Tasmanian fly fishing – frog feeders!

Airborne tailer!

Airborne tailer!


The Tasmanian fly fishing season has got off to a super-wet start this season, the wettest year on record to be precise! This has made trip planning quite challenging at times, but has produced a lot more drowned food for the trout. Lots of the rough days have generated classic Tasmanian frog feeding conditions, with lakes such as Tooms, Leake, Echo, Woods, Huntsman and many others hitting perfect levels for flooded fishing. The brown trout are the best condition spring fish we’ve ever come across.

The next front is due to hit on Sunday, and we think we’ll don the waders and jackets, and head into the post-rain margins looking for more of the fantastic frog feeders. Our best flies have been the Black Fuzzle Bugger, Fur Flies and The Earthworm.

(Images: Peter Broomhall)


RiverFly 1864 guests Richard and Callum land their first ever wild brown trout.


Fly Fishing Tasmania – Hatch Chart Sep 29

Here’s the latest Tasmanian fly fishing hatch chart! River heights are still very re-active to rain, but the best days are producing excellent nymph fishing, and a few on the dries. We’ve landed a few sea-runners, with peak action expected over the next month. Frogs have started on many of the lakes, and larger than average fish have been tailing on snails out west. Duns have started at Four Springs!

fly fishing Tasmania Hatch chart Sept 29

RiverFly 1864 Hatch Chart – 27 August 2016

Here’s the latest Tasmanian fly fishing Hatch Chart, from RiverFly 1864. The frogs have started on Lake Leake, and despite heavy on-and-off snow they are close to the waterline on some of the 19 Lagoons. Sea-runners and bait are starting to aggregate in the Derwent and Mersey estuaries, and the small streams are still fishing well on the Bruisers Bug and other terrestrial dries. Have a great fortnight of fishing, the best of the springtime tailers, sea-runners and frog feeders are about to start!

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fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart

fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart



Fly fishing Tasmania – worm feeders and backwaters

Late wintertime in Tasmania is the time to fish The Earthworm fly. With each small rain event, the rivers lap over edges and into backwaters, where trout forage for drowned earthworms and beetles. Flooded backwaters are ideal, the best having inflowing creeks, soaks, or river currents flowing through them. The Earthworm Fly is best fished inert, to sighted fish. Video by RiverFly 1864 guide Peter Broomhall.

Mersey River recovery – tailers

After the biggest Mersey River flood on record, it was with great excitement that in excess of twenty tailing trout were found during a weekend recon mission along the banks. Finning and tailing for earthworms, the wild browns were in excellent condition, and at times there were enough working the margins that they were swimming into eachother. Bring on August opening day – we’ll be taking a box full of our Earthworm Flies for sure!

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