Atlantic salmon the hard way

Scott McDonald
The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.

Hopper Season


Many keen trout anglers would relies just how much trout love grasshoppers. They are a good easy source of energy that trout just love to feed on during the warmer months. From January right until the closing weekend of the season trout will be feeding themselves on the abundant food source that is grasshoppers.

Fishing Bruny Island Part 1 Trout and Bream fishing

Introduction

Bruny Island is an island off the South East Coast of Tasmania. It is situated around 40 minutes South of Hobart and is accessed from Kettering via the Mirambeena vehicle ferry. Bruny Island features the most southern hotel in Australia and was also where the first apples in Australia were planted. It has very little habitation with the bulk of the island being forestry areas or national parks and farms. The coast line is dotted with shacks and there are a few small residential areas.  It has beautiful beaches and exceptional surfing at Cloudy Bay.

Fishing Bruny Island Part 1 Trout and Bream fishing

Introduction

Bruny Island is an island off the South East Coast of Tasmania. It is situated around 40 minutes South of Hobart and is accessed from Kettering via the Mirambeena vehicle ferry. Bruny Island features the most southern hotel in Australia and was also where the first apples in Australia were planted. It has very little habitation with the bulk of the island being forestry areas or national parks and farms. The coast line is dotted with shacks and there are a few small residential areas.  It has beautiful beaches and exceptional surfing at Cloudy Bay.

Tailing Trout

There are no sure tactics for catching tailing trout, in fact they are probably the hardest trout to consistently fool.

Getting down - and getting lucky

The Central Highland lakes during the early season can be a daunting prospect. Water temperatures are low with snow, ice and freezing winds a common occurrence, all combine to make fishing the lakes a challenge to say the least.

Breaking the ice - starting the new season

To say that this winter has been wet cold and windy would be an understatement. It really harks back to the good old winters of years gone by - heaps of snow on the highlands, piercing winds that hardly pause for breath and driving rain that only stops so that it can come from a different direction. While this makes us cold and miserable, uses up all our firewood and ramps up the electricity bills as well strive to stay warm and comfortable, it is also "money in the bank" for the new trout season. We need plenty of winter rain and snow for a great summer season. Oh wondrous day, the opening of the season!

Stillwater Nymphing.


Hobart trout guide Bob McKinley revisits a tried and proven method.

I like nothing better than sight fishing for trout and fishing the dry fly has to be the champagne of all fishing. However we all find those times when conditions are less than perfect, no fish are visible and we find ourselves having to go down to find the fish.

What makes a Tasmanian guide?

Tasmanian trout guides have a worldwide reputation as guides of high skill and professionalism. This reputation hasn't happened by accident, as the peak body representing trout guides in Tasmania, (Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania or TGALT) has continually lifted the bar in terms of guides qualifications and requirements for government accreditation.

Motivations of Tasmanian Trout Anglers

Michael Burgess, a post graduate student from the Australian Maritime College, conducted a study researching the motivations of Tasmanian trout anglers last year and in this article he discusses the results and their implications for increasing angler participation.

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