Arthur River sea-runner
During late last year I was lucky enough to be invited to help Nick Reygeart of Gin-Clear Media with the filming of his up-coming film The Source – Tasmania. The request from Nick was clear: ‘I want to capture a classic Tasmanian mayfly hatch on film’. As all of you know, I believe that one of the keys to successfully hitting the hatches is to fish to the season of the day – that is to say, fish in the most likely spot according to prevailing weather, hatches, water flows, time of year etc.
With only a three days in which to capture a classic hatch, our timeframe mimicked that of the average guided fishing client – three days, regardless of weather, to fish a great hatch and target some rising fish. The first two days were average to poor weather, with difficult water levels – but some great fallback waters had us on to a couple of dozen rising fish to two pounds or so, which was exciting at times. Mayfly were found sporadically hatching, and generally, the fishing was good, but we hadn’t hit the purple-patch that I’d typically aim for over a three-day trip.
By late on day two the weather for the next day was becoming apparent – a calm morning would feature prior to afternoon winds. It was late November, the ceanid mayfly were in-season, so Brumbys Creek was our choice for the next day. We’d have a 7am start on the water.
Upon arrival at Brumbys, in all-important calm conditions, we began to recognise the start of the morning rise. Camera’s were lugged, the raft was launched, and the hatch was on…but this is where my story ends, and The Source – Tasmania can take over, along with awesome footage of sea-run brown trout from the north-west of Tasmania, great rainforested creek fishing, and of course, remarkable footage from our Western Lakes region.
Rafting a hatch on Brumbys
The Source – Tasmania is showing nationwide this winter as part of the Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival, presented by Gin-Clear Media in association with FlyLife Magazine. Copies will be available for purchase at the shows, but if you can’t make it, contact me now to reserve a copy email Daniel for the June release date. The dvd will be available through our online shop
To view dates for the national Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival, visit www.gin-clear.com
View a 2 minute promo at http://www.gin-clear.com
View a 10 minute ‘making of’ at http://www.gin-clear.com