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Fly Fishing in Australia

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If you want to go fly fishing over winter vacation, you can double your pleasure by planning one U.S. trip in December and one in the summer-to Australia…

Australia’s seasons are direct opposites to ours, with summer starting in December and winter beginning in June. Australian winters are quite mild, however, making fly fishing Australia’s sparkling waters a year-round paradise. The sixth-largest country in the world, the Commonwealth of Australia is approximately the same size as the contiguous United States, with a much lower population density due to its uninhabited outback.

In the state of New South Wales (NSW)

In southeast Australia, fly fishers can reel in yellowbelly (golden perch) and Murray cod. Here, you get the best of both worlds: Much more urban than Tasmania, NSW is home to Sydney, perhaps the most popular tourist locale, and Canberra, Australia’s capital. I have had the pleasure to visit Sydney twice and I have to tell you…it was awesome. However in all fairness I have to say that Perth, which is on the south western coast, was also a great place to visit.

The Northern Territory

Another Australian state, offers both large freshwater rivers for fly fishing Australia and the country’s famed “billabongs”: waterholes that remain viable when rivers dry up seasonally. You’ll find the unique Australian barramundi, a delicious catch known to put up quite a fight.

NOTE: If you decide on fly fishing Australia’s northern territory around the Darwin area beware of the “Salt Water Crocodiles”. I have flown over that area and would not recommend going out there without an experienced guide or native from that area. How do you think Mick “Crocodile” Dundee got his name?

If you go fly fishing along the beaches with the natives, you’ll have the chance to capture kingfish, bonito, tailor, kawahi, Australian salmon and sand whiting (which bites back!).

Perhaps you would prefer to fish “Tasmania”

Tasmania, a small island territory off Australia’s southeast coast, is a must-stop destination for fly fishing. With mountains, rain forests and cove-dotted lakes, the scenery is sensational. Lake St. Clair-Australia’s deepest lake-is famous for its brown trout (up to 19 pounds).

Fly Fishing in Australia

Tasmania’s Lake Sorrell, another great location for catching rainbow and brown trout, is more secluded. Lake Crescent, Lake Arthur and Great Lake are other popular fly fishing Australia locations. Lake Pedder is Australia’s largest freshwater catchment, where 350,000 brown trout were released in 1972 to create a burgeoning population.

Complement your Tasmanian catch with the island’s internationally coveted produce: magnificent cherries, apples, pears, strawberries, red and black currants, and raspberries, all found at farms and orchards where you can pick your own fruit. Hundreds of stands sell gourmet honey, fruit spreads, and goat and sheep cheese for a festive Australian cookout or picnic. The region is also known for its delicate wines, produced at local vineyards.