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Jan's Flies


Sticks, sticks and more sticks - stick caddis that is. Rarely does a trout's stomach contents not contain at least a few stick caddis.

Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 1: The Basics
Soft plastic of rubber lures are taking the country by storm, but many anglers are still not getting the best from these lures. In this ground-breaking of how-to feature, soft plastics" whiz, Steve Starling, reveals the secrets of success, with a special emphasis on Victorian waters.

Southern Bluefin Tuna

Just the name brings back fond memories of last season for game fishermen around the state, and what a season it was with many multiple hook ups and all but the unluckiest of anglers getting into the thick of the action. And it pretty much happened again this year.

Australian Salmon On Fly - Location Cremorne


Mark Simpson with a nice Australian salmon taken from the Cremorne Channel. This is an easily accessed southern Tasmanian water that can be very productive. Mark explains his methods.

Garfish - mini marlin of the estuaries

Tasmania has an abundance of southern sea garfish. They are a prime winter fish that probably grow bigger in Tasmania than anywhere else. Garfish are relatively easy to catch, and as well as being good to eat they make great bait as well.

Casting Tips


Nine times Australian Casting Champion, Peter Hayes believes a little bit of work and concentration on casting techniques makes a lot of difference when fishing. "Good casters get to cover more fish more quickly, and consequently get more chances" he says.

Surf Fishing - Something for all the Family


Surf fishing is one of the most enjoyable recreational exploits now being enjoyed by a growing number of Tasmanian anglers and lets face it, a small State surrounded by water, Tasmania has more than its fair share of surf fishing opportunities for the avid angler. Surf fishing is a family oriented sport that doesn't require the cost of a boat and can be  enjoyed by the whole family; even those who don't like fishing can derive much pleasure  from a relaxing day at the beach whilst the fishing enthusiasts in the family do their thing. For those that haven't yet turned their attention to the surf, lets look at what tactics can  help to make this day at the beach a bit more re-warding and also at the gear you will need to maximize your success.

The Willow

The willow (Salix taxa) has recently been declared a weed of national significance (WONS) by the National Weed Strategy Executive Committee (DPIWE, 02). The pretense for this classification was that willows pose ten possible threats; 

Jassid's - As good as it gets!

The Tasmanian fishing season has many highlights for the fly fisher. Early season tailing  trout, awesome mayfly hatches and unbelievable polaroiding on blue-sky days are probably what Tasmanian fishing is renowned for.

Southern Bluefin Lures

As many of Tasmania's saltwater game anglers await the annual southern bluefin tuna "run', lure choice is  usually the prime topic for discussion. With the past two years being particularly good, anglers are waiting in anticipation for the next few weeks  - will Tasmania be blessed with a "hat trick" of productive tuna seasons?

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