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 rivers – Low, but good levels for the headwaters. Hoppers and black spinners (nousia sp.).

Meander – Great levels, and excellent mix of hopper and spinner events. A few good tiger snake hatches of late…

Brumbys – Up and down like a yo-yo.

Lake River – Solid hopper fishing

Mersey – bit low, and a victim of last seasons’ excavations in the lower stretches. Solid fish from Alum Cliffs to Parangana.

Penstock – Good damsel action

Woods – Excellent dun hatches in the last week

Arthurs – Sneakily great fishing, particularly in the northern bays.

Great Lake – Windlanes have been fishing well, fish spewing up hoppers, Mini WMD Hopper doing the trick

Pine Tier – Damsel, damsels and more damsels.

Bronte – Patchy damsel fishing.

St Clair Lagoon – More damsels and solid leapers

19 Lagoons /Fergus – Looking like no ill-effects from the fires, beyond some landscape charring in patches.

Northern Tasmanian hopper feeder. Pic by RiverFly guide Peter Broomhall

Wilderness campouts – summer specials

RiverFly Western Lake Huts

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 keep the water in perfect condition for trout. With this in mind, we are looking to fish the wilderness lakes as much as possible early this year.

As an added value to our customers, each booking made prior to January 26th will receive a free guided river fishing day, giving us a chance to iron out the creases, and catch some of our beautiful river fish before heading to our wilderness camp.

If you would like more details, please don’t hesitate to contact us here

If you are interested to see more of the fishing available, check out Catch Magazine’s great film below: all footage was shot over a four day period during February.


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:

  1. Hang the waders up, inside out on the clothesline.
  2. Fill one leg with 5-10 litres of water
  3. 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.
  4. Twist each hand like your wrapping a lolly, which will pressurise the water, pushing it through any leaks in the leg. These leaks (especially seam-leaks) won’t show unless you put them under pressure! Mark the leak(s) with a pen or texta.
  5. Once one leg is done, transfer the water to the other leg and test.
  6. We put all our fixes on the outside of the wader by preference: use Seamgrip for leaky seams, or in flexible areas such as the cuff above the gravel guard. UV Wader Repair is great for pinholes and small tears; it’s not meant to be a permanent fix, but it lasts us a season or so before we peal it off and put a new coat on. Even better, UV Wader Repair can be applied straight to wet waders!
  7. For large rips such as barbwire tears, put a backing behind the leak first. We use ‘Tenacious Tape’ patches, which are super-sticky, on everything from waders to rafts! On the outside of the wader/patch simply fill with Seamgrip or UV Wader Repair.

Seamseal, UV Aquaseal / wader repair and Tenacious Tape are all available from Aspire Adventure Equipment in York Street Launceston,

We own most brand of waders in our guiding set-up. From Simms to Patagonia to Orvis, they all have their issues from time to time, but simple maintenance will keep them going through plenty of hard use.

how to fix leaky waders

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 was slow for Simone and I the other day, with little insect or fish movement during a short drift (once again this can be common during periods of lower pressure troughs). Our highlight has been the creeks, with some great fish coming to the dry fly (modified Coachman and Bruisers Bugs).

Peter and I spent a morning in the Western Lakes chasing tails this week, and found fish tailing for tadpoles, and more than happy to take a dry. The gum beetles from earlier in the month have slowed down, but there are plenty of duns and still the odd stonefly. We’d say that water levels in the back lakes are slightly higher than normal for early Summer, and the fish condition is great with an excellent mix of younger and older prime fish; Most of the older, potentially slabby fish have died off during the last winter which had harsher than normal spawning conditions so we are set for a good few seasons of fish size.

On the hydro lakes Little Pine and Woods are producing consistently with good hatches and great fish, while Pine Tier and Penstock have been popular on the windy days. Great Lake has been tough in the easterly weather, but fish condition and levels are good. Arthurs has even been producing fish in patches, all in excellent condition.

A big thanks to all of our customers new and old, and have a very happy Christmas and New Year. Dan, Simone and the RiverFly team.

Looking for rises, Brumbys Creek





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