Fly Fishing | Tasmania | South Esk River

Fishery 4.4 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Esk catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Spring Mayfly hatches
  • Orange and Black Spinner falls season long
  • Summer Grasshopper Fishing

Target Species - Seasons

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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

You can find good fly fishing in this river from the season opening to the close. The slower paced water that is typical of the South Esk lends itself to dry fly or nymph below dry fishing. The section from Avoca to Hadspen (almost half of the river) see some of Tasmania’s best lowland mayfly hatches in September and October. The hopper fishing throughout the whole river is fantastic through late summer and early autumn. This river also sees fantastic black and orange spinner falls on still days throughout the warmer parts of the season and has terrific sight fishing lower down on clear days.

Note that this river can suffer from flooding early in the season and low water during particularly dry summers, so keep an eye on water heights before deciding to head to the river.

Access

Being such a long river, choosing where to fish might be overwhelming. Fishing adjacent to the towns of Perth, Evandale, Conara, Avoca, Fingal and Mathinna are good starting points. The IFS has marked angler access which makes life easy for the angler. 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

Mayfly Spinner (black and orange)brown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Parachute Mayfly (Brown, Black and Grey)brown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Grasshopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Peeping Caddis Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
F-Flybrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Stimulatorbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Humpy - orangebrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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