Good brown trout from Curries
  |  First Published: October 2010

With the weather still quite cold, the Tamar has still been a bit quiet.

Northern Tasmania has been receiving a fair bit of rain, which has been flooding the three major rivers which flow into the estuary.

Australian Salmon have still been the main target species with good catches being taken recently.

The best areas to target them have been around the Low Head on the east Tamar or Kelso on the west.

The salmon haven’t been feeding on the top which may be due to the fresh water which sits on the surface.

Anglers are still waiting for the Southern Calamari to start their run, which again seems to be a bit slow due to all the fresh water.

Curries River Dam

Curries River is where most of the locals are spending their time at the moment when the weather permits.

There have been some good reports of some lovely brown trout being taken.

The best that I have heard of so far is of a 3.6kg brown taken on a grub. Most have weighed around the 1-2kg mark.

The rainbows have grown a bit since last year and are averaging around 2kg. Bait fishing with grubs and mudeyes along the deeper shore has been very rewarding.

Anglers trolling bibbed minnows have also taken their fair share of fish.

Best lures seem to be Bandit Wasp in the Brown Trout pattern and Strike Pro BassX in the colour Gold ‘n’ Black.

Those trolling flies are doing well late in the day. Local fishing identity Rex Meikel ties a very detailed galaxia pattern that has proved very effective on the brown trout.


Bream have started biting in some of the north east rivers. Musselroe Bay has apparently been fishing really well.

One angler had some great success fishing up the river from a boat and reports that the best baits have been prawns but has also done well using a Berkley Big Eye blade and SMF40.

Local angler Rob Axton with a nice brown trout from Curries River Dam.

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