Willem. Your trip to Tasmania.

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 20:51
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Sorry for taking so long in responsing to earlier e-mails

I assume you’ll be arriving in Devonport. If you’re interested in the high country and trout fishing, here is what I’d suggest (providing you’re travelling August – November):

Head south east from Devonport to Cressy. Ask for advice from Gary at the fishing shop (read the following).

After your leave Cressy drive up into the Western Tiers until you come to the Steppes.

Take the dirt road to the left for around 30 Ks and, just before you arrive at Interlaken, there is a gate on the left side of the road. Follow this to an impromptu camp used by the locals.

You will then be on the western side of Lake Sorell.

Once there, you will notice an Island. Just out from the eastern end there is an underwater rock reef which will deliver very large trout if you’re lucky.

Very good fish can also be taken at night amongst the reeds facing the camp area.

The locals don’t take kindly to bate fishing on the lake. If you set a static line don’t be surprised if it’s thrown in the water (including the rod).

If the eastern gate and fence is still there, be careful driving in this area. It’s black Peet bog and will swallow a heavy 4WD in wet conditions.

North of the camp there was good shooting for a meal.

Please bear in mind that it’s been many years since I’ve been up there and things may have changed since the mid 80’s. Some members my have a more modern update.

Have a good trip



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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:15

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:15

Thanks for all that good advice.

Unfortunately I am allergic to fish so it is not in my 'favourites'....lol

Hopefully someone else will enjoy the info

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Reply By: madfisher - Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:29

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:29
Kim and Willem,
I believe Sorrells is now only a shadow of its former glory, due to the drought and the dreaded euro carp. Fisheries have kept the lake low in an attempt to stop the carp breeding
I would recommend Arthurs, and the Cow Paddock has excellent camping spots. Their is hot showers at pump house bay
Pine Teir lagoon also impressed me, great camping and fishing on the flats up the back.
Do you flyfish Willem?, If you do or you would like to learn I can point you in the right direction. Their are fish everywhere in Tassie, But they all have uni degrees in avoiding being caught, but thats what calls me back
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:38

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 21:38
Hi Pete


Read my reply to Kim again.

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Follow Up By: kimprado - Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 22:00

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 22:00

Damn shame is'nt it? I spent some of the best years of my life down there in the 80's and formed a few strong friendships.

To hear Sorell is stuffed is very sad.



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Follow Up By: madfisher - Monday, Feb 19, 2007 at 18:03

Monday, Feb 19, 2007 at 18:03
The drought may be a blessing in disguise, as the carp cannot bleed when levels are low. THe last info I had fisheries had just about wiped them out in crescent and had reopened it to fishing.
They are puting a lot of time, money and effort into controlling them(Carp)
On a lighter note Tassie just about drives me mad, trying to make up your mind where to fish next. TOO much water and not enough time
If anyone requires up to date info ring Ross at the Essential Angler in launceston. Ross fishes every 2nd weekend so knows what is going on
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 19, 2007 at 03:09

Monday, Feb 19, 2007 at 03:09

You have revived memories of a trip we did some years ago.

We booked a "tour" through Tiger Trout Tours and spent 3 days in their cabin on the shores of Little Pine Lagoon. My mate and myself were in fishing heaven flyfishing several areas in the region. The girls also enjoyed the relaxation while the boys were away and when we returned our guide refused to allow the girls to do anything in the way of preparing meals etc.

We caught enough trout to try fish in different ways, from raw, smoked and grilled.

Tiger Trout Tours is run by the family of well renowned Tasmanian fly fishing author, Don Gilmore. We had the pleasure of Charles (one of Don's sons) as our guide and companion for the three days and I think it's just about time to renew the acquaintanceship.

I'm no expert, but what a fantastic way of fishing. You feel that you are actually "hunting" the feral little critters and boy, do you know when you have a rainbow hooked up.

I'm diagonally parked in a parallel Universe!

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