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News Views & Press Releases / Rainbow trout waters to open on 30 September
« Last post by Member on Yesterday at 04:02:42 PM »
Rainbow trout waters to open on 30 September

The 2017-18 rainbow trout season is shaping up to be a good one with the current high water levels and recent catches of good sized fish in brown trout waters.

With the opening of the waters known as the rainbow trout waters on Saturday 30 September and the great weather we have been experiencing, there has never been a better time to take your friends and family and go fishing.

Tasmania’s rainbow trout waters are:
•    Dee Lagoon
•    Junction Lake
•    Lake Meston
•    Lake Rowallan
•    Lake Skinner
•    Lake Youd
•    Mersey River above Lake Rowallan
•    River Leven upstream of Loogana Road
•    Weld rivers (both North and South)

Most of the waters are fairly remote and lakes Junction, Meston, Youd, Skinner and the Mersey River above Lake Rowallan are waters that you need to walk to but they are great fisheries that offer a range of fantastic fishing opportunities.
Dee Lagoon is an accessible lake on the central plateau. It has good access with two formal boat ramps, one which was recently upgraded.  There are also a number of informal boat ramps.
Lake Skinner and the River Leven are stocked with rainbow trout by IFS.
All these waters will close on 3 June 2018.
Please check the 2017-18 Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code for the regulations for these waters as some are restricted to artificial methods and others are very distinct sections of rivers.
Source: Rainbow trout waters to open on 30 September
News Views & Press Releases / The 2017 whitebait season opens Sunday 1 October
« Last post by Member on September 20, 2017, 04:01:33 PM »
The 2017 whitebait season opens Sunday 1 October

The 2017 whitebait season opens Sunday 1 October and will remain open until Saturday 11 November.
The rivers open for whitebait fishing are subject to a schedule of annual rotations of open and closed waters.  Whitebait fishers will need to ensure that the river they are proposing to fish is open for the season.
This year the rivers are: Black River, Brid River, Don River, Duck River (except 50m above or below the weir), Henty River, Huon River, Inglis river, Little Forester River, Pieman River, River Derwent, River Forth, River Leven, kanamaluka / River Tamar, including Trevallyn Tailrace, and Rubicon River (except 50m above or below the weir.
Licence Purchase
Whitebait licences ($31.00) are available online from this website, and from all Service Tasmania shops.
Source: The 2017 whitebait season opens Sunday 1 October
News Views & Press Releases / World Fly Fishing Championships 2017 - Slovakia
« Last post by Member on September 20, 2017, 04:01:33 PM »
World Fly Fishing Championships 2017 - Slovakia

Congratulations to the Australian team members that competed in the recent World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovakia. It is well known that it is hard to beat the European teams on their continent. In the last session ,through a huge effort, the Aussie boys jumped over the Polish team to finish 5th. First place went to France, second to the Czech Republic and third to Spain. Christopher Bassano finished individually in 6th place. What a great build up to taking on these competitive teams on our home turf at the WFFC 19 Tasmania Australia.
Source: World Fly Fishing Championships 2017 - Slovakia
News Views & Press Releases / Great Lake Tie-In
« Last post by Member on September 20, 2017, 04:01:31 PM »
Great Lake Tie-In

With the announcement of Tasmania as the host for the 2019 World Fly
Fishing Championships, fly tying and fishing clubs of Tasmania present the
Great Lake Tie-In (GLTI)
Prominent Tasmanian fly tyers from around the state will be demonstrating
the “Art of Fly Tying” at the, Miena Community Hall on Saturday 14th October
The event has been organised by a dedicated team headed by Graham
Blight, along with members Anna Bellette , Malcolm Crosse and Stephen
Butler from the Tasmanian Fly Tyers Club, with funding support from
Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Service.
The GLTI organiser, Graham Blight, said the Tie-In is open to the public, there
are demonstrations and displays that will be of interest not only to Fly fishers
but to the wider community.
“The Tie-In is a coming together of fly tyers from around the state with over 20
tyers from 8 clubs from Tasmania and Interstate demonstrating on the day. “
“There will be something for everyone including a junior tying bench where
they can try their hand at fly tying. Other highlights will include cane rod
building with Bill Lark, entomology, water ecology and environment including
Wombat Warriors , art work by internationally known Trevor Hawkins and
local artist Danielle Fairfield, photography by Stephen Ooi, material dying by
Tasmanian Fly Tyers Club. There will also be trade displays from local
suppliers and Inlands Fisheries will be in attendance to answer any queries.
This will be a great opportunity for the community to learn and exchange
ideas”. Mr Blight said.
The Great Lake Tie-In will be held at the Miena Community Hall, from 10 am
to 4pm Saturday 14th October. There will be a gold coin donation including
great raffle prizes . Food and bar facilities be run by the Miena Community
association on the day.
For further Information please contact Graham Blight on email: , ph 0412144072.
Source: Great Lake Tie-In
Fishing Videos / Small Trout & Bad News.
« Last post by Member on September 12, 2017, 05:19:02 PM »
Have been a bit quiet as I've been fighting that dreaded thing called cancer. Finally felt up to going out for a fish.
Thanks For Watching, Clint.
News Views & Press Releases / Tumbledown Creek Bridge
« Last post by Member on September 04, 2017, 04:01:10 PM »
Tumbledown Creek Bridge

Hydro Tasmania has recently inspected the
bridge over Tumbledown Creek (Gunns Marsh
Road, Arthurs Lake) and it was found to have
structural issues.
The load rating of the bridge has been reduced
to 2 tons to allow its ongoing safe operation,
and revised load limit signage has been
Please exercise caution when using the bridge
and adhere to the revised load rating.
The long term plan for the bridge is currently
under review, and Hydro Tasmania will advise
when this has been determined.
For further information please contact Hydro
Tasmania on (03) 6230 5111 or
Source: Tumbledown Creek Bridge
Sweetwater Fishing Events Calendar / Date Claimer / 2017 Tableland Hardware Tinaroo Barra Bash
« Last post by Member on August 31, 2017, 09:47:27 PM »
2017 Tinaroo Barra Bash- Family Catch & Release Fishing Competition

Host - Tinaroo Fish Stocking Society

When - 3rd November - 5th November

Where - Lake Tinaroo

Entry Fees -  $40 per Adult & $5 per Junior Angler (15 years and under). Nomination Forms and SIPS Permit must be purchased before fishing.

Fishing Times - Lines in at 6pm Friday November 3rd, fishing through to 8.30am Sunday  5th November.
Kayak Fishing / Re: Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T, my review.
« Last post by Member on August 29, 2017, 06:13:25 PM »
I like it mate. Thanks for sharing the info on this yak. I've been half considering a similar style yak to fit the girl in with me.  :youbeauty
General Discussion / Re: North Pine Dam QLD boating permits now available.
« Last post by Member on August 23, 2017, 07:07:23 AM »
Still plenty of permits available and Permits will be avail for pick up from this Saturday.
The dam is still fishing well mate averaging 60 bass a trip on lures and blades over 3 trips this week and slightly less for me on bait only averaging 40.
Kayak Fishing / Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T, my review.
« Last post by Member on August 22, 2017, 10:07:14 PM »
Wilderness Systems Pamlico135T review.

I recently purchased a second hand Pamlico135T. The need arose as I was still keen to go yak fishing but wasnt prepared to burn wife credits on short trips. I needed a yak that could fit a 2 year old and a nearly 5 year old comfortably in. I didnt want a canoe so a 2-seater sit in fitted my needs.

Like all sit in yaks on the market, a bung for easy water removal from the cockpit is an essential aftermarket install.

The yak I purchased isnt the latest version of the Pamlico ( the new ones have knee pads on both seat positions and a newer model of Wilderness System seat.)
For my kiddie configuration, I have the front seat set as far forward as it will go.

It has notches that the seat locks into.

And my daughter sits on some cushions behind that front seat.

She gets a better view of the fish there anyway.

My seat at the stern unfortunately is fixed, unable to move forward, so the kayak runs a little bow high. It doesnt affect handling at all. The boat still tracks well and is easy to turn. Which was a surprise as these yaks come with rudder tubes at the ready.

Another cool feature is they can be used a single seater.

The front seat slides back but you have to remove the front foot pegs and reseat them on the next set of runners.

These yaks have a 230kgs+ weight capacity so it would great for that overnight trip where you need to take a lot of gear. The rear hatch is small and can barely fit a couple of tackle boxes. I also own a WS Pungo120 and have found that its kayak console fits the Pamlico too.

Brand spankers these babies go for $1500-$1600. On Gumtree they pop up on average 1 every 2-3 weeks and they usually go for between $500 and $800 with extras. I hope this helps other dads get their little ones out on the water too.

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