With a mix of weather from t shirts to beanies, the season has really turned in Tasmania. Days are mixed between good baetid hatches, the last of the black spinner mayfly, baitfish feeders and very good nymphing (if you know where to look).  Highlights have been larger than average trout in the smaller streams 🙂

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March fly fishing has got off to a great start in Tasmania, with clear and warm days, and lots of terrestrials. Hoppers, willow grubs and free-drifting mayfly nymphs have been driving the river fishing, and the 1864 Mini-WMD Hopper and Ostrich Herl Nymph have been two of the best flies. The Esk rivers, Mersey, Tyenna and Meander…

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Everyone asks, ‘where’s your favourite place to fly fish?’. It’s a hard question to answer, and a few places come to mind: the Western Lakes wilderness fishery, the South Esk River flowing at 130 mg/day, or Weir One at Brumbys Creek during high flows. These are all brilliant options, and at the top of my list. But its…

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Jon with a chunky 3 1/4 lb wild brown trout from Brumbys Creek. This fish, and seven others for the day, fell to a well presented Pheasant Tail Red Spinner . The fish at Brumbys this season have been the fattest and healthiest I have seen in ten years. With high and clear water already running,…

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