During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...
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Jet-Fly, as Noel was commonly known by his clients, was Tasmania's first professional fly fishing guide. He had great fly fishing teachers in David Scholes and also Dick Wigram. Dick taught him to tie flies and one thing Scholes taught him was that presentation is usually more important than imitation.
When David Scholes praised a fly fishing book you should take notice.
'Numerous anglers tried to fish the Shannon, but only the skilled had any success. The extremely clear water made it so demanding, but not for John Brookes. His results were phenomenal." David Scholes.
The full story on David Scholes has finally been published. Written by Launceston gynaecologist, Don Boden it is a remarkable story of an Aviator, Angler, Artist and Author.
The original edition of the Shannon Rise is very rare. This booklet is a facsimile of the original self covered edition.
David Scholes was inspired to write this book after numerous requests from anglers. After reading David's previous book "The Enchanting Break-O-Day', fly fishers wanted to read about David's experiences on what many consider Tasmania's premier mayfly river, the Macquarie.
Until the publication in 1991 of Bob Dunn's 19-page Bibliography in his Angling in Australia: Its history and writings (pp.292-311) a beginning collector was very much working in the dark. Dunn's book is a masterpiece of scholarship and his bibliography, a selective list of all reasonably accessible publications on the subject, continues to be an outstanding reference for collectors of quality books about fish and fishing.
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Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...