One of our favourite trout fishing rivers!
Also one of our favourite lowland rivers, from day one a trout fisher can expect to find a display of feeding fish in some of the shallow areas… tails and swirls!
When the light is good, at any stage of the season, because the water is mostly crystal clear, the sight fishing is top class.
Situated five minutes from our door, Brumbys Creek is supplied with clean, cool water from Great Lake in the Central Highlands via the Poatina Power Station.
There is a very wide variety of fishing to be found along its course with some beautiful freestone sections and a series of three weirs that fan the water out into weedy broadwaters, lagoons and braided streamlets.
Brumbys Creek has an exceptional population of wild brown trout and provides entertaining fishing throughout the entire season. The excellent water quality of Brumbys supports an enormous food supply and consequently the brown trout thrive.
Right from the start of the season sight fishing is the order of the day with brown trout showing dorsal and tail fins during low light periods while they forage the shallows in search of snails, scud and other tasty morsels.
Early in the season and in the absence of any major hatches, during poor light, prospecting with tiny weighted nymphs through the weed channels bring a good result. Monitoring the flows and temperature changes will lead to where the fish are.
During really foul weather the fish will often smash a wet fly worked around the weedy margins.
As the season warms a plethora of insect hatches and falls take place, with stonefly, caddis, mayfly, damsel and dragonfly, beetles, grasshoppers and ants to name a few that will bring about some classic dry fly fishing.
Calm November mornings mark the start of some terrific mayfly (caenid) hatches, the mornings littered with smutting risers to tiny imitations on fine tippets. This, for many is the pinnacle of dry fly fishing. Good caddis activity is also common on warmer evenings.
As we draw into the warmer months, the damsel and dragonfly skitter about provoking shows of aerobatic leaps in an effort to snatch these large food items in mid air. Sizeable browns become airborne in their pursuit much to the astonishment of the visiting angler! We have devised some special methods and flies to undo some of these leviathan trout!
In the full swing of summer the red spinner provide some superb rises on days of light wind.
An extraordinary knowledge of this water is a mainstay, or a cornerstone of our business. When conditions are cold and harsh on the plateau, Brumbys Creek is often a great place to be, usually a few degrees warmer, laced with vegetation and providing calm corners in most conditions.
With most fish in the 700g to 1.5kg class and fish of up to 2kg not uncommon, Brumbys Creek is a challenging prized class fishery. Brumbys Creek trout usually have a very good condition factor and fight like clever demons.
Our clients have found Brumbys one of the most scenically impressive places to fish. With spectacular views of the Great Western Tiers, Brumbys is surrounded by a blend of native and exotic flora. Many visitors from the UK find it reminds them of the chalkstreams of home. International visitors are often amazed to find we have such quality river fishing in Tasmania as well as our excellent and highly promoted lakes.
Brumbys Creek boasts rich weed beds, sandy bottoms, freestone and gravel runs. Walk the banks. Wade the riffle. Drift the currents. Brumbys has something for every taste!
The Inland Fisheries Service also provides useful information about many Tasmanian trout waters, including access points, anglers notes, and maps. Brochures are available at most fishing stores, visitor centres, or online. See the Anglers Access for Brumbys Creek.
Check out the Brumbys Creek webcam!
Anglers Alliance Tasmania have installed 9 webcams at various waters around Tasmania. They are a great tool for anglers when planning fishing trips. Click the names below to view their webcam: