Mayflies will give angling action a boost

Mayflies have started to spark fly-fishing action inland.

From Four Springs Lake come reports of big hatches of mayfly duns stimulating plenty of action from its brawny brown trout.

Marine And Safety Tasmania is considering plans to build a new jetty at the northern end of the carpark there, while Anglers Alliance Tasmania will look at building toilets at Four Springs.

Then, of interest up top, are the experiences of a party of keen anglers who fished a small water on the edge of the Central Plateau’s Western Lakes on November 19 and 20. Water was high and they found many browns in shallows right next to shore. Most were understandably wary, although less so in half-light - early, when tails showed, and late when a few rose.

With full mayfly hatches on nearby Little Pine Lagoon expected to start as usual in early summer, insect life remained scarce except for some gum beetles. Most productive were big wet flies, probably mistaken for frogs.

Meanwhile, in saltwater, squid are reasonably plentiful – certainly in the south east and at the Tamar Heads, where one experienced angler recently found nice calamari off West Head, preferred jigs fished while drifting to berley and bait.

The specialist in trolling deep and his friend recently boated a total of 24 Great Lake trout for the day.

With the levels of Great Lake and Arthurs Lake continuing to rise, anglers are becoming busy not only over the usual weedbeds well out but also along shores recently inundated.

Like Arthurs Lake, Great Lake has productive flooded edges too. Often three to four metres lower than it is right now, Great Lake water is the highest it has been for the past four years.