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.


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Guided fly fishing Tasmania with RiverFly 1864

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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.

Want a current model Sage for 40% off? How about Rio flylines or limited Patagonia gear?

With our renewed focus on guided fly fishing, we are selling-out of our retail stock. That means everything left is 40% off! This includes a heap of RIO flylines (including lots of salt lines), our last remaining Sage X (490-4), a Patagonia Guidewater II Duffel, and heaps of assorted leaders, dressings, tippet etc.

All are available online, but it is first in, first served. Click here to visit our webshop, and use the discount code ‘1864sale’ to apply the discount


Back-to-guiding moving sale – all stock minimum 30% off

The RiverFly 1864 team are moving! We are excited to be opening a new base and departure lounge on the second floor of Aspire Adventure Equipment at 136 York Street, Launceston. The new facilitates will give guided customers continued access to our great range of 1864 Tasmanian tied flies and equipment, while locals and interstate anglers will be able to continue to order their flies as normal through our online site (with the option of free local pickup).

RiverFly 1864 provides exceptional guided fishing adventures on Tasmania’s most unique and wild waters, contributes to their conservation, inspires participation, and adds value to the visitor economy. In fact, it’s our business mission, and Daniel and Pete are stoked to be back on the water this season, full-time guiding, backed up by Simone, Brendan, Greg, Jimmy and Josh.

To celebrate the new move, we are offering a back to guiding sale. For the next fortnight we’ll be offering 30% off all stock in-store. For online buyers, enter the coupon code ‘1864sale’ during your online purchase, and the discount will automatically be applied.

The guiding season has got off to a brilliant start, with one of the best sea-trout season in years. We look forward to fishing with you on the water!

For any other questions or enquiries, we are available by phone or email daily

Thank you, Daniel & Simone Hackett at the RiverFly 1864 team.

2016 Tasmanian and Qantas Australian Tourism Award winners.

Stock sale includes:

Display stock Sage X (#4&#5 weight)and Mod (#5 rods), Sage 2200 reels (2230 and 2280), Large Reg Rio Gallegos waders, all Rio flylines (or purchase 2 for $150), all fly tying (including 40% off for 10 items or more), Patagonia Guidewater II Duffel and Stormfront hip packs, huge below-cost sale on women’s waders and jackets from Orvis and Patagonia,  heaps of Loon gear and some great Tasmanian-made fly tying benches and tables. Check them out in-store or online

(please note 30% off applies to online sales, additional discounts for bulk purchases apply in-store only)


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