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A northern winter Adventure

Craig Rist

As we all know, Tasmania has some great fishing, even during winter, but there's something very compelling and exciting about heading north to experience new waters. Squeezing in an extra 5 weeks of summer by heading north is definitely something to look forward to. Even more so when you are towing a 6 metre boat to one of Australia's best tropical fishing destinations. Mind you, wanting to go and actually taking that first step can be one of the hardest things to overcome.
It was late July, overcast and raining, as we drove onto the Spirit of Tasmania 3 in Devonport, bound for Sydney, the start of our road trip north to Cape York in far north Queensland.

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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

Monday 11 September the Australian Senate voted to approve the Product Emissions Standards Bill.
The Rules (Regulations) are being drafted and Industry has a further meeting with the Environment Department tomorrow.
The Rules are planned to commence next year, with the final imports of high emission outboards and mowers on 30 June 2018. Wholesalers and Dealers will then have a year to sell off old stock. All of this was announced in January – giving Industry 30 months clear notice – though regulations in general were in process since 2015.

106 epic rodPresented from Issue 106, October 2013
Epic rod build I had been tossing it up for a while; it is after all a big decision. Will I or will I not build my own fly rod? There are quite a lot of things to consider when you want to head down the path that is building your own rods of any type. The first thing that came to mind for me was, is it really worth doing. It is just so easy to walk into your local tackle store have a cast of the rod you are interested in, make the purchase and walk out the door again safe in the knowledge that you have an exceptionally well finished off rod with all the factory rod warranty trimmings to boot.

103 barbless Ian DonnachyPresented from Issue 103, April 2013

There’s lots of different anglers out there, lure bait and fly. There’s those who like to put a fish on the table, those who only catch and release. We all catch fish and we all need to be able to release a few or a lot of fish with as little harm as possible, so we can hopefully return and meet again one day.

As a group we are more aware of the need to conserve fish stocks and responsively harvest according to bag limits. Being a competition fly fishing angler, over the past decade I have seen catch rates amongst my peers soar, where once 3 fish would win a 3 hour session and a single fish in each of the 4 sessions would see you finish in the top 5. Now 6 fish a session is the norm and you need between 20 and 30 trout to win a competition.

Catching the bag limit is often reached and releasing fish is an every outing occurrence.

102 life learning giant trevallyPresented from Issue 102, February 2013
One of the most appealing things about fishing is the endless opportunity to lean or discover something new. This is what keeps me keen. Trying something new in fishing and have it pay off is like adding another tool to your fishing arsenal. It could be a new technique or type of lure, fly or bait that sparks an idea to try something new in your own backyard. Knowledge and ideas are gained through your own experiences on the water and through your interaction with other anglers. Some may have had 40 years of experience on the water while others could be just discovering the sport for the first time.

Either way, you can learn something from anyone, as long as you’re willing to listen and share your own humble thoughts and experiences.

102 big reels aPresented from Issue 102

Spinning reels are coming to market in a new range and size every other day. The Tasmanian Angler is spoilt for choice and it’s a great problem to have. Egg beaters are what we love to call these types of reels and for good reason. We are finding them used for a greater range of fishing styles than just spinning.

Presented from Issue 100

As the years progress and the fishing gods pull you further under their spell (and your partner allows you) somehow you seem to gather quite a collection of gear. Fly rods are no exception to this rule and I have even had to build an outside room so I am able to keep my collection away from certain eyes, if you know what I mean!. In recent years light line fishing has become more and more popular. With the number of people now going “Twigging” increasing, so to is the availability of the lighter line weight rods in varying lengths. Twigging is commonly referred to as fishing with 3 weight rods or lighter. You can now buy rods right down to a 000 line weight, and by the time you read this I will have one in the rod rack ( thanks Nick). Until that rod arrives at Essential Fly Fisher from the US the 3wt is as light as I own. Over the past few years I have become a lot more interested in the smaller stream fishing. There is just so many of these streams all around the state that are full of hungry fish it seems crazy not to fish them. As a result of this stream and river fishing I have built a small collection of 3wt rods.

Airflo Nemesis#6 ROD AND 7/8 ALLOY REEL SALT OR FRESHWATER OUTFIT
$280.00 (Was $420.00) - 33% Off. Hurry, there are only 11 item(s) left!
This is outstanding value for money. It is a great outfit for lake fishing as a longer rod gives great control.
Perfect for lake fishing, using sinking, or sink tip lines from a boat. Casting floating, sinking or sink tip lines is a breeze. You also get and better lift and hang at the boat. This is a strong #6 that will cast a line into the next postcode and will cope with a #7 line easily.

Purchase it here at the Essential Fly Fisher

Presented from Issue 95
Snap weight trolling was developed in North America for targeting suspended or structure hugging walleyes. To successfully target suspended or bottom hugging fish, no matter what species, requires a special presentation of your lure or bait. Downriggers are without doubt the best tool for precise presentations at depth, but can be a costly exercise if you are trolling in snag infested water, and you hang up your bomb on a submerged tree or rock. A snap weight line can easily be run in conjunction with a leadcore line, flat lines or downriggers. In addition, snap weight lines are perfect as planer board lines with either in line boards or double trolling boards, but let’s not worry about them here. The snap weight technique will prove a valuable asset for any dedicated troller as it will allow you to troll more deep lines without a downrigger or leadcore line. Places like Arthurs in deeper water, Great Lake, Dee Lagoon, Barrington and all the West coast waters are ideal for this technique.

Presented from Issue 93 by Peter Hayes

Short and Soft?
More versatility, greater accuracy and better feel I like to river fish. In fact I always have, since I was a boy growing up in St Leonards on the North Esk River.

We have recently received a Coroner’s report in regards to a fatality in 2014.

Given that on a percentage basis (around 80%), of boats, are used for fishing it is important as many people as possible understand the absolute necessity and importance to maintain their inflatable life jackets according to the manufacturers recommendations.

The Coroner made some interesting points, these are shown below in italics.

Berkley Nemesis

4 new colours make their into the 4 inch Gulp! Nemesis range. The clear transluscent finish in Clear Purple Shimmer, Clear Red Black Silver, Clear Green Silver and Clear Lavender Pearl Holo is going to prove deadly on all manner of species.
Combine the fish catching profile of a Jerkshad and the enticing tail action of a grub and you get the Berkley Nemesis. Designed in Australia the Nemesis shape is now available in a 4” size. The tail action of this shape has to be seen to be believed. On the drop or on the wind, the Nemesis tail swims at the slowest of speeds delivering continuous lifelike action. View the PDF here 

Life StrawThe Life Straw, an essential part of my river fishing

I'm not one for carrying backpacks or drink bottles when river fishing as I like to fish as light as possible. This small item is an essential pert of my river fishing.. it's called the Life Straw.

Here's what I carry with me at all times when trout fishing the rivers since suffering a severe stomach & bowel infection from drinking the water direct from the rivers here in Tassie.

Yamaha 25 two stroke long shaft

Tiller steer motor. In very good running condition. Can test drive on boat. No issues at all. One of Yamaha's most outstanding motors ever. Only reason for sale is due to upgrading to 4 stroke. Although I have put around 2000 exact model year is unknown. They still make this motor. Weight is about 50KGs. $1800. Motor is in Launceston.
Phone or text Mike Stevens on 0418129949 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sorting the tackle box

What is it about catching bream on lures, or any fish for that matter, which makes an angler, buy all kinds of weird and wonderful lures to try and trick them?  After spending the winter re organising and sorting out the tackle box, (numerous times) I discovered that there were lures in my collection, which have not caught a fish let alone seen a drop of water. There were hard bodies of all types, deep diving minnows, shallow water minnows, shads, surface lures and assorted soft plastics. 

Drogue review by Michal Rybka

I was recently asked to conduct a comprehensive review of a drogue based on a design by Peter Hayes, but with further development and changes.

A drogue is simply a device that enables you to slow down the drift speed of your boat.

For an excellent review and further information, read here

Jim Allen drogue Woods Lake

 

RiseSLICEGlassPhotochromicGreyTonic Polarised Eyewear

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, has released the new Rise in time for summer.  Rise features the new SLICE lens, the thinnest and lightest polarised glass lens in the world.

Doug Phillips, maker of high quality polarised eyewear in Australia since 1992 and founder of Tonic Eyewear says: “the Rise is designed for fishing with hockey arms that curve over your ears.  It is extremely lightweight with our nonslip adjustable nose pads giving all day comfort.  This is definitely a world class product”.

lure-from-lake-mulwala-closeLake Mulwala Lure

I was hoping Tasfish readers could help me identify this lure. It was found in Lake Mulwala and given to my Dad. It's only 4 cm long, not counting the bib, and only has one set of trebles, the rear is rounded and doesn't seem to have any holes where another hook may have been attached.

Essential Fly Fisher - FLY ROD SPECIALS

Only on current stock. Phone orders welcome.

SAGE FLY RODS

  • 1 x 590-4 VXP were $600 now $450
  • 1 x 3710-4 TXL-F were $775 now $550
  • 1 x 2710-4 TXL-F were $775 now $550
  • 1 x 590-4 FLI were $550 now $300
  • 1 x 990-3 RPLXI were $950 now $450

JoTonic Eyewear finds its MO JO for summer

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, has released two new frames the Mo and Jo in time for summer. Mo and Jo feature the new SLICE lens, the thinnest and lightest polarised glass lens in the world.
Doug Phillips, maker of high quality polarised eyewear in Australia since 1992 and founder of Tonic Eyewear says: “the Mo & Jo are a new direction for Tonic, they are big styles and bolder than anything we have ever done before. They are great for fishing and everyday use too. Everyone is going to want a pair of Mo or Jo this summer”. See the PDF of the press release here

batteriesChoosing batteries for your boat

These days it seems the internet is the first place most people refer to for information and advice on just about every product or service imaginable.
Unfortunately the easy access to posting information and opinion brings with it an increasing amount of misinformation, and sometimes just plain wrong advice from every keyboard expert in the land.

tonic-eyeThe new Tonic Eyewear YouRanium

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, is proud to announce the release of the new YouRanium style.
Developed with Brendan Wing of YouFishTV and named by the YouFishTV fan base, the YouRanium features a custom designed adjustable nose bridge that is fully integrated into the frame. While the frame is a standard fit, the adjustable nose bridge can be used to suit people with broken, low or wide nose bridges.

New 12 Volt SMD Flounder light test promotional You Tube clip

Link below to You tube promotional clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qDqcod6xMY
Dear Valued Customer,
We have pleasure advising that we have fully tested our new 12 Volt SMD-LED Flounder/Prawn Light and we can now confidently say it is a performer.
It is actually around twice as bright as our bestselling C Size battery model.

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