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In 1934, Eddie Wigston founded a retail store in the town of New Norfolk situated on the Derwent River (a popular trout fishing district) 22 miles upstream from Hobart, the Capital of Tasmania. As a keen marksman and an avid fisherman he operated the business known as E L Wigston, selling radios, firearms and fishing equipment until he was joined by sons Ian and Garth. The Wigston family are keen  anglers and during the 1960’s considerable time was spent experimenting with home made fishing lures. Over the convivial glass of beer at the local club one Friday evening  during the late 70’s, the concept of mass production of lures was discussed at length by Eddie, Ian and Garth. A name for the lure was all important and finally the selection of “Tasmanian Devil” (after an aggressive indigenous Tasmanian Marsupial) was chosen. The “Tassie Devil” as it is more affectionately known, was born. Toward the end of 1979, production finally commenced. The early versions of the lure were very quickly snapped up as demand began to exceed supply. From humble beginnings with a hand made product, development of suitable equipment and technology more appropriate to the task of increased  production was introduced. Eddie continued in the role of Chief Lure Tester until his passing in 1990.




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Over 20 years ago I challenged the fishing lure manufacturing industry to come up with a lure that would beat the Tasmanian Devil Lure for trout and salmon. 20 years later I still wait for my challenge to be taken up and the Tasmanian Devil lure to be defeated. As a professional fishing guide my job is to catch trout for my customers, to use a lure that does not get  positive results for my customers every time, would see an end to my reputation and my business. It would be professional suicide! Tasmanian Devil Lures are winners, use them and you will be a winner too!
I like to run the line through the lure, and place a bead between the lure and the hook. This allows the lure to move freely and gives a great action that trout can not resist! When trolling Tasmanian Devils it is critical to get the speed of the boat right. The lure is designed to swing from side to side in what is quite often an erratic action and it’s the erratic action that trout like so much. In winter a slower action is often preferred when the fish are also slower in their movements due to the cold water. Too slow below 1.6km per hour will not be effective and too fast above 4.5 kph will result in line twist. The best speed is 2 to 3 kph.