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

Fly fishing Tasmania hatch chart – 27/08/2018

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!

Quick rundown:

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.

 

Fly fishing with RiverFly 1864

Guided fly fishing Tasmania with RiverFly 1864

Guided fly fishing

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 🙂

Tasmania – the movie

Just in time for a schorching hot Australia Day weekend, Catchmagazine has released the full length (18 minute) version of their ‘Tasmania’ fly fishing dvd to Youtube. Featuring some of Tasmania’s best dry fly action, and tailing footage, the feature is available to view in full below. Make sure you watch it in HD!

Filmed in conjunction with RiverFly 1864 during February 2017, ‘Tasmania’ features brilliant footage from Tasmania’s creeks and Western Lakes wilderness sight fishery.

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