Fly fishing Tasmania – worm feeders and backwaters

Late wintertime in Tasmania is the time to fish The Earthworm fly. With each small rain event, the rivers lap over edges and into backwaters, where trout forage for drowned earthworms and beetles. Flooded backwaters are ideal, the best having inflowing creeks, soaks, or river currents flowing through them. The Earthworm Fly is best fished inert, to sighted fish. Video by RiverFly 1864 guide Peter Broomhall.

Just one more cast – fly fishing Tasmania

Tasmanian fly fishing with RiverFly 1864

We’ve all said it: ‘just one more cast’. And there’s probably no other time that you mean it less, than the last day of the season. With a couple months of quiet time ahead, and the odd monster shadow cruising through the high-flows of autumn, that last cast can often go-on for hours. So imagine the thrill if your last cast was this huge Tasmanian brown trout, landed by RiverFly 1864 customer ‘Scottish’ John. What fly, you ask? Our 1864 Shrek variant. When did he catch it? Sunday, at 4pm following a rain storm, as it lurked in a flooded gutter. It was our last cast of the season.

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Fly fishing Tasmania Hatch Chart Oct 19


A ripper Tasmanian trout falls for the Pheasant Tail Black Spinner. Photo: Peter Broomhall

A ripper Tasmanian trout falls for the Pheasant Tail Black Spinner. Photo: Peter Broomhall

The past fortnight has seen predominantly ripper weather for fly fishing in Tasmania. With El Nino in full swing, things are dry, but we’ve had tonnes of sight fishing. Mayfly are out on quite a few of the rivers, and a single Black Spinner does the trick much of the time. We’ll be heading out to the Western Lakes at the end of the week for our first trip, so stay tuned as we look for spring tailers and early-season beetle feeders. Have a ripper week!

hatch chart oct 19



Western Lakes wilderness trout – Tasmania

In between rafting trips on Brumbys Creek, we’ve been out at RiverFly Wilderness Huts over the past fortnight, sight-fishing to black spinner mayfly feeders along the crystal-clear lake edges. Here’s a wild brown trout, caught by David on one of our Pheasant Tail Black Spinners, deep in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

These wilderness trips have also proved to be the perfect testing ground for my Patagonia Chest Pack, River Salt Jacket, RockGrip Wading Boots and Rio Gallegos Waders. All have passed where many have failed (including one other brand that trip), among the scoparia and dolerite, with the Patagonia gear once again proving to be the most functional, and toughest wearing fly fishing gear on the market.



The mayfly are on!

Fly fishing for Tasmanian mayfly feeders has started, with black and red spinner out on the northern rivers. Guided angler Chris caught this sipper on a small Black Spinner during the week, one of several fat & wild brown trout.