We have had a spot become available for the coming week of Sunday 9 – Sunday 16 February, and due to the late notice and the current price of airfares, we have been unable to re-book it. As such we are offering this one spot at a significantly discounted rate in an attempt to fill it and break even on the week.
The discount offered ($800 Australian) will cover a direct flight on JetStar from Melbourne/Syndey to Queenstown and back on the dates listed above. This is a one-time offer based on the fact that one of our clients had to cancel at the last minute.
It is high-season right now with cicada and willow grub fishing near to its peak. If you have the time and want a week of sensational fishing at a discounted rate, then contact us right now on 0418 995 611 to book.
Antony and the GVFFC Team.
We just took delivery of the last of the famous SOS Marine Australian Army issue boonie hats that we and our clients love so much. They are the most durable boonie we have ever sourced and all of our guides use them every day.
They are a great colour for fishing, are quite cool on the head and it takes a lot of use before they begin to fade.
Usually they go for $45 because they cost us over $30 but due to a clear-out by the manufacturer, we can offer them to you at the great price of $20 (in-store pickup) or $29 express posted to you.
We have the following sizes in stock.
X Large: 14
XX Large: 10
Please share this with anyone that you feel may be interested. These are the last of this particular model to be made, so it may be worthwhile picking up more than one. We can of course pack multiple items into the one express post bag so the first hat would be $29 and any others would be at the $20 price!
It’s been a great week up here on the rivers and streams of the Goulburn Valley. February is peak dry fly time and this is something obvious to all those hardy souls fishing at the moment. We have hardly seen a fish under 2lb this past month with many between 3-4 showing up every day. The biggest we have caught went 5lb (Werner’s willow grubber) but I have had quite a few in my boat get fish just a shade under 5lb.
This is not mentioned to say that the fishing is easy and everyone will encounter big fish. It is simply an observation that based on the records we keep, this is the best summer for larger fish that I can remember; and the willow grubs are yet to properly fire.
Cicadas and grasshoppers have been the flies of choice for all venturing onto the Goulburn. Occasionally a more wary fish (read one that has been caught on the big flies 2-3 x) will want something smaller. Then the small foam black beetle has killed it notching up some of the big fish that have been caught a few times. Not rocket science.
Attractor patterns are also working well and people are playing with all sorts of variations and having good success. I won’t go into details here but suffice to say that the fish are used to seeing huge cicadas and locust hoppers so they are fairly open to suggestions one might say.
Blind fishing the Goulburn has accounted for a lot of great fish. Running flies through likely water, particularly when you are unable to polaroid it successfully, has worked well. Sighting fish first though has been the most effective way of catching the bigger browns and I have lost track of how many large fish I have seen (i.e. 3lb+).
Having said all that there is a definite trend among some of the bank bound edgewater anglers to fish small brown, olive or black nymphs to sighted fish. Doing this eliminates the need to worry about drag as most rely on a bow and arrow cast as a fish is approaching or more likely while it is away on its beat. Allowing the fly to settle on the bottom of the river and then lifting it a foot or two as the fish is about 6-8 feet away. Absolutely deadly method.
The smaller rivers are fishing well but they are very low and warm considerably by about midday. Morning sessions on the lowland sections are best with first light to 10am the peak time. The middle of the day and afternoon are also good but you have to leave the valley floor and head a bit higher into the hills. This brings welcome relief from the heat for both fly fisher and fish alike. Think small pocket water, dry flies, lightweight rods and eager fish. A great way to spend the afternoon on a hot day.
Evening rises have been superb most nights with lots of rising fish. Fly selection varies from day to day with caddis, mayfly, stoneflies, ants, termites, beetles and a host of other terrestrials remaining important until day’s end. Don’t forget spent spinners. A lot of guys have been fishing tiny white wulffs and enjoying a lot of success.
There are a number of smaller rivers fishing well and one I don’t mind mentioning publicly is the Big River. Plenty of fabulous dry fly fishing along it entire length from the Eildon-Jamieson Rd bridge all the way up to Stockman’s Reward. Three weights and stimulators are a good starting point. Blowfly patterns are also good with March flies abundant. No need for nymphs unless you really want to.
Having said all that it is the Goulburn that draws me back even during these times of hot weather. We got lucky in December/January with only the one really hot spell but no doubt there are more to come. The good news is that we are into the peak time for our terrestrials and it has been the best cicada season in many years. On top of this the locust hoppers are also about and willow grubs, beetles and ants are also going strong in places. Some of the biggest beetle falls that we have ever seen.
As mentioned previously there are precious little drift boat trips available this month. At this stage all we have available are the following three dates:
Sun 2 Feb
Fri 7 Feb
Tue 11 Feb
We do have a single guide (Werner) available right throughout February and Bo will be looking after the shop during my two week absence in NZ. As such it is business as usual when I am over guiding with David in New Zealand.
Keep an eye out for February $99 a night cottage specials! A real bargain at that price with a two bedroom self-contained cottage with Goulburn River access for about the same price as a small hotel room. Actually rather than keeping an eye out it’s probably best to phone immediately as the phone has rung off the hook today since listing these specials on Facebook.
Trust that you are well and hope to see you up here enjoying some of the best dry fly fishing in years.
Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre
Free Call 1800 458 111 or (03) 5773 2513
The Goulburn River runs past our back gate and the dry fly fishing to large browns is the best its been in years. For those of you who are not as experienced, the smaller streams and their more eager fish await. There really are a lot of options for fly fishers of all levels in February and in February its all about the dry fly!
Guiding is also available on most days should you need to brush up on your skills or just wish to be shown the best of the fishing. Our professional team are here to help whether it be a day on the river or just the latest info, a map and some flies from our fully stocked fly shop.
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Another great week of fishing. Willow grubs are going in patches. The hoppers are thick and the cicadas are in plague proportions. Terrific dry fly fishing, particularly from the drift boat.
Smaller rivers are better in the morning from first light through until about noon. Plenty of options.
Sorry but I’m too busy to type much more. Phone or swing by if you need more info. The shop is open every day from 9am-5pm with Bo covering for me when I am on the river.
All the best and have a great week.
The fishing is quite good at the moment, as the photos below illustrate. The Goulburn is turning on some magnificent dry fly fishing with terrestrials both big and small working well. This is leading to some pretty significant captures and some amazing sessions.
The willow grubs have now started and are in full swing. Werner actually managed a 5lb brown today on a grub pattern; on his one day off! While the appearance of the grubs is welcome news to most, many are happy just fishing their hoppers and cicadas and leaving the sawfly larva to the fish under the trees. The fish on the bigger bugs certainly are easier to catch.
The browns moved around a lot on the recent rise in river level, much more so than usual, so the past few days we have been locating them again and having a lot of success in the process. Today my guy got a dozen good fish up to 4lb. Other days it has mostly been 2-5 good fish on dry flies. Superb fishing for a river like the Goulburn that doesn’t have a huge number of fish in it.
The next few weeks are going to fire with terrestrial fishing on the Goulburn and surprisingly we have a lot of cottage and guide availability. As of tonight we have guides, instructors and boats available most days for the next month. On top of this we also have accommodation as well!
Sing out if you are looking to hone your skills with a streamcraft session, start from scratch with a beginner’s lesson, do a drift boat trip or organise a multi-day/multi-night package. We offer the full gamut of fly fishing services and the fishing is pretty interesting at the moment with both small and big stream options available.
All the best and hope to see you up here soon.
Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre
Free Call 1800 458 111 or (03) 5773 2513