Brown Dun | Waterways benefit from increased flows

Following recent rain, water has been white in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge.

It has given a timely boost to the ecology of major Northern Tasmanian trout streams like the South Esk, which flowed over some banks in its upper reaches, the North Esk and the Macquarie rivers.

For trout anglers who cannot wait for August 4 and the new brownie season, Meadowbank Lake remains open and is 99.9 per cent full, King William’s level has increased to 73 per cent of capacity and Lake Barrington remains high.

Many boating anglers will welcome the improvement of Launceston’s Tailrace pontoon, with a rebuild of its frame and bracing.

Bridport’s old timber walkway will be the next piece of infrastructure replaced by a pontoon, creating more berthing space.

Trout fishers will also be pleased to see a new launching format at Lake Rowallan being carried out in association with Hydro Tasmania.

The Tungatinah ramp will also soon be upgraded with Flexmat.

Meanwhile, Biosecurity Tasmania is warning of introduced soft-shell clams with one being found on a beach near Orford.

These are classified as marine pests, must not be taken and reported on 6165 3777.

The Inland Fisheries Service’s Plan 2018-28 maybe shaping the future, but looking away back can be enlightening too. 

On March 26, 1910, The Examiner described the arrival at Launceston’s Waverley hatchery of 20,000 Sebago “land-locked” salmon eggs, from Maine, eastern USA.

The eggs took 35 days to arrive via train across Canada, steamer from Vancouver to Sydney, another steamer to Hobart and a train to Launceston. Of the 20,000, 15,660 hatched successfully.