November Snapshot in Tasmania

Fly Fishing in Tasmania

With a little more stable weather upon us in November, all fishing is starting to warm up.

Rivers are starting to produce good number of fish, especially the upper regions of the North and South Esk. The St Patricks’ fish are starting to look up and the fly life on the move. The Lowland rivers have been a little disappointing due to all the flooding we experienced in Tasmania and also the wind has been consistent.
Brumby’s Creek has been very dirty but is improving as the weather starts to warm up.

Four Springs Lake has been the “go to” place for most anglers, with consistent dun hatches, as the hatches subside the spinner fall in calm weather. Will keep you interested!
As well as the early morning hatch of midge and water boatman around the shore. The next month looks exciting!

Midges are stating to move on the Lower Lakes and it is only a matter of time and the fish will start feeding on them. Especially during the evening.

 Duns are starting to thicken on Penstock Lagoon and the fish rising well in the right condition the wet fly men have had a couple of good months with large catches being the norm.

 Little Pine fish are solid and strong. Most fishermen are fishing wets, but a well-presented dry will always produce, tailing fish have been hard to find as the water level is very high but the fish are there for the persistent angler.

On the saltwater scene the Tamar has just started to produce a few snappers and whiting. Also plenty of salmon right up to Batman’s Bridge, a few large sea run trout have been seen but hard to catch.
Plenty of Gummy Sharks on the North Coast being caught as well as large flathead and salmon on most beaches.

 Places to be in November

All beaches in the North East and North Coasts on an incoming tide for flathead, gummies and black back salmon.

Tamar River to Greens Beach for whiting, salmon or below Batman Bridge for snapper and salmon.

Penstock Lagoon for dun feeders.
Woods Lake for tailing fish and stich caddis feeders.

Western Lakes, Nineteen Lagoon are for tailing fish on frogs, snails and midge.

As the water levels drop most rivers and streams will produce polaroid fishing casting small dries and nymphs will be my main stay for November.

So get out there and remember that a bad day fishing is better than a good day working!!



 Beetle feeder on Woods Lake.

Beetle feeder on Woods Lake.

Fishing Report

25th, September 2016

Just a small update of what’s been happening for me on the fishing scene of late.

Four Springs Lake has been producing good numbers of fish around the edges; best fly’s to use have been stick caddis, small mudeyes and nymphs.

Monday 19th duns started to hatch in good numbers, we caught fish on the emerger, hatch was over quickly.

Thursday 22nd plenty of duns in dull afternoon light, fish on them mid afternoon, good sport was had by all.

River levels are just getting down to a good height.

I will be spending this week bush bashing and wading a few of my favourite streams casting a few small dry’s and nymphs, I have been waiting for the weather to clear for the last couple of weeks so I can attack.

Lake fishing is just starting to hot up in the Highlands with good fish showing around the edges in Woods lake, Arthurs, and Little Pine.

Penstock lagoon is fishing well to the persistent angler pulling wets (scratching) but the fish are showing around the edges in the right conditions. Casting small Mudeyes or fur fly’s will usually produce good bags.

With the high amount of rainfall this winter the Nineteen lagoons area should be fantastic, especially early on as a lot of small tarns will be restocked with fish after a couple of very dry years, these fish should put on weight very quickly and be as strong as ever!

So all I can say is get out there and start hunting Trout!

Tight lines

 Memorable fish for Scott, presented 5 different flies before the take.

Memorable fish for Scott, presented 5 different flies before the take.