The island of Tasmania

Lies off the south-east corner of the continent.

The island of Tasmania lies off the south-east corner of Australia. The main fishery is at around 2,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level, in an area known as the Central Highlands. This large region of tundra like plains, rugged mountains, and deep forest, is dotted with thousands of lakes and tarns predominantly filled with brown trout. 

Tasmania’s most famous fishing takes place in the very shallow lakes of the backcountry, where brown trout cruise like bonefish on the flats. It’s all sight fishing in these backcountry lakes, and even on the dullest days the fish will eagerly rise to a dry fly. Early in the season the fishing is mostly shore based; trout feed in the shallow lake edges, with their backs and tails often out of the water as they hunt frogs, nymphs, and scuds. Tasmania’s early season fishing is exhilarating yet extremely challenging, requiring delicate, accurate casts.

In summer, it’s dry fly time, and the high country is rich with many types of aquatic and terrestrial insects. The aquatics are mostly mayflies, but caddis, damsels, and stoneflies are present as well. The terrestrials consist mostly of beetles and hoppers that get blown onto the water from the  surrounding grasses and forests. In the big lakes, large fish can be found feeding on floating insect concentrated by foaming windlanes. These fish can be sight cast to from drifting boats using a team of three flies to intercept active fish. This technique is based on the traditional loch style of English and Scottish fisherman and is a spectacular way to fish. 

Tasmania has a wide range of lodges, hotels, and resorts to choose from. We also have access to independent guides and heli-fishing operations for day trips, or longer!

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This large region of tundra like plains, rugged mountains, and deep forest, is dotted with

thousands of lakes and tarns predominantly filled with brown trout.

Tasmania’s most iconic fishing takes place in

the very shallow lakes of the backcountry, where brown trout cruise like bonefish on the flats.

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