Trip Report Big River 9-10 Feb '13
February's Club trip was to the The Big River in the Yarra Ranges. The Big River is approximately two and half hours from Melbourne and about 30 minutes from Marysville. From its headwaters and tributary creeks in the Yarra Ranges the river flows east then northwards, cascading over Enoch Falls before empties into Lake Eildon. The Big is not stocked, the resident browns and rainbows are self sustaining wild stock, and are currently in excellent condition and fitness.
A couple of members were able to wrangle time off work and accompanied by some retired members camp was set up at Frenchmans Creek camp ground on Friday and by 2.30 were on
the water for an early reconsession.
A look at the water confirmed the recent dry weather has taken effect with the river lever down to heights remincent of the recent drought years. However fish could be found holding in the faster runs at the heads of pools.
By Saturday morning the camp ground had filled with around 18 members and their assorted camp gear and vehicles.
Access points at smaller camp sites provided the best option to get onto the river. Walking either upstream or down from the camp area proved to be a sound strategy to get onto some fish. Members who were a little more adventerous and were prepared to venture futher afield and do a little bush bashing were rewarded with good numbers of fish, with the odd mid to high 30cm range fish amongst the haul.
Large black cormerants were evident along the more open sections of the river and were probably the reason fish were missing from these areas.
As can be seen in the picture below showing a small rainbow carrying the scars of a recent encounter.
Members who were prepared to work the more over grown, narrower sections of the upper big were rewarded for their efforts.
Peter Cogdon located a productive section of river and managed a very respectable 45cm brown that was the prize catch for the weekend.
After a good fight the fish was released to be caught again by another angler.
Although total fire bans put a slight dampener on the traditional drinks around the camp fire the weekend social activities did occur none the less. Thanks to donations from Chris Dabal and Ross Garwood the club trailer is coming along nicely. Hopefully we'll get a little rain and the next weekend trip Kevington in March will be a cracker, hope to see you there.