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)


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


Fly Fishing Tasmania – Hatch Chart Sep 29

Here’s the latest Tasmanian fly fishing hatch chart! River heights are still very re-active to rain, but the best days are producing excellent nymph fishing, and a few on the dries. We’ve landed a few sea-runners, with peak action expected over the next month. Frogs have started on many of the lakes, and larger than average fish have been tailing on snails out west. Duns have started at Four Springs!

fly fishing Tasmania Hatch chart Sept 29

RiverFly 1864 Hatch Chart – 27 August 2016

Here’s the latest Tasmanian fly fishing Hatch Chart, from RiverFly 1864. The frogs have started on Lake Leake, and despite heavy on-and-off snow they are close to the waterline on some of the 19 Lagoons. Sea-runners and bait are starting to aggregate in the Derwent and Mersey estuaries, and the small streams are still fishing well on the Bruisers Bug and other terrestrial dries. Have a great fortnight of fishing, the best of the springtime tailers, sea-runners and frog feeders are about to start!

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fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart

fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart



Fly fishing Tasmania – worm feeders and backwaters

Late wintertime in Tasmania is the time to fish The Earthworm fly. With each small rain event, the rivers lap over edges and into backwaters, where trout forage for drowned earthworms and beetles. Flooded backwaters are ideal, the best having inflowing creeks, soaks, or river currents flowing through them. The Earthworm Fly is best fished inert, to sighted fish. Video by RiverFly 1864 guide Peter Broomhall.
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