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.
Hydro Tasmania have advised that all sites at Penstock lagoon including the below are now open after completion of vegetation fire damage works;
Penstock Lagoon boat ramp and campground
Penstock Lagoon Lady’s Walk campground
With a pleasant weekend forecast the fish should be rising. Tight lines.
Lake Augusta Road is now open to regular traffic for day use only. Lakes and tracks north of Lake Augusta Road are open to visitors and fishers for day use only. Pillans Track remains closed and overnight camping within the 19 Lagoons area is not permitted at this stage. Lakes and tracks south of Lake Augusta Road from Thousand Lakes Lodge through to the Pine River remain closed due to continuing fire-fighting operations. Please drive to the conditions and be aware that fire fighters are still actively using Lake Augusta Road for fire fighting operations.
Central Plateau Conservation Area
– tracks/lakes north of Lake Augusta Road, including Pillans Track Road, Julians Crossing, Pillans Lake–Lake Field remain closed for overnight camping
– tracks/lakes south of Lake Augusta from Thousand Lakes Lodge to the Pine River, including 19 Lagoons (O’Dell Lagoon / Lake Flora, Lake Kay Road, Lake Botsford, Double Lagoon Road, First Lagoon, Second Lagoon), remain closed
– tracks/lakes west of Lake Augusta, including Talinah Track Road (closed to vehicles), Lake Fanny beyond Talleh Lagoons, Lake Antimony, Lake Fergus, Higgs Track (closed past Lake Nameless), Ritters Track, Explorer Creek Track, Blue Peaks Track, and all remote walking routes east of the central Walls of Jerusalem area remain closed.
Walls of Jerusalem National Park – Little Fisher River Track is closed and routes east of Mt Jerusalem remain are closed
Liawenee Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Rainbow Point Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Remarkable Rock Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Little Pine Lagoon Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Top Marshes Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Steppes Homestead State Reserve – the reserve is closed
Hit the Mersey River just on 7:00 am in what was cool foggy conditions to start with, but a good mild 19 degree day was forecast. My last trip here was back on the 5th December when I had a tough spin session chasing trout in similar conditions. As soon as I hit the water I could see plenty of trout on the rise in a wide long slow flowing flat water which meant I was in for another tough spin session. I fished a short fast water to start with just like I did on the last trip with the same result, no fish. As I headed into the wide long stretch of river with the fog slowly lifting there was a line of trout rising ahead of me which was quite good to watch. Trout were rising everywhere,
I Headed over to the Mersey River and walked down through several paddocks for a good kilometre or so below the Union Bridge then started fishing my way back upstream. I haven't fished here for quite some time due to the lack of trout being in the river, today I mainly wanted to see if it has improved with trout stocks. The river was running at a nice wading height and a dark tanning colour. I started off with a Mepps #1 gold black fury working it in several fast water and medium flowing runs without a sign of a trout over the first two hundred meters of river. I changed over to the #1 Aglia Furia and the first stretch of water I used it in I had a couple of follows from brown trout that were mainly out of interest, not a sign of aggression from either fish. Then decided to try hard body lures in that same stretch of water, all to no avail as I never had a follow on any of the five different hard body lures I tried.
Presented from Issue 117, August 2015
Where to go and what to do?
Just how lucky are we to live in a naturally beautiful and safe place like Tasmania?
It is school holiday time and I am lucky that I have been able to schedule a full week off my work to take the kids on an adventure somewhere. So where should we go? Just a relatively short drive in any direction can take you to some terrific places. Should we go back to Wynyard where we caught bucketfuls of magnificent squid at this time last year. But then again, maybe we should take the camper with the dingy on the roof back to Bruny Island where we had such fun catching tuck loads of Salmon the last time we were there? Then again there is always Strahan and that magnificent wild ocean beach to explore !
My daughter suggested we sneak around the east coast and maybe we could work out a win/win deal where all our needs could be met. My son is mad about fishing a nd my daughter is mad about surfing. Let’s go to St Helens I said.
Presented from Issue 117, August 2015
The editor Mike Stevens has asked me to write a short article about an underutilised fishery that we has recently become more accessible.
Opening out onto the waters of Bass Strait, the Weymouth area has long been acknowledged by those in the know (the locals) as one that produces quality recreational angling opportunities.
Up until recently and given the unpredictability of the predominate NW winds many avoided launching from here. The main obstacle was the substandard boat ramp and this troublesome facility often resulted in damage to expensive boats when launching or retrieving. Weymouth ramp upgrade
Thanks to a recent MAST upgrade the Trevor Street launching facilities are a huge improvement. Finished in early April 2015, these issues have to a large degree been addressed and this area now offers much safer accessibility for those who wish enjoy a day with family or mates.
A late cancellation has resulted in there being just a few spaces available for the upcoming Girls Gone Fly Fishing event at Hayes on Brumby's Lodge, Cressy, Tasmania.
This special event will be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March. All accommodation, tuition, meals and airport transfers are included in the 'live in' cost of $900.
This will be the 5th year of this highly successful event and we are very excited to have Heather Hodson from the USA as our guest presenter at this years event. See her bio here.
There are limited opportunities for 'Live in' attendance and day attendance opportunities for those living locally.
Presented from Issue 117, August 2015
Every season I am asked about various ‘fishing events’ or changes that occur through different months of the year. Many people are surprised to hear about the different options that we have. You may be surprised, but some of the best fishing over the last seasons has NOT been during summer.
Last season, the early season was the best I have known and generally I find pre-Christmas is better than after. The timing of your fishing may be determined by when you can get the time, in which case, the presence of tailing fish or sea trout or massive trout will not affect your fishing dates.
For other people, the option of doing something different, going somewhere new or trying a particular style of fishing or fish may require a change in their fishing schedule.
Here is a two year summary on how I have found the fishing in Tasmania.
Due to the current fire situation and worsening forecast conditions for later in the week, walkers are asked to suspend all trips to the Walls of Jerusalem from today (Wednesday 30 January) until further notice.
Walkers currently on the Walls of Jerusalem track are safe and do not need to evacuate. These measures are being taken to reduce the number of walkers on the track should conditions worsen on Thursday, Friday and into the weekend.
To stay up to date on developments please refer to the PWS website https://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?sys=News%20Article&intID=3886
For the listing of Track & Reserves closures refer to https://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=7785
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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.