Autumn is mayfly time on the northern Tasmanian rivers. Moody thunderheads often sit in the distance, as plagues of iron-blue beatids hatch, drifting down the river on foam lines and eddies. It is in these currents that trout hunt their prey, and within these currents that our simple dry flies fool the wild trout.
A 3lb wild Tasmanian brown trout, caught by first timer Jeremy Whelan on the Macquarie River. After five years of bad drought, the Macquarie River is on its way back to health: frogs are everywhere, the river is still flowing over its banks, and fat trout are eating the first of the red spinner mayfly hatches. It’s all good!
Hatches are starting on Brumbys Creek, Four Springs and Brushy Lagoon, while frog feeders remain active at Lake Leake and the Western Lakes. The Whitebait and sea-run trout are also running on the north coast, with fish up to 8lbs landed so far.