The angling season extends from August to May, with the best fishing between October and April, even though a number of major waters are open for angling all year. During the course of the season, different types of fishing become prominent, reflecting seasonal shifts in weather, water levels, food availability and consequently, the feeding behaviour of trout.
Early in the season, the cool conditions and high water levels stimulate 'tailing' fish, which feed along the flooded lake (and river) margins looking for snails, worms, grubs and other food items. Fish can be seen cruising along the edges with their tails and dorsal fins exposed, providing exhilarating sport for the fly fisher and baitcaster. Lakes with shallow edges coupled with plant growth are best suited for tailing fish.
At around the same time, sea trout fishing is at its peak, as sea-run browns chase whitebait up the estuaries during their annual migration. These fish offer great angling opportunities on fly, lure and bait. Most of the larger estuaries with the exception of the East Coast rivers offer good sea run trout fishing.
Mayfly hatches are a feature from approximately mid-October on the lowland lakes and mid-November on the highlands. Mayfly activity can last until March and is seen by many as the pinnacle of dry fly fishing in Tasmania. Mayfly activity on the northern "meadow" streams is centred on the red spinner and generally extends from October to December.
Sight fishing for trout with the aid of polarised sunglasses or "polaroiding", is a practice that is used extensively throughout the State. Tasmania's clear water environment readily lends itself to this method with the best waters being the shallow lakes on the Central Plateau, particularly the Western Lakes, however any water with reasonable clarity has potential for polaroiding