Little Pine Lagoon

Little Pine Lagoon is situated on the Marlborough Highway 10 kms from Miena. Since the lagoon was formed in the 1950’s it has enjoyed the reputation of being the premier fly fishing water in Tasmania.

The lagoon supports a huge mayfly population and from late November to mid March “The Hatch” is a daily occurrence. Mild overcast conditions produce the best hatches, but the duns will hatch in a variety of weather conditions including snowstorms and strong wind. Possibly the worst hatches are on bright sunny days, but these conditions allow the fish to be “polaroided” and are often red letter days, with fish spotted (excuse the pun) at close range in shallow water eagerly accepting the dry fly or nymph in full view of the angler.

Summer also sees good evening fishing with caddis hatches, the mornings producing midge feeding fish and tailing activity.

Spring (Sept. to Nov.) on Little Pine Lagoon finds the crustacea in the lagoon migrating into the shallows to breed. This produces some of the most exciting fishing in the Highlands with trout “tailing” in the shallows feeding on the crustacea. These fish are easily approached and at first give the appearance of being easy to catch; this is generally not the case. They can be extremely frustrating. Dry nymph and wet fly can all be successful, the essential being the presentation of the fly.

This period will also produce midge hatches, stonefly emergence, frog feeding and
Some superb wet fly fishing. Again if conditions allow, polaroiding fish in the shallows can produce some phenomenal fishing particularly in the Western Lakes but also Fergus, Little Pine etc.

Autumn on “The Pine” is terrestrial time with Jassids gum beetles and ants adding to late mayfly hatches to give excellent dry fly fishing. “Tailing” activity can be good, as can fishing wets during periods of inclement weather.

Little Pine Lagoon has vast “flats” that are covered in weed. The trout regularly feed on these flats and are often visible. All that remains is to catch them. During the season a great day can be had anytime. Whenever the conditions are favourable the trout will feed.