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Trouting as winter approaches

Greg French takes a look at the trout fishing opportunities as the season comes to a close.

The Lakes
The most significant thing about the trout fishing in April is that the brown trout at many highland waters are well and truly geared up for spawning. In March there may well have been males gathering in bays fed by major spawning streams, but by now plenty of females will have coloured-up and there should be intense congregations of both sexes.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

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Tasmania features on iFish

ONEHD at 5.30pm Sunday 8 June

The first of three episodes on Tasmania, with iFish's Paul Worsteling, is on Sunday 8th June - with the final one August 16th - a one hour special documentary on the 150th Introduction of trout.

It is on Laughing Jack Lagoon with Wigston Lures Manager (Tasmanian Devils), Justin Causby.

Oral History Association of Australia

The Tasmanian Committee of the Oral History Association of Australia will hold a seminar on Saturday, 7th September, featuring a couple of items that might be of interest to the wider fishing community.  One speaker is Neil Stump on the oral history project for the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and another is Garry Kerr, a fisherman by profession and historian by inclination.  He has produced DVDs, especially on the Flinders Island traders, and is interested in wooden boats.

Some music you may enjoy

Rick Keam is well known to many fly fishers. He is an editor, fly tyer and writer of note. Rick is pedantic in all things and it shows in his music. This is laid back easy listening, so click on the links below to preview.
http://gravelbend.com/
http://rickkeam.bandcamp.com/
 

Science debunks myth of fish pain

The science is in - fish don't feel pain. Anglers resume your pastime. Animal-rights activists retract the propaganda. Reversing the previous popular view that fish do feel pain, a team of seven scientists conducted extensive research to determine if the nociceptor responsible for pain in humans does they same thing in fish. The first discovery was that there were very few nociceptors in fish mouths. But it was also found that the fish brain does not contain the highly developed neocortex needed to feel pain in the first place. Read the article here Science Debunks Myth of Fish Pain

Anglers Angry as Burke Rushes Marine Park Lock-Outs

The Gillard Labor Government is treating recreational fishers with contempt by rushing public consultation on its marine park lock-up plans.

INTRODUCTION TO BARRY MUNDY

By Toby Hope
Living on the west coast of Tassie we endure some of the coldest winters experienced anywhere in Australia.  Blowing up from a south to south westerly direction producing bitterly cold winds, snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Sunscreen Protection

Tasmania’s sun can be deadly - get protection

Tasmanian fishermen and boat enthusiasts are in danger of irreversible eye damage and contributing to the Australia’s reputation for the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. This can be avaided by taking some rudimentary precautions
Australia’s has a unique climate with extreme levels of Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR). Our the love of the outdoors, and reluctance to embrace the ‘Slip Slop Slap’ mantra of the anti cancer council means two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. You are four times more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer including melanoma than any other cancer.
Suitable protection of the skin against UV damage and regular skin checks can reduce the incidence of these cancers and early diagnosis can dramatically improve the outcome once diagnosed!

Kids - Free Fly Fishing Day

Cressy Sunday April 15

Peter Hayes, Roy Wybrow and several other Federation of Fly Fishing qualified Casting Instructors are running a free kids learn to fly fish day on Sunday 15th April, 10 am to 2 pm, at Peter Hayes" lodge at Cressy. Bookings are absolutely essential and if you have a little fly fisher in the making be sure to get their name on the list with the king of the kids organizer Roy Wybrow. Roy can be contacted at; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will then send you all the details.

P.S. You don't need any gear, but bring it if you have some. Lunch is provided.

Salmon from Tassal - Salmon Arrive for Xmas

During December, Tassal generously donated approximately 6,530 well condi­tioned Atlantic salmon to the Inland Fisheries Service for the benefit of recrea­tional anglers. With the fish, the Service stocked three event waters in the north and Craigbourne Dam in the south.

Media Statement released 18th March 2011 - Govt Raids Fishwise Community Trust Fund

The state government looks set to continue to raid the Fishwise Community Trust Fund to pay government salaries to the tune of over $160,000 in 2010/11.
The Fishwise Trust Fund was established to provide critical funding for research and community projects which support recreational fishing in Tasmania. Funds for the Fishwise Community Trust Fund are allocated from around $1.2 million worth of recreational marine fishing licences sold each year.

Lost Gear

Unfortunately I lost the following fishing gear when leaving Woods Lake boat ramp  the other day.
1 Strudwick four piece fly rod
1 Pro-angler  Guide Series Reel (Black) with flyline
1 Ari Fly Reel (Black / Gold with an orange flyline (in a light brown leather reel bag)
A reward is offered  if returned, Peter Quigley 0427631955 (mob) 63302612 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Restoration of the grave of Alfred Ronalds

On Sunday 17 August, members of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association and the Ballarat Fly Fishing Club attended a short ceremony to mark the restoration of the grave of Alfred Ronalds at the Old Ballarat Cemetery. It was the culmination of an appeal which was launched by the VFFA in 2000 for funds to restore his grave, which had been destroyed by vandals. The appeal was launched at the initiative of well-known fly fishing journalist, fly tier and VFFA member, Rick Keam, and followed an article by Mick Hall on the life of Ronalds which appeared in The Flyfishers Annual (Volume 6, 2001) of which Rick was the editor.

Boat handling basics

This is the first in a series of the Boat Handing Series and it outlines the basic ideas which you will use in operations described in the other brochures in this series.

Kids Stuff  - knots

by Michael Bok

In fishing one of the most important things that you can learn is to tie a good knot.

Understanding your environment - Tasmanian birds of prey

by Mike Stevens

It is important that we enjoy and appreciate the environment around us when we go fishing. Parks and Wildlife Service have a wealth of information on our wonderful flora and fauna. This is the first in a series of Parks and Wildlife Service on what you may encounter as you spend your day sharing nature with others.

Kids Stuff - How fish work

by Michael Bok

Think of a fish as a boat with oars on each side and a motor at the back. For this article I thought we would have a quick look at what is the most important thing in fishing - the fish itself.

Catch in the Kitchen

by Michael Bok

With winter approaching - rather too quickly, the following is a hearty, tasty recipe that can be made with most salt water fish.

This is a variation of one produced by "Two Fat Ladies", a current ABC program

Understanding tides

Taking the time to study tides, the moon and the effects that they have on fishing can have a profound effect on your fishing. Particular fish like certain tides and feed more consistently during certain phases of the moon. The following may help you to understand these foibles of the tide.

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