3 Day Wilderness Fly Fishing Experience

Experience Tasmania's Western Lakes

RiverFly 1864 offers Tasmania's most experienced and awarded wilderness fly fishing trips, located in Tasmania's famed Western Lakes. After a 1.5 hour drive from Launceston, we fish our way from lake to lake for day one, setting up camp next to reliable tailing trout and mayfly waters later in the day. For three days we'll sight fish sandy flats with dry flies, and search out headwaters for trophy wilderness trout.

Join us for an all-inclusive 3 day/2 night experience with premium Tasmanian produce for dinners, all set in a UNESCO World Heritage Area .

This is a fly fishing and wilderness experience you will never forget. Since 2010, our wilderness operations have proudly contributed more than $200,000 cash and in-kind to conservation and management of this magical area

RiverFly is one of a select group of tourism operators licenced to operate in this magical area, and offers the only multi-day wilderness fly fishing in Tasmania.

Spanning an area of 40 kilometres by 20 kilometres, the Western Lakes has few comparisons globally. Also known as the Land of 3000 Lakes, the region averages an altitude of 1000 metres, and features varied terrain from alpine to temperate rainforest. Wild brown trout dominate the fishery, with an average size of 2 1/2lbs (18 inches). The largest trout caught in recent years was estimated at 17lbs.

The challenging fly fishing is dominated by lake-edge sight fishing and wade-polaroiding, in shallow and crystal clear waters, often on sandy flats. Dry flies are the norm. The only other comparison to this style of fly fishing is flats-fishing for bonefish. Lake-shallows are scanned for cruising browns, which are targeted with a quick presentation, and the rest is up to the trout and angler. The focus of the guides is on maximising sight-fishing and dry fly fishing opportunities, and the rest is up to the trout and angler. While visiting the Western Lakes you may see up to a dozen rare species of flora and fauna, some of which exist nowhere else on earth. Iconic Tasmanian animals such as wallabies, wombats, owls and eagles are very common, with quolls and Tasmanian devils also endemic.

A typical day consists of 10 kilometres of hiking and fishing. In stable weather patterns we head further afield beyond fishing headwater tarns for once-in-a-lifetime trophy trout. A total of fifteen or so lakes and tarns are accessible from RiverFly Western Lakes camp.

RiverFly 1864 is a Qantas Australian Tourism Award winning business.

Just a short note to thank you and the team for a wonderful fishing trip last week. We were really impressed by the guide's ability to spot trout, and they put us on to quality fish. This was our 4th visit, and we enjoyed being taken to new spots, adding to our experience of the amazing wilderness. And the meals after such long days were just great too. We really look forward to another adventure with RiverFly! - Tony Yeates, 2018

3 Days, 2 Nights

Single anglers through to group-bookings welcome.

Mid-November thru March (Peak Season): $1950 per person.

Start your Tasmanian fly fishing trip with a relaxing day on the northern rivers, before heading off to the wilderness. Get into the groove, get some fish under your belt, and shake off the rust. + $350pp ($595 single angler) for a full day of river fishing.


Return transfers from Launceston, twin-share camp accommodation and equipment (if required) for the wilderness component your trip, breakfast and dinners (BYO lunch provisons).

2 guides per booking


A Tasmanian Parks Pass is required for your trip, and is a small additional fee if required.

Personal clothing requirements and checklist are sent with each booking.


Launceston depart 06.45am day one, arrival back ~8.30pm day three