Fly Fishing Options: Day trips

Cairns – Port Douglas – Mission Beach


  • Species: Jungle perch and sooty grunter and barramundi.
  • Technique: Dry flies, bass bugs, poppers and large hoppers.
  • Fitness: Easy to moderate  hiking, some cooling rainforest pools.
  • Locations: Cairns, Port Douglas, Mission Beach.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off : Cairns CBD, Port Douglas, Mission Beach
  • Full Day 630-430pm
  • Half Day 630 -12noon

River and Estuary 

  • Species: Barramundi and mangrove jack, Gt, Tarpon, Queenfish and more.
  • Technique: Edge/snag fishing, surface, sinking lines, great sight fishing options with right conditions.
  • Locations: Mangrove lined rivers, flats inside river, lagoons, snags and runoff drains.
  •  Tropical Sportfisher specializes in guided fly fishing and we will work to the conditions to offer the best fishing possible.

Coastal Flats Fishing 

  • Species: Golden trivially, queenfish, permit, tusk fish, GT’s, and more.
  • Locations: Coastal and tropical island flats, Flats inside rivers
  • Sight Fishing: Crystal clear water offering the great sight fishing opportunities.
  • Our flats fishing options are weather dependant , if its too windy on the day we’ll fish inside the river/estuary.                                                                                       

Tinaroo Fly Fishing:

  • Target: Giant impoundment Barramundi, 1m plus fish
  • Lake Tinaroo: First ever stocked barramundi lake, famous for many world record Barramundi
  • Technique: Fishing brush flies on Intermediate lines to grass edges, Sight fishing in shallow bays with right conditions.
  • Sounder Tech: We use our Hummingbird sounder to help locate the fish.
  • Scheduled: During warmer months Oct- April only.

Fly fishing in the tropics with us!

  • Specialists: Covering all aspects of tropical fly fishing.
  • Exclusive: The only specialised guided fly fishing operator in the Cairns region.
  • Local Expertise: Our Guides born and bred in the region and live and breath fly fishing.

Day Trips:

  • Half Day 630-12noon
  • Full Day 630-430pm
  • Tinaroo 130-730pm
  • Port Douglas Pick up + $50
  • Mission Beach Pick up + $100
  • Lunch, snacks, drinks, and quality gear supplied if required.

What to Bring:

  • Long-sleeved shirt, hat, sunblock, polarized sunglasses.
  • Wading boots (flats and backcountry)
  • Camera
  • Flies/Fly rod and reel outfits. (talk to guide prior to trip)


Half Day


Full Day