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.
I had plenty of time to think. Over four hours of staring out a bus window non-stop can become a little boring; but with music from my walkman pumping, I just sat and tried to imagine what the weekend would offer. Hopefully big fish.
Lake Naomi is located on Curena Creek and is representative of the myriad of lakes and tarns in Tasmania's Central Plateau Conservation Area (CPCA). It offers the special wilderness fishing experience so unique to this part of the island state.
The flies in this issue, a Black Nymph, Green Gold Bead Head and Chain Eye Nymph, are normally fished from a boat as the added weight generally makes them too heavy to fish in shallow water. However, they can be fished dead drift under a large buoyant indicator.
Maybe I am biased, but I just love float tubing for trout in Tasmania's still waters. I cut my teeth fishing from one on Mitchelsons Dam, near Westbury, but have tubed on many still waters since. It is some what akin to fly fishing from an arm chair - a pleasant way to spend the day.
At this time of year, most budding trout anglers are right back into the swing of things. That is not only the freshwater anglers but also the saltwater enthusiasts. That is why this issue I have decided to discuss pretty fish, pretty fish being a commonly and very effectively used bait catching a variety of species from sea-run trout to salmon, bream and flathead.
It is the hot time of the year for bream and while trying to find something different to do with bream, I found the following recipe in an old magazine and decided it would work just as well using bream as the flathead they had specified.
At 9:45 am on Saturday 15th November, Les Pearson (a local Burnie identity and a whip cracker to boot), and Phil Youd (proprietor of the George Town Outdoor Centre) a Mudeye retailer and yours truly, launched our boat at Thureau Hills and set sail towards the flooded regions of the country through which the Governor River flows.
Tasmanian Professional Trout Guide Peter Hayes, shares some Lake Burbury secrets.
Located on the West coast of Tasmania just 20 minutes south of Queenstown - is Lake Burbury. The lake is just six years old and like so many new lakes, the fishing can be fantastic.
Andrew Hart recently interviewed one of Australia's, and in fact the world's, most highly respected gamefishing lure manufacturers, Peter Pakula.
Firstly, how long have you been making lures?
Over 25 years.
How many different styles are on the market today?
Depends on which day you are talking about. The range is in continious flux.
Catching squid is simple and fun, being able to be done from many of our jetties as well as from of a boat.
One of the easiest ways is with the use of a squid jig and of these the prawn style appear to produce the best results. How do you start?
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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 ...