Yahoo on the Yarra
  |  First Published: December 2011

This is the best time to pack up and get down to the Yarra.

Christmas is over and the warm balmy weather here, and it's a great time to be on the river wetting a line. Pick up a tub of worms, a packet of hooks and off you go. Toss a rig in the Yarra and see if the carp or reddies are on the chew.

Pound Bend near Warrandyte is nice and close to our back yard, with water running through the tunnel. Downstream from here offers a good area where you have highly oxygenated water and slow runs into deep holes. This is a good spot for Macquarie perch, eels, reddies and carp. In the last hour just before it gets dark to that last bit of light, the eels come out to feed.

This gives the fish more cover to move around and feed. Best bait method is to use an open bail method, with a scrub worm and a running sinker. For open bail fishing, hold your line up against your rod, with a small piece of tin foil. When the foil flicks, watch the line move, wind the handle, and set the hook.

A new method we are just getting started with is surface fishing for reddies using small stick baits. This method was brought to us when Roger Miles did his talk on cod fishing, and described the unbelievable action that had been achieved on Lake Eppalock. With some lucky anglers getting between 200-300 fish in one day.

For the best results, use small stick baits from 35-60mm in natural colour. The best method is 2-3 casts with the fast burn retrieve. Then the next 2-3 casts with a slow twitch and flick, then a small pause, which is when the fish will strike.

Sometimes mix in a slow roll retrieve. This makes for exciting fishing, were you can see the redfin up near the surface, hunting your lure down in before you set the hook.

The easiest reached redfin areas are from Healesville to Warrandyte.

One of the best spots for trout, in the last few weeks has been in the area behind the football oval at Warburton. I have lots of customers telling of the twilight fishing in this area. It's amazing to think, right in town, this spot could fish so well, but it does.

The natural course of this river is a blend of lots of holes, gutters, pools and tumbling water. This gives the fish what they need; lots of oxygen, still water next to fast flowing water and a place to hide during the brighter part of the day.

When you get a termite fall or the cicadas come out in force the fish really come on the chew.

Nature is giving you the guide on fishing in these areas, so match the hatch.

Warm evenings spells reddie madness. Photo courtesy Wayne Friebe.

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