South Esk River Tasmania

The South Esk River is Tasmania’s longest river rising to the east of Ben Lomond and flowing east then south to Fingal where it then turns to the south west and follows the Esk Main Road toward  Conara then turns North West joining the Macquarie River at Longford flowing on through Hadspen to the Trevallyn Dam in Launceston the final leg courses through the Cataract Gorge into the Tamar River estuary.

We love the South Esk, there are so many great access points to generally clear water river, many tributaries joining it along the way.

Highlights for the fly fisher are mayfly hatches early and late season, and the grasshopper and beetle fishing is excellent through the warmer summer months.

There are many runs, riffles, backwaters, and broadwaters along its course, and when it breaks its banks the flood fishing can be excellent.

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 the South Esk River.


Anglers Alliance Tasmania have installed 10 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: