Autumn is here in Tasmania, and cooler water temperatures and higher flows have arrived a couple weeks early. This will likely mean the end of this year’s short hopper season, but judging by the dry fly fishing this week, the seasonal change marks the start of the most steady match-the-hatch fishing of the season. Autumn river hatches on the Tasmanian fly fishing rivers include small black spinners (#14-16), beatid mayfly (#16), and terrestrial aphids (#20), with all providing great match the hatch fishing during the past week. The only catch is that accurate casting is required, as the fish will likely only move within a half-metre radius of where they are holding, but the flipside is that higher flows give the angler enough cover to sneak within three rod lengths in terms of casting distance.

fly fishing Tasmania – spring creek trout

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