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Fabulous February
  |  First Published: January 2010



February is Tassie's hottest month and the trout fishing isn't to bad either.

With the wet early season we've had the storages shouldn't have to be drawn down as far as previous years, so the shallows shouldn't warm up to much, which is great for the trout and us.

Lake Meadowbank

At the time of writing, I haven't yet struck a really good morning on the caenid feeders; the fish just haven't been switched on to them when I've been present. The Caenid hatches are usually over by late January, but I've had some good mornings on the midging browns and rainbows.

This will continue on through February and the red spinner falls start to make a comeback by mid-month.

There have also been some recent releases of Atlantic salmon of around the 4kg mark, so plenty of anglers will be targeting these spectacular fighting fish.

If you are passing by Meadowbank, it's always worth a flick off the rocks before the Dunrobin Bridge - you never know what you might latch into.

The Pump Pond

A very pretty little water not far from Tarraleah. The Pump Pond is a great place to visit after a long day on the more so called serious waters. The fish aren't big but there are plenty of them and they aren't shy. You are likely to see dozens of trout tailing in the weedy shallows or rising to chironomid or caddis in the mornings and evenings. A 007 nymph, Glister Tag or Greg Beecroft's Bronte Caddis are all you need here. Lure anglers will find success casting from the dam wall.

Bronte Lagoon

Good old reliable Bronte keeps on producing the goods and the fish are in top condition this year. I've had two good brownies take me past the backing knot so far this season.

There has been some good fishing to black spinner feeders that have taken Parachute Black Spinner very well. The spinner hatches will continue through February, and Bruce Gibsons Pattern is all you need.

Adult damsels have been on the trout menu list very regularly this season. My brother and I have had some success using black and orange Chernobyl Ants. Find a fish working along a beat, cast directly at the rise or splash of the jump and don't be scared to use a twitchy retrieve to get those rubber legs working. Persist and you'll get takes.

Gum Beetles will be seen on the water more frequently, especially on the eastern shore.

Brady's, Binney and Tungatinah

In early January 590 Atlantic salmon of around the 4kg mark were released into Bradys. You either love them or hate them but the fact is when you latch on to one they are heaps of fun and a group of disabled anglers certainly thought so after a hard few days trying for a trout elsewhere. They had a fine time at Bradys on the Atlantics though!

In the past, I've caught a few on a metallic green and gold Stumpjumper lures: the Binney wall, Bradys Dam and the northern Bradys boat ramp are all good spots from the shore to try for a salmon.

Boat based anglers are a lot more versatile and are likely to latch onto one anywhere in the three connected waters. Flyfishers will find good fishing to trout feeding on terrestrials in all of the three waters, as I recently witnessed a big gum beetle fall just around from the Dee Tunnel.

St Clair Lagoon

February is an ideal month for the St Clair Lagoon. There have been reports of good spinner rises and plenty of trout seen cruising on blue sky days. Just watch the boggy north eastern shore when wade polaroiding, expect to see duns popping up in the more overcast conditions.

Lake King William

King William has recently dropped over 2m in a matter of weeks but there are still plenty of fat hard fighting fish on the shore. Early and late in the day, check the mashes out, at other times the polaroiding and fishing to day time risers along the deeper rocky shores will keep you very entertained.

I don't know what it is about King William fish but they have got to be some of the hardest fighting trout in Tasmania.

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