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Torongo River
  |  First Published: October 2015



Nestled in the hills of Noojee lies a picturesque stream that is a lot smaller than the surrounding waterways. A feeder stream to the Latrobe River, the Torongo River offers some top shelf fishing for all ages and experience. Although the fish aren’t big, the scenery and the sights will keep you coming back for years.

PRIME TIME

This special little river can be fished all year round except during the closed season. February and March is prime time, when the local population of grasshoppers are out in full force. With daylight savings the days last longer and getting on the water in the late afternoon can see some incredible dry fly fishing.

THE GEAR

For the lure fishermen, a light graphite 1-3kg spin rod matched up with a quality 1000-2500 spin reel is ideal for tackling these small stream trout. Light fluorocarbon leader is a must as the water can be crystal clear and will avoid spooking fish and entice them to eat your lure with more aggression.

For the fly fishermen anything up to a 5weight outfit is best suited with light 4lb tippet. If you want to have some fun then use a 3weight outfit fishing dries. It's hard to find anything more enjoyable than this.

THE RIG

When fly fishing, it always pays to run a dry fly with a nymph trailing about 6 inches behind. The dry fly (generally something buoyant) acts as a strike indicator but also catches its fair share of fish, so keep your eye on the fly. If you see it disappear and get pulled under this indicates that a fish has eaten the nymph at sub surface.

BAIT AND LURES

Go-to lures for casting are small streamline floating lures. Ecogear MX48's and Yo Zuri pins minnows are ideal as they can be worked in fast flowing pools, and when paused in the deeper water will slowly float up and avoid snagging.Fly fishermen find it hard to go past the old faithfuls. Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis and Hopper patterns are a must in any fly fisho's tackle box.

BEST METHOD

Best way to fish not only this river but any Victorian trout stream is always to work your way up river and cast up stream, working your fly or lure back towards to ensure your presentation looks at its most natural. At the best of times, trout can be picky, if they sense something is wrong with your lure chances are you will not catch that fish.

MOTHER NATURE

In the peak of summer always keep your eyes open for snakes. They can be seen basking in the sun close to the riverbank or hiding in the long grass. It doesn't hurt to make a bit of noise when walking, but once your down on the water be as quiet as possible.

HOT TIP

Don't forget to pack your waders. Waders are crucial in your success as you can really get down in the water and work areas a whole lot better than what you could standing on the river bank. You are also lower making it harder for fish to spot you. You may have to cross the river or get lures out of snags - without waders this would be very hard and very, very cold!

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