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Going Down Under

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Tasmanian Brown Trout
Tasmanian Brown Trout

I’ve never really had a bucket list for fishing, but if I did, Australia, specifically Tasmania would have been on it. So this next Spring (2017) the wife and I will be heading to Australia for several weeks which will include at least a week in Tasmania trout fishing and a couple of fishing days in the mountains of eastern Victoria. Although the trip will also include ample sampling of Australian wildlife, wineries, single malt distilleries and of course some exotic Australian cuisine, with good reason, Tasmania provides a fly fishing opportunity for trout that is unparalleled by any other. It is not the realm of monster trout, steelhead and salmon like Patagonia, Alaska or Kola. There are no exotic species like rooster fish, peacock bass or Taimen. But, unlike in the U.S. or other locations where you find introduced Brown Trout, the browns in Tasmania represent a pure strain of English brown trout from the River Itchen.

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