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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.

Understanding your environment - Tasmanian birds of prey

by Mike Stevens

It is important that we enjoy and appreciate the environment around us when we go fishing. Parks and Wildlife Service have a wealth of information on our wonderful flora and fauna. This is the first in a series of Parks and Wildlife Service on what you may encounter as you spend your day sharing nature with others.

Kids Stuff - How fish work

by Michael Bok

Think of a fish as a boat with oars on each side and a motor at the back. For this article I thought we would have a quick look at what is the most important thing in fishing - the fish itself.

Four Springs - 25 year dream close to reality

by Tony Scott 

Most of the operation was all over in less than a minute but the smiles on the faces of three dedicated anglers showed no trace of anti-climax as more than 40,000 trout fry were freed into Four Springs Dam close to Launceston.

Jan's Flies

by Jan Spencer

Winter time is a traditional time for fly tying and certainly I have done my share this winter. Winter is also the time for end of the year dinners, always great nights, where many fishy stories are swapped.

Check your line and improve results

Anglers treat one of the most important parts of their fishing tackle with contempt. The one part that often means the difference between landing a fish and losing it is the line. Granted, the hook and knot are important but more often the line is what parts, not the other two.

Catch in the Kitchen - Mussels with sausage, coconut milk and lime

by Michael Bok

Mussels with sausage, coconut milk and lime

This recipe sounds odd, but it is delicious.

Smoking Fish - a great way to bring out the flavour

Smoking trout, salmon, or any kind of fish has long been recognized as a gourmet delight. It is neither difficult or costly to achieve using a portable smoker. There are several on the market that come complete with all accessories, sawdust and instructions.

Depth and retrieve

by David Higgins

Probably the most important tip I can give you when fly fishing with nymphs or wet flies is - which is pretty much all fly fishers can do this time of the year is: remember exactly how you were fishing at the moment a trout takes your fly and do it again!

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.

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