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

Go out with a skipper like Dean who will take the time t o assist you to get the most from your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with a skipper like Dean who will take the time t o assist you to get the most from your trip.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
I was lucky to catch some good fish but some others didn’t. But that’s fishing!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was lucky to catch some good fish but some others didn’t. But that’s fishing!!
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Be ready for windy conditions and be willing to embrace estuary fishing techniques
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for windy conditions and be willing to embrace estuary fishing techniques
Tropical Sportfisher – Port Douglas
Tropical Sportfisher – Port Douglas
Make sure you speak with the skipper about payment and pick-up location! Seemed some info on the generic website can be misleading.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you speak with the skipper about payment and pick-up location! Seemed some info on the generic website can be misleading.
Gold Coast Fishing Tours
Gold Coast Fishing Tours
Parents of budding young fishos - this ones for you! Captain Vincent was brilliant from start to fish-finish. Including our 5yrold & forever baiting up for us beginners. Couldn't recommend a better family fun fishing charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Parents of budding young fishos - this ones for you! Captain Vincent was brilliant from start to fish-finish. Including our 5yrold & forever baiting up for us beginners. Couldn't recommend a better family fun fishing charter.
Gold Coast Fishing Tours
Gold Coast Fishing Tours
We loved it. The fish were biting and we were laughing and smiling the whole time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We loved it. The fish were biting and we were laughing and smiling the whole time.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
This short trip is great value for money and an easy way to get on the water to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This short trip is great value for money and an easy way to get on the water to catch fish.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Tropic Barra Adventures
Tropic Barra Adventures
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Expect to catch something at least and Havre fun. People are positive and affirming.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to catch something at least and Havre fun. People are positive and affirming.
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Wasn’t the greatest of days weather wise but that’s Melbourne. You get what you get.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wasn’t the greatest of days weather wise but that’s Melbourne. You get what you get.
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
November is a shoulder season, however, we were only focused on Marlin fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
November is a shoulder season, however, we were only focused on Marlin fishing
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Just make sure you bring a jacket, Melbourne being Melbourne you never know what the weather will be like. And enjoy your time out on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just make sure you bring a jacket, Melbourne being Melbourne you never know what the weather will be like. And enjoy your time out on the water.
Twilight Fishing Charters
Twilight Fishing Charters
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures

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