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 ...
Dale Howard, his son Trevor and myself went to Tooms today,
The weather was sensational, managed ten nice rainbows on Yep black n gold Flappers and Red Rascals.
We kept 5 and released 5.
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Back home, after a rather cool few days on Tooms one of the coldest nights on Tues.night don't know what it got down to, but there was plenty of ice around the shore in the morning.
The water temperature never rose above 6.1 c, nevertheless I managed 5 very nice browns and lost 1 along side and 1 due to poor net practice.
Most were caught drift spinning, with Dales Red Nut the main weapon of choice. Thanks Dale.
This coming weekend may well be nice weather, and with some good Westerly weather should help.
Myself, a mate, and one other camper were the only inhabitants in residence.
All the best to my fellow Presidents for the angling ahead.
Pres. Reg Travers
Friday afternoon went with daughter Kiri-Lee to Tooms Lake to meet up with Mick Barrett and his wife Shirley. The weather was cool and light occasional showers. Launched boat after breakfast Saturday and Mick caught first rainbow trolling back to campsite. Mick, Kiri-Lee and I then fished till lunchtime with me boating two rainbows. The afternoon was a little less productive with each of us hooking up but failing to land one until Mick hooked a nice brown, this being the only one landed for the session.
Here we are home again cleaning up gear and reflecting upon the President clubs latest outing.
Thursday morning saw 5 Presidents head to Tooms Lake early to ensure our usual camping spot, thank goodness they did as car after car came in on the Friday morning with the same idea. The shorelines soon turned into “little cities” of makeshift campers and tents.
I am back at work after two weeks holidays. Then spent one week catching up on all I needed to do at work. A mate of mine came over from western Australia which some of you might remember from fishing gear many years ago. We fished Tooms first.
Just this minute talking to Johnny who is staying at Tooms as we speak( in the Ross anglers shack) alongside Dan and Gary ...they went out for an hour this avo and caught three all around the three and a half pound mark, two caught on "Slim Jims " and the other on a mudeye pattern.
by Todd Lambert
Thursday 5th August
Left home around 11.am after hooking up with fellow Presidents Jim &
Upon arrival at Tooms a couple of hours later (had a couple of stops),
we soon found a great camping area near the dam wall and were
surprised to see only one other camp set up along the shoreline, but
many, many others already set up in the bushland behind us. Perhaps
they know something we don't?... we thought.
A few of my mates and myself decided to have one final fling before "Seasons end" , organizing a BBQ, casual day out and any fish we caught ....would be viewed as a bonus.
Where to go? Tooms Lake of course!!!!
Tooms lake has always been a very good, if underrated, water, but over the last six or seven years it has fished extraordinarily well and visitation has increased dramatically. Greg French profiles this remarkable fishery.
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and an art worth your learning.."
Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.
A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.
As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.Read more ...