A typical day starts with a fresh continental breakfast at the lodge before departing to the skiffs at around 7:00am. The guides will then select the initial fly-fishing destination depending on the tides and weather conditions. Because of the early low light conditions fishing for shallow water Barramundi will be generally the first option and as the sun gets higher, the sight-fishing options open up and you will find yourself being poled around the flats hunting various species on the flats.
The guides operate a number of American style skiffs accommodating two anglers each, complete with whisper quiet 4-stroke engines, polling platforms, casting deck and bow mount electrics.
The staple fish at Hinchinbrook is the mighty Barramundi in the estuaries and mangrove-lined creeks of Hinchinbrook. While targeting Barramundi you will stumble across many other species such as 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 all are a challenge to land amongst the mangroves.
The great thing about fly-fishing around Hinchinbrook Island is if you cannot get out onto the flats because of poor light or windy conditions you can fish for Barramundi all day long and head up the endless creeks chasing a variety of species.
Moving inside the channel there are large expanses of various sand flats that will give you the opportunity to sight-cast to one of saltwater fly-fishing’s most sought after species - the Indo pacific Permit or Snubnose Dart. The habitat inside the channel is regarded as one of the finest locations in the country to target both species, the Anak and the Blocchi. More guided Permit captures come from these waters than anywhere else in the country and each year both international and domestic anglers flock to Hinchinbrook to try their luck at landing 'The Prince of the Flats' on fly.
The crystal clear sand flats will also give you the chance to cast at big spectacular jumping Queenfish, hard-pulling Giant Trevally and tailing Golden Trevally, Cobia, Milkfish and Giant Herring to name but a few.
The species and options on offer in the Hinchinbrook area are endless and the ability to be dry fly-fishing the upper freshwater reaches one day, polling the flats or muscling Black Marlin and Longtail Tuna in the bluewater, provides a fantastic variety which not many placescould rival with.
Your fishing day will last between eight and ten hours. After the day's fishing, anglers can sit and relax on the patio of a private fly-fishing lodge enjoying a refreshing cold beer and the local seafood which is readily available in the town.