“A drogue is fundamental to lake fishing success in Tasmania!”
- Jim Allen
A drogue is a device that enables you to moderate the drift speed of the boat. This drifting technique originated on the reservoirs in UK and Ireland. The lakes of these countries are very much like ours in Tasmania and if the fish are hard to locate there is no better fishing technique than this as it enables you to cover large areas of water in a controlled manner.
Jim Allen, has fished Tasmania’s highlands for 40 years and shares his thought on drogues.
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Presented from Issue 111, August 2014
If you’re anything like me, your tackle box is overflowing with various trout lures that you have hardly used. I insist on keeping them however, just in case ‘the right time’ happens. However, realistically it is pretty much the same six lures that get tied on every trout season, simply because I have the most confidence in them. This confidence has come from years of these lures constantly producing good results; it is not easy for a lure to make the cut at being one of the six. There are so many good trout lures on the market today, lures that grab your eye as soon as you walk along the lure wall, however these six lures don’t just catch fisherman, they catch trout.
A hot day was forecast with light NE winds early then gusting later in the day so I had an early start on the Meander this morning. I was in the river flicking a gold Aglia spinner around by 6:15 am in what was beautiful cool conditions with some cloud cover. The river had good flow and was running very clear, now all I needed was for the trout to be in an aggressive mood. It wasn't all that long before the little gold spinner drew the attention of a couple of browns, but they were only interested in it for a short distance before moving off. I replaced the spinner with the small ghost brown hard body seeing as that's got them going several times here before. Well it wasn't any better than the gold spinner, I had follow after follow from some nice browns and that was it. Another change of lure, the rainbow Rapala was the choice this time. I had a repeat of what has been going on so far this morning with the lures, more follows but no takers. I have now been in the river for forty five minutes and all I've had is a dozen follows from a lot of non aggressive browns.
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Please see the below press release for further information:
Results from rock lobster sampled from the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone indicate PST levels below the regulatory limit.
The MARIA ISLAND ZONE will open:
· for setting rock lobster pots, at 13:00 on Saturday 17 February 2018; and,
· for taking rock lobster, pulling pots, rock lobster rings and diving for rock lobster, at 00:01 a.m. on Sunday 18 February 2018.
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
The weather was fine when I left home this morning for a spin session on the Mersey River at Weegena even though the forecast was for rain & thunderstorms the sky was clear. Once there & after a forty minute walk to where I was to start my spin session, it was then I noticed some heavy cloud building up and it seemed to be moving in at a steady rate. I knew then I would have to get in the river and get a move on before the weather hit this area.. I was using the ghost brown lure and was having plenty of follows but no takers which was becoming quite frustrating.
Fly Fish Australia Inc.
GPO Box 2255
CANBERRA ACT 2601
6 February 2018
Frogley's Offshore has released a couple of new products - and we want to tell you all about them in our press releases!
The Gamakatsu Long Shank Black Hooks are versatile and perfect for worms, pipis, prawns and cut fresh baits either fished from a boat or land, as well as Mudeye in the fresh.
Following high demand from our customers, we have now released the Atomic Arrowz 2 Piece, featuring all the same high-quality components - perfect for the travelling angler.
Results from rock lobster sampled from the Central East Zone indicate PST levels below the regulatory limit.
PST levels in rock lobster sampled from the Maria Island Zone were not under the regulatory limit. PST levels have substantially decreased in recent weeks and lobsters will be sampled from this Zone next week.
The CENTRAL EAST ZONE will open:
for setting rock lobster pots, at 17:00 on Monday 22 January 2018; and,
for taking rock lobster, pulling pots, rock lobster rings and diving for rock lobster, at 00:01 a.m. on Tuesday 23 January 2018.
THE MARIA ISLAND ROCK LOBSTER ZONE REMAINS CLOSED TO TAKING ROCK LOBSTER.
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
The Central East and Maria Island rock lobster biotoxin zones remain closed. Analysis of the Rock lobster samples are underway at the certified laboratory in Sydney. Unfortunately, we have just been advised the results will not be available until Monday 22 January 2018 or Tuesday 23 January 2018.
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
If you catch and keep KGW’s we want your filleted frames. Preferably leave the guts in so we can sex each fish. Frames can be placed in a plastic bag and frozen with details of approximate area of capture, the date of capture and your contact details on a label left inside the bag. Once frozen drop them off at where this poster is or contact me and I will organise the details to collect them. Once obtained the frames will be used to determine their size, sex and maturity level, and remove the otoliths to age each individual.
If your interested in participating and want more information talk to the staff in this tackle shop
Call Dr James Haddy on 6324 3828.
With nothing on this morning and being Christmas Day I new where ever I fished I'd more than likely have the rivers all to myself. So I headed off to the Mersey River for a spin session in what was beautiful calm conditions and with the sun already well up I didn't hit the river until 7:15 am. The river was like a sheet of glass and there were quite a few trout already on the rise surface feeding on midges. Seeing the trout surface feeding I knew I was in for another tough few hours chasing the brown trout this morning.
I left home just after 5:30 am this morning and headed to the upper reaches of the Mersey River for an early spin session in what was a reasonably cool morning with the lightest of breeze. As soon as I arrived it was on with the wading gear and off for a forty minute walk to where I would start the spin session. I was trying a new stretch of river (that I checked out on Google Earth) for the first time this trip so I didn't know what to expect.
I was originally going to head to the upper Mersey River at Liena at 4:30 am this morning when I woke up but after laying there for a while I decided not to. As much as I wanted to get up I just couldn't be bothered because of a couple of sleepless nights. As the day went on and there was some good cloud cover around I then decided to head up there around 2:10 PM.
Keep safe and check the weather before heading out. Happy Fishing !
Hear what Fletcher the fish has to say
Greetings to you. As the festive season of Christmas approaches, all of us who are fly fishers think about new rods reels and lines under the Christmas tree.
I would like to think I could help out with your wishes but I can’t .
What I can do is introduce you to the new website for the 39th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 to be held in Tasmania, Australia www.WFFC2019.com - Download the flyer here
In the lead up to the festive season, we have continued to pull out all the stops in the fight against carp in Tasmania. The remaining carp have been very active within inshore regions due to warm water and recent rain events. This has been the time to strike: they are very susceptible to our methods while in these shallow regions.
Please read more at https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/not-so-carpy-christmas
With cloud moving in making conditions quite humid I decided to head on over to the Meander River for an afternoon session. The river was running some 4-6 inches higher than my last trip here which was back on Tuesday 28th November and it was little discoloured too. By the time I had walked 1.5 kms to the river it was 3:30 PM when I had my first cast with the little #00 gold Aglia into a long wide medium stretch of river. There was a reasonably strong North Easterly breeze blowing from behind me so I was getting good distance with the light weight spinner, I was reaching the opposite side of the river with ease. I used the cast and drift method and had my first take within three minutes, it was a nice solid 460 gram brown. After it making several runs and leaps I slowly led it into the net, once in it out popped the spinner.
With the Australian National Fly Fishing Championships on over the next three days I decided to give the upper reaches a fish. I arrived just after 7:00 am in what was overcast conditions, no wind and it was quite mild, really good fishing conditions. I did have a tough 1.5 km walk ahead of me to reach my starting point which I reached just after 7:30 am. With the river running very clear I was in two minds whether to go for the hard body lure or my ever reliable little Mepps spinners. I decided to go with the Mepps, now would be a black or gold blade spinner to start with. I went for the #00 (1.5g) gold blade Aglia for starters to see how that would go, if it didn't then I'd change to the black one.
for setting rock lobster pots from 17:00 on Friday, 15 December 2017; and
for rock lobster fishing and taking of rock lobster from 00:01 a.m. on Saturday 16 December 2017.
Paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) levels in lobster samples collected last week from the Central East and Maria Island rock lobster biotoxin management zones are still very high and well in excess of the regulatory limit of 0.8mg/kg. The highest results were 7.1 and 5.5 mg/kg. Whilst this is a decrease from the peak levels recorded 5 weeks ago (30 October), a much greater reduction will be needed before the zones can be re-opened for fishing.
Well I did manage to hit the Meander River just on 6:40am this morning in what was beautiful calm cool conditions. The river was running at a nice height with very clear water, there were a few insects out and about as well as the odd trout on the rise. I started off with a gold Aglia and picked up a solid 450 gram brown in the first ten minutes of fast water fishing. The flowing stretch of water was a wide deep slow piece of river so I just worked the spinner down the shallow left hand side of it where I had a solid hit but missed it. It was all quiet over the next couple of stretches of river until I reached the top end of the second run after changing over to the small ghost brown hard body lure.
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