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World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 temporary regulation change

The World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 is coming to Tasmania this year between 30 November and 7 December.

The event will provide a world focus on the Tasmanian trout fishery and is expected to lead to an increase in angling tourism. 

Teams from up to 30 countries will compete bringing an estimated 800 anglers and support crew. 

Competitors will fish in three lakes and two rivers.

The Government is supporting the event, to ensure it is one to remember. This support includes proposed temporary regulation changes for the competition waters that aim to keep any disruption to a minimum. 

The Inland Fisheries Service is progressing the following temporary regulation changes that would apply to the following locations:

  • The lake venues of Little Pine Lagoon, Penstock Lagoon and Woods Lake, will be closed to recreational fishing for the duration of the event from midnight on Sunday 1 December to midnight on Friday 6 December 2019 inclusive.
  • The competition sections of the river venues will be closed to recreational fishing, from midnight on Sunday 24 November to midnight on Friday 6 December 2019 inclusive.

    • The Mersey River downstream of the Olivers Road (on the C 138) bridge to Hoggs Bridge (on the C 153).

    • The Meander River downstream from the Huntsman Lake dam to Barretts Bridge, Long Ridge Road (on the C 166).

The competition sites along the Mersey and Meander Rivers (see above) will close seven days before the competition starts. This decision was made as the river venues are small and accessible and wild fish take some time to resume normal behaviour after disturbance from angling effort. Fishing along the non-competition sites will be unaffected.

These temporary regulation changes are designed to balance support for the Championship and the potential disruption to recreational anglers. Consultation was undertaken with Anglers Alliance Tasmania, Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania, individual angling clubs, tackle industry and individual anglers to ensure all parties where involved in this decision.

For more information about the temporary regulations please phone us on 1300 INFISH (463474).

If you are interested in supporting the event yourself, head to the World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 website and contact a member of the organising committee.

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