We took a late season trip to Lake Burbury, our first with the campervan. We arrived late afternoon, and as we planned to spend a few days here, launched our boat first thing, using the very long ramp, and the boat stayed in the water the whole time, moored up to a rock in a protected little bay when not in use.
The first day was drizzly and misty. But the next day was beautiful, and the majestic views of Lake Burbury took our breath away. It was good to find the rainbows up on the surface in the morning, during calm conditions (windlanes) before the sun got too high up.
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.
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.
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.