The Delatite, Jamieson, Howqua and Goulburn rivers offer some of the finest fly fishing in Australia complete with gorgeous scenery, unspoilt banks and bright blue kingfishers right alongside you. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an angler fishing High Country style - on horseback. Horses, so the legend goes, don’t scare off the fish. Make sure you take a look at the Howqua River, which is a Victorian Heritage river and a flyfishing icon. On this stretch of water, billionaires tangle lines with local anglers.
If you’re new to the sport, book a guided fly fishing experience. Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre
offer packages available by the hour, half day or full day and for all levels of expertise. Professional instructors can equip, instruct and guide you on all local waterways. Family groups and customised corporate packages are available so call the friendly team at the Mansfield Visitor Centre on 1800 039 049 to book an experience not to be missed.
Otherwise drop into one of the local outfitters for gear and advice, or view our latest fishing report
High Country lakes are popular with those who love the fresh water and offer plenty of opportunity for fun. Lake Eildon is Victoria’s largest inland lake and after recent years of drought, the lake is back with capacity over 80% and offering great fishing. Most of the land around Lake Eildon is national park and there are plenty of private, unspoilt bays you can call your own. View the operating levels for Lake Eildon Boat
While fishing lakeside, look for Yellowbelly, Redfin, Carp, Brown Trout and even Murray Cod. You can fish from the shoreline or, for a peaceful afternoon, rent a boat
and find yourself a secluded spot. View the latest fishing report
Recreational fishing licences
Don’t forget, you will need a licence to fish in the High Country. Licences are available online or from designated outlets. For information, go to http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide