Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Expanding Horizons: Tasmania

I seriously cannot believe I forgot to upload this trip!! (well to be honest I was that busy explaining to every one where I went what I did Etc Etc, you know how post holidays are, not to mention the transferring of literally HUNDREDS of gigabytes of video footage). But any ways enough excuses.

On the 8th December 2012, was the slowest day on earth ever recorded.. well at work any ways.
But the time came and myself and Mark left the country music capital of Australia via plane in search of Tasmania's wild brown trout.

We rented a car, grabbed some fishing licences, and some last minute supplies before heading to our base camp at Great Lake, and by camp I mean room at the great lake hotel, with electricity, pub food every night and warm cosy beds. The first arvo we got lucky with Mark landing his first tassie brown!

This was my 2nd trip to Tassie exclusively fishing (been heaps for family) and i was yet to land a Tassie brown on fly after the last disastrous trip. But I knew deep down things would be different.

one afternoon we went for a drive in desperation to find fish, we passed over a canal and I saw a really decent trout with its fins out of the water!! and another one jump as we went passed, to make sure my eyes weren't going crazy I made Mark reverse and yep they were defiantly fish! we pulled out our fisheries book and check the regulations and as it turned out it was a declared trout water with a size and bag limit.

I made a cast to the big fish in the hole (his name is now Boris) but he just plain refused. Long story short I caught this one after he rose to some caddis shortly after! My first tassie brown!

The best part of the trip was when we met up with world Famous Fly Fisherman Chris Reygaert and headed out into the Western Lakes, what put in a solid effort to the campsite (10km walk in) setup camp and headed off for a fish.

Mark or myself both managed a Brown for the day and all three of us dropped/got busted off to some cracker fish. The Western Lakes should be on every fly fishermans to do list!

Unfortunalty we only got one days fishing in the Western Lakes as when we woke up the following morning a Storm whipped up and forced us to leave (typical Tasmania).

We made one last fishing trip after the Western Lakes.. and that was to a Beautiful rainforest creek.
and we managed a handful of the most vibrantly coloured Brown Trout I have ever seen.

The weather turned crap so we packed up the fly rods and did some touristy things, like Visiting the James Boag Brewery!
It finished the trip off nicely and finally washed the bitter taste out of my mouth from the trip 3 years prior.
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