Fish on-site, or use Ratho Farm as your gateway to the Central Highland wordclass lakes.

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Staying onsite at Ratho Farm places you only metres away from a sunrise or sunset cast on the Clyde River, or a few minutes drive to some of the best stocked private fisheries on nearby farms.

For many anglers, the idea of fly fishing Tasmania is a mind-bending roller coaster. On one hand, there is the knowledge that some of the country’s–or for that matter, the world’s–best fly fishing is on offer. On the other hand, is the knowledge that this can be a hard nut to crack. One bay of one particular lake may be firing while the rest of the lake is idle… and, of course, that will change as often as the weather. Local knowledge in Tasmania is definitely the key to success.

The world renowned Western Lakes fishery is only 1 hour’s drive away, and in total 5 of Tasmania’s 6 most popular fishing lakes, are within a 70 minute drive in all directions- so by utilising Ratho Farm as your fishing base, and securing one of our recommended fishing guides will ensure that you’ll always wake up close to where the big fish are rising; whether it be Bradys Lake, Mt.Field, Lake Augusta or one of the many bends in the river.

Fishing Guides

Whether a first time beginner, or a seasoned veteran, we can organise our local Fly Fishing guide to take you to the most active and attractive fishing locations around Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
Depending on where, how long and how experienced you want your guide our local professional guides offer three options:

  • Introductory: fishing for Brown Trout in the Clyde River (which runs through the Ratho Farm property), the guide shows you the basic skills and brings all the equipment but excludes lunch ($150 for half a day for up to 5 people, perfect for a family);
  • Half day: shows you some good local locations, basic skills and brings all the equipment but excludes lunch ($350 for half a day for up to 5 people, perfect for a family); or
  • Full Day: take you to nearby lakes and rivers with all the equipment, and use their local and seasonal knowledge to give you the best chance of landing a lovely trout ($660 for a full day including lunch, for up to 2 people and $30 for each additional person up to 4 people in total).

We need at least 3 weeks’ notice to book a guide in so if you are interested, please let me know before you arrive. Below are some other fishing guides you are welcome to contact.

If you would prefer to organise your own guide, we have complied a list of well regarded Tasmanian guides:

Trout Territory
WILD BROWN TROUT! Rainbows too! Rivers, lakes, lagoons & wilderness. Mayfly hatches, beetles, grasshoppers, ants. Walk, wade or drift. Polaroiding & sight fishing to rising, tailing & cruising fish is a favourite! One or more anglers. Fly fishing workshops. Corporate groups. Discover the secrets!
Gary France Fiona Dewar
1317 Powranna Road Cressy 7302
Ph. 03 6397 5001
M. 0418 875 001

Fish Wild Tasmania
Guided trout fishing fly-fishing. Hobart based. One to 5 day all inclusive highland tours. Experienced or novice packages available.
Bob McKinley
115A King St Sandy Bay TAS 7005
Ph. 03 6223 8917
M. 0418 348 223

Ken Orr’s Tasmanian Trout Expeditions
Please join us for Ken’s great tuition and guiding complemented by Marea’s wonderful meals at our lakeside cabins and lodge.
Ken Orr
287 Bradys Lake Road, C/- PO Bronte Park 7140
Ph. 03 6289 1191
M. 0408 122 209

Hayes on Brumbys
Tasmania’s Premier Fly Fishing Guides. Stalk trophy trout in clear shallow lagoons and tarns or quietly drift fish your way through dry fly paradise on our meadow streams.
Peter Hayes
Research Farm Cressy 7302
Ph. 03 6397 5073
M. 0409 944 699

Red Tag Trout Tours
Tasmania’s fly-fishing specialists for rivers streams lake margins. Private water teaching workshops. All inclusive day to extended (accommodation options) tours.
Roger Butler
2/13 Jindabyne Rd Kingston 7050
Ph. 03 6229 5896
M. 0419 348 070

Broken Water Trout Tours and Fly Fishing Tuition
Broken Water provides a truly Tasmania Fly Fishing experience, Fishing for both wild Brown and Rainbow trout in Rivers and lakes around the State, specializing in the North West and Central Highlands areas…
Brett Smith
21 Morris Avenue Devonport 7310
Ph. 03 64 248056
M. 0419848038

Ausprey Tours
Ausprey Tours provides guiding and accommodation packages for anglers wanting to fish for wild brown trout in Tasmania’s Central Highlands and northern rivers.
Peter Quigley
PO Box 323 Launceston TAS 7250
Ph. 03 6330 2612
M. 0427 631 955

Highland Dun Guiding
Full introduction to trout fishing and adventures with a Hobart based guide. Tasmanian streams, lakes and river rafting. Individual attention. Self contained accommodation, located at Central Highland Lakes.
Peter Watson
5 Riverway Road Montrose 7010
Ph. 0362723043
M. 0438574986

Rod & Fly Tasmania
Rod & Fly introductory classes offer comprehensive instruction in essential fly fishing skills within 1 hour of Hobart. Rod & Fly offers superb guided fishing tours to the translucent waters of Tasmania’s Central Highlands lakes with lakeside accommodation. Mike Tenner has over 30 years of fly fishing experience.
Mike Tenner
35 Misty Hill Rd Mountain River 7109
Ph. 03 6266 4480
M. 0408 469 771

Tasmanian Trout Tonic
Guided Trout fishing adventures in the Central Highlands fishing some of Tassie’s famous lakes targeting trout on fly and soft plastics.
Phipps Onslow
7 Bridge Hotel Rd Ouse 7140
Ph. 0362871445
M. 0407875162