Australia Fly Fishing Charters

Australia Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Australia

Fly Fishing in Australia

The fly fishing Australia is known for features trophy-sized catches and variety. Australia comprises of six states, each offering their own incredible fishing opportunities. The huge size means diversity – both inshore and offshore fishing offer landscapes and species that will have you on the water for hours. Depending on where you fish from, you can head into freshwater for Barramundi, or head offshore for Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin. All these and more are commonly targeted on the fly!

What to Catch

Possibly the most iconic species to fly fish for in Australia is the Barramundi. This iconic fish can be found in a multitude of places, both along the coast and inland in freshwater. Head to the tropical Top End of Oz to find these beauties.

More experienced anglers can go fly fishing for Black Marlin. Juvenile Black Marlin head to the shallows when migrating, and these are perfect to target with the fly.

Other top species available include Black Bream, Cobia, Coral Trout, Queenfish, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, Threadfin Salmon, Javelin Grunter, Nannygai, Sweetlip Emperor, and many more. The action never stops!

Where to Go

The east coast of Australia is renowned for excellent, record-breaking fishing. Queensland and New South Wales are incredible fishing spots. Western Australia has its fair share of fishing spots that you’ll want to check out, too. And don’t forget the Northern Territory for some of the best Barramundi fishing on the planet!

Queensland

Fly fishing in Queensland will keep you busy! It’s known as one of the best fly fishing spots in Australia, with opportunities galore for snagging your dream fish. Coastal towns here are also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as top islands, such as Fraser Island, the Whitsunday Islands, Hinchinbrook Island, and more. Head to creeks for Barramundi, as well as Threadfin Salmon, or offshore for Black, Striped, and Blue Marlin. With a mix of tropical and subtropical species around, the fishing is non-stop, rod-bending action! Keep an eye out for Sharks, they will bite your hooked fish.

Perth 

Over in Perth, you can target giant Herring, Mulloway, Flathead, and many more. Choose to head offshore or on the Swan River – here is where you’ll encounter plenty of Black Bream to keep you busy. You’ll want to make time to head to Trigg Island, Sorrento, and Hillarys. You’ll be targeting Tailor as well as large Samson. Hours can be spent fly fishing around the reefs and wrecks.

Exmouth 

Excellent fly fishing can be found in Exmouth. Head towards the continental shelf from North West Cape for a huge variety of species. Ningaloo Reef is a paradise for fishing and diving. Drive an hour towards the Exmouth Gulf, where the marine life is rich. Fly fish for Indo-Pacific Permit and Bonefish – you’ll definitely hook a personal best here.

Darwin

Darwin is incredible year round. This is the place to go fly fishing for Barramundi. Other great species you can catch include Golden Trevally, Longtail Tuna, Yellowfin Bream, and many more. Rivers, estuaries, and offshore options will keep you busy.

How to Fish 

  • Alter your fly to the conditions and size of Barramundi you wish to target. Large Barramundi, in saltwater, will need a large bright fly. In murky water, a gold and black fly with a rattle would be needed instead.

  • Remember that Barramundi have sharp edges on their gill plates – they will use this to their advantage once hooked. Have an intermediate line with a 10 wt rod when targeting these awesome fish.

  • When going after Black Marlin, use a maximum 16 wt rod.

It’s highly recommended to have a guide with you. These waters can be treacherous, with poisonous fish, saltwater crocodiles (the largest reptile in the world, locally called a saltie), and strong tides.

When to Go

Primetime to catch Barramundi is from February to April, but these fish can still be caught until October. Head to the Great Barrier Reef for Black Marlin from May to November.

There’s no better time to go down under. The options for fly fishing in Australia will keep you on your toes. There’s something for everyone here, no matter how long you’ve been fly fishing.

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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Australia

The only reason for the four stars, was the evening is short due to the early sunset as it is autumn and days are getting shorter. Otherwise it would be a 5 stars.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The only reason for the four stars, was the evening is short due to the early sunset as it is autumn and days are getting shorter. Otherwise it would be a 5 stars.
Lisa  B.
Lisa B. Osakis, MN
Be prepared for all types of weather and that any catch is a good catch. We went in May and this day was cloudy and the temp had dropped. It was an estuary morning half day trip, I caught a Blue Salmon..other species caught on the trip were Trevally, Mangrove Jack and Grunter. So although the dream was of a Barramundi...just remember to enjoy the thrill, the company and that each day brings a different catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for all types of weather and that any catch is a good catch. We went in May and this day was cloudy and the temp had dropped. It was an estuary morning half day trip, I caught a Blue Salmon..other species caught on the trip were Trevally, Mangrove Jack and Grunter. So although the dream was of a Barramundi...just remember to enjoy the thrill, the company and that each day brings a different catch!
Maria  T.
Maria T. Sydney, New South Wales
Don’t visit Airlie without going fishing - experience or not. It’s an all round unforgettable experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t visit Airlie without going fishing - experience or not. It’s an all round unforgettable experience.
Sue  B.
Sue B.
Worth the drive. Less overfished relative to Carins and shorter boat ride to the fish (this makes it good for kids).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Worth the drive. Less overfished relative to Carins and shorter boat ride to the fish (this makes it good for kids).
Christa  P.
Christa P. Brisbane, Queensland
Go with the OUT N ABOUT fishing team and you will have smiles for miles off 4 mile... Trust me as i aint a rookie and had one of most memorable days
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the OUT N ABOUT fishing team and you will have smiles for miles off 4 mile... Trust me as i aint a rookie and had one of most memorable days
Benjamin  P.
Benjamin P. Brisbane, Queensland
If you are planning to take cached fish back, ensure you make arrangements to transport it in the car. You may not get good bags and blood may drip from the given bags to take the the catch home at the end of the trip.
Very good
4.0 / 5
If you are planning to take cached fish back, ensure you make arrangements to transport it in the car. You may not get good bags and blood may drip from the given bags to take the the catch home at the end of the trip.
Fernando  R.
Fernando R. Melbourne, Victoria
Book a private charter with one that caters to your numbers. Highly recommend Gone Fishing charter. I think they can take up to 8 but check that
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a private charter with one that caters to your numbers. Highly recommend Gone Fishing charter. I think they can take up to 8 but check that
Rida  B.
Rida B. Quincy, MA
Dont be he'll bent on Barra, they are sneaky bastard, but go with Cap Flo and catch magnificent fish, especially spanish mackeral, Pete got an 83, Matt was just as close, big fish big excitement great day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont be he'll bent on Barra, they are sneaky bastard, but go with Cap Flo and catch magnificent fish, especially spanish mackeral, Pete got an 83, Matt was just as close, big fish big excitement great day
Ondine  L.
Ondine L. Adelaide, South Australia
Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Campbell  R.
Campbell R. Brisbane, Queensland
Yes e everything is supplied and it depends on the day as to what you catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes e everything is supplied and it depends on the day as to what you catch.
Ian  W.
Ian W. Melbourne, VIC
Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Jason  M.
Jason M. Brisbane, Queensland
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Rob  P.
Rob P. Huntington, VT
Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
Heney  H.
Heney H. Boston, MA
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
Reuben  S.
Reuben S. Sydney, New South Wales
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Ivana  O.
Ivana O. Rockingham, WA
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Jason  Q.
Jason Q. New Farm, QLD
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Siyu  W.
Siyu W. Pinjarra Hills, QLD
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Brisbane, QLD
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Joe  P.
Joe P. Morayfield, QLD
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Kwok  N.
Kwok N. Burleigh Heads, QLD

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