Fishing locations Tanjil river is located in the West Gippsland region roughly 2 hours drive from Melbourne. It’s a very scenic location within Mt Baw Baw that offers breathtaking views and exceptional trout fishing. The crystal clear flowing waters makes fishing with fly and lures a great pass time. The system is full of brown and rainbow trout that often sit in sheltered calm pools. The river is full of healthy wild trout, they don’t seem to grow to epic sizes but they are a lot of fun to catch on light fly or spinning gear. Access into these areas can be quite tricky a 4WD is a big advantage, there aren’t a lot of proper walking tracks so chuck on some waders and stick to the river and walk upstream.
BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES
wild brown and rainbow trout
BEST BAITS AND LURES
This river system has shallow flowing clean water with calm pools and is ideal grown for fly fishing with nymphs. This way you can walk up stream and carefully cast into calm pools and deeper pockets. You can also fish with small floating and shallow diving hard body lures. Some good examples of shallow diving hard bodies that work well will include rapala’s countdown series in F models such as F3 and f5, as well as ecogears SX40F and other floating options. Soft plastics with ultra light jig heads that imitate crickets and mayfly will also work well due to high cricket and may fly activity. There are some sections of the river that spinners will work really well, just adjust the weight of your spinner to the depth of the water levels.
You can fish here with bait but in most areas of the river you will need to do so unweighted. Often bait fishing in shallow streams is challenging as you need to cast downstream which can often spook the fish. If you do plan fishing unweighted then scrub worms, maggots, mudeye and power bait are good options.
Speak to your local tackle store about being fitted out for a fly fishing combo. There are also local fly fishing tuition opportunities available so keep your eyes open for those. If trout fishing with spin gear then ultra light gear is a must and ill make the experience more fun. To maximize your chances fish with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
This lake is not stocked, these are wild trout and should be treated with the utmost respect. We believe catch and release is a must here, and do your best to keep the fish in optimal health by using a eco friendly net and barbless hooks where possible.
This is a unique location to bring the family. Off-roading, Camping, and near by walking trials, and waterfalls. Its not every kids cup of tee, but it is an amazing location.
It can also be very slippery with descents and sharp rocks so do be very careful. All country areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
This river has open and close season, so please check these dates before fishing and don’t fish during closed seasons. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage that wild trout be treated with the utmost respect. We believe catch and release is a must here, and do your best to keep the fish in optimal health by using a eco friendly net and barbless hooks where possible. This is an unspoilt area so do your best to keep it this way by cleaning up after yourself and looking after the natural fauna and wildlife.
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