Fly Fishing | Tasmania | Macquarie River

Fishery 4.1 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Macquarie River catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Macquarie red spinner fall
  • Late summer grasshopper fishing
  • Polaroiding big brown trout on warm blue sky days

Target Species - Seasons

brown troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

This river is best know for it’s spinner falls. These adult mayflies emerge from the bushes and lay their eggs on the water in mid spring and through summer and the trout go crazy for them. The dry fly fishing when this occurs is sensational; calm conditions are the best to experience this unique event. Calm sunny weather will also provide an angler the opportunity to walk along and target good quality browns holding in the current or cruising around pools. This river also sees some good grasshopper fishing late summer when the paddocks dry off and the grasshoppers push more towards the river’s edge. Hot windy days are best when the fish lock onto the grasshoppers getting blown into the river.

Access

The Macquarie is a long river, so access is plentiful, you can find good water low down near the town of Cressy, upstream and downstream of the Barton Road bridge near Epping Forest, and upstream of the Macquarie Road bridge near Campbell Town.

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Royal Wulffbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Red Spinnerbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Grasshopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Rusty Brown Dunbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Red Tagbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Stick Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Mrs Simpsonbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Zulubrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Grub Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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