The Cape York Peninsula is one of the last frontiers of fly fishing. A remote part of the world accessible only by air or a long bumpy dirt track, its remoteness has kept the wild fisheries thriving.
It is a region filled with an abundance of wildlife and its waters are filled with a multitude of tropical fish species, all of which love to eat flies. If fly fishing is about lengthening the list of species caught by one's fly then this is the place to add a whole ream of paper to that list in a very short amount of time. It is not uncommon to catch between thirty and forty species of fish in a week when fishing these tropical waters. That makes for some exciting fishing, especially considering you can encounter Permit, Barramundi, Longtail Tuna and Queenfish all in one day.
Due to the lack of road, access around the guided skiff fishing or a live-aboard mothership is required to truly experience the untouched fisheries found here. This is the ultimate in fly fishing adventures as you live, eat and breathe the Cape and all its wonders.
- Capacity: 10 Fly-fishermen per week
- Diversity: 55 different species have been caught in a weekly charter
- Grand-slam: Permit, Milkfish and the iconic Barramundi are all possible in one day
- Founded: Weipa was founded in 1965, and is home to the world’s largest bauxite mine
Weipa, gateway to the western cape is situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and about two-thirds of the way up the western shore of Cape York. Daily commercial aircraft services make this small mining town one of the most accessible remote locations in Australia.
With protection from the prevailing south easterly winds for most of the year, and a multitude of pristine rivers and coastline for both light tackle sport-fishing and fly fishing, the range of species available is second to nowhere else in the country.
Alan 'Fish' Philliskirk has been fishing the Cape York region for over thirty years and has been running his renowned 'Fly and Sportfishing' guiding business successfully for nearly twenty of them. Home to a huge diversity of species such as Queenfish, GTs, Barramundi, Giant Herring, Golden Trevally, Permit, Milkfish, Spanish Mackerel, Grey Mackerel, Longtail Tuna to name but a few, he has a fleet of tenders which are perfect for fishing the flats, estuaries and mangrove systems in the gulf.
There are numerous accommodation options in Weipa, including self-catering and lodge style accommodation for larger groups.
With more than fifty-five species of fish available on fly, clients have endless opportunities throughout the week. The option of chasing Cobia and Golden Trevally on the backs of Rays while polaroiding the beaches may appeal to some, while for others it might be locking horns with the infamous Blue Bastards, Permit and GTs which also roam the flats. You can also explore the creeks and rivers for mangrove Jack and Barramundi, or head out deeper for larger pelagic species such as Spanish Mackerel and Longtail Tuna.
As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, will provide a comprehensive & 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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Departing Cairns, you will fly via Qantas Link to Weipa on a nominated flight before transferring to your accommodation.
Travel time is one hour and twenty-five minutes over the Daintree and Cape York Peninsula.