First Trout on the Fly

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First Trout on the Fly

Post by Marrakai » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:05 pm

G'day guys,
Been busy of late but thought I should share my first attempts at fly-fishing for trout in Tassie over the Christmas break.
It was primarily a family trip, so I couldn't fish as much as I would have liked, and didn't get time to head up the Tyenna (sorry Dave, next time! And there will be a next time!)
The good wife and I walked the Overland Track for a week, then met our girls at Lake St Claire for a couple of days, then down to Hobart for Christmas shopping, then up to Lake Leake for a couple of days (friend has a hut and a tinnie there), then back to Hobart to meet up with long lost friends. Overnighted at Penstock on the way back up to Launceston on New Years Day.
I had been looking forward to catching a few trout on the dry fly since taking up this fly-fishing madness ...er, challenge early last year, and had bought a nice little UK-made Shakespeare 5-piece 6-weight rod mated with an Okuma SLV reel.
I managed nine fish all up: one brown (first trout on the fly!) at the St Claire pondage (started off small, so room to improve!), and eight rainbows (plus an undersized rainbow on a nymph) at Lake Leake.
Hooked a torpedo in Penstock Lagoon on New Years Day (big brown), but unfortunately he went round a small bunch of emergent rushes and lit the afterburners, breaking me off almost instantly. Bloody hard to fish a 5-pound tippet after strip-striking pelagics on the 10-weight in Darwin Harbour all year!
My new favourite fly is the #12 Royal Humpy, which accounted for more than half my fish. There was a gum-beetle 'hatch' happening when the weather warmed up after the crappy conditions we endured on the walk (yes, it snowed in December!), and that fly was a pretty good imitation of their shape and size.
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Re: First Trout on the Fly

Post by MXB » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:06 am

@Marrakai . . .

Welcome to trout fishing world and congratulations on catching both trout species . . . little rainbows always seem to account well for themselves clapclap

Big difference fishing light tippets. I never go below 6lb anymore as the big fish will do you nearly everytime.
Pity you missed fishing with TD as thats always a good day on the river. We should organise a trip sometime and introduce you to the river fishing scene which is just so different.

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Re: First Trout on the Fly

Post by Mully » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:51 pm

great fish mate well done and congrats on your trout fly virginity being lost ,,,looks nice there and hope you all enjoyed the trip clapclap

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Re: First Trout on the Fly

Post by Tyenna Dave » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:41 am

Excellent effort Marrakai clapclap
Thats not bad for a trout virgin and i hope you return to Tassy for some more trutta action droolsmilie
The good old Humpy's go well after a beetle fall thumbsupsmilie
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Re: First Trout on the Fly

Post by Marrakai » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:49 pm

Thanks for the encouragement guys.
I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to get into some serious free-stone river fishing, with both nymphs and the dry-fly.
Here is my first attempt at tying weighted nymphs, #10 hooks to ease the learning-curve somewhat. Whaddya reckon, Dave?
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BTW, not a 'trout virgin' by a long shot, my best fish on mainland Australia to date is a prime Rainbow of 9-lb from the Goulburn River, on a 4-inch Gold Bomber!
I usually take my baitcaster and small barra lures to New Zealand too for excellent results on big trout up to double-figures in both lakes and rivers, but from now on it will be the fly-rod every time!

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