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