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 is 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 fisher. 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.
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 its Huon Pine, an exceptional timber, formerly used for building boats.