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Low water suits native species
  |  First Published: April 2013



From one month to the next the river has changed dramatically. Low flow and warming water sends the natives into hyper drive and the trout running for the hills!

The middle to lower section of the river have been producing good cod, goldens and maccas for people willing to sit out the late afternoon mozzi-athon that is in full swing.

Also drowning a bunch of scrub worms or a yabby past the 8:00pm mark will have you tangling with an eel or two. All in the name of fun I might add and for the more adventurous, you might pop an inflatable raft, canoe or kayak in and go for a lure cast.

This technique is proving itself to be the ‘go to’ to catch a better size of native out of the river. Lures such as Stumpjumpers, Oargee’s and Custom Crafted Lures will get good results in the water at the moment.

Trout are a little thin on the ground at present with the upper Yarra River water being very low and still (amazingly enough) dirty. This dirtiness of the water would have nothing to do with the dodgy farming practises of the districted…oh no!

So if you’re keen to catch a trout or two you’ll need to get up about Warburton or Reefton. The flyfishing has been good quality (finally) with hatches in the early morning and late in the afternoon. You need to fish small mayflies and caddis fly patterns and the emergers of both of these bugs have been doing better than the wing variety.

All in all, for the trout buffs, lure casting will produce the most fish throughout a day’s fishing in the river. Using a mixture of bladed spinner such as the Celta and Vibrax and diving minnow like Rapalas and Berkley 3Bs.

The river is in 50/50 condition at present as the temperature continues to dominate the water quality. However, local water uses such as golf courses continue to bail the water out as fast as they can to keep the fairways lush and green for all the wood ducks in the fancy shoes.

What an awesome use of a dwindling natural resource that’s struggling to make it past another hot summer.

Another reason why we don’t like golf!

Warm and low water suits the bigger native species such as Murray cod.

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