FLY FISHING EVENT A LURE TO BAW BAW
Fly fishing fiends, friends and first-timers alike are set to be lured to Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, Victoria, with the hosting of its second annual Fly Fish Baw Baw event on 16-17 November.
Mt Baw Baw’s village will be transformed into a stage for the celebration of fly fishing in the Baw Baw region, well regarded for its many and varied fly fishing hotspots. Chatter will turn to stimulators, preferred rod action, nymphs and buzzers, and all eyes will be on the mud map handed out depicting local river ways (and secret spots) within a short drive, which will be the casting grounds for competition. Up for grabs is a $1000 prize pool for the biggest fish caught (and released).
Everyone from the would-be fly fisher to expert casters will be encouraged to join in activities happening over the two day program with visitors able to learn from some of the best fly fishers in the business attending as guest presenters.
One such special guest will be Joshua Hutchins a.k.a. ‘Aussie Fly Fisher’. A professional fly fish guide, Joshua grew up fishing local streams in NSW’s central west and has since chased trout in New Zealand, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, plus the trout waters of Australia.
Those joining Joshua and his fellow co-presenters on the mountain are guaranteed a social weekend of fly fish conversation and demonstration and with any luck and a dash of skill, great fishing in the rivers and streams of Baw Baw Shire, in the west Gippsland region.
“Everyone who went out last year had a ball. The local streams had plenty of stonefly, mayfly and other insect life, and the trout were playing the game,” says fly fishing instructor, guide, and journalist, Philip Weigall, who attended the inaugural event in 2012. He goes on to give a few hints gained from his experience at last year’s event.
“I found the secret was to fish short and slow in the little seams and pockets that gave the fish a break from the rushing current. Fast drift, nothing happened; slow and the trout fought over the flies, sometimes literally. I watched two trout go for (fellow expert and competitor) Steve Dunn’s flies at the same time, one to the nymph and one to the dry!”
“The Thomson, Tanjil (both branches), Toorongo, Loch and Latrobe rivers all produced plenty of browns and rainbows in the 20 – 30 cm range, with some bigger fish encountered on the Aberfeldy,” he reported.
Philip also noted further benefits of Baw Baw as the host for a fly fishing event.
“One of the great things about Baw Baw, in addition to its proximity to many fine fly fishing streams, is how family-friendly it is. With stacks of good accommodation in a pretty setting, cafes and restaurants, wildlife and activities like bike riding and bushwalks, my family loved the place and didn’t want to leave.”
The event will again include activities for kids as well as a Fish Cooking Masterclass for those staying on mountain while others head to the mountain stream to chance their lines.
Fly Fish Baw Baw kicks off with a Friday night briefing of the different waters within reach of the resort, how to access the water, how to fish it, and what to fish with. Rivers within reach of Mount Baw Baw vary from small creeks cascading through dense temperate rainforest, to fast and wide freestone rivers.
On Saturday competitors will drive down the mountain, selecting preferred fishing spots with camera and official Baw Baw Fly Fish ruler at hand, should their action and luck be in range.
Competitors return to Mount Baw Baw Village that night for a presentation dinner with winners announced and plenty of tales of sublime stream fishing told.
There will also be a casting pond created in the Baw Baw village with experts on hand throughout the weekend to teach tips and tricks of the fly fishing game, meaning the event is perfect for those curious about fly fishing or at a beginner level.
Chief Executive Officer of Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Management, Stuart Ord, enthusiastically lauded the value of the getting the community out into the natural environment, visiting the superb local streams and discovering what fantastic fly fishing opportunities are available in the Baw Baw area.
“What better way for families to appreciate and enjoy our alpine fishing, and to rub shoulders with fellow fly fishers, than getting involved in the Fly Fish Baw Baw event,” he said.
FLY FISH BAW BAW
FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER
- Attendees travel to Mount Baw Baw Village (2.5hrs from Melbourne). Event briefing. Hand out of event material including official map and ruler.
SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER
- Catch & Release competition begins. Competitors drive to locations around Baw Baw region.
- A fish cooking masterclass will be held at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort during the day for family members who wish to stay on mountain.
- After a day soaking up the local sights and fly fishing on the local rivers and streams competitors venture back to Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort for presentation dinner at the Village Restaurant with a notable fly fish guest speaker (to be announced).
SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER
- Casting Coaching and Competition on village casting pond
- Product prizes
- Fly tying demonstrations
- Master your skills on our purpose built pond at the resort
On mountain accommodation is available and the Village Restaurant will be open serving up its famous gourmet meals (including fish).
More information at: http://mountbawbaw.com.au/events/fly-fish-baw-baw/