Early & late season fishing
The fishing season in Victoria runs from September to June. Early and late season weather can be quite chilly so I’d recommend layering with some decent thermals and wearing a lightweight waterproof jacket and beanie on top. On the bottom, wear long johns, and lightweight, quick drying pants. If you don’t have your own waders, I will supply you with a pair to keep you warm and dry when walking through the water. Please bring a couple of pairs of thick hiking socks too (these will help keep your feet comfy in the waders) and a small backpack.
During the summer months it can be hot and bright on the water so bring a wide brimmed hat and wear a lightweight, long sleeved, quick drying shirt, and long, quick drying pants. You’ll also need a decent pair of sunnies, preferably polaroids, to protect your eyes from the glare — this is very important. When it’s really hot, we wet wade through the water — hence why you need to wear quick drying stuff — with wading boots that I provide. It’s a lovely refreshing way to enjoy the bush and a welcome relief from the scorcho weather!
Please bring a small backpack so you can carry water and the delish packed lunch I’ve made for you.
Fishing licence & Safety info
You need a fishing licence. These are inexpensive (I’m talking $10 for a three day licence) and super easy to purchase, head to the Victorian Fisheries Authority HERE to buy one online.
The Australian bush is lovely, but it can be quite bitey and stingy. Bull ants, wasps, mosquitos and spiders are just some of the friendly critters we might bump into. So, bring insect repellant, and if you do have any allergies to insects or food please bring an epi pen and carry it with you at ALL times — this is VERY important. We might see snakes too, but in all of my time fishing I’ve never felt threatened by them. However, I always carry pressure bandages and an Epirb (emergency location beacon) so we’re well prepared in the rare case of a run in. I am also fully insured, so rest easy, because in the unlikely event of something going wrong I’ve got your back.
If you have your own rod, a 3-4wt should cover you for most of the water we fish. However, for bigger rivers 5-6wt will do the job. If you don’t have the gear, don’t worry I’ll supply it.
Last but not least, don't bring your phone and camera unless they're waterproof because there's a chance you'll drop them in the drink. Fear not, if you do catch a whopper then I'll snap the evidence and send it to you so you can brag about it later.