The 39th FIPS-Mouche World fly Fishing Championship will be held from 30th November to 8th December 2019.
Tasmania has vast reserves of World Heritage protected wilderness which include forests, moorlands and alpine landscapes. Some of the oldest trees on the planet survive in Tasmania. They sit in contrast with the lowland farming areas reminiscent of classical English country side . Many historic buildings and bridges from the early European settlement era remain intact and in use today.
In this diverse landscape a wild trout population (both rainbows and browns) thrives. Two important web sites are available to help you explore Tasmania’s trout fishery, namely www.ifs.tas.gov.au and www.anglersalliance.org.au. Please take a look at some of our lakes via the live web cam network viewable only in Australian daylight hours (www.anglersalliance.org.au) There is also an Application which can be downloaded onto your mobile phone. The App is called Infish. This App gives detailed information regarding over 150 Tasmanian waters including how to get there, fishing regulations, warnings, fishing news and fishing methods.
Competitors will be fishing in a pristine environment for wild trout i.e. trout that have never seen a hatchery). Whilst fishing anglers are likely to see a variety of unique wildlife (Wallabies, Wombats Echidnas and Platypus to name just a few). With the concurrence of FIPS- Mouche the competition will be held over five days, one session per day. This will enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day e.g. to coincide with anticipated Mayfly hatches.
There will be no official practice sessions. All of Tasmania’s inland lakes and rivers except those lakes and rivers in use for the competition will be available for practice at no cost in addition to the annual fishing licence.
There will be one (1) Annual license fee charge of $75 AUD (approximately 50 Euro) which covers all lakes and rivers in Tasmania.
The angling community of Australia is looking forward to the event and is willing to assist teams in their preparation and practice. The championship will be conducted in the friendliest atmosphere possible. Come early and enjoy the rugged beauty of Tasmania, its wild brown trout fishery and Australia’s relaxed way of life.
The final sector selection is still under consideration. Some of the potential sectors are described below
Little Pine Lagoon
The lagoon relies solely on natural recruitment to maintain the wild fish population and is reserved exclusively for fly fishing. Set at an altitude of 1007 metres above sea level and situated in flat highland scrubland the lagoon is exposed to wind from all directions. Weather conditions at this altitude and latitude are extremely variable. Snow showers are possible even in summer. The maximum depth is 4 metres at the dam but mostly the 2.2km2 lagoon is shallow and weedy
Mayfly (Highland Dun) hatches begin in mid-November and peak through December and January providing exciting visual surface action. Stripping wet flies from a boat is popular as is walking the edges looking for tailing fish in low light conditions. There is a large population of fit wild brown trout averaging 0.5 to 1.5 kilograms but with some much larger fish as well.
It is possible to view the lagoon in real time on a web-cam by visiting the website of Anglers Alliance Tasmania www.anglersalliance.org.au and more information is available on the Infish App.
Penstock Lagoon is a 1.3km2, water storage located in the Central Highlands. Nestled in native woodlands, with grassy shorelines, the lagoon is protected from the prevailing westerly winds. The maximum depth is 1.8 metres but much of the lagoon is around 1 metre deep. The shallow clear water promotes good aquatic plant growth and insect life. During early morning and in the evening brown trout can be found tailing around the shallow grassy edges. Wet fly fishing from a boat is popular but the highlight is the mayfly (Penstock brown) hatches that occur between November and February bringing the fish to the surface with boisterous rises.
The lagoon is restricted to fly fishing only. There is no natural recruitment so the water is stocked annually, during winter, with wild adult brown trout from the spawning runs at other highland lakes. There is also some stocking with rainbow trout. The average size of fish in the lagoon is between 1-2kg but much larger fish are caught.
Woods Lake is nestled in a picturesque valley at an altitude of 737 metres above sea level. The lake is one of Tasmania’s premier brown trout fisheries. The lake covers an area of 12.6km2 with a maximum depth of 11 metres. This highly fertile water is sometimes slightly discoloured but this does not limit the fishing. The lake supports a wild brown trout population that is self-sustaining. Fish mostly range from 0.7 to 1 5 kilogram but there are many larger fish in the lake as well and they are known for their fighting quality.
Mayfly hatches begin in mid-November and continue through into summer and along with falls of gum beetles and caddis hatches the lake provides exciting dry fly fishing. Wet flies and sinking lines are used with great success also when fishing from a boat.
Woods Lake can be reached by turning off the B51 to Arthurs Lake Dam, follow the road past the dam for approximately 15 km. Woods Lake was created by damming of the Lake River to provide riparian flows downstream in summer and autumn.
The river below Huntsman Dam is typically fast flowing and clear. The river flows through farmland and forest. It contains a good population of wild brown trout with some wild rainbow trout as well. The fish are generally small but hard fighting. The river is not stocked. In early December the river should produce good catches of small trout on dry flies and nymphs.
From its source in the Great Western Tiers south west of Deloraine the Meander River flows into the South Esk River at Hadspen 12 km south west of Launceston. The upper reaches of the Meander River from the Great Western Tiers to Huntsman Lake are typically fast and clear, flowing through State Forest.
South Esk River
This river meanders slowly through farmland. There are occasional rapids and broad waters. The river contains a good population of wild brown trout ranging in size from 0.5 to 0.8 kilogram but with numerous fish reaching 2 kilograms. This river is not stocked and relies on natural recruitment.
The South Esk River rises near Upper Esk in the north east and joins the kanamaluka/River Tamar at Launceston, a distance of some 200 km, making it the longest river in Tasmania. The South Esk River is a renowned trout fishery with a variety of angling opportunities for all methods throughout its length.
This beautiful river flows through farmland and forested areas. It is home to a plentiful population of wild brown and rainbow trout ranging in size from 0.5 to 1.5 kilograms. Fish stocks are maintained by natural recruitment only.
The Mersey River is one of the best river fisheries in Tasmania. Anglers will particularly enjoy fishing the fastwater sections downstream from Lake Parangana to Dynans Bridge, the rural flats at Kimberley and Merseylea and the estuary at Latrobe.