Trout Fishing in Tasmania – Tips For Beginners Part 1


This is more of an aside article rather than some trout fishing tips, but I find it interesting to know about all the different trout species in Tasmania. The two species most people are familiar with are the rainbow trout and brown trout that can be easily founf in Arthurs Lake from August until May. In Tasmania the native trout that occur naturally in rivers and lakes. Their colour ranges depending on the environment they live in and can range in colour from brown to almost black.

Usually brown trout in rivers will be small in size due to the large amount of energy they use just to swim against the current. Brown trout holding in rivers will usually occupy certain areas where the food occurs naturally in the water for example under trees and clumps of weeds. However in lakes there are fewer areas where food accumulates naturally and so the trout will have to travel more widely. If you consider fishing in Tasmania, be aware of the fact that you will need a licence to fish in Tasmania if you are 14 years or older and you can get the license on the official website.

Sea trout are brown trout that have chosen to leave their river and have gone out to sea. They will be bright silver in colour and return to the river to breed. At sea the trout can have a very rich diet, feeding off small fish, herring and eels. Due to this rich diet the trout can gain size rapidly and can reach quite big sizes. One interesting fact is that the sea trout commonly returns to the same river it was born in.


Finally there is the rainbow trout which is the most common trout to be stocked at commercial fisheries. These fish have been raised in artificial conditions being feed pellets. They will be held until they are of suitable size to be sold to the fisheries for fisherman to catch. Usually this size is between 1.5 and 5 lbs. Rainbow trout are unlike others in the fact that they will not stay in the one place for food. They will travel long distances searching for food.

Congratulations, you’ve managed to cast out your fly and have tricked a trout into taking your fly. One of my top trout fishing tips: You should be watching the water at all times for sudden swirls or a flash of silver. You should particularly watch your line since if you can see it suddenly going straight you’ve got a bite. If you wait until this movement reaches your rod tip, that short span of time could be the difference that is needed for that fish to escape.

I remember my first bite when I just a beginner. I was shocked by how violently the fish took the line and started to pull at my rod. The most important step is to quickly and strongly lift the rod up so the rod is at about 11 o’clock on a clock face. This will set the hook in the fish’s mouth. So your fish is hooked now what?  You should try to keep the rod up throughout the whole fight since this will keep tension in the line and so tension on the hook.


If the fish is on a ‘run’ where it is constantly taking line just let it do so! If you try to stop it there is a good chance you will snap your line. The clutch on your reel should be exerting some pressure on the fish to slow it down and tire it out.

When the fish has stopped running draw some of the line back to keep the pressure up. If the fish starts to dart of in one direction you can control it by moving the rod in the opposite direction. Place your net in the water with the handle near to you. As you guide the fish to the net crouch down so it cannot see and so the fish doesn’t panic. When unhooking the fish wet your hands since your dry fingers can take the protective layer of mucus off the fish’s skin. If you are going to kill the fish do it quickly. You should have an item called a ‘priest’ to dispatch the fish. Hit it hard and quickly over head in between its eyes. You can check that the fish is dispatched since its gills should not be moving.

Trout Fishing in Tasmania – Tips For Beginners Part 2


Although clothing may seem relatively trivial it is something you need to bear in mind when you fishing in Tasmania! In this article some of my trout fishing tips will concern your safety when fishing while others will make your fishing much more enjoyable.When fishing I find it is very helpful to travel light. Therefore I only carry my fishing bag, rod and net. In my fishing bag I will have a box of flies, sinkant, fly lines and fluorocarbon line. Sometimes I take a camera for records some of good catches.

This relatively light (compared to some coarse fisherman!) setup allows to me cover the whole lake quickly and allows to me change the location I’m fishing quickly as well. Talking about trout fishing, I prefer Tyenne River and Arthurs Lake because these are my favorite fishing places in Tasmania.


In terms of clothing the two most important pieces of clothing for a fly fisherman are a hat and glasses. The hat should have a rim on it – this is very important to protect your face from casting, especially on windy days. Similarly glasses also play a role in protecting your eyes, but if you have polarised glasses they can also help you to spot the fish. Polarised glasses reduce the glare from the water allowing you to see into it more easily. If you are looking for a reliable pair of glasses, you should definitely visit my favorite shop located in Australia: Tackle World Burnie.
Furthermore foot ware is also important when fishing. You want it to be reasonably comfortable since you will be on your feet for long periods of time. However it should also be waterproof for obvious reasons! If you local fishery is quite muddy you may wear wellingtons. I recommend wearing some thick socks which make them much more comfortable.

The key to keeping warm outside is wearing layers of clothes. The combination of a thicker coverage of clothing and the insulation quality of the air in between the clothes will allow you to stay warm. In the winter I recommend wearing at least 3 layers on your torso. You can buy special ‘thermal underwear’ which will cover your legs.

Finally I would like to cover the topic of camouflage clothing. While I think it will make a difference if you wear a bright red jacket and green one, the difference between a green jacket and a camouflage one will be very very minimal. Also the added expensive of buying camouflage clothing I do not recommend it.

Trout Fishing For Beginners

If you’re a beginner to trout fishing it can be daunting task learning the hundreds of elements of fishing. In this article I will guide you through the basic trout fishing tips you need to land your first trout. Firstly identify a stocked lake nearby where you live preferably small in size. I would recommend Arthur’s lake for beginners and Tyenna river for advanced fishermen.

When you go for your first visit it is always a good idea to talk to the manager/bailiff of the fishery to ask how it is fishing. Remember they will know their fishery the best and will point in you the right direction on what flies/bait have been successful in the past few weeks and well as what location of the lake to fish.

Before you even start fishing take a minute to look at the water. Is it of good clarity? If not perhaps you should try a brightly coloured fly if you are fly fishing. Are there any fish moving on the surface? Then use a floating line! All of these hints can help you decide which tactics you are going to try on your fishing out.


Another trout fishing tip I recommend is that when getting set up for fishing it is always a good idea to do this well away from the water. If you drop something or are chatting with friends this will not spook the fish. Remember to wet your knots before you tighten them. This will reduce the friction when it is tightened and so reduce the damage to the line making it stronger. So you’re finally ready to start fishing! If you are fly fishing do not worry about casting too far. Surprisingly the fish do come quite near the side where small fish and insects can hind in the bushes.

If you have no success with a specific technique after about 30 minutes I would move on to another approach. This could be changing the fly colour, or to another fly all together. Looking at the water there may be some surface activity in which case you could try a floating line.

Best Time to fish?

We have found the best week of fishing each year is Melbourne Cup week, which is the first week in November. This time of year is perfect trout fishing weather and there are usually small crowds on most fishing spots.

If you want to know the exact Melbourne Cup dates each year you can check here.

I wish you all the best in your trout fishing, and tight lines!

Secret Tips for Walleye Fishing


Using tips for walleye fishing will allow you to improve your fishing experience. But do you want to know why? First you must realize that although it is easy to fish, if doing so without any prior background experience may prove to be a challenge. So some heads up and a few pointers may help you get started.

I could say that the secret tips for fishing comprise some small minor details that affect the overall fishing experience. That include the selection of rods, reels and other equipment which are used in the fishing time. I’ve mentioned before that the walleye are known for being slick and smart, but not only that. I can also add the fact that they put up a good fight and do some hard pulls and twists. But isn’t this what every fisher wants? While you are on your boat alone or with pals, enjoying a cold drink under the hot sun, there’s nothing better to spice up your fishing day than a good fight with a walleye. But you must have some notions to allow this fight to happen.


One of many tips for walleye fishing that is widely used is using bottom bouncers and the walk sinkers to allow your bait sinking to the bottom. This proves useful to deep ponds and lakes where walleyes dive deep and swim just under the radar. They might be just around you and without these you might not be able to find them. The sinkers will ensure that your bait gets sunk deep all the way near the pathway of these walleyes so that they may see it and get hooked. Then again, you must also use an awesome walleye lures or baits.

Another awesome tip among tips for walleye fishing is the bait type you use. Since these fish are very strong and do some hard pulls and head shakes, it is very important to have a resistant plastic bait. This won’t rip off and unlike the organic bait that can get eaten off, this plastic bait sticks to your hook and while deepened, it can proceed on and on being reused.

It’s such useful walleye fishing tips that allow first time fishers to get the best of their first time fishing experience. They are just able to get to their fishing day, knowing before hand what is going to happen. This ensures a maximized experience always. Another thing is that walleyes taste very delicious. They make the most exotic dishes a reality and right after you catch them, you can lay them in side a boiling bowl or grill them to your taste preference and be ready to be well served. They can be speckled up with your favorite spice, along with an awesome ointment.

The scent of this fish is also very good enhancing the eating experience to a top notch one. One can easily cook them to the best prepared point and then they are just ready to be served. One walleye is good enough for 2 people depending on the appetite each one has, and it might even be good enough for 3. If you guys are able to catch more, then you are sure in for a treat. You can make walleye the main dish and bring along some other drinks to make your fishing afternoon an awesome one. There is the possibility for cooking to be done along with the fishing time. If you guys have women in the crew then they can get busy with cooking and serving while the men are doing the hard work fishing.


Another awesome tip is to choose the best jig ranks. These are very nice fashioned which are coupled along the hook for maximizing fish catching. They attract walleyes due to their fish-like look, and entangle these into them as soon as they try to bite off your bait. If properly fashioned in your hook, these can be awesome for increasing your chances to be successful in very attempt to catch a walleye, again and again.

Also, pay close attention to your fishing season since it will be mandatory and influence the overall experience you’ll have while fishing. It will make the whole difference to you if you go fishing in seasons in which the walleye is less reproduced. Fish in their most populated season so that you can catch plenty of fish and have lots of fun. It will sure allow for a remarkable fishing experience that everyone will love to be part of and will never forget.