1864 flies – tied in Tasmania

Over the past winter, we've set up a private fly tying studio in Launceston, to supply our famed patterns for Australian fly fishers. Featuring 1864 classics such as the Faswater Dun and Mini WMD Hopper, we've also released a few of our secret guiding patterns, including the Blue Damsel and Woolly Caddis. All orders are online, with free delivery for local orders, or orders over $95. Check out the patterns here

Planning for October 2020 re-opening

Like every other Australian, we have no idea how long we'll be off the water, but rest assured we'll be back as quick as we can. It may be sooner or it may be later, we're leaving that up to the experts to determine. In the meantime we're tying flies, and working on a few side projects you'll hear about soon. For now we are planning for an October 2020 return, just in time for the reliable springtime mayfly and...

Tasmanian fly fishing Hatch Chart – 5 February 2020

Summer has seen a steady mix of heat and rain, producing great fishing conditions across the board. It's been dry fly conditions just about everywhere, though a few die-hard nymphers are still luring up big numbers amongst pocketwater on the Meander and Leven. Mayfly, damselflies, terrestrials and tailers. You name it, we've had it 🙂 Hatch Chart Mersey - Excellent terrestrial fishing. Huge caterpillar falls on the very hot days, otherwise the 1864 Damsel has been an exceptional fly. North...

Fly Fishing Tasmania Hatch Chart – 11 January 2020

Tasmanian fly fishing update 11/01/2020 Happy new year! Summary: The small streams of the east feature low and clear flows, with plenty of sight fishing to single dries. The menu has been mixed, with caddis and the first hoppers of the season, though soldier beetles have been making appearances. Into the midlands and further west, damsels are a consistent target for better than average trout, and since flowing at medium & clear flows for the past week, red spinners are...

What gear are we using for 2020?

We don't generally do many gear posts, but we do get asked a lot about what gear we are using and why. So here's a rundown of some of the key gear we are using this season: Epic Fly Rods - Epic fly rods are built in New Zealand by our mate and casting guru Carl McNeil, through his business Swift Fly Fishing. We've been using his rods for a while now, and their versatility is a key attraction. By...

Beetles and mayfly…fly fishing Tasmania update

A quick update. Mayfly, willow grubs and damsels are on the streams, with excellent dry fly conditions. River levels are mixed, with some ideal flows along headwaters and bottom-of-the-catchment runs. Hoppers are only a week away! Gum beetles and afternoon spinners have started to consistently fall out west at the wilderness camp, with some cracking fish to hand. Water levels are brilliant. The next three months should be excellent.

Tasmanian fly fishing update 26-09-2019

Tasmanian fly fishing update 26-09-2019 September has been a great month for spring weather: predominantly warm, interspersed with a number of frontal systems to top up the streams. The South Esk headwaters received a very welcome 150mm+ of rain, and the north east creeks are flowing at steady medium & clear flows. The Upper Macquarie has also received a few pulses of medium flows, running a banker last week which bodes well for the mayflies which are just about to...

National Waterbug Blitz

John Gooderham, co-author of the Waterbug Book is coming to Launceston on October 13! If you want to learn more about waterbugs (aka trout food!), hatches, and want to be part of the National Waterbug Blitz and Mayfly Muster, then this is the event for you. John has asked us to get together a dozen of so fly fishers who are willing to help test the new waterbug app, and in his own words, find any bugs 🙂 . The...

Hatch Chart 20/08/2019

Happy new season! The fishing is now underway in Tasmania, and it hasn't disappointed. For the (rugged-up) sight-fishers out there, there has been some great shallow water action, with fish hunting smelt on one lowland stillwater, while the 19 Lagoons has given up really good conditioned fish already. The Fuzzle Bugger has done the trick, as usual. Fish on the streams had a late spawn, so many are still recovering, but rivers west of Deloraine have experienced higher than average...

Keeping in touch, in the wilderness

It's a great time of the year to be planning your next big trip of the season; quite often or not, for Tasmanian fly fishers it will be a trip into an off-the-beaten-track location, well out of mobile phone range. A consideration these days is what emergency communication and navigation systems to use? You should never be without a map, which are far more reliable than a GPS, but with this in mind technology can be a great additional tool....

Selected Tasmanian rivers – extended season in May

We received our Inland Fishing Service annual fishing licence renewals this morning, and noticed a change in regulations...from May 2020, the lower sections of the South Esk catchment including the lower Meander, Macquarie, South Esk and Brumbys Creek will be open until the end of May. This brings these sections of lowland rivers into line with closure times on the mainland, which feature similar climatic conditions, and will offer anglers the chance of getting out in one of our most...

Fly Fishing Tasmania Hatch Chart – March 9, 2019

Ranging from highs of 8 degrees to 39 degrees in the past fortnight, the weather is dictating the fishing day-by-day. The dull and overcast days have brought on great tailing and mayfly, while the bright and hot days have resulted in mega-hopper days, or completely underwhelming days, depending on where you are! Here's the latest hatch chart to help you hit the best fishing... St Patricks – Good summer height, with quality fish. Patchy, look for chutes and shin-deep runs. Esk...

Wilderness campouts – summer specials

Join us for a free river day this summer, with every three day, two night campout booking. If sight fishing is your passion, then join us for a Western Lakes wilderness trip from late January to early April. It looks like Tasmania is in for a prolonged-dry summer, much like the rest of Australia. The difference for us is that this weather pattern can create ideal fishing conditions for tailing trout in the wilderness lakes, while overnight low temperatures and weekly fronts...

How to fix leaky waders!

The summer break can be the ideal time to fix leaky waders, so here's a few tips from our experience: Hang the waders up, inside out on the clothesline. Fill one leg with 5-10 litres of water Now pick up the leg of water, and place a hand either side of the area you want to test, with the water trapped between. Twist each hand like your wrapping a lolly, which will pressurise the water, pushing it through any leaks...

Tasmanian fly fishing report – December 24, 2018

Mayflies and gum beetles have been the theme of December so far, along with sub-tropical low pressure systems and lots of easterlies! This has meant lots of rain in the east, and really good flows (sometimes too high!) down the two Esk rivers, and the granite streams. Snowflake caddis falls have been brilliant. The Mersey has also seen big rises most weeks, and has fished best on rising-levels and featured morning and late afternoon hatches. Brumbys on the otherhand has had great levels, but...