Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.
Connor, Wally and I went out on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. We were in Wally’s boat and headed out at 12:30, and we trawled up around the Big Timber Shore, only getting a few touches. We then went over to the island getting a bit of cover from the wind, and getting a few hits on Tassie devil lures. We then trawled across in to Choco log bay, where Wally had a nice hit, but dropped it. We fished in there for about 45 minutes, getting a few hits. We then started to head back to Kalangadoo Bay, where Wally hooked this small Rainbow trout.
My brother and I went for a fish down the lake, Connor was fishing off the rocks at the Kalangadoo Bay Boat ramp, and had a few hits from a rainbow, and then he hooked it. It was 30 cm, we headed Back home as the rain started to really come down, and at about 4:30, we went back down as the rain had eased. I had a few hits from this small Rainbow, but I cast out to where there is this stump, let it sink and worked it back. On the 3rd time I let it sink,
Johnny Dekkers and myself fished Lake Leake today. Leaving home at 5am hopes were high that we may get some early morning wind lane action...it wasn't to be. Although a bit chilly, conditions seemed almost perfect with an overcast sky and light winds. No insect life at all, just a light smattering of midge..not enough to get them looking to the surface though.
Connor and I went for a fish down the lake; we had a few casts down off the boat ramp but we had no luck. So we decided to move up around to the Big Timber Shore, and still had no luck… We went back to the boat ramp, and I ended up getting this nice little rainbow! It measured in at 32cm. I caught it on a Loftys green & gold spinner.
This is my 3rd trout for the season, and I hope to get a few more!!!
Samuel Evans – Lake Leake Tasmania
We went back down to the lake once the rain eased off, I was fishing at the boat ramp with a “YEP Black and gold flapper” (Thanks Dale!!) And I had a small rainbow have a go at it, but it didn’t take it, I have about 4 more casts, let it sink, and felt a few hits, then it took the soft plastic! It put up a good fight. When I got it to the bank, the hook was not going anywhere, it was in deep! It’s my 2nd trout for the 2012/2013 season. And it’s not a bad size at, 47cm & 1.8pounds!
Samuel Evans – Lake Leake
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Connor and I went for a fish at the lake, we went up around the bay a bit and I flicked a “Yep” Rainbow Ripper minnow around. While Connor was using a squidgy bug, but no luck. We decided to head back to the Kalangadoo Bay Boat ramp, and changed my lure to a metal rainbow lure. I had around about 5 casts, casted let it sink, and I hooked this nice little rainbow! It was my first trout for the season, it wasn’t a monster, but still, I can’t complain!! Was in good condition and nice and fat! It was 31cm and around about 1lb.
Samuel Evans – Lake Leake
Samuel Evans - Kalangadoo/Tasmania
My brother and I went for a fish down the lake, I was fishing off a log and I landed these 2 rainbow trout, the 1st one was 31cm & the 2nd one was 34cm. The trout were in good condition. They were my 1st trout for the season. I hope to catch a few more! (But just a bit bigger)
Just before Christmas last year, my brother (10), sister (15) and I (14) went out on Lake Leake fishing. We weren’t out on the water for more than 5 minutes; Connor hooked a small brown, then Gracie-mae but both under size. Not long after that I hooked something that felt like a log, it was pulling like a freight train!! When we got it up to the side of the boat, it was monster red fin perch!! We got it in the boat measured and weighed in at 45cm, 2.7pounds, it was a whopper.
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.
I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.
These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.Read more ...