Brumbys Creek Weir One – Tasmanian fly fishing mecca

Everyone asks, ‘where’s your favourite place to fly fish?’. It’s a hard question to answer, and a few places come to mind: the Western Lakes wilderness fishery, the South Esk River flowing at 130 mg/day, or Weir One at Brumbys Creek during high flows. These are all brilliant options, and at the top of my list. But its Weir One, or the ‘Top Weir’ as locals know it, that I’ve fished the most-400 days+.

What’s so good about Weir One? It’s easy to answer: clear water, 3lb fish and reliable hatches of size 10-12 mayfly. These days we are at the mercy of un-predictable hydro flows, that disregard any recreational uses of the area, but stay tuned to the flow rates and levels on, and hit the Top Weir when the levels are at 0.3metres and rising. You may polaroid the largest trout you’ve ever seen, or see the most spectacular cartwheeling rises imaginable. Either way it will open up a door to some brilliant sight-fishing opportunities just 30 minutes from Launceston.

For more information, click here to read Daniel Hackett’s FlyLife Magazine article ‘Brumbys Creek’. FL45%20Brumbys%20Creek

Brumbys Creek Weir One


Big fish and dry flies – Tasmanian fishing report

The past week has been a ripper time for hitting the rivers and streams. We’ve seen all species of riverine mayfly starting to hatch – big red spinners on Brumbys, Leven and Mersey, big and small black spinners on the South Esk, Meander and Mersey, and even early morning caenids.

Fish size has also been the talk of the town. Young fish and old fish alike are fat as butter – my favourite destination has been the Top Weir at Brumbys Creek, where we had shots at fish over five pounds last Saturday, all snaffling beetles amongst hovering red spinners. The fish pictured below was one of the bigger fish from the weekend, weighing at 5lbs. To give you some perspective, the net has a 600mm diameter…

Best flies? Pheasant tail red and black spinners, Scruffys, Possum Shaving Brush and small seal’s fur beetle patterns.

Brumbys Fish October 2014


The Source – Tasmania dvd

Arthur River sea-runner

Arthur River sea-runner

During late last year I was lucky enough to be invited to help Nick Reygeart of Gin-Clear Media with the filming of his up-coming film The Source – Tasmania. The request from Nick was clear: ‘I want to capture a classic Tasmanian mayfly hatch on film’. As all of you know, I believe that one of the keys to successfully hitting the hatches is to fish to the season of the day – that is to say, fish in the most likely spot according to prevailing weather, hatches, water flows, time of year etc.
With only a three days in which to capture a classic hatch, our timeframe mimicked that of the average guided fishing client – three days, regardless of weather, to fish a great hatch and target some rising fish. The first two days were average to poor weather, with difficult water levels – but some great fallback waters had us on to a couple of dozen rising fish to two pounds or so, which was exciting at times. Mayfly were found sporadically hatching, and generally, the fishing was good, but we hadn’t hit the purple-patch that I’d typically aim for over a three-day trip.
By late on day two the weather for the next day was becoming apparent – a calm morning would feature prior to afternoon winds. It was late November, the ceanid mayfly were in-season, so Brumbys Creek was our choice for the next day. We’d have a 7am start on the water.
Upon arrival at Brumbys, in all-important calm conditions, we began to recognise the start of the morning rise. Camera’s were lugged, the raft was launched, and the hatch was on…but this is where my story ends, and The Source – Tasmania can take over, along with awesome footage of sea-run brown trout from the north-west of Tasmania, great rainforested creek fishing, and of course, remarkable footage from our Western Lakes region.

Rafting a hatch on Brumbys

Rafting a hatch on Brumbys

The Source – Tasmania is showing nationwide this winter as part of the Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival, presented by Gin-Clear Media in association with FlyLife Magazine. Copies will be available for purchase at the shows, but if you can’t make it, contact me now to reserve a copy email Daniel for the June release date. The dvd will be available through our online shop Filming The Source

Filming The Source

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