Ben is lured into some A-class fly fishing smack bang in the middle of some divine scenery.
The London Lakes property has three lakes Big Jim, Samuel and Highland Waters. It also has two streams Serpentine River and the Oxford Pools. It is close to the centre of Tasmania, where marsupials and other creatures roam in their natural surroundings.
Jason and Barbara Garrett own the property and have developed and operated the estate for over 30 years. They have hosted the World Fly Fishing Championships as well as the Inaugural Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. Jason was captain of the Australia team in competitions in the Czech Republic, the United States and Poland. He has also competed in Wales, Canada and Cuba and fished for marlin in Cairns and for sailfish in Broome.
The London Lakes experience involves fishing for brown and rainbow trout and eating and sleeping in a wonderful environment. They operate from August 1 to May 31. Licences are not required for fishing in London Lakes' private waters, but they are required for public waters nearby and these can be purchased at the lodge.
Beginners are shown how to cast a fly by one of 10 guides. Fly lures are made from feathers, cotton and beads to simulate natural insects. These are attached to a tiny hook on a rod or fishing line and cast out. There is a real art in casting, just as there is in tying the fly to the hook.
Tasmanian fly-fishing is mostly done from the lakeshore. There are around 20 lakes and streams close to London Lakes Lodge and a further 3000 in the wilderness area west of the lodge. Many are accessible by car or foot. All provide a different challenge and different fishing experience.
Dry-fly fishing is from the river bank or lake's edge. The fly is cast and floats. Wet-fly fishing also happens from the bank or lake's edge but you use a streamer-type fly which sinks below the surface.
The lodge itself is small and private. It was hand-crafted by local artisans who used local celery-top pine logs and field stone in construction. Exotic Tasmanian wood has been featured internally. It accommodates just 10 guests in five twin rooms, each with its own bathroom. It was built in 1984 and refurbished in 1998 and is a welcoming haven for all anglers who enjoy the best of everything.
Wonderful meals are prepared by an award-winning chef who also happens to be a passionate angler. Breakfast will stick to your ribs, lunch is a basket of sandwiches and fruit and a three-course dinner awaits you at the end of a day's fishing.
Bronte Park, right in the middle of Tasmania.
London Lakes Fly Fishers Lodge prices start at $561 per person per night. They operate between August and May.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
London Lakes Lodge
Post Office, Bronte Park 7140
Ph: (03) 6289 1159
Fax: (03) 6289 firstname.lastname@example.org
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