As temperatures begin to drop in some of the highland fly fishing regions in Tasmania, mayfly hatches slow and therefore rising trout become harder to find. Luckily, at this time of the year, small streams and rivers all around Tasmania provide amazing fly fishing opportunities to lengthen the season and continue the fantastic fly fishing that is experienced in the highland lakes throughout December, January and well into February.
It is an exciting prospect to walk slowly and quietly along a small willow lined stream or slow flowing river and see the noses of trout breaking the surface to intercept the buffet of insects floating past them. Approaching with stealth so as not to be detected, casts must be placed delicately and positioned within the fishes feeding lane to be successful. Fly selection is often secondary to a well placed cast and many fish will accept a range of flies. As your guide is yelling “strike! lift! go!” and you set into a wild Tasmanian trout, excitement levels are high and once the fish hits the net, there’s nothing left to do but high fives, a few quick photos and a speedy release before looking ahead for the next opportunity.
With so many small streams and rivers around the state, it can often be difficult to know where to go, how to access the rivers and how to best fish them. This is often when an accredited fly fishing guide comes in!
Leaving from Hobart, there are some fantastic options on a guided fly fishing tour with Trout Tales. Your guide will have you on the water chasing spectacular wild trout in no time. Contact us today for a day to remember on the river.