Deep winter wonders
  |  First Published: July 2011

What can I say? Launceston and surrounds are pretty low-key while the trout season is closed.

Punters are too busy cutting wood, burning off and generally keeping their loved ones all warm and cosy – or is that just me?

At the time of writing, many areas have just copped some of the heaviest snowfalls in 30 years for this time of year.

In addition there are bushwalkers alerts, gale-force winds, sheep-graziers alerts, flash flooding, major rivers on flood watch and weather buoys are reaching Australian record wave height readings of 20m on the west coast.

Needless to say, fishing remains low on the priority list for most!

Once again, Brushy Lagoon is an option for die-hards but from what I hear, the action is much like the weather – bitterly cold.

No point whining over it, that’s the card we are dealt here in Tasmania and it’s entirely worth it.

An appropriate activity in times like these (among other things) is to dust off the tying vice and churn out some of the flies that you mostly utilise.

For me, productivity is best experienced with a few red wines and the open fire roaring!

I have a feeling I will be rather busy when open season comes around, so my fishing missions will be short and fewer.

With this in mind, I have mostly been tying up a variety of nymphs to use in the rivers and creeks close by, with a few bulky wet flies thrown in the mix.

Trout season fires up again next month, so it’s a good time to start preparing your gear and planning that first session.

Things are massively quiet anyway so here are some wintery images to get your reel singing, your mind ticking and your fingers tackle twiddling.

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