Miena is a settlement that has grown around the leisure activity of trout fishing in the island of Tasmania across Bass Strait from the mainland state of Victoria. Trout fishing is very popular in this island state and Miena is in the centre of an area much visited not only by Australians but by international fly fishermen as well. The reason that it is so popular with trout fisherman who specialize in the fly approach to catching the brown and rainbow triout, is that Miena is situated on a plateau up on the Western Tiers, a well known mountain range, just near Launceston, in the state’s north-west. Now the fascinating and spectacular aspect of this plateau is it’s topography. It was formed during a volcanic up lift and the area has been left dotted with literally 3,000 small shallow glacial and volcanic lakes .Remember this area was probably covered by the ice age millions of years ago.
To get to Miena, one would be best to fly into Launceston from Melbourne and then hire a car and travel along the road through Longford and Cressy, heading in a south-westerly direction. From Cressy, keep driving west with the Western Tiers now in view. Travel through Poatina, the headquarters of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Scheme, then head south towards the Lake Highway. After the forty-one kilometre drive from Poatina, as soon as you hit this highway, head directly north and fourteen kilometres later you will arrive at Miena .Here, nestling on the shores of the Great Lake, you will find a settlement which includes a fishing lodge, hotel, and various fishing shacks and a camping ground. The scenery is out of this world.
As mentioned previously this area is known as the ‘Land of Three Thousand Lakes’. If you are just the average run of the mill tourist then you will probably be happy enough to fish the easy waterways of the Great Lake, but the more intrepid rise early and watch for a slight wind to ruffle the surface enough to make small waves on any of the three thousand small lakes dotting the plateau. The reason the wind is essential, is that by making the wave the fish can be spotted through it by ‘Polaroiding’ . This technique involves wearing special polaroid glasses that enable the trout fisherman to literally see into the small waves and spot the fish. When one realises that these lakes are no more than a couple of feet deep, it is easy to understand why so many keen professional trout fishermen use this method here. You have to be prepared for quite a rugged four-wheel drive journey of a couple of hours from Miena itself to do this. It is well worth it and for the avid fly fisherman or woman from overseas, this is a must whilst in Tasmania. As mentioned there is ample accomodation here, so come and enjoy!