BAIT AND SPINNING
Bait fishing and spinning for trout is a popular pastime for visitor and locals alike. Bait and fishing gear can be purchsed in Bright and fishing licences can be purchased in online at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/fishing-licence. A recreational fishing license is required for persons aged 18-70.
Take care if wading as the current can be strong. Also holes in riverbeds change in depth and location from season to season. If using worms drift your worm down at the top of a pool using a small sinker. You can do this any time of the day.
Where are the best spots? A very good question, maybe the pondage at Mt. Beauty, Lake Buffalo, Kiewa River, Ovens River and Buckland River. Finding the right spot is half the challenge.
The local Ovens and Buckland Rivers and their tributaries provide good fly fishing with the best times being from October to December. The Ovens River and its tributaries are closed for all fishing from the Monday evening at midnight of Queen’s Birthday weekend at the start of June to the first weekend in September. During this time, if you get the urge to eat local trout, try the fish farms at Harrietville (you still catch your own & in a lot less time!) or the local restaurants. Exactly when the great spring fly fishing starts will vary according to river levels, the temperature of the water and the spring snow thaws.
Wet fly fishing is very productive especially at the top of pools where the water is running in. Keep in touch with the fly at all times, making constant line connections. Some useful patterns are Royal Coachman, Royal Wulf and Duns. A white moth is good when hatches are on and trout are taking them from the surface. Best fishing is at sunset.
Of course if you want the trout with less work but heaps of fun you can catch your own at the trout farm in the upper Ovens Valley near Harrietville
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