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Great Lake - one of our best - for shore

Greg French looks at shore-based fishing at Great Lake

At the beginning of November Great lake was already within .8m of the all-time high level mark of 1035.48 (i.e. 3.89m below full supply) attained in October 1997 - and it was still rising. There is a distinct possibility that this coming summer the lake will edge out over new ground. Such an event dramatically affects trout behaviour.

Getting started

Rodney Woodward explains the easy way to get started on the fishing journey.

With the weather on the improve, and school holidays on us, many people decide to take up the sport of fishing. Retirees, children or friends are all opportune targets for you to hook on this wonderful sport. Getting started is tough though, with a huge number of choices to make before you start actually fishing. Just choosing a rod and reel is difficult.

Flathead facts

Sand Flathead Sand flathead have a long and narrow body with broad, flattened head. They are pale brown or mottled colour above and white below with occasional  reddish brown spots along sides. There is a distinctive black spot on the tail.

Chasing trout chasing Duns

Mayflies and trout, a combination intertwined in the legend and mystique of fly fishing. Neil Grose explains his theories on chasing trout feeding on mayfly duns. 

As we move into mayfly time, we can expect the magical times, the memorable times, and often the frustrating times as the mayflies we love so much begin to hatch in regular profusion.

Bead flies with a difference - Bead "bulging" nymphs

by David Higgins

One of the greatest innovations to fly fishing and fly tying, particularly in recent times, is the use of "Bead Heads" nymphs.There is no doubt that bead head flies in their many forms catch fish. Over the years, a huge number of fascinating fly patterns have been developed.

Inland Fisheries interviews with anglers

Inland Fisheries inspectors interviewed 3000 anglers last year. Of these 30% of anglers were bait fishing, 23% trolling, 22% spinning and 25% fly fishing, noting that some anglers use more than one method of fishing. A total of 2,028 fish were caught by these anglers; 1,714 (85%) were brown trout, 249 (12%) rainbow trout, 45 (2%) Atlantic salmon and 20 (1%) brook trout. More details will be found in the IFS Annual Report, which is out soon.

The Other side of the Hill - David Scholes Biography

The full story on David Scholes has finally been published. Written by Launceston gynaecologist, Don Boden it is a remarkable story of an Aviator, Angler, Artist and Author.

Trout and Fly in Tasmania

by R.H. Wigram

The original is a rare and collectable classic. Trout and Fly in Tasmania was published in 1938 during the war years and at this time quality paper was not available.

Tasmania's Fishing Miracle - Shannon Rise

by R.H Wigram

The original edition of the Shannon Rise is very rare. This booklet is a facsimile of the original self covered edition.

The Enchanting Break-O-Day

by David Scholes

The Enchanting Break-O-Day is by David Scholes about a water that is as close as Tasmania gets to spring creek fishing.

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