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 ...
Smoking trout, salmon, or any kind of fish has long been recognized as a gourmet delight. It is neither difficult or costly to achieve using a portable smoker. There are several on the market that come complete with all accessories, sawdust and instructions.
Probably the most important tip I can give you when fly fishing with nymphs or wet flies is - which is pretty much all fly fishers can do this time of the year is: remember exactly how you were fishing at the moment a trout takes your fly and do it again!
In the last round of changes to our trout fishing regulations (1997-1998) restrictions were tabled which further limit both where we can fish with bait and what bait we can use. The reasons for these changes to the law are complex and I will discuss them as we go along.
What are sinkers and what do they do?
When I first started fishing and received nothing but a small amount of pocket money each week, I used to scrounge through Dad's shed and grab any large nuts he had and use these as sinkers. Old spark plugs were also good sinkers.
Perhaps the question most commonly asked by anglers is, "What lure should I use?" Fortunately there is some logic involved here and, with time, choosing a lure becomes less of a riddle. You learn that a diver is totally impractical in a shallow stream. On the other hand, you accept that wobblers only function when used at a speed which keeps them close to the surface - of little use when you are targeting fish down deep.
Jet-Fly, as Noel was commonly known by his clients, was Tasmania's first professional fly fishing guide. He had great fly fishing teachers in David Scholes and also Dick Wigram. Dick taught him to tie flies and one thing Scholes taught him was that presentation is usually more important than imitation.
When David Scholes praised a fly fishing book you should take notice.
'Numerous anglers tried to fish the Shannon, but only the skilled had any success. The extremely clear water made it so demanding, but not for John Brookes. His results were phenomenal." David Scholes.
We had a call Wednesday "The Bay is going OFF', was the statement. Georges Bay he was talking about and the fishing is looking really good for Summer. Big Australian salmon and silver trevally to 48 cm are a couple of the premium catches. There are still a few bigger garfish being caught, but these are unlikely to last much longer. Sounds like St Helens might be the place to go for the long weekend. Mike Stevens.
The days grow shorter and there is a crispness in the air that signals the end of the trout fishing season is getting near. This is a good time for you to reflect on the season that was, like always Bill and I had some wonderful trips and some not so good.
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Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...