Five days in Tasmania
Its twenty five years since we visited Tasmania. The trip had a purpose other than just fishing. We went for a quick look at the Great Lake Tie-In which was interesting with a new fly tier on the scene - Koby who is 12 years old and ties beautiful flies. The usual great Tassie fly tiers were also there.
We fished the Mersey first off, which sadly has been very badly damaged by floods three years ago. Still looks to be in recovery mode. Saw a few fish rising. After the Tie -In visit went to Little Pine. Difficult conditions as it was blowing a gale. Moved back to Great Lake where I sight fished two nice browns- 3.5 and 2lb. #14 Shaving Brush did the trick. We dropped back down the mountain to our delightful accommodation near Mole Creek - Old Wesley Dale owned by Scott and Deb Wilson and helped by Monty (the Smithfield terrier) A great historic place which we highly recommend.
Next day back up the highlands and to The Wall, at Derwent Bridge. This is an absolute must when in Tassie. The owner is a magician with his ability to turn Huon Pine panels into a monumental work of art. Quick fish at Little Pine Tier and Great Lake - still blowing - so that for the day. Fished the Meander near Westbury the following day. Snowflake Caddis about however the rusty dun finally tempted a healthy 2lb fish. Our final day was on the Lower Meander. Nice open farming land, but few fish rising.
Our overall feeling is that our trip was just a little early for the renowned Mayfly hatches. We will be back.