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 ...
After having around 50 injections in my lower back, hips and left shoulder blade I felt good enough to hit the fast water on the Meander River. Before I left home I put several stick on heat patches on my lower back & took a couple of pain killers as well. Any way I arrived at Meander in thick fog, got the trout wading gear on and headed off to the river. When I arrived at the area I was going to fish I found the river was running a too little high and fast for my liking.
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International Fish Passage Symposium, Albury
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Kirk Deeter, the editor for Trout, Trout Unlimited's quarterly magazine, and editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine. His stories have appeared in Garden & Gun, The Drake, 5280, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fisherman, Big Sky Journal, Salt Water Sportsman, and Trout, among other places. He lives in Pine, Colorado.
Bronte Fly Fishing School
IUCN Australian Freshwater Fish Global Assessment Workshop, Melbourne
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Martin Cottis, British fly-guide and
Compliance Statistics from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2019
During this period there were:
2 534 angling licence inspections.
111 whitebait licence inspections.
445 recreational vessel inspections under Marine and Safety legislation.
4 commercial fishing inspections.
5 search warrants executed.
8.5 kilograms of whitebait seized.
8 whitebait nets seized.
3 lobster traps seized.
2 cray rings seized.
6 defendants convicted of 32 offences in the Magistrates Court.
122 offences detected and dealt with via Infringement notice and/or Infringement Notice endorsed as a Conditional Caution notices.
We catch and stock migrating elver and lampreys from two Hydro Tasmania catchments:
1) Meadowbank Dam in the River Derwent
2) Trevallyn Tailrace in the kanamaluka/River Tamar
The lamprey run at Meadowbank Dam started in October and peaked in December. Overall we caught 2 414 kg of lamprey for the 2018-19 season.
In November, we began to catch elver using nets set in the Trevallyn Tailrace and in December from a trap at the base of Meadowbank Dam. By 6 February we had caught 1 308 kg of elver across both sites.
Salmon Ponds The brown trout fry (from yingina/Great Lake) and rainbow trout fingerlings (domestic stock from Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd) grew well and were stocked out by the end of December 2018.
The rainbow trout fingerlings, averaging 10 grams, were sold and stocked in to private farm dams for private fishing. We stocked the brown trout fry into private North West farm dams open to public fishing, angling club dams and other public fisheries. (See the fry-stocking list below)
I just love this time of year with it's cool nights & mornings that slowly turn into beautiful still mild Autumn days. It's also a great time of the trout season for chasing trout in the rivers for me as well. It was another cool morning when I arrived at the Meander River for another spin session with the river still flowing at a nice wading height. I started the session off with the lure that has done well on the trout over a few trips and that was the copper Aglia Mouche Noire spinner. The water temperature has now dropped to a cool ten degrees, I'm hoping for more good results like I had in this river on my last trip when I caught & released 15 browns. I was in the river by 7:20 am and it wasn't too long before I had my first trout take the spinner which was good, it was a nice 280 gram brown.
Given it was a beautiful cool & frosty morning I decided to head off for an early spin session to see if I could catch three more trout to reach the 400 mark for this season. It's been a tough one for me so far and being around 120 or more trout down for the same time last season, reaching the 400 mark will make up for my poor season.
During the first week of October, we surveyed the brown trout population at Woods Lake.
Over two nights we captured 368 brown trout.
The average weight for fish over the legal size limit of 300 mm was 804 grams with an average
length of 427 mm.
The growth of fish was good across all lengths, with approximately 20 percent of fish measuring in
excess of 500 mm.
There was a strong cohort of fish centered around a peak of 360 mm length, with 37 percent of
fish measuring 300 – 400 mm.
Craigbourne Road to remain open On Saturday 1 December 2018, the Southern Midlands Council published a Public Notice seeking feedback on a proposed permanent closure of a section of the Craigbourne Road.
The road closure would have resulted in no public access to the eastern side of the dam, restricting access to the western side only.
The Council discussed the proposal at meeting of 23 January. Neil Morrow, Manager Anglers Access made representation to the Council.
The Council voted unanimously to keep Craigbourne Road open to the public.
The IFS thanks the community for their overwhelming support in keeping this important public access open for anglers and other recreational users.
Anglers accessing the dam should respect private land and adhere to the access rules at all times.
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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.