THE annual spawning migration of brown trout in the state’s Central Highlands attracted more than 2000 people to view the spectaclein just one day.

Inland Fisheries Services eventTrout Weekend opened at Liawenee on Saturday.

Attendees were treated to fishing instruction,fly casting, exhibits of native fish, a giant lobster display, cooking displays and an egg stripping demonstration.

Children could catch a fish in the junior angling pond and the more adventurous could take in the scenery from a helicopter.

Inland Fisheries director John Diggle said the weekend had evolved into a family-friendly event.

“Initially when it started off it was builtaround the over-collection,” he said.

“Back in the day, Inland Fisheries would come up to collect brown trout eggs to take back to the salmon ponds.

“Now we have a higher proportion of children –it’s more than your crusty old anglers, it’s families as well.”

The event, which is drug, alcohol and dog-free,will continue on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Entry is free.

ANGLING: Ashley and Tyler Summers fish for a trout with the help of Fishcare Tasmania volunteer Mike Heazlewood. Pictures: Phillip Biggs

FOCUSED: Fishcare Tasmania volunteer Jeanette Gilbert helps Isabelle Wigg and Grace Levett.

SUCCESS: Jamie Nott and son Ryan, of Kingston, with their catch.

EYE TO EYE: Kate Deane, 11, of Ulverstone, eyes a freshwater crayfish.

CASTING CALL: Devonport Fly Fishing volunteer Wayne Bellette teaches flycasting to seven-year-old Jordyn Schnackenberg, of Devonport.

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Inland Fisheries director John Diggle.

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