Preparing Your Fly Fishing Gear for the Upcoming Trout Season in Tasmania

July 28, 2023

With the Tasmanian trout fishing season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to share some essential tips on gear preparation.

Preparing Your Fly Fishing Gear for the Upcoming Trout Season in Tasmania

These tips are based on our years of experience conducting guided fly fishing tours in Tasmania's pristine waters, we cover everything you need to know for a successful fishing season

Our top tips to prepare your fly fishing gear ahead of the season include: 

  • checking your rods 
  • inspecting your fly reels
  • cleaning your fly line
  • examining your waders and
  • organising your accessories

Let's jump in...

Check Your Fishing Rods

The first step on our checklist is to inspect your fishing rods.

Particularly here in Tasmania, we often use a 5 or 6 weight Stalker Legend, and to prepare for the upcoming season one of the main tasks is ensuring that all rod guides are straight and in place. 

It’s also important to check the reel seats to ensure they're functioning correctly - don’t forget,  a well-maintained rod is the first step towards a successful fishing season.

man's hand outreached checking fishing rod guides
Checking your rod to ensure guides are in place is a great start to maintain your gear.

Inspect Your Fly Reels

The next task is to check our fly reels. At Trout Tales Tasmania, we use the Stalker Legend fly reel loaded up with a fly line of choice, depending on the fly fishing technique we are using on the day. 

It's essential to check for any dirt or debris that might have accumulated in the reel and also make sure to inspect the drag system to ensure it's smooth and working properly. 

The last thing you want is a malfunctioning drag system when you hook a big fish!

Clean Your Fly Line

Fly lines can accumulate dirt over the season, which can affect their performance. 

We recommend cleaning them with a cloth and a bit of fly line cleaning solution. 

After cleaning, apply a fly line dressing to protect the line and ensure it runs through the rod guides smoothly, giving you maximum casting distance and helping to extend the life of your fly line.

mans hand holding white and blue cloth with fly line pulled through it
Cleaning your fly line can be a simple yet effective way to maintain your fly fishing gear.

Examine Your Waders

Waders are an essential part of your gear and at Trout Tales, we use the Stalker backcountry waders, known for their durability and comfort. 

Check for any signs of holes, especially around the boot area and along the seams - if you do find any leaks you can use the repair kit that comes with your waders or use a product like AquaSeal to seal up any smaller holes.

Organise Your Fishing Accessories

Finally, it’s important to consider how you'll store your flys and various accessories. 

We recommend using a vest for shore-based fishing as it's a great way to store your hook release tools, line clippers, fly boxes, leaders, and tippet material. Consider organising your fishing bag also, by organsing all your flys and accessories to make sure you have everything you need when you’re ready to get back in the water. 

Being organised will make your fishing experience more efficient and enjoyable.

brown fly fishing vest lying down with various tools hanging off it
Ensure your vest or fishing boxes have everything you need to prepare for the upcoming season.

Ready to book your trip?

Using these tips, you'll be well-equipped to make the most of the upcoming trout fishing season in Tasmania. Remember, the key to a successful fishing season lies in the details - and this starts with the state of your gear.

BOOK NOW: Book your personalised, all-inclusive trout fly fishing tour with us at Trout Tales Tasmania. We look forward to guiding you on your fly fishing journey and helping you create your own unique 'trout tale'.

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