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 ...
Johnny Dekkers and myself fished Lake Leake today. Leaving home at 5am hopes were high that we may get some early morning wind lane action...it wasn't to be. Although a bit chilly, conditions seemed almost perfect with an overcast sky and light winds. No insect life at all, just a light smattering of midge..not enough to get them looking to the surface though.
I decided to have a look up at Elizabeth Bay today in Great lake. My young offsider, Shane from work has been at me to take him trout fishing for ages so I decided to take him up for a fish, Bailey couldn't be with us as he was too busy down at St.Helens fishing with my brother Paul and his son Nathan. They have been catching some nice salmon, bream and trevally I will try and get some pics for you later on.
Trev, myself and a few mates headed to Arthur River for a day’s fishing. We left Launceston at 6.45 on Friday night and arrived there about 3 1/2 hours later to a nice unit and “more than ready for bed” after a big day at work. The others had a different plan and were well into the whisky. After a few laughs, 1.30 am soon came around and then it was finally off to bed. Trev and I awoke to the smell of eggs and bacon cooking and after quick feed we were the first to head out onto the water making our way to the mouth of the river. Doug soon had one on a 4 inch softie but he only stayed on for a couple of seconds unfortunately.
On Saturday the 6th we got up at 3.00am to go to the first day of the Tasmanian Trout Expo. We got there around 7.15. We got our tickets and waited till we got the go ahead to find our spot then waited until it was 8.00. A few people had their first fish in the first 2 minutes. I ended up just putting my running sinker rig in an eddy but I didn't get anything. Nothing happened for the first half an hour till I thought i would check my bait. I found I had a small brightly coloured rainbow sitting on it, it would have been about 1.8 pounds but I dropped it.
Went out for a couple of hours with a mate Fitzy. He came up with a few hits, but no fish. He also had a follow right to the boat just wouldn't take his T. Tail . I could only manage one nice brown a bit over 3 pounds.
Still a good way to spend show day afternoon.
Cheers, President Danny Jacobs
On Sunday we went for a look at Bronte Lagoon. We were on the water about 10.30 am fished for 3 hours .
We got four, the fish were in good condition. Then packed up and went to Little Pine on the way home. We were there about 3pm left at 5 pm we got another five fish in good condition. We were using mainly Shreks. The fish in the Esky in photo are from Bronte.
The ones on the stones are from Little Pine. The weather and conditions were favourable, overcast and a slight breeze.
Connor and I went for a fish to the Lake last night, we were spinning off the rocks at the Kalangadoo Bay Boat Ramp. Connor hooked a nice little rainbow, but it got off. So we moved around to the grassy side of the bay, fishing off the ledge that is about 2.5/3foot deep, and Connor hooked another rainbow, and lost it. So we went back to the boat ramp and Connor had a cast, and he hooked this nice fat little rainbow, it was 36cm. He got it on a Berkley Black and gold soft plastic. The little trout bit the tale off his soft plastic. The trout seem to be going for the black and gold’s at the moment.
We went for our weekly trip to Four Springs and caught all our fish before 10.30. I caught 2 on the fly, one just under 5 pounds and the other 4 pound.One was caught on a green bead headed woolly bugger and the other on a red and black woolly bugger. We tried a nymph under a dun for a short while but never had a look in.
Trev and I had a couple of hours at Woods Lake today. Fishing was very hard with the normal old lures not performing to expectations. That being said, we got on to a few using the Devils Tongue. The weather was perfect... Overcast and not much wind.
Bailey and I thought it was about time we had a fish. It’s been three weeks since we wet a line, so off we went to Cramps Bay to put the boat in. We got there around 11am and got back to the ramp around 4.30pm. The day was mostly cloudy with a few sunny periods, with light wind coming from the south east, turning around later in arvo from the north.
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During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...