Fly Fishing in Victoria

It’s time to book a trip down under to the second smallest state in Australia. There’s plenty of events year-round to keep you busy, forests and national parks to explore, and wine to try! While here, you’ll also want to experience fly fishing in Victoria firsthand. 
 

What to Expect

There’s plenty to keep you busy when fly fishing the many lakes, streams, reservoirs, and saltwater in Victoria. You’ll love targeting species you’re used to, such as Trout, Cod, and Perch, as well as some local stars, such as the huge Murray Cod. 
 
Up in the northeast of Victoria you’ll find some of the best fishing opportunities, especially in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. These cold waters make the perfect habitat for freshwater fish, either stocked or native. Some top rivers and lakes to fish in include Merri River, Acheron River, Hopkins River, Goulburn River, Lake Catani, Lake Toolondo, and so many more. Whatever your skillset, there’s a river out here to wet a line in.
 
To make the most of your day, it’s best to book an eight-hour trip. This will give you enough time to hit multiple spots and reach limits. When fishing with a guide on a boat, you’ll fish in small groups of around 3. 
 
Anglers with more experience who want to get off the beaten track have lots of options that will get you away from the crowd. Places such as King River and Cobungra River are well worth the trek. When fishing at places off the beaten track, it’s best to camp or have accommodation at the river. You can also choose to go fly fishing in saltwater, for pelagics such a Skipjack Tuna. This will really test your skills.
 
For beginner anglers, most fly fishing guides offer tuition trips. This is highly encouraged, so you don’t waste any time on your trip.
 

How to Prepare

Everyone in your group over 18 will need a fishing license in Victoria. You must be aware of catch limits, legal size, and the closed season for Trout.
 
Rods and reels are usually included in the price of your trip. If you’re bringing your own gear, a 6 wt rod would be a good all-rounder in most waters. For saltwater fly fishing, a 15 wt rod is necessary.
 
Polarised sunglasses are essentials when fly fishing, especially in rivers and lakes. You’ll also want to bring a packed lunch, sunscreen, and water if not included.
 
Head out for a Victoria fly fishing trip today! You’ll love the variety out here and the chance to really put your skills to the test.

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