Autumn rod, reel and wader specials including Sage, Scott and Orvis.

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Each autumn we run specials on demo-rods, along with soon to be replaced rod and reel models. These are all available on our specials page here http://riverfly.com.au/product-category/specials/ and include the following:

Sage 3250 reels, 3250 spool (the best value reels getting around) at 20% off, Sage 4250 reel at 20% off, a ripper little creek rod in the Sage Approach 370-4 at 25% off (now $440).

Ex demo / display rods, current models, as new with full warranties etc, may have been grass-cast only. Scott Radian 1006-4 (10ft, 6wt), 907-4 and 908-4 at 30% off (now $875). Orvis Helios2 865-4 (one of our favourite all-round river rods), massive 40% off, now 749.95.

Looking for women’s waders, jackets and shirts? We’ve got plenty in stock from Patagonia and Orvis, at up to 50% off!

Check it all out here http://riverfly.com.au/product-category/specials/

Thanks, the RiverFly 1864 team.

‘Tasmania’ – fly fishing feature film by Todd Moen, Catch Magazine

During February 2017 we were lucky to host Catch Magazine Editor Todd Moen, for a week of filming. The goal was simple:  highlight some of the creek and Western Lakes fishing that makes our island so special. During the six days we got some amazing snowflake caddis hatches on the creeks, and some brilliant tailing on the lakes around our RiverFly Wilderness Huts in the Western Lakes.  Here is a short trailer for the film ‘Tasmania’…the full-length 18 minute feature is amazing.

Peter Morse casting day – Sunday 12 March 2017

RiverFly 1864 are excited to be hosting Australian fly fishing legend Peter Morse for a skills-development casting day on Sunday the 12th of March (8-4pm).

Peter is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Fly Casting Instructor Peter Morse, as well as a Sage fly rod and RIO ambassador. Both Simone (who is also a IFFF casting instructor) and I have learnt a lot from Peter over the years, and can highly recommend this session.

Particular areas of focus for this intermediate-level class will be:

  • The fundamentals of good casting
  • Dealing with the wind
  • Accuracy under all conditions
  • Casting further
  • Basic spey casting – both single and two-handed.

The day is limited to eight casters, so please contact us by email or phone to book your spot.

Thanks, Daniel Hackett

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Five tips for chasing Western Lakes trophy trout

Five tips for chasing trophy trout in Tasmania’s Western Lakes, from the Western Lakes experts at RiverFly 1864:

Where: Headwater lakes offer anglers the best chance to chase trophy trout, offering low fish numbers, but endless food. What’s a headwater lake? Look for a lake with little or no inflow, and an insignificant outflow (a creek you can step across). This outflow should flow into a lake further down, rather than a major creek, to ensure low recruitment numbers.

The Pillians, Julians, Little Pine, Pine and Nive headwaters are all good locations.

What gear to use: A five or six weight fly rod is ideal, with a 10-16 foot leader depending on conditions. Finding trophy trout is hard enough, so don’t risk losing a chance with fine tippets. We prefer 3X tippet with a breaking strain of ~8lbs+. In terms of flies, the selection is simple. Either a big terrestrial (such as a 1864 WMD Hopper or Bruisers Bug) for shallow lakes, or a slow sinking nymph (our Woolly Caddis is a favourite) for deeper, sphagnum-edged lakes.

When: My favourite trophy hunting weather is a bright day (for good polaroiding), with a strong and warm north-westerly wind. This really gets the bugs and big trout moving. The second (slightly lesser) option are bright days with south-westerly, or easterly breezes. Thick bug activity is less likely during these conditions, but the often stable light allows for good polaroiding. Any day featuring terrestrials insects from November to early April can offer good trophy hunting conditions.

Guides tip #1: As with all Western Lakes fly fishing, cast to where the fish is going to be, not to where it is! This ensures that the presentation is ahead of the trout, and gives the best chance of a solid take.

Guides tip #2: When fishing the deeper, undercut-edged headwaters, work with a mate as a team. Position yourselves on either end of the bank, creating the best chance to spot the snout or tail of an edge-cruiser, and the ability to set a trap at either end of a beat.

Happy hunting! Daniel Hackett

RiverFly 1864 operates Tasmania’s only wilderness camp located in the Western Lakes / Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Chasing tails in the Western Lakes

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