Small Timbarra Browns
  |  First Published: November 2005

I was driving home in my four-wheel drive recently and came across a wonderful sight. The windscreen and the bullbar of my vehicle were covered in insects.

East Gippsland has experienced some wonderful spring weather of late with temperatures in the high teens and low twenties. This has brought out the bugs; something that the trout will have noticed.

Our streams are still running quite high and cold as we’re still experiencing snow melt from Mt Hotham, Mt Bogong and the surrounding peaks. We’re also receiving regular rain just to keep the rivers topped up.

I fished the Timbarra River with a friend recently. It’s a smallish water that flows into the Tambo River. The water was flowing beautifully for this time of the year but, as you would expect, the temperature was quite cold at only 6 degrees. The day was overcast with the odd light shower. However, during the early afternoon we were surprised to see a few fish rising to midges. The fishing was not fast but we managed to land four browns ranging from 20 to 30cm. Following winter the fish have not had a chance to put on any condition so they were quite lean. I noticed that the willow trees had just started into come to leaf but there wasn’t a lot of insect life down by the water. That will all change in the next week or two.

The rivers around Omeo are all high and cold but the bait boys are getting a few fish. Spinning is also producing some results but the flyfishing is difficult in these conditions.

The Gibbo River has been high and mostly dirty so far this season. It will take a few more weeks to come good. The upper Mitta Mitta River is full of snowmelt but a few fish are falling to worms. The Cobungra River has been up and down and needs some time to settle. The Bundarra River is mostly running clear and is always worth a try. The Livingstone Creek is flowing well and fishing reasonably.

The fishing should improve significantly over the next few months. Food will become more abundant as water temperatures increase. Mid to late spring and early summer are normally the best times of the year on our trout rivers.

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