Fly Fishing | Tasmania | North Esk River

Fishery 3.3 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

North Esk catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Evening caddis hatches through summer
  • Late summer grasshopper fishing
  • Later season mayfly hatches

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 has fewer fish than the neighbouring St Patricks River, but they are typically slightly bigger fish as a result. Early in the season nymphing the river is the way to go. It also sees the occasional sea trout pushing up from the Tamar River following baitfish, so you can always be surprised by a much larger sea run brown trout. Like the St Pats, it offers good caddis fishing through summer. In late summer, the hopper fishing can be terrific and in autumn you will see some nice small mayfly. You may also encounter the native Australian grayling as a bi-catch. If you do happen to catch one, make sure you return it to the water unharmed as they are a protected species.

Access

There is plenty of access along the river. Early in the season when flows are high you can find fish just above Launceston in the suburbs. Areas such as Corra Lynn, and the sections of Angler Access along Blessington Road and Camden Road are great places to start. Be sure to be respectful of local farmers’ properties and use public access points.

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
Parachute Adamsbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Elk Hair Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Stimulatorbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Grasshopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
F-Flybrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Copper Johnbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pink Tag Jigbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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