Renowned for its wild trout fishing, Tasmania, the island and most southern state of Australia, was the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to successfully introduce brown trout. Tasmanian stocks were subsequently distributed to mainland Australia and to New Zealand. The historic Salmon Ponds at Plenty continues to operate as a hatchery and houses the fascinating Museum of Trout Fishing.

Tasmania offers a wide range of fly-fishing opportunities from the flat lowland rivers of the north to the rainforest creeks of the south to the wilderness lakes of the Western Central Plateau. The accessible Central Highlands lakes including Arthurs, Great Lake, Little Pine and Bronte Lagoon attract most attention but there are countless options, with tailing fish, mayfly hatches, beetle falls and polaroiding providing seasonal fly-fishing highlights.

Coastal rivers and estuaries also support fly fishing for sea-run trout and Atlantic salmon (sea cage escapees) particularly in the early months of the season.

Recommended Reading:

The Tasmanian fly fishing literature is extensive with authors including Scholes, Sloane, French, Ritchie, Gilmour, Grose, Wigram, Stokes, Cadle, Cabalzar, Terry and Bourke.
David Scholes’ books, particularly the recently reprinted classics Fly-Fisher in Tasmania and Way of an Angler are highly recommended, as is Rob Sloane’s classic The Truth About Trout (1983). This book was revised and updated as The Truth About Trout Revisited (2002) and is currently available from the FlyLife website shop. In Season Tasmania (2008) by FlyLife photographer Brad Harris and contributor Daniel Hackett is a coffee-table style book showcasing a season of fly fishing in Tassie, with stunning images, engaging text and fly patterns included.

The best guide-book is Greg French’s comprehensive Trout Waters of Tasmania (2011). Fly Fishing Fundamentals by Rob Sloane (1993) is a valuable introductory text. Useful fly-tying books include Australia’s Best Trout Flies by Crosse & Sloane (1997) and Max Stokes’ book Tasmanian Trout Fly Patterns, first published in 1978 but recently reprinted by the Fly Tyers Club of Tasmania. These books can all be ordered from the FlyLife website shop.

Various FlyLife contributors have recently provided words and pictures for Rob Sloane’s most recent book, Fifty Place To Fish Before You Die (2006), and this includes numerous Tasmanian destinations.