Fly Fishing | Tasmania | St Patricks River

Fishery 4 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

North Esk catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Summer caddis hatches
  • Grasshopper fishing
  • Late season mayfly hatches

Target Species - Seasons

brown 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

The river is fishable all season, yet early in the season, the water runs high and clear, so nymph fishing is a must. August to October the fish like sitting in slower water on the inside bends or at the back half of a run or riffle into the pools. From late October through to the season close you will find good dry fly fishing. Through summer the caddis hatches on this river are fantastic, with some of the best hatches occurring between Christmas and New Year. In late summer keep an eye out for grasshoppers on or nearby the water, then moving into autumn get ready for some great hatches of small mayfly such as blue winged olives. You will also find plenty of terrestrials around, so fishing ant patterns and beetles produce good numbers of fish through the warmer months.

Access

Access to the river is good with many bridges and angler access points from Nunamara to Corkerys Road. There are many farms along the St Patricks River so please respect the farmers' properties by sticking to the river and using the Angler 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

Humpy - yellowbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout#14 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Clinkhammerbrown trout#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Wulffbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Elk Hair Caddisbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Parachute Mayfly (Brown, Black and Grey)brown trout#14 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
F-Flybrown trout#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Red Tagbrown trout#14 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Grasshopperbrown trout#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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