So we moved around to the grassy side of the bay, fishing off the ledge that is about 2.5/3foot deep, and Connor hooked another rainbow, and lost it. So we went back to the boat ramp and Connor had a cast, and he hooked this nice fat little rainbow, it was 36cm. He got it on a Berkley Black and gold soft plastic. The little trout bit the tale off his soft plastic. The trout seem to be going for the black and gold’s at the moment.
On the 20th of August I woke up at 6:45am and realised that I had slept in for 20 minutes so I grabbed my gear and rushed over to the Pioneer Lake and set my rods out, I used 2 floats, both weighted with a red hook and a worm on each, 45 minutes later I saw my float start moving then it bobbed up and down then it took off across the surface then is stopped and went back under again.
I met up with Dale "Unit" Howard and his son Trevor at their house around 8.30ish this morning and had my son Jacob with me and after Dale picked Bailey Zanetto up on the way, we headed for Curries River Reservoir.
Upon arrival around 9.30, we observed that fellow President Warwick Medwin and his mate were already on the water fishing. We spoke to a couple of guys just getting off the water, they had a small rainbow of around a pound and a couple of browns that were a bit “underdone weight- wise”, but would still weigh in around three and a half pounds.
On the 12th of the August my dad said lets go fishing so I said, "Do you want to try a new spot ", so off we went. When we got there we decided who was getting which spot. I ended up getting the spot on the bank between 2 banks of reeds and dad has a jetty also between 2 reeds banks.
On the 4th of August I walked down to the Pioneer Lake at 6.20am. When i got there it was raining so I got ready and waited for the wind to calm down a bit then i made my first cast it blew back in with in 3 minutes but I didn't give up.
Looks like I am doing the report as Dale has handpassed it on to me! We fished Curries River Dam this arvo with Dale, Trev, & Bailey. We met up with them onsite around lunchtime. It was the first time here for me, but Dale has fished it a few times about 15 years ago and got some nice fish out of it on the fly.
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