Tasmanian fly fishing hatch chart – December

On a day of wild wind, here is the latest fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart and fishing conditions (3/12/18):

Esk rivers – Coming off high and murky flood levels. Excellent mayfly and beetle activity leading up to the rain, and young fish are in great condition

St Pats – Brilliant fish quality, terrestrials are working well. Good numbers of snowflake caddis, patchy numbers in parts.

Mersey – Good early-morning Caenids, and daytime spinners and caddis. Excellent conditioned fish. Tannin-coloured flows due to rain.

Meander – Fishable above Deloraine, good hatches but patchy fishing due to cold water flows

Leven – Brilliant fish condition when levels suit

Brumbys – Predominantly stable, high and clear flows, the next few weeks should be great (subject to weather).

Talbots – Good red spinner falls.

Western Lakes – Gum beetles for the past few weeks, with spinners and damselflies also on the menu. Recent rains have resulted in very healthy fish.

Little Pine – Brilliant conditioned fish (averaging close to three pounds) and water quality

Woods – Great hatches and fish

Great Lake – Slow reports over the past fortnight

Camden Rivulet – Sadly the bulldozers have moved in, preparing the site for irrigation dam construction…

Favourite flies: Seal’s fur beetle patterns, 1864 Scruffy, Bruisers Bug and Coachman.

A perfect Tasmanian fly fishing stream

 

 

Rainy days and dry flies – Tasmanian fly fishing

We are lucky to have had plenty of rain in Tassie, and plenty of high rivers currently (summer should be great!). The wetter days have seen lots of tannin in many of the streams, but this has brought on the best dry fly fishing of the season. With a hint of blood-red tannin, the trout have been rising confidently to large dries (such as our Bruisers Bugs), as well as the usual favourites of Glister Tags, 1864 Scruffys and Fastwater Duns. We’ve had plenty of tricky days with the weather (two tornadoes were seen outside of Launceston today), but we’ve also had plenty of days with 30+ dry fly takes. Get amongst it!

Tasmanian fly fishing, high river levels

Fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart – 27/08/2018

Fly Fishing Tasmania Hatch Chart – 27 August 2018

The Tasmanian fly fishing season has been off and racing for a couple weeks now. Typical of most seasons, opening week featured some solid fishing to Four Springs trout feeding hard on jollytails (galaxia), and the Western Lakes gave us some great trout for those hardy enough to brave the cold. The rivers had a predictably slower start, but we’ve seen baetids and black spinner duns sparingly hatching on some of our favourite creeks and streams already. Flood fishing has seen a couple of exceptional days, particularly in bigger north-west rivers, where RiverFly guide Peter Broomhall managed these spectacular shots of earthworm feeders up to 4lbs!

Quick rundown:

Four Springs: Frogs are imminent, good fishing in close on galaxias feeders during overcast conditions

Tooms: Low, challenging but fish to 6lbs

Great Lake: Good condition fish in amongst the ice! Galaxia feeders on the rocky shores.

Nineteen Lagoons: Very cold, fish still recovering condition

Derwent: Sea runners are starting to show

Mersey and Meander: tough with cold water levels, but fishable.

St Patricks: Good water conditions in the river and tribs, very cold water temps

South Esk: Dropping to a good height over the next few days, expect fish actively nymphing any day.

North Coast: Black back salmon are in the estuaries’, heaps of fun on the fly.

What to expect: Mayfly will start moving over the next fortnight on the lowland streams, while frogtime will hit the highlands. Fish hunting spawning galaxia are also expected this fortnight, look for wave-beaten and rocky shorelines.

 

Fly fishing with RiverFly 1864

Guided fly fishing Tasmania with RiverFly 1864

Guided fly fishing

Tasmanian fly fishing season highlight

The RiverFly team has been chatting about our favourite part of last season, and two highlights became obvious: the three week sea-trout and baitfish season during spring, and the phenomenal hopper season which ran the full length of January to April. Both events offered full-on sightfishing, but when we got to the nuts and bolts of it, the baitfish-feeder season won the award for best event. With fish to six-pounds hunting with their backs out, it is an event that can be hard to forget. Don’t believe us? Check out our video below 🙂

Tasmania – the movie

Just in time for a schorching hot Australia Day weekend, Catchmagazine has released the full length (18 minute) version of their ‘Tasmania’ fly fishing dvd to Youtube. Featuring some of Tasmania’s best dry fly action, and tailing footage, the feature is available to view in full below. Make sure you watch it in HD!

Filmed in conjunction with RiverFly 1864 during February 2017, ‘Tasmania’ features brilliant footage from Tasmania’s creeks and Western Lakes wilderness sight fishery.

Want a current model Sage for 40% off? How about Rio flylines or limited Patagonia gear?

With our renewed focus on guided fly fishing, we are selling-out of our retail stock. That means everything left is 40% off! This includes a heap of RIO flylines (including lots of salt lines), our last remaining Sage X (490-4), a Patagonia Guidewater II Duffel, and heaps of assorted leaders, dressings, tippet etc.

All are available online, but it is first in, first served. Click here to visit our webshop, and use the discount code ‘1864sale’ to apply the discount

 

Back-to-guiding moving sale – all stock minimum 30% off

The RiverFly 1864 team are moving! We are excited to be opening a new base and departure lounge on the second floor of Aspire Adventure Equipment at 136 York Street, Launceston. The new facilitates will give guided customers continued access to our great range of 1864 Tasmanian tied flies and equipment, while locals and interstate anglers will be able to continue to order their flies as normal through our online site (with the option of free local pickup).

RiverFly 1864 provides exceptional guided fishing adventures on Tasmania’s most unique and wild waters, contributes to their conservation, inspires participation, and adds value to the visitor economy. In fact, it’s our business mission, and Daniel and Pete are stoked to be back on the water this season, full-time guiding, backed up by Simone, Brendan, Greg, Jimmy and Josh.

To celebrate the new move, we are offering a back to guiding sale. For the next fortnight we’ll be offering 30% off all stock in-store. For online buyers, enter the coupon code ‘1864sale’ during your online purchase, and the discount will automatically be applied.

The guiding season has got off to a brilliant start, with one of the best sea-trout season in years. We look forward to fishing with you on the water!

For any other questions or enquiries, we are available by phone or email daily http://www.riverfly.com.au/contact

Thank you, Daniel & Simone Hackett at the RiverFly 1864 team.

2016 Tasmanian and Qantas Australian Tourism Award winners.

Stock sale includes:

Display stock Sage X (#4&#5 weight)and Mod (#5 rods), Sage 2200 reels (2230 and 2280), Large Reg Rio Gallegos waders, all Rio flylines (or purchase 2 for $150), all fly tying (including 40% off for 10 items or more), Patagonia Guidewater II Duffel and Stormfront hip packs, huge below-cost sale on women’s waders and jackets from Orvis and Patagonia,  heaps of Loon gear and some great Tasmanian-made fly tying benches and tables. Check them out in-store or online http://www.riverfly.com.au/shop

(please note 30% off applies to online sales, additional discounts for bulk purchases apply in-store only)

 

Tasmanian sea trout and baitfish feeders

If you’ve been following our Facebook page or Instagram account lately, you would have seen that we’ve been having a ripper Tasmanian sea trout and baitfish-feeder season along the northern estuaries. Just to whet your appetite further, here’s a little clip that RiverFly guide Peter Broomhall put together of some of the action!

 

Fly Fishing Tasmania – Hatch Chart September 2017

The fly fishing season is well and truly underway in Tasmania, and we are about to enter that magic period when sea-runners, frog feeders, and the first mayfly of the season all happen at once! Nymphing on the rivers has been great, particularly in the tails of runs, and bait have started in some of our favourite estuaries. Check out the hatch chart for more info, or drop in and get the up to date info first-hand.

Trout fishing Tasmania report – August

A wild rainbow on The Earthworm fly.

The Tasmanian season is well into a third week, and the fishing has been great. Well-timed rains on opening day produced brilliant flood-fishing on some of the smaller lakes, with RiverFly customers managing two days’ with double-digit catches. Even cooler is that many of these fish took the dry, including the 1864 Fastwater Dun. Among other lakes Bronte, Four Springs, Penstock, Woods and Lake Leake have all been fishing well, with Fuzzle Buggers, 1864 Earthworm, stick caddis and Fur Flies doing well.  Over in the north-west, Talbots Lagoon has also been popular, but the usual late run of spawning fish has only just finished. A few more weeks till this water really fires.

The streams have also had a good start, and the headwaters of the Esk have been producing clear water and dry fly action, while the top of the Meander, Liffey and St Pats have produced good nymphing. Lower down and the Mersey is patchy on nymphs, the Meander above Deloraine is going well despite high water, and whitebait is starting to show at the mouth of quite a few estuaries. Fly of the week has been our blue nymph, affectionally nicknamed the ‘Silver Bullet’.

Over the coming fortnight expect frogs to show up at Four Springs and Talbots, galaxia feeders on the rocks at Tooms and in the highlands, and some serious pre-hatch nymph action on the streams.

Tip: Target smaller lakes immediately after the next heavy rain. With the ground already saturated, earthworms will begin to wash down gutters and drains, mixing with frogs to create some great edgewater action.

Frog time is almost here! Pic by Peter Broomhall.

 

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