Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Got up at 4:30, on the water by 6, home by 10.  7 fish, plus lost another.  Biggest was 18", and 2x 16".  Lots of activity in the first hour before the sun hit the water.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Goal achieved

One of my Fly fishing goals was a 'bag limit' -- 12 fish over 10 inches -- on the fly.  Finally achieved it on last Monday on the Tyenna.  Got 15 fish -- one was 8", one was 8" and foul hooked.  But the other were legal to much larger.  Biggest landed was 22", with another 3 x 20"+.  For each fish hooked, failed to hook another 2 on the strike.

Also lost two motable fish.  One was easily bigger than the 22" fish.  I had it to the bank, but couldnt land it.  Another was 20"+ foul hooked on a size 16 pheasant tail.  It went airborne about 5 times, took me downstream, and went under a log.  I could touch it, but not get it out.

All fish were on bead headed nymphs -- size 16 with tungsten bead heads was the killer, though the really big one was on a simple possum bead head.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Four Springs

A bluebird day.  Walked further up the shore line.  One hit that broke the line at a wind knot.  Otherwise it was flat calm, and nothing much happened.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Four Springs

Tried a stick caddis, dragonfly, and wooly bugger.  All to no effect.  I am planning on taking up knitting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Low Head Pilot Light

High winds made it unpleasant.  Tried berley, but no response.  One foul hooked toadfish.  A group arrived to squid fish, but had no luck either.

Four Springs

38mins from car park to lake.  A bright sunny day.  One 12" fish in the last light on a dragonfly nymph.  There was some movement before that ignored the bugger, so a change of fly was the key.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

North Esk

28 mins from car park to first access point.  31 minutes till the 'bridge'.  Fished above the bridge.  Had a platypus swim right past me while standing on the bank.  2 fish -- one 11" and one 14".  Then back to Launceston to pick the kids up from the redline bus.

Brumby's Creek

34 minutes from car park to the creek.  Two good hits right below one of the weirs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brushy Lagoon

Brushy lagoon was stocked with 1000 rainbows a week ago.  Left at 4:00.  Took 52 minutes to get there via the highway (i.e., not via Exeter).  Not a touch.  Saw one taken, and heard of another two.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Four Springs

After work.  1x 18" Brown that fought well above its weight.  Its fins were damaged -- possibly from the transfer from Great lake..  When the line tightened another one just near the line surfaced in fright.  Weather was rain and wind.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Four Springs

Got there after work.  Perfect fishing weather, but no fish.  Wind was southerly for a change, so I fished the other side of the weed beds -- but no sign.  Not a rise, or touch.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brushy Lagoon

The lagoon had just been stocked, and there were a ton of people.  However, the wind was cold, I was only there for an hour, and I, like everyone else, didnt see a fish.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Four Springs

Last night, and the night before, went to Four Springs for the evening.  In both cases skunked.  First night saw a few rising fish as the lake calmed to mirror smooth.  Second night had a fair ripple, but no action, not even a rise!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Four Springs

IT was pissing down.  Even got soaked through my Orvis waterproof jacket -- rain getting in through the air vents and the cuffs.

Lost two (broke off the fly on the strike on both).  Missed one.  Got a 14 / 15" rainbow that ran twice -- fought well above its weight.  Lost the bugger when unhooking it.

Four Springs

A 3 to 4 lber hit the wooly bugger and went airbourne.  The tippet broke, and I lost my last bugger (I left the right fly box at home!)

Spoke to a guy in the car park that lost a massive fish on a mudeye fished just below the surface.  He also recommended a stick caddis.

Leaving the car park there was something on the road.  I stopped and looked.  It was an owl.  It turned its back to me, lifted its tail, and pooped.  Then it flew away.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Four Springs

Left work at 4, on water at 5, dusk at 6.

One brown, 16", on a redfin wooly bugger.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Four Springs

After work.  One 10" brown.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Four Springs

Raining cats and dogs.  2x 20" Rainbows.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Four Springs

1x 16" Rainbow

Monday, January 10, 2011

Learning Fly Fishing and Platypuss spotting

Took Madison, Patrick, and Alex to the Tyenna to spot platypuss and to learn to fly fish.  Got all three casting, and then went to below the salmon farm.  We tried there with soft plastics, and had a few follows.  Then up to Tyenna Rd to catch some small ones.  No luck.  Finally, back to the weir to spot platypuss.  Fish were rising everywhere, and the kids fished excitedly.  Patrick switched to fly, and then Alex.  Patrick ran off with Madison to try the opposite bank.  Alex tied on a white moth, and after some false casts got a trout -- hooked perfectly in the mouth.  His first trout was on the fly, on a dry, on the first day.  It took me a year!