Hinchinbrook Island, with a peak at 3500ft is like a natural barrier from any prevailing winds while the miles of mangrove shorelines add plenty of sheltered areas to target throughout the season.
Located on Queensland’s far north coast, Hinchinbrook is Australia’s largest Island National Park and is the gateway to Australia’s tropical north region. Home to an impressive variety of saltwater fly fishing species to target, the area is renowned for its beauty, rugged tropical landscapes and regarded as one of the finest fly fishing destinations in the country.
The island is a maze of huge estuary systems, mudflats and mangrove creeks running over a length of fifty kilometres and a width of ten kilometres, which are all of prime fly fishing waters. The endless stretches of shallow mangrove-lined edges provide great habitat to sight-fish for the mighty Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon, Blue Salmon, Grunter and a long list of tropical species.
- Season: the season runs from April to December
- Cardwell: is a 2½ hours drive north of Townsville and south of Cairns
- Indo Pacific Permit: there are two species, the Anak and the Blocchi
- Barramundi: above 90 cm, they are generally all females
- Hinchinbrook Island: the largest National Park Island in Australia
Dave Bradley heads Australian Fly Fishing outfitters out of Cardwell / Hinchinbrook, one of Australia’s most experience saltwater guides. With his team - Jon Snell, Ian Kucurs and Amos Mapleston they can cater to small or large groups with a very professional and passionate understanding of client’s needs.
They all operate purpose built skiffs, all being poled at some stage of the day, perhaps all day, and fitted with electric motors for deeper water and with an open layout suited to fly fishing. A variety of nearby accommodation options are available.
Launching points are scattered across the region, meaning no long runs in the skiff to get to the fishing grounds each day. Departing the accommodation at about 7am, you will be on the water and fishing within about 35 minutes.
Tidal ranges and weather dictate what species you might target for the day but all species are available all year round and minimal days are lost right throughout the season because there is always somewhere and something to fish for.
The staple fish inside the mangrove system is Barramundi, often there is a chance to sight cast to these fish laid up in the mangroves and almost always targeting them in shallow water, generally less than a couple of feet deep.
While targeting Barramundi you will stumble across many other species, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Flathead, Javelin fish, Threadfin Salmon and Giant Trevally of all sizes, just to name a few. All these fish will take flies with great enthusiasm and present no less of a challenge in hooking and fighting stakes.
Moving onto the sand flats of the Hinchinbrook area, Permit is the number one target for many of anglers, these fish by reputation would have to be the most unforgiving and uncooperative fish swimming the pristine waters of the Hinchinbrook area, but when you get conditions in your favour they are a very achievable species. Good numbers of Permit are captured and released at Hinchinbrook and surrounding areas each year with in excess of 300 Permit captures to date.
Permit aren’t the only fish out on the flats, with Golden, Giant and Diamond Trevally, Queenfish, Giant Herring, Cobia, Triple Tail and some of the mangrove dwellers also turning up at times.
The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.
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Cardwell is situated a short 2½ hours drive via the highway south of Cairns or north of Townsville, accessible from all major cities including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Hire cars are available from both Cairns and Townsville which is usually the preferred mode of transport once in the region.
Departing Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups to Hinchinbrook and have you on the water the same day.
For groups looking to combine business with fly fishing we can provide tailored one-on-one fly fishing tuition on the water.
All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate fly fishing experience.
Prices include airport transfers, photography, personal host and accommodation catering to any level of hospitality you require.
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