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.