HIGH COUN­TRY TROUTING

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Trout fish­ing is a form of hunt­ing, whether you’re in Vic­to­ria’s High Coun­try, the Cen­tral High­lands of Tas­ma­nia or the Snowy Moun­tains in NSW. Rain­bow and brown trout share these wa­ters and while the fish are typ­i­cally small, the coun­try they live in is a big draw­card.

Hik­ing along­side crys­tal-clear moun­tain streams (my favourites are trib­u­taries of the Dargo and Vic­to­ria rivers in Vic­to­ria and the Eu­cum­bene and Coxs in NSW) brings the thrill of the stalk – the test is sneak­ing into the water with­out be­ing spot­ted and then to present your lure or fly with­out spook­ing the fish.

This type of fish­ing is ex­tremely chal­leng­ing and the scenery is of­ten dis­tract­ing: one wrong move and you’ll send shock waves through the water and lose your prey. But when you see that trout race out and snatch up your of­fer­ing, it’s as good as it gets.

NOW CATCH ONE!

The trick to fish­ing in these moun­tain streams is to pause and ob­serve. Don’t charge in. You need to hold back and watch un­til you spot the fish. They star­tle eas­ily so walk up­stream to get be­hind them; trout al­ways face the cur­rent. The fur­ther you walk, the bet­ter the fish­ing – and the greater the soli­tude as you truly get back to na­ture.

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