In this issue….
Drought & Flood
For south-east Australian trout fishers, it’s been a wild ride with the weather lately. Drought affected many areas through 2015 and the early part of 2016, but since then widespread rain has completely flipped things… for now. Fortunately, both very dry and very wet conditions can produce exceptional fishing – if you know where to go and what to look for.
A Trouty in Brisbane
When a new degree dragged Stewart Dick away from his familiar southern trout waters to Brisbane, he felt very much like a fish out of water… at first. However, he quickly began to adapt to the local saltwater scene and now he can’t get enough of Queensland salt.
Early Season in Tasmania
It will surprise many readers to learn that, for numbers of trout brought to the net, Christopher Bassano regards this time of year in Tasmania as unrivalled. However to make the most of the many opportunities, you need to understand exactly where the trout will be holding and how they are behaving. The detail in this article will change the way you think about – and fish – early season in Tasmania.
For a little while, Joshua Hutchins must have wondered what he’d done to upset the salmon gods! First a ‘missed by that much’ trip chasing Icelandic Atlantic salmon, then a journey to Argentina in pursuit of giant Chinooks that began with his luggage (including all his fishing gear) failing to arrive. Fortunately, things got a whole lot better after that.
Three Ways to Run a Trout Lake Pt 1
A more obsessed flyfisher than Steve Dunn would be hard to find and his fisheries science/ fisheries management background gives him a rare perspective. In this article, he looks at three quite different trout lakes in the first of a two-part quest to work out what it takes to make a great trout fishery.
As for the regulars, Peter Hayes explains that there’s more than one way to find a trout, Jim Allen says preparation helps make a happy trip and Andrew Fuller has found some nice gear at the latest International Fly Tackle show in the US. Craig Coltman shows us a brilliant spring wet fly to tie, and I look at how science and research can help make better fisheries.