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.
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.
I braved the conditions late this afternoon in the pouring rain and howling wind at Brumbys Creek with Bailey.
We fished the top weir and walked along levee wall using Berkley black & gold t.tails and we managed one each, mine around 2lb, Baileys 2.5lb in superb nick.
Caught this 9.5lbs brown trout 2 weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon when i decided to fishing for an hour with my wife and two year old son to my favourite spot on Brumbies Creek, Cressy. Spotted the fish on the other side of the creek sitting in a deeper hole just out of the current,
Brumbys Creek is situated approximately 40 minutes south of Launceston, just beyond the colloquially named "gateway to trout fishing', Cressy. Brumbys Creek is an extremely interesting and typically exciting water that offers all forms of fishing hatches and methods to the fly fisher. Essentially a tailrace fishery, the major features of Brumbys Creek is its three Weirs (Weirs 1,2 and 3) that were constructed to slow the flow of water derived from Poatina power station, which in turn receives its water from Great Lake on the Central Plateau.
One of the most challenging fly fishing situations one can find themselves in is during the developmental stages of fly fishing. Combine this with a size twenty two fly and trout almost as tricky as those tailers at Little Pine and you have yourself a certain recipe for frustration and you begin to question yourself, "what am I doing here at 4.30am?"
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
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There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.
Quantity of fish.
Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:Read more ...