Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.
Published on Jan. 10, 2019 at https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/jan/10/cumbungi-control-trial-four-springs-lake-update-january-2019
Before and after shots of the area treated by manual slashing. AAT executive member John Broomby admiring the work.
On Tuesday 8 January 2019, we went with Anglers Alliance Tasmania to Four Springs Lake to see the results of the cumbungi control done in January 2018.
We surveyed the eight sites sprayed last year. At two of the sites, eradication was 100% successful. The remaining six sites have small areas of regrowth. These have been re- treated with low toxicity biactive herbicide.
The highlight was that the largest area, which was treated by manually slashing the stems 150 mm below the water surface in January and March, resulted in 100% eradication.
We will survey all sites again in in January 2020.
Brett Smith from the Fishers and Walkers group has organised a meeting for interested parties at 7pm at the Great Lake Hotel on Thurs 17 Jan 2019 to discuss the Lake Malbena proposal. There will be guest speakers from fishing, bushwalking and environmental groups
All welcome, get along and have your say on protecting the wilderness values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Gary France - Chairman
Terry Byard - Vice Chairman
Denis Edwards - Executive Officer
GPO BOX 963, HOBART TAS 7001
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From IFS https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/
Coming soon – Woods Lake.
The IFS Annual Report 2017-18 is now available on the website.
At last the Leven River level was down to a safe wading height which meant I could finally go and have another go at catching a trout in it. My last trip there resulted in a “donut” which was my first for two trout seasons. I did hook a few trout that day but lost every one of them, today I was out for a bit of revenge. Actually I would be happy with catching two or three fish, well not really I want more to make up for my previous losses. The conditions were ideal too with heavy cloud cover and the lightest of breeze as I entered the river just on 6:00 am. The river was running at the perfect height for wading, so far everything was spot on for trout fishing. First stretch of river I fished was a medium to fast water around forty meters long.
Well for the first time this season I was in the Meander River by 5:00 am this morning in what was a beautiful cool morning with plenty of water flowing down the river. The day was supposed to reach 27 degrees, that's the reason for the early start. I was hoping the trout fishing would be better early morning than the later starts I have had on this river. I do prefer the early morning starts on the rivers as it is the best time to be on the water, the trout fishing is usually at it's best then, especially in the Summer months. This river hasn't fished all that well this season and this is another reason I wanted to have the early start on it. There was only one thing I wasn't happy with and that was the water level, the river was running at 70 cms which is a little on the high side where I'm fishing.
We want your best Tasmanian trout fishing photos. Entries for the Tasmanian Trout Fishing Photography Competition 2018-19 will be accepted up until 5pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019. In particular we are looking for photos of families, kids, female anglers, scenery shots and of course trout.
There are cash and gear prizes on offer - 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: 1 x pair Neoprene waders (Fly 'n Dry), 3rd Place: 10 x Lures (Hueys Lures) 4th place 10 x Lures (Huey Lures) .
Entry is free. Conditions apply - see entry form
You can submit up to 6 images with maximum size 5 MB each.
Images will be showcased and the winner announced at Trout Weekend 2019.
This year, on behalf of Australia, Tasmania will host the 39th World Fly Fishing Championship. From 2 to 6 December competitors from up to 30 countries will experience fishing for Tasmania's wild brown trout.
After years of planning, the excitement is building.
This will be the second time Tasmania has hosted the championship. In 1988, competing anglers fished three venues, Little Pine and Bronte lagoons and London Lakes. The competition was shore based with anglers wading set beats. The local angling community who volunteered their support still talk about the friendships made and the camaraderie of the event.
Now the event is held across five venues. Competing anglers will fish from boats on Little Pine and Penstock lagoons and Wood Lake and wade beats on the Meander and Mersey rivers.
Again, the Championship will be a great opportunity for local volunteers to see the best fly fishers in the world and make lifelong friendships.
Finally I managed to get to a river earlier that I normally do, though it wasn't all that much earlier as it was 7:00am when I was finally in the Mersey River. This trip was to the same area that gave up 22 trout six days ago, I'm hoping it will again today. There was only a few problems I had to contend with, that was clear sky, clear water & thousands of insects hovering above the river & on the water surface. The trout were there in large numbers too, they were all surface feeding, so today wasn't a day for the spin fisher at all. A top morning for the fly fisherman providing they can match the hatch with a trout fly. There was still plenty of good flow in the river & with the trout surface feeding, fishing the fast water runs will be where I'll have the best chance of catching a few trout.
The Christmas and New Year period saw anglers flocking to the central highlands to enjoy some fantastic fishing.
Overall the weather was good providing lots of fishing opportunities.
Our Officers were on patrol throughout the period, and they saw some fantastic catches. Overall 317 anglers were checked, along with 109 vessels.
The standout waters were as follows:
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The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.