Posts by Simon Taylor

2017/2018 Tassie Trout Season Opening Outlook

2017/2018 Tassie Trout Season Opening Outlook

Here's some good oil on what to potentially expect from the upcoming Tasmania fly fishing season which kicks off this Saturday!.... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 08/02/2017
Techy Thursday - Sight Fishing Still Waters

Techy Thursday - Sight Fishing Still Waters

Sight fishing is by far my favourite form of fly fishing, this visual style of fishing is truly addictive! Both trout living in rivers and lakes are prime sight fishing candidates; here are a few pointers that I like to practice when sight fishing still waters..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 06/08/2017
Sunday Share - Putting some bend into the Scott Flex 8ft #4

Sunday Share - Putting some bend into the Scott Flex 8ft #4

A few months ago, I was lucky to be given the new Scott Flex 804-4 (8ft, 4wt) from the Manic Tackle guys to test out on some of my local Tasmanian Trout. Since then, I have given the little Flex a good workout on a variety of different waters around the state, and have been impressed with how the rod has performed..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 02/19/2017
Sunday Share - Sometimes longer is better! Scott Radian 955/4

Sunday Share - Sometimes longer is better! Scott Radian 955/4

Fly fishing for trout presents itself in many different forms; stillwater, stream craft, wet fly, dry fly, nymph fishing, blind searching, sight fishing and loch style are just a few examples that spring to mind. To get the most out of your fishing opportunities, selecting the appropriate rod (length and line weight) best suited to the style of fishing being done, and the conditions of the day can help you get the most out of your time on the water..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 12/04/2016
Sunday Share - Tassie Update

Sunday Share - Tassie Update

So far spring in Tasmania has followed on with the weather patterns experienced during winter, with the state continuing to get above average rainfall, snow to low levels, strong winds and below average temperatures..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 10/30/2016
2016 / 2017 Tassie Trout Season Outlook

2016 / 2017 Tassie Trout Season Outlook

What a difference a few months can make! With last summer being one of the driest on record, creating record low water levels in some storages, many local anglers were worried about what the prospect of the following season would be. The three months that followed have had the highest rainfall on record, with destructive floods in some catchments washing away many bridges, houses, and dramatically changing rivers..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 09/02/2016
Techy Thursday - Fishing the loop knot

Techy Thursday - Fishing the loop knot

When attaching flies to tippets, I have three knots that I have developed great confidence in due to their strength, being fast and easy to tie. The simple Blood knot, Penny Knot and Lefty’s Loop are my ‘go to’ knots and I use them all in different fishing situations. Loop knots have long been used effectively by Salt Water Fly fishers to help impart movement on fly patterns like Gotchas and Clousers when chasing fish. Despite the common misconception, Loop knots can be simple to tie and lend themselves perfectively too many trout fishing situations..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 06/23/2016
Friday Fly Day - Sight fishing to tailing trout

Friday Fly Day - Sight fishing to tailing trout

Sight fishing to trout is one of the most exciting forms of fly fishing available and Tasmania offers a diverse trout fishery which features many forms of highly visual sight fishing. Shallow water (flats style) polaroiding, mayfly and mayfly spinner hatches, sea tout chasing bait in estuaries, windlanes, terrestrial hatches and wonderful tailing trout are some examples of Tasmania’s trout fishery..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 05/06/2016
Techy Thursday - Greasing the Butt of the Leader

Techy Thursday - Greasing the Butt of the Leader

Greasing the butt section of your leader and the last few inches of fly line is a simple way to improve your fishing, but one which is often overlooked. ‘Greasing’ is an easy technique accomplished by smearing a thick floatant such as Loon Payette Paste or gel, like Loon Aquel over the last few inches of fly line and running it down the butt section of your leader..... Read more

by Simon Taylor on 05/05/2016