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 ...
The conditions weren't ideal for trout fishing today seeing the wind was gusting up to 30kph, the good thing was it was sunny so I decided to head off to have another go at catching trout in tannin waters. I knew once I was in the water I would have some shelter from the wind, though there would be times when I won't as well.
The water level was much lower than my last trip back August, it still had a reasonable flow and was a nice light tannin colour, plus the water temp was seven degrees, much better than the two/three degrees that it's been. I started off using a small #00 Aglia gold, and yes it was a well used spinner which I prefer to use as often as possible.
I hate breaking in new lures for some reason, even though I know they'll do the same job, I just like the old used ones. Seeing as this tannin water has only given up one trout for the season I wasn't feeling all that confident of catching all that many trout this trip.
Do you like to plan before you go fishing? Social media is a great place to gather information on where is fishing well. For weather information the Bureau of Meteorology is a good spot to check the weather. For daily lake levels go to Hydro Tasmania.
However, when it comes to rivers more generally and those lakes not managed by Hydro Tasmania, it can be much harder to get timely and reliable information. One site that is available to fishers is the Bureau of Meteorology. This site provides river level and flow information for many of the major rivers, along with continuous water temperature, some turbidity data and other water quality information for a select few major catchments. If you are having trouble working out all the information you can download the Getting Started manual.
Fine sunny weather, hardly a breeze and lower river levels gave me the opportunity to head to the upper reaches of the Mersey River at Weegena for a couple of hours of spin fishing. On my arrival (11:05 am) I found it was running a little higher than I thought it would be, good thing was it was still at a safe wading height. The water was a nice light/medium tannin colour and the water temp was sitting on 4-5 degrees which was much better than the two degrees on my last trip here. My main concern was if the trout were here and are they here in good numbers yet, or is it going to be one of those fish-less days that happens more often than not early in the season.
Trip one: Sunday 30th August
Poor weather forecast again today and with the larger rivers still running high it was back to the small tannin streams for the next two days. The first trip was to my favourite one on private property, a small tannin water that really fished well last season, but for some reason it's been on the quiet side to date. The other small stream is also on private property and closer to home, this one has only given up the odd trout from time to time. It was 9:45 am by the time I hit the water in what was reasonable weather conditions given the forecast. Looking to the South West I could see there was a build up of dark clouds slowly moving my way so I had to get a move on as quick as I could. The water level was down to what it was a week ago, the flow was still good and the water was a light tannin colour. I started the session off with a small well used #00 gold Aglia Mouche Noire spinner, it's an oldie and a goody, it's also caught quite a lot of trout in it's time of use.
The Meander Valley Council advise that recent water sampling indicates that the recent algal bloom has cleared and the water has returned to normal. The Caution Notices have been removed from the Dam Wall and Boat Ramp. This improvement in water quality is likely to see an improvement in the fishing also.
While the weather is still cold & damp I'm not fishing all that far from home at the moment, plus the larger rivers I would like to have a fish in are running too high for my liking. There are several areas on them where I could fish from the river banks, but for now I'll settle for fishing the smaller streams & creeks. This spin session was done in two different stretches of water on private property where permission to gain access is a must. The weather wasn't looking all that flash when I headed off, looking towards the mountains it was pretty dull with dark, heavy clouds moving in. By the time I arrived at my destination it had started raining, only lightly though, which was okay as I had a lightweight rain jacket in the car. After putting on the waders and wading boots as well as the waterproof jacket I decided not to wear the fishing vest.
With the weather still being unstable and more rain forecast as the days goes on I thought it worthwhile to head to the Dasher River on private property close to home. Once there I could see the river was on the rise and running a little on the cloudy side, not enough to put me off fishing it though. After a twenty minute walk to my entry point I was soon in the river (11:15am) flicking a small #00 gold Aglia around. The water temp like the air was very low and cold, today I did wear a waterproof jacket which helped to keep my upper body warm. As I slowly made my way upstream I found the river bottom was pretty slippery and there was quite a lot of green cotton like algae covering them.
As you may be aware, Epuron Projects Pty Ltd is proposing a wind farm on land at St Patricks Plains in the Central Highlands. The project requires approval from the Central Highlands Council, the Environment Protection Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, requiring preparation of an environmental impact statement. Currently a number of studies relating to flora and fauna, wedge-tailed eagles, traffic, heritage, socio-economic factors, noise and visual impacts are being undertaken for inclusion in the environmental impact statement.
As part of this assessment, Pitt&Sherry are seeking community feedback to inform the community profile and to gather information about community concerns or interest in the project.
A cover letter and feedback form is attached to this email and we would greatly appreciate your assistance by returning this form, or providing your input in an alternative way that suits.
Thank you for your ongoing assistance.
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The Fly Fishers' Club of Tasmania runs several fly fishing schools per year. These are conducted at a sit down class in the morning and then the afternoon is on the water, just a short drive from Launceston, on the river.
You DO NOT need any gear to attend, but if you have gear please take it.
Sunday 27 September 10am - 3pm.
Sunday 8 November 10am - 3pm.
Program includes a basic understanding for beginners - or for advancing anglers. It is helpful for very beginners through to those that want to get a better understanding.
Tutors are there to help you progress your skills and to help you catch a fish.
Welcome, safety briefing, water safety, hazards and some details about the FFCT.
Casting: Demonstration and basic casting techniques.
Understanding Lines, Leaders, Knots, Flies, Streamcraft.
Onstream demonstrations and understanding techniques such as dry fly, nymph under dry, nymphing etc.
To book - go online or buy it in-store. Places are limited.
Little Pine Lagoon boat users would be aware that there has been a voluntary no petrol motors area at the northern end of the lagoon for several years to protect the aquatic plants and water quality.
The area has been identified as north of a line of buoys which ran from just north of Bertrams Island to the western shore. The line of buoys has been problematic in that each year the movement of surface ice across the lagoon has moved the buoys, often a considerable distance.
To alleviate what has been an annual task to re-align the buoys back into place, Anglers Alliance Tasmania with assistance from IFS, has removed the buoy line and replaced it with two white marker posts, each fitted with a white disk and located at about the high water mark on either side of the lagoon.
Boat users are now asked to observe the no petrol outboard area on the northern side of a line drawn between the two marker posts. It is recommended that only electric motors and manual propulsion be used to protect the fragile aquatic plant coverage in this shallow area of the lagoon.
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Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.