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Victoria has a diverse trout fishery and also provides some fly fishing for other species (native cod and perch, and introduced carp) in warmer inland areas. The most celebrated trout streams are in the North East, extending to the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and bordering on New South Wales. Notable tailwater fisheries include the Tumut, Mitta Mitta, Swampy Plains and the Goulburn further south. Stillwater fisheries dominate trout fishing in the Western and Central districts with waters such as Wendouree and Purrumbete attracting fly fishers.

Increasingly in Victoria, private man-made fisheries with reliable water levels and regular stocking are proving popular, especially within an hour or two’s drive of major urban centres including Melbourne. Millbrook Lakes near Ballarat is a prime example, offering accommodation, tuition and guided fishing. The Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre in Thornton provides a local fishing report on their web site that is updated twice weekly. The report is also available by phoning the Centre on 03 5773 2513

Recommended Reading:

Philip Weigall’s guidebook is highly recommended – Fly Fishing North-East Victoria (2014). Australia’s Best Trout Flies by Crosse & Sloane (1997) includes fly patterns and chapters from a number of Victorian based contributors, likewise Rob Sloane’s book Fifty Places To Fish Before You Die (2006) includes a number of Victorian destinations.