We’ve all said it: ‘just one more cast’. And there’s probably no other time that you mean it less, than the last day of the season. With a couple months of quiet time ahead, and the odd monster shadow cruising through the high-flows of autumn, that last cast can often go-on for hours. So imagine the thrill if your last cast was this huge Tasmanian brown trout, landed by RiverFly 1864 customer ‘Scottish’ John. What fly, you ask? Our 1864 Shrek variant. When did he catch it? Sunday, at 4pm following a rain storm, as it lurked in a flooded gutter. It was our last cast of the season.
The past fortnight has seen predominantly ripper weather for fly fishing in Tasmania. With El Nino in full swing, things are dry, but we’ve had tonnes of sight fishing. Mayfly are out on quite a few of the rivers, and a single Black Spinner does the trick much of the time. We’ll be heading out to the Western Lakes at the end of the week for our first trip, so stay tuned as we look for spring tailers and early-season beetle feeders. Have a ripper week!
In between rafting trips on Brumbys Creek, we’ve been out at RiverFly Wilderness Huts over the past fortnight, sight-fishing to black spinner mayfly feeders along the crystal-clear lake edges. Here’s a wild brown trout, caught by David on one of our Pheasant Tail Black Spinners, deep in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.
These wilderness trips have also proved to be the perfect testing ground for my Patagonia Chest Pack, River Salt Jacket, RockGrip Wading Boots and Rio Gallegos Waders. All have passed where many have failed (including one other brand that trip), among the scoparia and dolerite, with the Patagonia gear once again proving to be the most functional, and toughest wearing fly fishing gear on the market.