Tasmania's trout fisheries offer a range of wonderful and exciting experiences, with just some of these highlighted in the information below.

But of course, like so many fishing experiences, they also offer challenges. And so our Trout Guides, Lodges and Private Fisheries are here to help you navigate some of those challenges and, while they can't promise to overcome them all, their ambition is to see that you have an unforgettable trout fishing experience. More...


Golden brown from Arthurs Lake. Image by Peter Broomhall.
Golden brown from Arthurs Lake. Image by Peter Broomhall.

The Tasmanian trout fishery is diverse and extensive, offering the ultimate in unique trout fishing experiences. The myriad of rivers and streams, lakes and tarns are an anglers’ paradise. It’s a beautiful, unspoiled environment that attracts anglers from all around the world.

OUR GUIDES focus on sight fishing opportunities, matched to the prevailing, and often unique conditions that Tasmania has to offer.

Imagine the thrill of polaroiding over sandy flats, watching trout cruise, sipping insects from the surface, or amongst the sand, silt, and weeds of shallow lagoons or flooded backwaters. Polaroiding also works well on deeper waters.

Image by Matt Daniel
Image by Matt Daniel

The experience of tailing fish is always memorable. Fish chasing and charging after all sorts of food items under the surface, such as frogs, tadpoles, snails and the like, in water barely deep enough to conceal their presence. They forage, head down, in the weedy, shallow margins, showing us their dorsal fin as it cuts the surface of the water like a dolphin, or waving their tail tauntingly in the air. Heart pounding stuff!

Image by Peter Broomhall
Image by Peter Broomhall

Intense activity occurs during hatches – mayflies, caddis, midge etc. Sometimes the hatches are isolated and sometimes the feeders are subtle, and it is always exciting.

Further exhilarating trout fishing is caused by the terrestrials, be it beetle falls, leaf hoppers (the Jassid), flying ants, and grasshoppers.

Our guides are here to help you develop the skills necessary to fast track the relevant information to you, and focus on the necessary skills to undo these challenging Tasmanian trout.

Our guides are here to help you develop the skills necessary to fast track the relevant information to you, and focus on the necessary skills to undo these challenging Tasmanian trout.



World Fly Fishing Championships - December 2019


Tasmanian Fly Fishing Videos

See more videos of Tasmania's trout fishery here.



150 Years of Trout Fishing: PHOTO GALLERY

In 2014/15, Tasmania celebrated 150 years of  Trout in Tasmania. One way we commemorated the anniversary was with a photographic competition. Many photographers submitted fabulous images. Take a look here!



Our fishery is disease free and we strive to keep it that way. You are encouraged to leave your potentially infected landing nets and waders at home and avail yourself of the equipment provided by your guide. If you choose to bring your own gear, please either disinfect it before departure or approach your guide to do so once you have arrived in Tasmania.

Our guides are Bio-security Certified and work closely with Biosecurity Tasmania  to help protect Tasmania's fishery and environment.

We encourage all anglers, whether visiting or living in Tasmania to become familiar with the practice of "Check Clean Dry Disinfect", all of their gear when moving from one water to another. A very useful resource is the publication: Keeping It Clean - A Tasmanian field hygiene manual to prevent the spread of freshwater pests and pathogens.



Tasmania's Brown Trout season: starts first Saturday in August, and ends last Sunday in April.

Tasmania's Rainbow Trout season: starts first Saturday in October, and ends last Sunday in May.

Some trout waters open all year round.  See here for the current information:

For other information about access, licencing and angling regulations, visit Inland Fisheries Service.

For a bird's eye view of some of the Tasmanian fisheries, visit the Anglers Alliance Website and check out the webcams. You can view the conditions, and incoming weather patterns. The site also has a lot of information about the Tasmanian fishery.


The Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund is an environmental not for profit Trust whose aim is to fund environmental projects that supported, preserved, protected or enhanced freshwater fish habitat. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.  Read more...