A Four Day Fly Fishing Odyssey

South & Central Tasmania’s Lakes & Rivers

 Day 1: From Hobart to Ross

Depart Tasmania’s capital city Hobart for delightful Somercotes Lodge, a ninety minute drive away, in the delightful village of Ross.  This is one of the finest examples of Tasmania’s colonial history – an original estate still occupied by descendants of the original settlers.  The four cottages have been faithfully restored, true to their origins with cosy log fires.  In Ross itself you will see – among many other historic sites - the famous sandstone carved bridge, built in 1836, the Ross Female Factory Site, The Barracks and it would be wrong not to enjoy a Tasmanian delicacy from the Ross Bakery – a mouth-watering Tasmanian scallop pie!

In season, you can visit the Somercotes Cherry Farm for a taste of its famous fresh cherries in season before settling down in your cottage ahead of your fly fishing experience tomorrow.          

Day 2: The Macquarie River

Today you get the chance to fly fish the legendary Macquarie River, respected as one of Tasmania’s finest trout fisheries and arguably one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. Fishing here is simply magnificent.  Your guide Roger Butler, of Red Tag Tours has been fishing wild brown trout in this and other rivers and streams for over 40 years and promises a spectacular introducing to Tasmania’s fly fishing.  Beginners can learn to fly fish on a private teaching fishery.

Later today you will drive to the Central Highlands Lodge (around one and a half to two hours) or, if dragging yourself away from the charm of Somercotes is too difficult, spend another night in Ross and prepare to rise early for a day’s fishing in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. 

Day 3: The Central Highlands

The day dawns in the spectacular and remote setting of the Central Highlands Lodge, also known as the Land of 3000 lakes, where you will meet Fish Wild Tasmania and look forward to a day on Arthurs Lake, Little Pine Lagoon, Woods Lake, Great Lake or Western Lakes.  Like most of Tasmania’s fly fishing guides, Fly Fish Tasmania will tailor tuition to your experience be it novice or more advanced, and the vast variety of waters in the Central Highlands can be matched to anyone’s skills.

 At the end of a hugely satisfactory day’s fly fishing you will arrive at your accommodation for tonight, the stunning 28 Gates, a luxurious boutique hideaway in the Derwent Valley.  A sixth generation grazing farm in historic Bloomfield dating back to 1862, 28 Gates is in 5000 acres of rolling pasture with 60 species of bird including nine of Tasmania’s 12 endemics, and many of Tasmania’s native species of wildlife in abundance.  

Day 4: The Derwent Valley 

Your private accommodation at 28 Gates is superbly located on the shores of not one but two private lakes, each well stocked with Rainbow Trout, meaning you can enjoy an early fish here. 

You will set off for your drive to Hobart, less than an hour away, taking the chance to visit the famous Salmon Ponds (the original home of trout in the Southern hemisphere). Not a line could be cast for trout until the first Brown and Rainbow Trout in the Southern Hemisphere were raised here in 1865.  This original hatchery, which celebrates its 200th Anniversary in 2014, provided the base stock of streams and lakes in Australia and New Zealand.

Return to Hobart via the lush, fertile Derwent Valley and New Norfolk, the third planned settlement after Hobart and Launceston.  If time allows, a side trip to Mount Field National Park with the spectacular Russell Falls and Tall Trees walk.