Trout Fishing Tasmania—One Fly Fishing! By: Bob McKinleyHave you ever wondered just how many good flypatterns trout fishers in Tasmania will carry around justin case they are needed? I can tell you it’s usually a hellof a lot.As a guide I am guilty of this as well, however over thelast two years I have experimented with a single fly
pattern in all sorts of bug hatches and had considerablesuccess with a Parachute mayfly emerger pattern.One of the most spectacular fishing days I have had lastseason using this emerger, was when I was guiding Davida long term friend and client from Brisbane.David was looking for some late season sight fishingusing a dry fly to our Tasmanian brown trout, so with afantastic forecast I opted to fish Arthur’s Lake.Arriving early we found conditions as good as we couldwish, with fine, sunny, calm conditions. We immediatelyset up the boat and headed for a section of lake thatusually produces the best midge hatches and surfacefeeding trout. It was shortly after that when we cameacross a good looking wind lane with a small quantity ofmixed midge hatch on the water and soon after wespotted the tiny tell tale signs of fish feeding up windtowards us.These trout, even big fish of 2 to 4lbs will sip down midgeso softly it is often hard to see the takes and mostly youwill need to be looking directly at the fish to see anything
at all, so spotting fish immediately meant we were in fora good day.David was using his 6wt 9ft Sage ZAXIS and the parachutemayfly emerger which I had supplied him. His first fewcasts were a bit erratic and missed them all, which is notsurprising as David had not been trout fishing for the last6 months and these fish were coming up the wind lanefaster than usual allowing for one cast per fish at best.Our conversation is usually like this:Me - There’s a fish at 10 o’clock and 15 meters can yousee it?D - NoooMe - Can you see the nervous water?D - Nooo, maybeMe - Don’t worry just cast anyhow.D- Was that close?Me - No but there’s another one coming up right behindit, can you see it?D- Nooo, perhaps yes I think I see that one.
However after a few more near misses he finallymanaged to put the fly in front of a tiny rise and it waspromptly taken by what turned out to be a solid 2 lb plusbrown.Several more fish followed all in the magic 2 to 3lb rangewith all fish released to be caught again another day. Wemoved to another wind lane and caught several moremidge feeders all with the same emerger fly we hadstarted with. Lunch time saw us drifting the same windlane, eating and casting at passing fish. After drifting thiswind lane 5 or 6 times we headed off to look for somedifferent action.By now David had landed and released at least 10 goodfish, dropped several and sighted scores more, and theday was not over yet. With a light North wind we headedover to one of the sheltered shores and immediatelyfound a flying ant fall in progress with trout picking themoff as fast as they could feed.It was about this time when David declared this fly is“stuffed” do you have an ant pattern? I gave him anotherof the same emerger pattern.
David replied, but it’s an ant hatch, don’t we want tomatch the hatch? No, just try it and see what happens.Well after several more good fish landed on the sameemerger pattern David conceded it was not reallynecessary to match the hatch every time. We finishedthe day with David landing more than a dozen goodbrowns, dropping at least 6 and casting to a hundred ormore – all round a great day out and all on just 2 dry fliesof one pattern which did not imitate anything the troutwere feeding on that day.