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!
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.