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 ...
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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Presented from Issue 117, August 2015
The thought of fighting giants from a kayak is enough to raise the pulse of any angler—but you should never pick such a fight without a battle plan. No matter what critters you choose to chase, Jo Starling reckons this strategy will give you a fighting chance. Recently, Steve and I embarked on a journey across western NSW and South Australia with the sole purpose of landing a goliath Murray cod from a kayak. We run a couple of Native Watercraft models and really wanted to test the Propel® units’ reverse capabilities against a hefty structure magnet. Whilst not everyone chooses the same ‘yak, the prior planning and preparation that went into this trip is relevant to anyone hoping to mix it with worthy adversaries in structure. For the record, the Propel® unit brained it… let me tell you the story.
Very wet & windy weather was the forecast here today, well by 2:30 PM I was sick of waiting for it to arrive so headed over to Merseylea for a short spin session. As soon as I arrived so did the rain, thankfully it was only light and wasn't a problem. As the time passed by so did the rain, the trout were few and far between here too. All I could manage was three hook ups for just the one small brown landed. Another one had its revenge with me as I went to lift it from the water it tosses the lure which in turn sliced through my finger. All good in the end as I always carry a small first aid kit in my vest for this very reason. I often have to yank a treble hook from a lure that has embedded itself in a finger or some other part of my hand from time to time.
With overcast damp conditions today I headed over to the Mersey River, soon as I arrived (5:45am) I saw trout surface feeding in the wide slow flowing water. Seeing that always means I'm in for a tough session & as it turned out it was just that. I still flicked the Mepps spinners & a few hard body lures around in the slow flowing water for just the one follow. Heavy rain was forecast for later in the day, at the moment it was just a light drizzle on and off which I didn't mind. I decided the only place I'll catch trout today was the fast water runs, that's where I headed.
Published on Jan. 10, 2019 at https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/jan/10/cumbungi-control-trial-four-springs-lake-update-january-2019
Before and after shots of the area treated by manual slashing. AAT executive member John Broomby admiring the work.
On Tuesday 8 January 2019, we went with Anglers Alliance Tasmania to Four Springs Lake to see the results of the cumbungi control done in January 2018.
We surveyed the eight sites sprayed last year. At two of the sites, eradication was 100% successful. The remaining six sites have small areas of regrowth. These have been re- treated with low toxicity biactive herbicide.
The highlight was that the largest area, which was treated by manually slashing the stems 150 mm below the water surface in January and March, resulted in 100% eradication.
We will survey all sites again in in January 2020.
Brett Smith from the Fishers and Walkers group has organised a meeting for interested parties at 7pm at the Great Lake Hotel on Thurs 17 Jan 2019 to discuss the Lake Malbena proposal. There will be guest speakers from fishing, bushwalking and environmental groups
All welcome, get along and have your say on protecting the wilderness values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Gary France - Chairman
Terry Byard - Vice Chairman
Denis Edwards - Executive Officer
GPO BOX 963, HOBART TAS 7001
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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 ...