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TASMANIA - WESTERN LAKES WILDERNESS HUTS

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Tasmania, and the River Plenty, is home to the first successful introduction of wild Brown Trout from the UK into the Southern Hemisphere. After several failed attempts, the first Trout emerged and survived on the 4th May 1864 and went on to provide brood stock for the amazing Trout fisheries in Tasmania and New Zealand we see today.

  • Season: The season runs from August to June
  • Western Lakes: Are also known as the land of 3000 lakes
  • The River Esk: Is the longest river in Tasmania
  • Skullbone Plains: Is a nationally significant sub-alpine refuge for endangered animals and ecosystems, such as the Tasmanian Devil and Wedge Tailed Eagle
  • Trout love ants: They feature prominently in the Western Lakes from January to late March

Since 2005, Daniel Hackett has been guiding clients from all around the world from his RiverFly base in Launceston, on famous midland streams to remote rainforest rivers. The South and North Esk, Meander, Mersey rivers and Brumby’s creek feature prominently for sight fishing to Rainbow and Brown trout, including rafting or wading which is suitable for both beginner and experienced anglers. We have a number of packaged accommodation and guiding options including the Three Rivers experience, ideal for short three-day breaks.

For the more adventurous, RiverFly 1864 also runs Tasmania’s first licensed Western Lakes Wilderness Huts guiding operation. This unique part of the world, located on the southern extremities of the Western Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage area with world-class sight and flats-style fishing for brown trout on a range of waters. These remote wooded valleys throughout Skullbone Plains provide an abundance of insect and terrestrial life and provide visually challenging fishing—the largest in recent years estimated at seventeen pounds in weight! These three-day adventures include eco-friendly accommodation in remote private huts, surrounded by a dozen rare species of flora and fauna, some of which exist nowhere else on earth.

Located at approximately two and a half kilometres' hike from the arrival location, the ‘simple, private and sustainable’ camp consists of three accommodation huts (sleeping a maximum of two people per hut), along with a communal hut. Opened in December 2012, the huts themselves are simple, modern and of lightweight structures, constructed with insulated walls, canvas roofs and ceilings and wrap-around decks, all perched above the native flora on raised platforms.

Iconic Tasmanian animals such as Wallabies, Wombats, Owls and Eagles are very common, with Quolls and Tasmanian Devils also endemic. As a backdrop to the camp, a snow-capped Mount Olympus, the heath of Skullbone Plains, and the gravel-sand beaches of Lake Ina create an inspiring alpine setting. RiverFly Wilderness Huts are also privileged to be the only operator licensed by Parks and Wildlife to operate guided fly fishing trips in the adjacent Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Guided Days

Guided fly fishing days are for groups of one to four anglers. Catering for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. You can bring your own equipment, or they will supply you with everything you need. Ninety percent of the time our guided clients return with up to twelve Trouts, from half pounders to four pounders. Riverfly 1864 guides will safely take you into North Eastern Tasmania’s best fly fishing locations including Brumby’s Creek, the South Esk and North Esk rivers, St Patrick's River, Meander and Mersey Rivers.

Three Rivers Package

Three Days, Three Rivers, Three Experiences.

This package offers anglers the opportunity to fish three different rivers, offering three unique experiences, over three days. The destinations are tailored to your goals, as is the style of fishing. You can tackle small streams or large rivers or fish from rafts, which offers a great contrast. Perfect for beginner to advanced anglers with classic dry-fly fishing to mayfly feeders, spinners, caddis, beetles, and hoppers as the season progresses.

Western Lakes Huts – Three-day Wilderness fly fishing Experience

October to March.
RiverFly is able to offer anglers a unique opportunity to fish Tasmania’s Western Lakes over 3 days and 2 nights, as featured recently in FlyLife #81. You’ll be camping in RiverFly’s huts in the UNESCO listed Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, located an hour and a half south of Launceston.

The private Western Lakes Huts are located on the iconic conservation property, Skullbone Plains (twenty-five kilometres west of Bronte Park), and share a sixteen kilometres boundary with the UNESCO listed World Heritage Area. Just two-hundred metres away from the huts, through forest and alpine heath, sits the snowgum-lined beaches of Lake Ina, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, and the greater Western Lakes wild trout fishery.

The unique combination of location and sight-fishing opportunities make RiverFly Wilderness Huts one of the most exciting guided freshwater fly fishing initiatives in Australia. This is a fly fishing and wilderness experience you will never forget.

Spanning an area of forty kilometres by twenty kilometres, the Western Lakes has few comparisons globally. Also known as the Land of Three Thousand Lakes, the region averages an altitude of 1000 metres, and features varied terrain from alpine to temperate rainforest. The focus of the guides is on maximising sight-fishing and dry fly fishing opportunities. Wild brown trout dominate the fishery, with an average size of two and a half pounds (eighteen inches) with the largest Trout caught in recent years estimated at seventeen pounds in weight.

The challenging fly fishing is dominated by lake-edge sight-fishing and wade-polaroiding, in shallow, crystal clear waters where dry flies are the norm. The only other comparison to this style of fly fishing is flats-fishing for bonefish. Lake-shallows are scanned for cruising browns which are targeted with a quick presentation and the rest is up to the trout and angler.

A typical day consists of ten to fifteen kilometres of hiking and fishing around Lake Ina and surrounds carrying a day-pack and fly gear, so some fitness is essential. In stable weather patterns they head further afield beyond Ina, fishing headwater tarns for once-in-a-lifetime Trophy Trout. A total of ten or so lakes and tarns are accessible from RiverFly Western Lakes Huts.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide, prior to your departure.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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CONTACT OUR AUSTRALIAN OFFICE

  • With the earliest domestic flight arriving into Launceston around 9:00am, we can arrange for same-day fishing or commence the following day once you have settled in. The airport is a short taxi or shuttle bus into the city.
  • To get the most out of your guided fly fishing days, our Three Rivers and Wilderness Huts packages include accommodation both before and after each days guiding to fit in with the limited domestic flight schedules out of Launceston.

Departing Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups with Riverfly 1864 and have you on the water the same day. For groups looking to combine business with fly fishing we can provide tailored one-on-one fly fishing tuition both on the rivers, or at a private estate. All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate fly fishing experience. Includes airport transfers, photography, personal host, and accommodation at the Quamby Estate, twenty-five minutes from Launceston. in the Meander Valley. We cater to any level of dining you require and can also include Golf, Tennis and a range of outdoor activities.

Price on Application.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
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AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au