Fly Fishing | Victoria | Delatite River

Fishery 4.5 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Goulburn catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Summer dry fly fishing
  • Exceptional access follow road to Mt Buller
  • Cool, clear mountain stream

Target Species - Seasons

brown troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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



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Fishing

Upstream of Merrijig, the Delatite is a well shaded stream providing cool clear water from the mountains, keeping fishing productive throughout the season. High flows can occur early in the season with snow melt, but by November things typically settle down and the levels become perfect for dry dropper fishing followed by dry fly as summer warms things up.
Attractor and terrestrial dries are very effective and smaller mayfly and caddis nymphs will do the trick.
Keep your fishing short to carefully manage drifts and avoid backcast obstacles and you'll achieve success.

Access

The road from Mansfield to Mount Buller crosses the river at Merrijig, and from here you'll find idyllic fly fishing water all the way up into the headwaters at the base of Mount Buller. The water downstream of Merrijig also holds trout through to Lake Eildon, however, willows can be an annoyance, followed by a complete lack of riparian vegetation meaning the water can warm significantly during warm weather.
There are regular access points all along the road to Mount Buller, just keep your eye out for picnic spots, roadside stops and side rd bridges for indications of likely access.
There is also a walking trail that follows the river from Carters Mill picnic area through the Mount Buller resort entry and then on up into the headwater regions of the river.

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

Flies

Parachute Adamsbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Humpybrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Wulffbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Stimulatorbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Klinkhammerbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Parachute Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Wulffbrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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