Sydney Fly Fishing in the Famous Sydney Harbor
Sydney is a city that needs no introduction, yet, hidden within its vast richness of waterways is an often-kept secret, the fishing. Sydney is arguably the greatest urban saltwater fishing destination in the world, with huge schools of pelagic fish inhabiting these waters. Anglers typically target Australian salmon and Kingfish, but there are also abundant populations of Bonito, several species of tuna, Amberjack, Sampson fish, Cobia and a host of other tropical and temperate species. The hard-fighting Kingfish with its never give up attitude and dirty, line breaking tactics is a favorite species. With options twelve months a year, a fly-fishing trip in Sydney Harbor is an easy add-on to anyone visiting Australia’s “Harbour City.”
Our outfitter here is one of Australia’s most experienced fly-fishing guides. Honing skills on all manners of species across the world using all manners of tackle, the experience and attitude of our outfitter here will enhance any Sydney fly fishing trip. This is an operation that specializes in fly fishing, popping, offshore jigging, and spinning, and as such, they are able to target a wide range of fish. The fishing offerings in Sydney are incredibly legitimate and highly recommended by the Yellow Dog team.
When it comes to accommodations and where to stay in Sydney, there is a huge range of options available. Everything from the very luxurious to reasonably-priced 3-star hotels. We can recommend a wide variety of hotels and can suggest a number of great options for a quick overnight or for a longer, multi-day stay. Contact Yellow Dog for recommendations.
Food and Beverage
From high-end restaurants known for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences to local eateries with great prices and loyal followers, almost anything can be found here in Sydney. Yellow Dog is happy to make recommendations for your time in the city.
Typical Length of Stay
While a single day or two-day trips are the most commonly booked fishing packages, we can easily arrange trips and itineraries of any length.
Sydney is an international destination with an amazing array of non-angling activities. From the Sydney Opera House to nearby beaches, gardens, parks, and wine tasting tours, non-anglers will have more than enough options to keep entertained for single or multi-day itineraries.
How To Get There
There are numerous international airlines flying into Sydney. Once on the ground, it is very easy to get around with taxis or Uber, but if required we can arrange a car to pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the marina for your charter.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
There are no set arrival and departure dates or times with these trips. Even if you have a short 7 to 10-hour layover in Sydney we can set up a trip that will get you out on the water and into fish.
Anglers must have a valid US Passport and a current Australian E- Visa. Visa’s must be obtained online prior to a visit.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Sydney Harbor is a body of water that is home to a huge abundance of marine life – from the smallest baitfish to predatory pelagics. What is truly amazing, however, is the amount of gamefish that can be found in the middle of Sydney in the very epicenter of a city that is dominated by towering skyscrapers and well-known landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge.
The main target species here are Australian salmon (Kahawai) and Kingfish. Australian salmon are plentiful in Sydney Harbor. Not related to any salmonid, the fish can weigh up to 10 pounds and provide an exciting visual take, amazing leaps and strong runs. Kingfish are big, strong and aggressive, and run long and hard after being hooked.
The harbor is home to over 50 species of fish, many being available year-round. One of the things that make fly fishing the waters of Sydney so unique and special is the fact that you are usually fishing in the very heart of the city – oftentimes insight of skyscrapers and the Sydney Opera House. All of these day trips are very easy with nearby access from the city. This is the perfect destination for a quick holiday, a layover on your way to another regional destination, or if you are in the region for business.
Start times are around 6:00-6:30 AM for spring/summer/autumn, while winter is usually around 7:30-8:00 AM. Tours can be tailored to your personal choice upon request. Tours are available in Sydney Harbor or the Pittwater/Broken Bay/Hawkesbury region in Sydney’s North. We can suggest the best area for fishing based on current fishing conditions, weather predictions and easiest pick-up location for you.
Boats and Equipment
Our outfitter here has fished Sydney Harbor for decades. He uses Edgewater boats with Evinrude E-Tec Motors. All equipment can be provided. Pelican coolers keep your beverages cool. Knowledgeable with fly fishing and spin fishing, the boat has plenty of flies and lures for the harbor’s many species. The most common rod for the fishery is a 9-weight outfitted with both floating and intermediate fly lines and 15-25 lb. fluorocarbon leaders.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in Australian Dollars
$800 – Single angler
$850 – Two anglers
Casting instruction is available for $150 for 1.5 hours for one and $50 extra per person up to 5 people.
Deposit and Cancellation Policy
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to secure a trip. Seven days’ notice is required in the event of cancellations and full payment is required seven days before the day of charter.
- Boat and guide
- Fishing license
- Cooler with bottled water and juice
- Use of all fly-fishing tackle and equipment
- Equipment is supplied on a pay if lost or broken basis and although lures and flies are provided Justin does reserve the right to charge for lost lures or flies in the case of adverse losses. All gear charges are at greatly reduced prices and not at retail cost.
What’s Not Included:
- International travel
- Accommodations and hotels
- Transfers and pick-ups from hotels
- Gratuities and tips for guide and drivers
- Meals and food while in Sydney