by Dave Egan
Once again my annual trip to Tassie proved to be a fantastic fly fishing learning experience and heaps of fun despite tough weather conditions and some even tougher fish. For those lucky enough to live in Tassie you can pick your days to fish but for us poor deprived Mainlanders we have to take what we get and it isn’t always good what the weather gods dish out. I have fished the central plateau for the last 30 years so I know not to expect great weather on all days every trip. At times the poor weather improves the fishing such as dull, overcast and cool Dun type days.
Took the kids camping to Laughing Jack last weekend. I hadn’t been there for years and had forgotten what a great spot it was. The fishing was pretty slow and we caught 4 fish, 2 spinning around the edges and I caught 2 Sunday at first light on fly while the kids slept. There was a pretty good midge hatch at first light but it was dead still with no wind lanes formed until about 10.00am. Some fish stayed up in them but were difficult to catch.
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Johnny Dekkers and I fished the Cowpaddock area this morning...plenty of water in it and few fish rising,(most quite small though), with the wind putting an end to things in that department ery early on.
Johnny landed nine and kept seven.
I landed 7 and kept five....biggest would have just been about two pounds.
All in quite good nick....even a whisper that a couple of duns are starting to show their faces early.!! Orange gum beetles are about in numbers also.
We traveled to Laughing Jack Lagoon on Friday to make sure we secured ourselves a good camp, just so happens we were the only ones to camp there the whole weekend!
By Todd Lambert
One of my New Year resolutions for 2010 was to get out of my comfort zone, drive past the ever reliable Arthurs and Great Lake and to start exploring the Western Lakes, so when a work mate (Huon Witt) suggested we pay a visit to Talinah Lagoon on a rostered day off, I was very quick to say yes.
Hi Mike, had a trip into Pillans southern end last weekend via Christys Creek system. Not a lot of fish caught but quality not quantity certainly made up for it. The biggest around 4 kilos and my best for the season. Pretty dry too with not much if any water flowing in the creeks. Disappointing was that previous campers had left a bloody great mess of rubbish etc. Also the idiots lit fires on the cushion plants that are hundreds of years old. They make the effort to walk 3 or 4 hours to access these magnificant fishing spots yet can`t make the effort to take their rubbish out. They wouldn`t leave a mess in their backyards i bet. I ended up carrying their rubbish out and had the campsite pretty much back to normal, otherwise a good trip.
Open up a 1:25000 series map of Lake Mackenzie and you will soon realise there is a huge amount of water to explore back there. Maps are wonderful things; they inspire the imagination and bring out the explorer in us. In Tasmania we have an immense wilderness to explore and a unique fishing experience that goes along with it.
Joe Riley looks at the tail end of the trout season and encourages anglers to make the best of it. You can be sure he will.
As daylight savings comes to pass and the days grow cooler through autumn, winter approaches and the brown trout season draws to a close. All is not despair though as there are still fish to be caught, even the prospect of specimen dry fly fishing in the highland lakes on the warmer days. It's the last surge to make the most out of a season which has been challenged by water draw downs, blustery weather and controversy over one of the world's finest brown trout lakes coming under threat from irrigation schemes.
The heading sounds like something from a Monty Python sketch, but Shane Flude teaches us here about the joys of fishing and exploring. Or maybe that should be exploring and fishing. Nevertheless, sometimes, probably more often than you perhaps do, you should put some boots and a pack on and walk to the fishing. Walking is one of the easiest and healthiest things to do. So take a tip and take a trip by foot with Shane and discover new water.
A first timer's impressions of Tasmania's Western Lakes with ABC Radio's Scott Levi.
So you think you're a dedicated fly fisher! Well try this quick quiz: Are you prepared to walk 1300 metres straight uphill with a 30 kilo pack, cross loose rock screes that can break an ankle with one false step and navigate across trackless wilderness?
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