Fly Fishing Museum opens

THE first fly fishing museum in the Southern Hemisphere is set to open its doors in Tasmania.

The museum located at Evandale, near Launceston in Tasmania covers the history of fly fishing across three states.

The National Trusts Chris Tassell says Tasmania’s reputation was cemented when trout were first introduced in the 1860s.

“It was from these trout that all the trout in the Southern Hemisphere, whether it’s New Zealand, mainland Australia, even Argentina, came from,” he said.

Curator Rhonda Hamilton says the museum has a specific focus.

“We’re telling a more precise story here about fly fishing and we’re covering New South Wales and Victoria,” she said.

“So it’s a chance for people to really understand the role of angling in Tasmania, fly fishing here, and to see that through the objects and the books and through the stories our volunteer guides will tell as well because they’re all anglers so they’ll have some great stories to tell.”

The museum had its official opening last Saturday and will take visitors from today.

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