3 Day Wilderness Fly Fishing Experience
Experience Tasmania's Western Lakes
RiverFly is able to offer anglers a unique opportunity to fish Tasmania’s Western Lakes. You’ll be staying in RiverFly’s huts in the UNESCO listed Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, right next to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
Join us for an all-inclusive 3 day/2 night experience. We’ll drive 1.5 hours hours south of Launceston, to the northern end of the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage area. Then we hike for 40 minutes up to Skullbone Plains.
This is a fly fishing and wilderness experience you will never forget.
RiverFly is one of a select group of tourism operators licenced to operate in this magical area, and offers the only wilderness fly fishing camp in Tasmania. Join us and experience our ‘simple, private and sustainable’ approach.
Tasmania's Western Lakes
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. 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.
A typical day consists of 5 kilometres of hiking and fishing around Lake Ina and surrounds. In stable weather patterns we head further afield beyond Ina, fishing headwater tarns for once-in-a-lifetime trophy trout. A total of ten or so lakes and tarns are accessible from RiverFly Western Lakes Huts.
RiverFly Western Lakes Huts
RiverFly’s Western Lakes Huts are located on the iconic conservation property, Skullbone Plains (25 kilometres west of Bronte Park), and share a 16 kilometre boundary with the UNESCO listed World Heritage Area. Just 200 meters away from the huts, through forest and alpine heath, sits the snowgum-lined beaches of Lake Ina, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, and the greater Western Lakes wild trout fishery. The unique combination of location and sight-fishing opportunities make RiverFly Wilderness Huts one of the most exciting guided fly fishing initiatives in recent history.
‘Simple, private and sustainable’ is how we describe our new hut-based wilderness camp, the only camp of its type to offer direct access to the famed Tasmanian Western Lakes.
Opened in December 2012, the huts themselves are simple, modern & lightweight structures, constructed with insulated walls, canvas roofs and ceilings, and wrap-around decks, all perched above the native flora on raised platforms. Ninety percent of the materials used were manufactured in Australia, and the huts were built to strict environmental impact-minimisation principles.
While visiting RiverFly Western Lakes Huts 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. As a backdrop to the camp, a snow-capped Mount Olympus, the heath of Skullbone Plains, and the gravel-sand beaches of Lake Ina create an inspiring alpine setting. RiverFly Wilderness Huts are privileged to be the only operator licenced by Parks and Wildlife to operate guided fly fishing trips in the adjacent Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
Located approximately 2.5km’s hike from the end of the road, our camp consists of three accommodation huts (sleeping a maximum two persons per hut), along with a communal hut, discreetly located on the edge of an un-touched forest and moorland. Just 250 metres away (as the crow flies) is the beautiful Lake Ina and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park & World Heritage Area.
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
Rates and Inclusions
3 Days, 2 Nights
Single anglers through to group-bookings welcome.
October, early November & March-April (Shoulder Season): $1,850 per person.
Mid-November thru February (Peak Season): $2,250 per person.
Start your Tasmanian fly fishing trip with a relaxing day on the northern rivers, before heading off to the huts. Get into the groove, get some fish under your belt, and shake off the rust. + $250pp ($495 single angler) for a full day of river fishing.
Return transfers from Launceston, twin-share accommodation and equipment (if required) for the wilderness huts component your trip, all meals and beverages.
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