Lake Burbury

Lake Burbury is on the west coast of Tasmania, approaching Strahan, closest town is Queenstown.

Burbury is open all year round, has both browns and rainbows, and a large bag limit. The most productive time of year to fish Burbury is the spring, summer, autumn months. It’s a deep water fishery that really requires a boat to enable good access. All angling methods are allowed at Burbury.

Burbury trout feast on midge, beetles, and mudeyes, windlanes are a major feature for the fly fisherman. Cool, calm overcast mornings are very good for the rainbows eating midge in the windlanes.

Burbury is surrounded by dramatic mountains and ranges which makes it quite protected in windy conditions, and you can always find windlanes. When the wind drops off and the water goes to glass, the reflections seen here are close to perfect.

Lake Burbury's magical reflections on a still day

Lake Burbury’s majestic and magical reflections on a still day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the rainbows are up in the windlanes our favourite approach is to use a dry fly  (a royal wolf size 14 has worked well over time) or an emerger (CDC chironomid emerger, size 14-16), especially in rather calm, or glassy conditions. Land the fly upwind of the rise, in the fish’s path. Your good fly presentation is important here.

Windlanes on Lake Burbury

Windlanes on Lake Burbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are numerous arms on Lake Burbury with a number of very protected stream inflows. On many of these arms you can find Huon Pine trees. The west coast of Tasmania is renowned for it’s Huon Pine, an exceptional timber, formerly used for building boats, and these days many off-cuts are used in craft and wood work projects.

One of the many arms on Lake Burbury

One of the many arms on Lake Burbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Toft River arm of Lake Burbury

The Toft River arm of Lake Burbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prime Burbury rainbow, caught on a small dry fly

Prime Burbury rainbow, caught on a small dry fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Lake Burbury rainbow

Typical Lake Burbury rainbow

Anglers Access

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 Lake Burbury.

webcams

CHECK OUT THE lake burbury 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: