Friday, March 4, 2011

Trip Report: Tasmania Hosted Trip

By Andrew Harris

I first traveled to Tasmania, Australia in February 2002. I spent a whole month and enjoyed myself immensely. With the variety and quality of the fishing, the ease of travel, and friendly people, it was just a great destination. When I was contacted by Tasmanian fly fishing guide Daniel Hackett in the summer of 2005, it didn't take much to persuade me to plan my next trip.

Daniel and I put together an itinerary for a hosted trip for March 2006. We designed a five day, six night "Tasmania Sampler" package that would allow the guests to sample all the different kinds of trout fishing Tasmania has to offer. The guests would fish three days with Daniel at Riverfly Lodge, and then two days with fellow guide Neil Grose at Rainbow Lodge. We conducted the trip March 6-12, right in the middle of my two week stay on the island. I ended up bringing two clients, very nice gents named Ted and Gene, from California and Maine, respectively.

Some of the highlights of the trip:

Ted's three pound brown on the MacQuarie River, caught on a black spinner. The MacQuarie is a tailwater river that flows through farmland. Daniel guides the MacQuarie from his 14' raft.

The St. Patrick's River was a perfect place for Gene to try out his three weight rod. The St. Pats is a very scenic small stream that is full of wild browns.

I explored numerous small streams and hooked brown trout up to two pounds. On my best small stream day I landed about forty wild browns up to fourteen inches.

In the evenings we enjoyed delicious meals prepared by Cameron, the chef at Riverfly Lodge.

Excellent grasshopper fishing on the Esk and St. Patrick's Rivers for browns up to three pounds.

I successfully polaroided (sight-fished) several browns 2-4 pounds in the Nineteen Lagoons, all on dry flies.

I'm looking forward to my next trip to Tasmania. Stay tuned!

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