Four seasons in one month
  |  First Published: December 2007

Heavy rains followed by a number of hot days has made for some fantastic fishing, due to a large hatch of winged white ants or termites (also know as ‘thunder flies’) around Noojee. A range of other beetles and insects has also started making an appearance, which is great news for flyfishers.

The Latrobe River has fished well, with Craig Robinson from Seaford tempting the eager trout with green-bodied caddis flies. He landed three browns between 700–900g, while dropping a further five fish between 400–900g. He also noted that the trout were so aggressive that they were even attacking his indicator!

On that particularly hot day, it was promising to see that families cooling off in the river didn’t deter the fish from their feeding frenzy – or the anglers for that fact.

The Latrobe is also teeming with good-sized freshwater crays. Marie Hammond from the Noojee General Store reports that the crayfish nets have been very popular, with visitors sighting many crays in the river and the local tributaries.

Downstream from Noojee, Geoff Haynes from Warragul landed his first wild brown on a fly at Hawthorne Bridge on the Latrobe River Road out at Neerim South. This stretch of river through the Noojee State Forest is quite pristine, and although access to the water is difficult, it will no doubt produce some quality trout.

Mt Baw Baw received another dump of snow in mid-October, which has maintained great flows in the Toorongo and Tanjil Rivers. The water is icy and crystal clear, and continues to consistently provide trout of 500g–1.2kg. Dave Pike of Neerim hooked into 10 trout on the East Tanjil branch on black nymphs.

The Tarago River is also producing some fantastic fish, despite the low water levels. Wally Ronalds of Rokeby landed six very healthy brown trout of 900g–1.3kg, on light coloured homemade dry flies along the Tarago at Neerim South.

Despite most of the reports this month being from flyfishers, the trout are aggressively feeding and will attack anything thrown at them – so all techniques will prove successful. Get out and get stuck into it, and be sure to email me through any reports and/or photos.

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