The trout fishing local to Melbourne has been pretty good recently, and because we haven't had a great deal of hot weather it should continue. Bait, lure and fly anglers have been getting in to a few fish both local and afar which is good. Generally once you've been in the car and out of the suburbs for a bit over an hour there are multiple options for chasing trout, whichever direction you head. Up around the Eildon region the fish have been on and off, but this can generally be the case with Eildon, especially in the pondage. Bait anglers preparing for a solid session on the pondage can normally expect fewer fish, but there is always a chance of one of those 'Eildon monsters' coming along.
Customer Reece was fishing in the Eildon area over the weekend in search of 'that' fish. Reece is a pretty dedicated lure angler and hits the trout a fair bit, and the fish he caught on the weekend was the icing on the cake as far as he's concerned. Reece was throwing small slow floating hardbodies in trout parr colours when he noticed a big fish cruising. Reece managed to get a gentle cast in front of the big rainbow and it soon came over and smashed the lure. After a few decent runs, Reece got a good look at the fish and after a quick pic it was on it's way again.
Not too far away from some of the Eildon streams, customer Jordan has been having a bit of fun on the fly. Jordan has been looking around some small water in search of a few trout to cast both wet and dry flies at, and there has been no shortage of stream sized fish to cast to. Jordan has been using a mixture of techniques including indicator nymphing which has caught most fish from deeper pools and runs, and for slower edges and pools a few fish have also risen up to take small dries like Adams's Parachute and Kosciuszko Duns.
Staff member Dylan has also been out over the weekend in search of some stream trout. Dylan has been fishing around the Yarra Ranges and South Gippsland areas, with streams like the Latrobe, Little Yarra and Loch getting a look. While most of the fish are small in the streams, they can be good fun to present flies and lures to. Even with warm conditions over the weekend, the water in these streams has still been very cold and clear, and running well.
A mixture of both brown and rainbow trout have been caught, with recent sessions providing a few more fish on the dry flies that nymphs. The slower moving pools and runs have been fishing well with flies like Royal Wulffs, Elk Hair Caddis and Adam's Parachutes.