Fly Fishing | Victoria | Coliban River

Fishery 2.5 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

North-Central catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Small fish eating big dry flies late spring into summer
  • Potential for a 1-2lb fish in small water

Target Species - Seasons

brown troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://vfa.vic.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

Due to its size, depth and the pace of the water, the Coliban lends itself to dry fly fishing, and nymph below dry in higher flows or in the deeper holes and pockets. The fish in this little river are very willing to eat a fly and so long as the water is not too low, they are very aggressive and are happy to eat a big dry. I have had fish here eat a chernobyl ant and grasshopper in September! Lower down in the river in some of the slower pools you could also tweak wet flies or streamers and maybe run into a bigger fish.

Access

In the upper sections such as the area below Trentham Falls it is more like a small flowing creek, the further down you you go towards the reservoir, the slower and flatter the water becomes. The river can be quite overgrown so be prepared to skip little sections to find more open/ accessible water. There is good river access at the Springhill Rd bridge.

Note: there are plenty of blackberries and logs that you may need to navigate around, so if you can, don’t bring your brand new pair of goretex waders!

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://vfa.vic.gov.au or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Royal Wulffbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Humpybrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Grasshopperbrown trout#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Sedgebrown trout#12 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Tag Nymphbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Damsel/ Small Streamerbrown trout#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Nymphbrown trout#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Chubby Chernobyl Antbrown trout#10 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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