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

 

 

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 🙂

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.

 

Tasmanian fly fishing – frog feeders!

Airborne tailer!

Airborne tailer!

 

The Tasmanian fly fishing season has got off to a super-wet start this season, the wettest year on record to be precise! This has made trip planning quite challenging at times, but has produced a lot more drowned food for the trout. Lots of the rough days have generated classic Tasmanian frog feeding conditions, with lakes such as Tooms, Leake, Echo, Woods, Huntsman and many others hitting perfect levels for flooded fishing. The brown trout are the best condition spring fish we’ve ever come across.

The next front is due to hit on Sunday, and we think we’ll don the waders and jackets, and head into the post-rain margins looking for more of the fantastic frog feeders. Our best flies have been the Black Fuzzle Bugger, Fur Flies and The Earthworm.

(Images: Peter Broomhall)

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RiverFly 1864 guests Richard and Callum land their first ever wild brown trout.