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Tassie's top fly fishing spots are all within an easy drive of a major city.

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Tassie's top fly fishing spots

Here's a quick overview of some of Tassie best fly fishing spots.

South Esk River

South Esk System - This catchment area has great trout / fly fishing along its length and was one of the rivers chosen for the 2012 Commonwealth championships.

Penstock Lagoon

This fly-only lagoon has long been a popular water and on the must visit list of many interstate anglers. The fish here grow fast and strong and provide great sport for dry and wet fly fishing. The fish are stocked as fry from wild strain stocks and are triploided to produce fast growing and fit specimens.

Little Pine Lagoon

A small dam on the Little Pine River has created arguably Australia's best known fly fishing water. From wily tailing fish to voracious dun feeders this water offers something for the fly fisher all season, whether from a boat or the shore.

Great Lake

The sheer size of Great Lake means that there are always a variety of possibilities for the fly fisher. The lake has a huge population of brown and rainbow trout and offers year round fishing. The shores of the lake offer good wet fly fishing and beetle falls provide dry fly fishing particularly in open water. The open water polaroiding of trout cruising wind lanes is as good as you will find anywhere.

Arthurs Lake

This lake offers nearly everything a fly fisher could want. While the trout don't tend to be large, every season Arthurs offer up a trophy brown trout of ten pound or more. The catch rate at Arthurs can be outstanding and when it is firing it is not unusual to catch twenty or more for the day. Dry fly fishing the hatches, nymphing wind lanes or wet fly fishing the galaxias feeders, the action at Arthurs can be red hot.

Brumbys Creek

Brumbys Creek is a tailrace trout fishery that is fed by cool clear mountain water through the summer months. This water delivers mayfly action on the lowlands throughout spring, summer and autumn.

Western lakes

This is Tasmania's true wilderness fishery with literally thousands of lakes, lagoons and tarns covering the Central Plateau west of the Nineteen Lagoons area. This area can only be accessed by foot or the couple of four wheel drive tracks that are still open. Tailing and cruising brown trout are what anglers come to this area for and depending on the water it could be a trophy sized fish that you cast your fly to.

Huon River System

The Huon River Catchment - further south than the Derwent, can be a challenging area to access but well worth the effort. The Huon River Catchment holds the record for the largest brown trout caught in Tasmania. The summer and autumn months provide good clear water fishing, with some good dry fly areas.

Macquarie River

Widely known through the writing of David Scholes (well-known fly angler and writer during the mid to late 1900's) and an iconic lowland river, the Macquarie is most famous for its prolific hatches of the red spinner mayfly. This slow moving river offers the best drift boat fishing in Tasmania. Wild brown trout are the feature but rainbow trout from a nearby commercial hatchery also liven up the fishing at times.

Nineteen Lagoons

The collection of waters West of Great Lake accessed by the road into Lake Augusta are a truly wilderness experience without the need for hours of walking. While not all these waters are regulated as fly fishing only, most are best for this method. Flooded lagoon and backwater fishing for tailing brown trout is an early season feature and in the height of summer polaroiding the shallow lagoons is an exciting and rewarding prospect.

Lake Burbury

This lake is open all year round and has both wild rainbow and brown trout populations. Early morning fishing, particularly during spring months, for midge feeders is the feature here. Rainbow trout can often be found cruising wind lanes and offer exciting fishing from a boat. There is also plenty of dead timber for targeting mudeye feeders.

Mersey River

The river has its head waters in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area of the Central Plateau and has a good mix of riffled reaches and slower runs through farming districts. In the upper sections it has a good population of rainbow trout, something of a rarity in Tasmanian rivers. With its clear waters trout can be polaroided but fish will often rise to a well-placed dry fly. In the lower reaches some solid brown trout can be found.

Bronte Lagoon

For a small water this lagoon has a variety of fly fishing options. Tailing fish are a feature during spring months with frog feeders providing some exciting fishing amongst the tussocks. Rising fish can be found on occasion and cruising fish near inflows provide very good dry fly fishing. Brown, brook and rainbow trout are all found here.

Want to learn more?

Read an insider’s guide to the best fly fishing in Tasmania.