Australian Fly Fishing Museum Opens May 4th

The Australian Fly Fishing Museum and Clarendon
Clarendon House is one of the most important properties of the National Trust (Tasmania). It was built by James Cox in the 1830s and is an architectural and heritage icon with many unique features. Situated in Tasmania’s northern Midlands, the western side of the property is flanked by the South Esk River and across the river can be seen Symmons Plains. What has this got to do with a fly fishing museum? Fly fishing in Australia is predominately fly fishing for trout and it was James Arndell Youl* from across the river at Symmons Plains who was primarily responsible for the successful acclimatisation of trout in the southern hemisphere.


The fifth Pirtek Fishing Challenge was held on Sunday, 24 March with 7500 anglers from all over Australia competing in the one-day event from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. The Challenge is a catch and release tournament with anglers photographing their prized catch of the day and then uploading the photo for judging. This year there were 20 target species spread across the nation and seven prizes up for grabs for each target species - a total of 140 prizes.

Pirtek Challenge

Well what can i say apart from it rained,.. the fish stayed inside out of the rain. But there were three members of Tassiepaddlers that didnt let the weather or the catching of no fish worry them. These members were Chipz,Spork and Simmo. All i can say it was great company and fantastic time together on and off the water. We got into a harty breakky before the Pirtek Challenge started.

Tom Jenkins Memorial Bluefin Competition

Thursday 25 Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April 2013
This is the final schedule and entry form for the upcoming Tom Jenkins Memorial Bluefin comp to be held at The Tuna Club of Tasmania’s home base, Pirates Bay.
Note- Dinner and mega auction to be held at the Lufra on Friday night and a second briefing for those only wishing to fish 2 days!

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The Tasmanian Bream Classic 2013 Final Results

Day Two saw a small breeze at the start and weather was a little cooler. Team Bream It On backed up their lead with another good bag leaving them on top of the leader board with Josh Williams taking out the Cranka big Bream with a 1.520kg. Team Cranka slugged it out with no main motor all weekend and still came up with the goods, slotting them into second place with a top bag 5.670kg. Third place went to a father and son team with smiles all round for them. Another smooth and great tournament was had by all. With anglers looking forward to the final round on the Derwent River in Hobart.

Tasmanian Bream Classic 2013 Saturday 9 March Results

Today saw the start of  round 2 of The Tasmanian Bream classic 2013 held on the Swan River. Weather conditions were perfect and Swansea as always put on a beautiful day. With nearly all anglers catching a mix of big and small fish, positions after day one are tight and as a result have made way for a tightly contested day of fishing tomorrow.


Yep - Extra bonus in Pirtek Challenge

The nationwide Pirtek fishing challenge competition is on again, this year it is to be held on Sunday the 24th of March right across Australia. Primarily this competition is designed as a fund raiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. ( You may not know this, but for the last 2 years the Tasmanian section has been won using YEP TASSIE TACKLE LURES!

2011 / Mike Stevens: Won the Tassie section with a huge black back salmon caught on a Yep  Tassie Tackle “Black "n" Gold Flapper” soft plastic. (click picture to enlarge)



2012 / Marcus Popowski: Won the Tassie section with the biggest flathead whilst using a  Yep Tassie Tackle “Pearl White Flapper” soft plastic. (click picture to enlarge)

So given the above mentioned results, we have decided to run a competition alongside the Pirtek Challenge and attempt a "Hat Trick" of wins! Our prize on offer is $300 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle, given to any person that wins the 2013 Pirtek challenge using a Yep Tassie Tackle lure.

Rules For The Yep Tassie Tackle / HAT TRICK Competition:

  • The winner must have caught the fish using a Yep Tassie Tackle lure
  • The winner must be confirmed as the winner of the Pirtek challenge
  • The winner must email pictures of the winning fish and angler to Yep Tassie Tackle and agree for Yep Tassie Tackle to use this material for advertising

The $300 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle Lures prize will be given to the first prize winner of the Pirtek Challenge - ADULT
The $100 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle Lures prize will be given to the first prize winner of the Pirtek Challenge - JUNIOR

Picture of fish on Pirtek Brag Mat with Yep Lure must be supplied

Pirtek Fishing Challenge 2013

Welcome to the Pirtek Fishing Challenge 2013. Thanks very much for your participation last year. The support that you, and the other 6500 anglers who participated in 2012, allowed us to hand over a cheque for $130,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Sunday, 24 March 2013 is the day to lock away in your diary. There is over $145,000 in cash and prizes to be won, and it's still only $20 to enter. This fee goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and we'll send you a limited edition Pirtek Fishing Challenge 2013 cap and brag mat.

Tasmanian Bream Classic

The entry form can be downloaded here

Van Diemans Fly Fishers Club

The Van Diemans Fly Fishers Club held its Annual Outing on Arthurs Lake Saturday 10th November with eight boats fishing and two anglers teamed together in each boat from a draw at the last meeting. Fishing time was from 6am till 12 midday, the morning was reasonable conditions with a breeze, bit of cloud here and there and of cause a bit of sun.


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