FLY FISHING IN PRISTINE ENVIRONMENTS
Chris is a passionate angler with many years of experience fishing for trout and salmon in Australia, New Zealand (both North Island & South Island) and in the UK. Chris is eager to share his experience, knowledge and skills with his guests in Tasmania. Chris is philosophical about life and fishing and believes that it is a continuous work in progress where he never stops learning.
“I have acted as a Guide for the French Fly Fishing
Team when they visited Tasmania in 1988 and we
gained 2nd Place in the VIIIth FIPs-ed World Fly
Fishing Championships from amongst 19
competing teams. I also think that we had the
most fun of any of the Teams participating in the
I have worked on 37 Camps for young people with
type 1 diabetes and with five or six guides we
conducted a Camp for teenagers and their Families
at “London Lakes”. We had terrific fun, but didn't
worry the fish too much!
More recently I participated in a fantastic weekend hosted by Christopher Bassano and Martin Droz (both anglers consistently in the top 5 in the World Championships) to learn something about European nymphing. It was fantastic fun … (and I didn’t mind “slipping over on the very smooth rocks and falling-in” - twice!)
I believe that trout and frogs and some people like to be surrounded by cool, fresh water with the knowledge that it can be stormy, turbulent and a bit rough on some days, but it can be calm, stunningly-clear, tranquil and silent the next day. This is my meditation.
I get a huge thrill about guiding a novice angler to help them develop their casting and their understanding of their environment. ... Casting a trout fly and managing your fly line and leader is a 'bit of an art', but it is the foundation of becoming a very good fly fisher. This recreation also includes the idea that if you practice at it - your casting will improve. Then your chances on where and how you might want to deliver a trout fly ... that might be eaten by a fish ... they all improve dramatically too. The absolute truth is that we can sometimes present the most beautiful fly in a very tempting and subtle manner, but we can't make the trout eat it!”
- Chris Stopp (Stopper)
Our passion comes from sharing a special experience and some small successes every now and again. It is a continuous work in progress. There is nothing “easy” about fly fishing in Tasmania, but it seems to bring out the best in us. The weather in the mountains is just the start … but, it can be magic.
There is not a strict schedule, routine or itinerary etched in stone prior to your arrival in Tasmania. Chris has experience in working with older people, people with different levels of experience and people who have disabilities. Your day’s fishing experience is about looking after and working with you to the greatest benefit. He is also a member of the Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania so he can call upon other guides to work with you to cater for larger groups.
“I like to offer something in the way of a challenging possibility whether we agree to do a one-day trip to a “Mecca” of fly fishing like Little Pine Lagoon – or we can do a solid day of ‘polaroiding’ in the Western Lakes.”
There is not a strict schedule, routine or itinerary etched in stone prior to your arrival in Tasmania. The possibilities for the best returns from trout fly-fishing in Tasmania are influenced by weather conditions. Chris has experience in working with older people, people with different levels of experience and people who have disabilities. Your day’s fishing experience is about looking after and working with you to greatest benefit. He is also a member of the Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania so he can call upon other guides to work with you to cater for larger groups.
The Tasmanian High Country is as fickle as a snowflake ... as profound and mysterious as the legend of King Arthur where you might expect to see ... through the mist ... the Lady of the Lake waving the Sword of Excalibur ... it is the tail of a wild brown trout as he is hunting in the shallows ...
On a bright, still summer’s day the skies can be cobalt blue ... You can’t determine where the water ends and the sky begins ... The mayflies dance as they hover in a column as dense as the smoke from a small camp-fire. It’s just beautiful. A puff of breeze blows them away from the shore ... where there is danger lurking ... There’s a shadow moving across the bottom ... around the weed bed ... and heading towards you ... and she is searching for prey ... closer ... closer ... you can see her white mouth open and her every spot ...
Chris Stopp (trading as Tas High Country Fly Fish Tours) is an approved Nature Based Tourism Business Licensee by Parks and Wildlife Service – Tasmania (Business License LM-LM-RL-DN-292198) to operate trout fish guiding services in the Central Plateau Conservation Area, including the Nineteen Lagoons, Western Lakes and National Parks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
Amongst other things this means that the business has developed occupational health and safety systems and procedures, work and environmental practices and agreed to offer professional trout fish guiding services to the demanding standards of Parks and Wildlife Service – Tasmania who are the custodians of the Central Plateau Conservation Area, including the Nineteen Lagoons, Western Lakes and National Parks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
There are endless possibilities in the pristine Tasmanian landscape which will be tailored to you dependent on the time of year. The possibilities for the best returns from trout fly-fishing in Tasmania are influenced by weather conditions.
Experiences might include:
Early mornings midge-feeding fish rising in the wind lanes on the Great Lake
“Tailing trout” where the trout come into the shallow grassy margins at Little Pine Lagoon
On warmer days fishing we can experience terrestrial “gum beetle” falls – which can be fished from a boat
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