Doing it with style

The embracing of loch-style fishing Techniques by competition anglers in Australia is now finding increasing favour with recreational anglers. Much is written in the British angling press about loch-style fly fishing, and its many subtle variations, but Australian publications have been silent on it till recently.

Tasmania's Beautiful Brookies

by Greg French

Brook trout, with their olive backs, lemon spots and, in the case of spawners, bright orange flanks are perhaps the most strikingly beautiful of all salmonoids and, because they are so rare in Australia and New Zealand, most anglers aspire to catch one. While the species does not offer the same challenge as the ever cunning brown trout, it is highly regarded in its native North America and we are privileged to have a couple of wild populations in Tasmania.

Spinners are grinners

Fishing rivers and streams with lures can be one of the most effective ways of catching a feed. Often the size of fish is small, but the unique atmosphere and nature of streams makes up for their often diminutive stature.

Greg French looks techniques that will help you improve your catch and have you smiling.

So much water so close to home

by Greg French

One of the first assumptions anglers are inclined to make is that popular waters have been thrashed to death and that better fishing will be found if you are prepared to travel further afield. Be sure of this - popular waters are not popular without reason. They really do offer anglers (especially novices and intermediates) the best chance of catching fish.

Is Tasmania's Trout fishery Slowly disappearing?

In recent times Tasmania has seen some structural changes occurring to the management of its inland fishery. They have been slow coming though - too slow for many anglers.

The secret to catching more fish

by Greg French

There was a time when I found it easy to brush aside criticism of my casting performance - I simply asserted that I am an angler, not a caster, and proved the point by catching trout.

How to catch trout when you are not allowed to use bait

by Greg French

In the last round of changes to our trout fishing regulations (1997-1998) restrictions were tabled which further limit both where we can fish with bait and what bait we can use. The reasons for these changes to the law are complex and I will discuss them as we go along.

Georges Bay going OFF

We had a call Wednesday "The Bay is going OFF', was the statement. Georges Bay he was talking about and the fishing is looking really good for Summer. Big Australian salmon and silver trevally to 48 cm are a couple of the premium catches. There are still a few bigger garfish being caught, but these are unlikely to last much longer. Sounds like St Helens might be the place to go for the long weekend. Mike Stevens.

Trouting as winter approaches

Greg French takes a look at the trout fishing opportunities as the season comes to a close.

The Lakes
The most significant thing about the trout fishing in April is that the brown trout at many highland waters are well and truly geared up for spawning. In March there may well have been males gathering in bays fed by major spawning streams, but by now plenty of females will have coloured-up and there should be intense congregations of both sexes.

Trout tips for February-March

by Greg French

If I could fish only two consecutive months in any trout season, February and March would be my choice. Of course I would miss my cherished sea trout fishing, and red letter days on the South Esk and Macquarie rivers would be few and far between - but the weather on the Central Plateau would usually be relatively settled and I could rely on ideal conditions for polaroiding and dun hatches.

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