HIGH COUNTRY TROUTING
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.