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Guided Fishing Tasmania

We are proudly the longest operating professional trout guides to reside full time in the Great Lake region.

Our business provides a diverse range of fishing related services including; guided trout fishing, boat hire, tackle hire, fishing lodge accommodation and Drift Stopper boat fishing drogues.

Our specialist guides offer shore based fishing among shallow highland lake margins, boat based fishing on the larger hydro lakes, wilderness fly fishing adventures to the remote Western Lake region and wade fishing on lowland rivers.

We provide guiding and tuition for all popular trout fishing methods, fly casting and advanced fly fishing techniques. We are leaders in the use of soft plastic and hard bodied lures and are able to provide an introduction or teach more advanced techniques.

Our guided fishing season begins on the first weekend in August and concludes at the end of April. Tasmania's peak fishing months occur between mid November and April.

Anglers Guides Rate Per Day
One Angler One Guide $600.00 AU
Two Anglers One Guide $650.00 Au
Three Anglers
One Guide $750.00 AU
Four or More Anglers/Corporate Groups As Required $POA
Non Angling Partner As Required $25.00

Our Most Popular Guided Fishing Adventure

Enjoy first class service, extended fishing hours and a choice of fishing venues. Flexible start and finish times allow you to be on the water for optimum fishing times, daylight, last light or gentleman's hours.

Guaranteed guided fishing with Paul Kaine unless prior bookings do not allow. Our specialist lake guides offer guiding and tuition for the following fishing techniques; lure fishing, soft plastics, fly casting and advanced fly fishing techniques.


The duration of your fishing day is approximately 10 hours.
You have the option of choosing the fishing venue. Subject to weather and guide consultation.
Flexible start and finish times allow you to be on the water for optimum fishing times, daylight, last light or gentleman's hours.
Guaranteed guided fishing with Paul Kaine unless prior bookings do not allow.
Tuition for all popular fishing methods including hard body lures, soft plastics, fly casting and advanced fly fishing techniques.
All fishing equipment is provided or if preferred you are welcome to bring your own.
Wet weather clothing and fishing waders for use when shore based fishing.
Where practical boat fishing adventures will be conducted from our customised 5.6 metre Savage Jabiru.
We provide a homemade ploughman style lunch, morning/afternoon tea and hot/cold drinks. Special dietary requirements can be catered.
Not Included

Tasmanian angling licences.

Planning Your Fishing Holiday

Our guided fishing season begins on the first weekend in August and concludes at the end of April. Tasmania's peak fishing months occur between mid November and late April.

About Tasmania's Highland Lake Fishery

The Highland Lake country encompasses literally thousands of trout filled waters. The area is located in the centre of Tasmania at an altitude of over 1000 metres. An established road system allows excellent access from all directions.

Many of Tasmania's highland lakes are positioned in close proximity and provide countless fishing destinations that can be accessed within minutes of each other. There are two distinct wild trout fisheries, the larger man made hydro waters such as Great Lake and Arthurs Lake and the much smaller natural lagoons and tarns that lay scattered across the plateau.

Individual waters offer unique variations in fish size, species and fishing methods. Brown trout are the most abundant and are prized for their consistent surface feeding qualities. Sight fishing opportunities abound as fast moving rainbows feed in wind slicks and browns either cruise over shallow flats, forage in lake margins, stealthily sip beetles from the surface or slash wildly at vulnerable may flies.

Living and Guiding in Tasmania's Central Highlands

We are proudly the longest operating professional trout guides to reside full time in the Great Lake region.

We offer a broad range of services including guided trout fishing, accommodation, boat hire, tackle hire and the manufacture and sale of the original DRIFT STOPPER boat fishing drogue.

Guided Fishing

Our business provides guide fishing adventures for single anglers, multiple anglers, couples, families and corporate groups.

We have developed our own unique guiding style, fishing techniques, fly patterns, lure choice and tackle configuration. These factors combined with our knowledge of Tasmania's most productive lakes and rivers is your assurance of enjoying the finest guided trout fishing experience.

We employ quality fishing tackle, boats, and trekking equipment. A complete equipment list is shown further down this page.

To view all our Tasmanian fly fishing packages visit our Fishing Services Page.

Our Service Guarantee

Our goal is to provide the finest guided trout fishing experience. Our service includes assisting or arranging any matter related to your Tasmanian trout fishing holiday. We will arrange accommodation, hire cars and are available to answer any questions that you may have.

Booking and Deposit Information

Deposit payments are required within seven days of confirming your booking dates.
The deposit amount for guided fishing is 30% and boat hire is 50%. The amount is calculated from the total of all services including accommodation.
Cancellations within 60 days prior to the booking date are non-refundable. In this circumstance the deposit amount may be transferred to secure another booking although is subject to booking availability and current rates will apply.
Refunds may incur administration, bank fee or credit card costs.
Method of payment for deposits and balance: provide credit card details via phone or e-mail, direct deposit or cheque via post. We accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. Please make cheques payable to Paul Kaine's Guided Fishing.
Full payment is required on the day.

Fishing Tackle and Equipment


Four wheel drive luxury V6 Wagon.

Sport Boats

Customised 5.6 metre Savage Jabiru, 115 HP Evinrude E-tech and Terrova 80lb thrust Minn Kota electric bow mount. Fish in style from the limousine of boats.

Customised 4.6 metre Quintrex Hornet, 50 HP Honda four stroke and Minn Kota electric bow mount.
Customised 4.2 metre Quintrex Fish Seeker, 25 HP Yamaha two stroke and Minn Kota electric bow mount.
Customised 4.4 metre Savage Jabiru, 20 HP Johnson two stroke and Minn Kota electric bow mount.
Fishing Equipment

Fly rods include: Sage, Redington, Powell and Shimano.
Fly reels include: Stalker - Pro Angler, Gillies, Vision, Shimano and Lamson.
Fly lines include: Stalker - Pro Angler, Cortland, Scientific Angler and Rio.
Lure fishing out fits include: Shimano.
Waders include: Horne and Fly 'n Dry.
PFD'S are: Stormy Seas; yoke style with water activation.
Bush walking equipment includes: Kathmandu, One Planet and Black Wolf.

Code of Ethics - Guides and Guided Fishing

1. Personal Qualifications
:will possess excellent local fishing knowledge
:will possess excellent fishing skills
:will be educated in modern fishing techniques
:will enjoy working with people and have excellent communication skills

2. Documented Qualifications
Guides will have achieved the following qualifications;
:Restricted coxswains licence
:OH&S at sea
:Fire fighting at sea
:Workplace First Aid

3. Guides and Fishing
The guide shall not fish unless;
:expressly invited by the client to do so.
:are in the process of demonstrating casting methods, fishing techniques or tackle.

4. Standard of Accommodation
Accommodation is to at least qualify in minimum standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

5. Alcohol
Guides will not operate a vehicle or boat if it is likely they would exceed legal limits.

6. Dress
Guides should always wear clean and well maintained clothing appropriate to the service being provided at the time.

7. Vehicles, Boats and Equipment
Guides will ensure that their vehicles, boats and other equipment are kept clean, safe and in serviceable condition.

8. Fishing Regulations
Guides will abide by all IFS regulations and make every effort to ensure that clients also abide by the same regulations.

9. Catch and Release
Guides should promote our preference for catch and release. Clients are welcome to keep their fish when and if appropriate.


Our business satisfies all criteria required by the relevant Tasmanian Government Departments. We have obtained the following accreditation, licenses and insurance:

An Introduction to Tasmania

The island state of Tasmania is located approximately 230 kilometres South East of mainland Australia. It is a land of wild and beautiful landscapes made up of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and pristine highland lakes.

The local population of around 500,000 have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. A pleasant climate allows a very relaxed island lifestyle.

A network of Wilderness World Heritage areas and National Parks cover over a third of the state. These areas support immense populations of plants and animals, some uniquely evolving over thousands of years, for example Tasmania's ferocious looking Tasmanian Devil.

For further information about adventure tours and things to do in Tasmania paste the following link into your browser;

Tasmania's Central Highlands - National Parks

Consisting of vast areas of alpine mountains the Tasmanian Central Highlands is renowned for it's beautiful isolated wilderness. Covering around a quarter of Tasmania the area encompasses the famous; Lake St' Clair, Cradle Mountain, Walls of Jerusalem National parks, the Central Plateau World Heritage area and extending further South to the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers and South West National Parks.

For more information on National Parks and things to do in Tasmania paste the following link into your browser or visit our fishing services page and check out our wilderness fishing packages;

The Land of 3000 Lakes

Tasmania's Highland Lake country encompasses literally thousands of trout filled waters. As the name suggests the area is located in the centre of Tasmania and forms part of the Great Western Tiers. At an altitude of over 1000 metres the alpine environment provides a perfect habitat for sustaining healthy populations of wild brown & rainbow trout.

An established road system allows excellent access from all directions. A scenic 1 1/2 hour drive from Devonport, Launceston or Hobart will place you in the heart of Australia's finest trout fishery.

The Challenge of Wild Trout

Tasmania is one of few remaining places to offer a truly wild trout fishing experience. The fishery remains free from over fishing, disease or water quality problems. Tasmanian trout stocks are not tame, domestic or pond fish; they are wild, cunning and strong - hardened by natural selection.

Australia's Most Diverse Trout Fishery

Many of Tasmania's highland lakes are positioned in close proximity and therefore provides countless fishing destinations within minutes of each other. This provides a unique opportunity to experience a variety of trout sizes, species and fishing methods in one central location.

For further information on trout fishing in Tasmania's Central Highlands please visit our fishing services page and community pages.

Adventure Tours in Tasmania

Professional companies provide a range of mild to extreme adventure tours in Tasmania.

You may wish to experience whitewater rafting, test your courage on the worlds highest commercial abseil, go deep under ground in one of the many cave networks or experience one of our Trout Fishing Adventures.

Tasmanian Tourist Attractions - Central Highlands

A holiday in Tasmania would not be complete without a visit to Tasmania's Central Highlands. Although the area is focused towards trout fishing there are many attractions that are suitable for the entire family including bush walking, nature watching, waterfalls, scenic walks, boat tours and accommodation.

Highland Trout Fishery
Recognized as Australia's blue ribbon trout fishery the area attracts anglers from around the world. The combination of literally thousands of pristine lakes and the cool alpine environment has created an ideal habitat for both wild brown and rainbow trout. Every keen angler would like to add a Tasmanian brown trout to their trophy list.

Pine Lake
Located approx 30km North of Miena the Pine Lake track offers a rare opportunity to get close to one of Tasmania's rarest trees without having to go on an extended bushwalk. The pencil pine is an ancient species that evolved before flowering plants and which is only found in the Tasmanian highlands. Various walking trails and scenic lookouts are also located nearby.
Historic Bothwell
The historic country town of Bothwell offers a number of interesting tourist attractions. Why not take a swing on the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere and visit the accompanying Golf Museum. Enjoy old style accommodation and visit historic sandstone buildings while you learn about their history. You won't want to miss the amazing country style pastries from the Fat Doe Bakery. Bothwell Museum: Phone 03 62594033
Waddamana Power Station
The decommissioned station now operates as a museum and exhibits early electrical appliances and other items associated with the generation of electricity. Phone 03 62596175
Historic Hamilton
Located further South this charming colonial village offers an old world experience. Originally an early European settlement the village allows tourists to view colonial stone buildings or experience colonial accommodation.

Salmon Ponds
Visit the oldest trout hatchery and accompanying Museum in the Southern hemisphere. Trout for Tasmania's renowned fishing waters have been raised at the Salmon Ponds since 1864. Wander through the beautiful grounds amongst century old trees and buildings. Feed the different kinds of trout and salmon contained in the six large display ponds. Visit the hatchery where displays explain the annual cycle of fish breeding activities. Phone 02 62611076

The Wall
Artist Greg Duncan is creating a stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge in the heart of Tasmania.

The Wall in the Wilderness is Greg Duncan's commemoration of those who helped shape the past and present of Tasmania's central highlands.

A work in progress, The Wall is being carved from three-metre high wooden panels. The carved panels will tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands.
Lake St Clair National Park
Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is also the end point of the famous Overland Track. Carved by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, this is the deepest lake in Australia. The area around Lake St Clair offers a range of walks among beautiful ancient forests. Boat tours also operate on the lake.

Flights to Tasmania

Regular flights are provided by three major airlines. Airports are located in Devonport, Hobart and Launceston.

Tasmania's Passenger Ferries

The Spirit of Tasmania operates two fast ferries between East Devonport in Tasmania and Port Melbourne in Victoria. The service allows travelers to commute their own vehicles to Tasmania. The journey is approximately ten hours in duration.
For further information paste the following link into your browser:

Hire Cars in Tasmania

Tasmania supports several professional hire car companies. If you are hiring one of our boats you will need a vehicle fitted with a tow bar, we suggest that you contact Europcar Rentals. For bookings and enquiries paste the following URL address into your web browser:

Guided Fishing Tasmania
P.O. Box 297
Longford, Tasmania 7301
0419 303160

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