Mates rates for locals supporting locals – 30% OFF

If you're keen to experience Tasmania's best fly fishing, and want to support local business, we are offering our popular 30% off 'mates rates'for locals again in 2021. Beginners are welcome, and for the more experienced anglers, we’ll guide you to the best sight fishing found on the island. You’ll be helping to support Tasmanian jobs, while experiencing some amazing hidden gems in your home state. Here’s the options: RiverFly day trips: Fish the hatches on Tasmania’s best rivers, suitable for beginners...

Fly fishing Tasmania – the giant willow aphid hatch

In 19 years of guiding there’s been a few memorable environmental bookmarks. These have included the Millennium drought where I remember guiding a whole season without a rain jacket, and more recently the introduction of environmental tailrace flows to many of our northern rivers (for the better!). None of these occurrences have had such an impact on the fishing as the introduction of the giant willow aphid Tuberolachnus salignus, producing some Tasmania's best fishing hatches. We first noticed aphid infestations...

Excess guiding stock for sale – winter clearout

Unused excess guiding stock for sale (winter clearout!): C&F magnetic net release (x1) and magnetic hat / vest fly keeper (x2) $65 total Airflo Tropical Giant Trevally WF12 & Rio Tropical 250gr 26ft sink tip $150 total C & F saltwater fly boxes CFGS3500CT (extra large flies Grand Slam)  and CFGS3544 (Permit / Large 8 row) $75 total Rio Saltwater coldwater series flylines GP Saltwater WF7F (x3) and InTouch OutBound WF8F/I (x2) $250 total Rio freshwater Smallmouth Bass WF6F (x1)...

2020 / 2021 RiverFly Season report

The 2021 Tasmanian fly fishing season dominated by La Nina weather patterns: higher than average rainfall, great flows and chubby fish, all influenced by easterly flows from Christmas onwards. The catch-22 of the easterly flows was completely unpredictable hatches. One day would be great for mayfly spinners, other days were dead as doornail, and we fell back to terrestrial food sources such as beetles, hoppers and damsels. The hopper season was the latest I’ve ever seen, starting in March (two...

Tasmania – Catch Magazine ‘Tasmania: Plateau Lakes” and new river vids

The RiverFly team has been busy producing new fly fishing articles and videos over the past summer. With the off-season now upon us (we open again in August), it's a great time to grab a seat and get stuck into one of these pieces. Both Peter and Beevor starred in some great little river videos produced with Tourism Tasmania and FlyLife Magazine, while Daniel and Peter pulled together an awesome photographic piece on Tasmania's plateau lakes for Catch Magazine which...

Guided sea trout dates – September 2021

For the past few years we've been working out the best locations to target sea trout and baitfish feeders in Tasmania's northern estuaries, and this spring we are exciting to be guiding on them. From Stanley to the north-east tip of Tasmania, our northern coastline has dozens of medium sized rivers and small creek mouths where silver sea run trout and larger resident fish prey on migrating baitfish running the tides. The fishing is visual, exciting, and the salty trout...

Change of seasons – April

With a mix of weather from t shirts to beanies, the season has really turned in Tasmania. Days are mixed between good baetid hatches, the last of the black spinner mayfly, baitfish feeders and very good nymphing (if you know where to look).  Highlights have been larger than average trout in the smaller streams 🙂

Fly Fishing Tasmania Report – Feb 2021

The Tasmanian weather has been wet and mild since Christmas, with La Nina playing the prominent influence along with regular easterly patterns. The result has been atypical fishing and hatches; we’ve focused on tailers and terrestrial feeders on the rivers and lakes, and done pretty well. All fishing has been on the dry, with our 1864 Blue Damsel, Scruffy and Mini-WMD Hoppers being our regular successful go-to patterns. The rivers have excellent levels currently, and many of the lakes are...

Tasmanian fly fishing hatch chart 30/10/2020

Tasmanian fly fishing hatch chart 19 Lagoons – Fish have switched from frogs to mayfly nymphs. Little Pine River system is fishing ok, with good conditioned fish, but a little hit and miss according to weather systems. Arthurs Lake – The return and rise of Arthurs has continued this season, with plenty of solid 2lb fish now coming to hand in the old haunts. Cowpaddock and similar areas had solid frog feeders earlier in the month, and fish are switching...

Glass rod rundown

Epic 370 on a tight Tasmanian stream For the past season or two we've been using Epic glass rods as our personal creek rods (myself, Sim, Peter and Beevs). Most of our small stream and up-close fishing (willow grub fishing) is on overgrown tussocky streams, or within willow swampland, so we choose glass as the most resilient rod material. Why? You can accidently whack an overhead willow branch, or double-down on a solid willow grub feeder,...

Spring fishing report

The Tasmanian fly fishing season is off and racing, and the fishing in general has been great (despite some big freezes early on!). The season kicked off with galaxia feeders in the 19 Lagoons, quickly followed by a comparatively early run of whitebait in the north and southern rivers. Whitebait feeders to 4lbs were common. The north-west has had three of four minor flood events in the river catchments, leading to great flood fishing on the 1864 Earthworm fly whenever...

Mates rates for locals, supporting locals – 30% off

  If you're keen to experience Tasmania's best fly fishing, and want to support local business, get in touch with RiverFly and we can build you a custom fly fishing trip at 30% off. Beginners are welcome, and for the more experienced anglers, we'll guide you to the best sight fishing found on the island. You'll be helping to keep Tasmanian jobs, while experiencing some amazing hidden gems in your home state. Here's the options: RiverFly day trips: Fish the...

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...