Trout Fishing Tasmania.

One fly fishing.

Have you ever wondered just how many good fly patterns trout fishers in Tasmania will carry around just it case they are needed. I can tell you its usually a hell of a lot.

As a guide I am guilty of this as well, however over the last two years I have experimented with a single fly pattern in all sorts of bug hatches and had considerable success with a Parachute mayfly emerger pattern.

One of the most spectacular fishing days I have had last season using this emerger, was when I was guiding David a long term friend and client from Brisbane.
David was looking for some late season sight fishing using a dry fly to our Tasmanian brown trout, so with a fantastic forecast I opted to fish Arthurs Lake.
Arriving early we found conditions as good as we could wish, with fine, sunny, calm conditions. We immediately set up the boat and headed for a section of lake that usually produces the best midge hatches and surface feeding trout. It was shortly after that when we came across a good looking wind lane with a small quantity of mixed midge hatch on the water and soon after we spotted the tiny tell tail signs of fish feeding up wind towards us.

These trout, even big fish of 2 to 4lbs will sip down midge so softly it is often hard to see the takes and mostly you will need to be looking directly at the fish to see anything at all, so spotting fish immediately meant we were in for a good day.

David was using his 6wt 9ft Sage ZAXIS and the parachute mayfly emerger which I had supplied him. His first few casts were a bit erratic and missed them all, which is not surprising as David had not been trout fishing for the last 6 months and these fish were coming up the wind lane faster than usual allowing for one cast per fish at best.

Our conversation is usually like this:
Me - Theres a fish at 10 oclock and 15 meters can you see it ?
D - Nooo
Me - Can you see the nervous water ?
D - Nooo, maybe
Me - Dont worry just cast anyhow.
D - Was that close ?
Me - No but there’s another one coming up right behind it, can you see it ?
D - Nooo, perhaps   yes I think I see that one.

However after a few more near misses he finally managed to put the fly in front of a tiny rise and it was promptly taken by what turned out to be a solid 2 lb plus brown.
Several more fish followed all in the magic 2 to 3lb range with all fish released to be caught again another day.  We moved to another wind lane and caught several more midge feeders all with the same emerger fly we had started with. Lunch time saw us drifting the same wind lane, eating and casting at passing fish. After drifting this wind lane 5 or 6 times we headed off to look for some different action.

By now David had landed and released at least 10 good fish, dropped several and sighted scores more, and the day was not over yet.
With a light North wind we headed over to one of the sheltered shores and immediately found a flying ant fall in progress with trout picking them off as fast as they could feed.
It was about this time when David declared  This fly is stuffed do you have an ant pattern ?
I gave him another of the same emerger pattern.
David  But its an ant hatch, dont we want to match the hatch ?
No, just try it and see what happens.
Well after several more good fish landed on the same emerger David conceded it was not really necessary to match the hatch every time.
We finisher the day with David landing more than a dozen good browns, dropping at least 6 and casting to a hundred or more – all round a great day out and all on just 2 dry flies of one pattern which did not imitate anything the trout were feeding on that day.

Bob McKinley