Taking a look at some of the finer details that take our guided fly fishing packages to the next level, with Trout Tales Owner and Head Guide, Matt Stone
Being a trout fly fishing guide in Tasmania provides the incredible opportunity to take my lifelong passion of fly fishing in Tasmania, and share it with people from all around the world, from all different walks of life. For this, I consider myself extremely fortunate and I am truly grateful to all the anglers that come to Tasmania each and every trout fishing season to share a day or even a week with us, chasing some very special fish in some very special locations.
There are many different elements that we take into consideration when arranging and executing a day of trout guiding, with many variable factors likely to impact how each day will play out. Fly fishing experience, travel arrangements, time available and preferred fly fishing techniques and locations are all key pieces of information that we use to make decisions on how we can provide anglers with the best possible experience for their Tasmanian fly fishing adventure.
In previous articles, we have looked at how weather conditions, time of year, location, fly fishing techniques and other factors affect the fishing throughout the season. Providing amazing, once in a lifetime fly fishing opportunities is obviously our main objective and primary focus, however in this article, we look at some of the other aspects that we incorporate into our personalized fly fishing packages to complement Tasmania's world class fly fishing.
Tasmania is home to some of the cleanest air and most fertile land found anywhere in the world. With some amazing producers taking full advantage of Tasmania's unique environment, we are blessed with an array of world class produce. We think it would be a shame not to enjoy some of the stunning ingredients on offer whilst enjoying a day out on the water.
As a young chef working in Tasmania, I was fortunate enough to work closely with Tasmania's outstanding produce, and meet the great people responsible for supplying it. With fly fishing and guiding endeavors eventually taking priority over long hours in the kitchen, I soon realized that my passion for staying connected with local produce and producers to show people how special Tasmanian cuisine is, remained alive.
After a few calls to some favorite suppliers, and securing a commercial kitchen space, the produce I worked with for many years as a chef could now be incorporated into our trout fly fishing packages, offering guests a truly unique experience.
Braised spring lamb, BBQ venison loin, wallaby salami, hot smoked trout, award winning cheeses and wood fired sourdough are just some of the items you will likely sample whilst taking a break from the fishing action. With all our ingredients sourced locally and expertly prepared in our commercial kitchen, our lunch packs are far from the average fishing lunch. We also provide a selection of house made cakes, locally grown seasonal fruit and refreshments.
We are currently undertaking building works to develop fully self contained accommodation for our guests, right in the middle of Tasmania's famous Central Highlands lakes. This will allow us to expand our current packages to offer exclusive guided fly fishing, accommodation and meal packages. We hope to have the accommodation up and running for the 2023/24 trout fishing season.
Our current accommodation providers, Ratho Farm and The Great Lake Hotel provide fantastic options, adding to your Tasmanian fly fishing experience. Both are centrally located close to our trout fishing locations and offer comfortable rooms and excellent meals featuring local produce. We can arrange accommodation for you at these great venues to add to your fly fishing package.
Located in the small highland town of Bothwell, Ratho Farm is set on Australia's oldest golf course and the Clyde River. With accommodation consisting of multiple old farm buildings lovingly restored into boutique rooms, the cottages can accommodate singles, twins and groups and include all the amenities you will need during your stay. A hearty breakfast is served at the homestead daily and fantastic local produce is served each night for dinner.
Great Lake Hotel
Situated on the shores of the Great Lake, in the township of Miena in Tasmania’s stunning central highlands, the Great Lake Hotel provides a variety of comfortable single, double and family rooms with a light continental breakfast included in the room. Evening meals are served daily within the hotel with a full a la carte menu featuring exceptional produce from the highlands area.
Quality Fishing Equipment
Through our partner Hurley's Fly Fishing Australia, we use the best fly fishing gear available. As the manufacturers of the Stalker range of fly fishing gear, Hurley's supply us with a full range of rods, reels, lines, flies, waders and accessories, to ensure we have everything you will need to catch that trout of a lifetime on your fly fishing trip to Tasmania.
Whether you are new to fly fishing or looking to add to your kit we can also arrange any product from the Stalker range to be delivered to you at great discounted prices. Using the gear on a trip with us gives you a chance to try before you buy, ensuring you will get exactly the piece of equipment you need to be successful around your local area.