Fly Fishing | Victoria | Howqua River

Fishery 4.4 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Goulburn catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Superb freestone stream
  • Excellent summer dry fly fishing
  • Easy access and camping

Target Species - Seasons

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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

The Howqua supports good numbers of wild rainbows and browns. Rainbows are a regular feature in the faster water, all too willing to take a dry from the surface, while browns, some surprisingly large, can be found in the pools and deeper runs.
Being a freestone stream, the river follows a hypnotic pattern run, riffle, pool and varying order, with long shallow glides becoming a feature in the lower reaches.
Traditional attractor flies are fished with consistent success throughout the warmer months, with parachute and CDC caddis pulling fish even more effectively. The Howqua is an ideal stream to fish dry dropper with a range of mayfly and caddis nymphs making up the bulk of the resident prey along with the odd stonefly.
On flat pools try more subtle CDC dries and mergers to fool the pickier fish and you may be rewarded with the nose of a larger specimen breaking the surface to inhale your offering.
With the river's east-west orientation being exposed to the sun all day, the river can suffer from low flow and high temperatures which get into zones where the trout can stop feeding. Be mindful of fishing times and fish care in the summer months.

Access

Access to the upper and middle reaches of the Howqua are facilitated by a number of 4WD tracks and walking trails.
Sheepyard Flat and Fry's Hut, along with several other designated camping areas, are popular camping areas that become packed full of campers during holiday periods. They provide excellent river access and see a lot of anglers of all disciplines, however the fishing remains productive despite the pressure.
The most unique feature of the Howqua are the high and low tracks the provide walking access along extraordinary lengths of river taking you all the way to Ritchies Hut and beyond. The low track in particular would seem to have been built for fly anglers, crisscrossing session size chunks 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
Plume Tipbrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
F-Flybrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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