Trout Fishing near Hobart

December 20, 2021

Being the capital of Tasmania and one of the main arrival points for many travelling trout fishers, it is lucky that there is fantastic trout fly fishing near Hobart with a wide variety of small streams, rivers and lakes nearby.

Updated 20 December 2021

Tasmania presents a great opportunity for trout fly fishing while being completely immersed in stunning, wild landscapes that are within a short distance of our cities, including Hobart.

Many of these stunning locations are home to world-class fly fishing opportunities, and through our experience, Trout Tales has compiled a list of some of the best trout fly fishing locations near Hobart, Tasmania including:

  1. Tyenna River
  2. 28 Gates Farm stay & Private Trout Fishery
  3. Derwent Valley Region
  4. Derwent River System
  5. Craigbourne Dam & Coal River

We've recently developed our ultimate guide of information for trout fishing in Tasmania, or you can read on for a detailed breakdown from Trout Tales owner Matt about why he loves these fishing locations near Hobart...

Our favourite trout fly fishing locations near Hobart:

1. Tyenna River

The Tyenna River is a medium sized fast-water stream that flows through the Derwent Valley, located approximately 45 minutes from Hobart. It is a stunning Valley with vast green farmland and tall forested areas.

The Tyenna offers some of the best river trout fishing in Tasmania throughout the season, particularly during late summer and autumn when water levels are low. Over this period, fish can be found rising willingly to dry flies and wading upstream is a comfortable option.

After heavy rains in the area the river can become high and discoloured, but generally clears quickly. When the river is elevated or discoloured, it is important to add nymphs to your fly fishing rig, in order to reach trout lying deeper or holding under banks and other structure.  

rocks submerged under water with fish at tyenna river
The Tyenna River is a perfect trout fishing spot near Hobart.

2. 28 Gates Farm stay & Private Trout Fishery

Situated in the heart of the Derwent Valley, 28 Gates is a privately owned farm property with multiple lakes holding large brown, rainbow, brook and tiger trout.

28 Gates is often a good option over the ‘closed season’ and early in the trout fishing season given it is fishable year-round and lies at a slightly lower elevation to many of our other regular trout fishing locations, lending itself to milder weather conditions when snow and ice are common in the Highlands areas.

Fly fishing here can produce some very memorable experiences, with many of the resident trout in excess of 10 pounds. The trout will cruise along banks and into shallow bays throughout the day, offering a rare opportunity to sight fish for trophy trout.

Wet fly fishing is often the chosen method, particularly in colder months, whilst warmer weather can see trout willing to rise to dry flies.

28 Gates is a private fishery and can only be accessed with an accredited guide - get in touch with Trout Tales to book your own Tasmanian trout fly fishing tour today.

man in sunglasses holding up large trout
Trout fishing at 28 Gates near Hobart always presents a great adventure.

3. Derwent Valley Region

The Derwent Valley is located approximately 45 minutes from Hobart. It is a stunning Valley with vast green farmland and tall forested areas. Lying slightly lower in elevation to other trout fishing locations, it is often a good option over the 'closed season' and early in the trout fishing season when snow and ice are common in the Highlands areas.

The Tyenna, Styx and Plenty rivers offer some of the best river trout fishing in throughout the season, particularly during late summer and autumn when water levels are low and fish rise willingly to dry flies.

More information for trout fly fishing around the Derwent Valley Region is available at:
https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/tyenna-river/

https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/styx-river/
https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/plenty-river/
https://www.28gatesfarmstay.com.au/see-do

4. Derwent River System

Hobart’s largest estuary system is the Derwent River, which starts its flow at Lake St. Clair and runs through Hobart before reaching the ocean.

The Derwent River is an extremely diverse fishery and offers a wide variety of fishing methods and different species of fish at all times of the year. The two most common fish species targeted are black bream and sea run trout. Both are common in the river sea trout can reach an impressive size after coming into the system.

When targeting sea trout, traditionally August and September are the best months, as this is the time when trout numbers are highest in the estuary areas due to the trouts spawning migration upstream. These fish feed aggressively on small baitfish such as whitebait, so fishing large profile wet flies around areas with good structure and cover can produce some fantastic fish.

Read on: Trout Tales guide to the Tasmanian fly fishing season.

Black bream are present in the Derwent throughout the year and can be caught consistently using any fishing method. Bait and lure fishing is a common choice, however targeting bream on fly provides the best sport given lighter gear set ups. Casting weighted wet flies around snags and steep drop offs will often result in good numbers of bream being caught.

More information for trout fly fishing around the Derwent river system is available at:
https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/river-derwent/

trout lying next to net after being caught in derwent river system

5. Craigbourne Dam & Coal River

Another great option for trout fishing near Hobart is Craigbourne Dam and Coal River. These two fisheries are joined, as Craigbourne was created by the damning of the Coal River for irrigation purposes.

Craigbourne Dam is open year-round to all angling methods. The dam is stocked regularly by the Inland Fisheries Service with adult brown and rainbow trout as well as trophy sized Atlantic salmon, which commonly exceed 10 pounds.

All fishing methods can be productive; however, the majority of fish are caught using lures either cast and retrieved from the shoreline or trolled throughout the deeper sections of the lake. Fly fishing with wet flies around the shallow bays can be a good option, particularly when lake levels are high enough to spill into the grassy paddocks.

The Coal River flows from Craigbourne dam, through extensive farmland to the town of Richmond where constructed weirs prevent its flow to the estuary.

The river is mostly a series of deep weed lined pools and fly fishing is best when the river flows are low and clear. Trout can be seen cruising along the weed edges and will usually be eager to intercept a large dry fly or nymph.

Casting small soft plastic lures in the deeper pools also produces some great trout, which are residents in the river coming down from the dam.

More information for trout fly fishing around the Coal Valley Region is available at:
https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/craigbourne-dam/
https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/waters-a-z/coal-river/

large trout lying on ground at craigbourne dam hobart fishing

Want to know more about trout fishing near Hobart?

Through his wealth of experience over 15-years, Trout Tales Tasmania founder Matt Stone has accumulated a deep knowledge of fly fishing across the state, but also a respect for how stunning Tasmania is to experience.

We've recently developed some helpful articles about trout fishing all around Tasmania too - including our handy guides:

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