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.
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Arthurs Lake is without the best wild brown trout lake in Australia. For that matter it would rank right up there alongside the best in the world, and plenty of international anglers would agree with me. It has a diversity of trout environments that is staggering. Weedy bays, sandy beaches, tree lined shores, rocky reefs, secluded corners and wild open stretches contain a vast amount of fishing opportunities- the majority of them basically ignored.
Summertime is dun time and there's no better place to head than Arthurs Lake. But where? My recommendation, for the shore based angler anyway, is Cowpaddock Bay. Why? Because it is relatively shallow and weedy, it is easily waded and it boasts huge hatches of mayfly duns.
While the far NW tip of Tasmania can't be referred to as the sunshine coast, it does have some very good fishing. The mainly revolves around the annual run of Australian salmon. These fish usually start to appear in November and stay through till the first major floods in the rivers push them out. This usually occurs from March to May.
John Fox is a professional Trout Guide and fishes Arthurs Lake for around 100 days each year. His success here is extraordinary and he puts much of it down to being flexible in his fishing techniques. Here are a few tips from John.
Arthurs Lake has, for many years been one of Tasmania's premium trout fisheries. This profile of the Arthurs Lake has been made possible with thanks to Rob Sloane and Greg French for information from their book "˜Trout Guide"plus trout guide - John Fox and Inland Fisheries Commissioner - Wayne Fulton.
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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.