The Murrindindi is a tributary to the Yea River but is a small clear freestone stream, unlike the sandy discoloured river it flows into. Rising in the Toolangi range the Murrindindi cascades through tight forest and a significant waterfall in the upper reaches, then slows as it makes its way to the Yea River flowing through camp grounds and open paddocks. It’s only a little over an hour from the club rooms.
There are numerous access points at bridges, camp grounds and where the road hugs the river’s edge, see the attached maps.
In the upper reaches above the falls access is difficult, the fish mainly small, but fairly plentiful. Lower down the fish numbers thin out a bit but become bigger with fish in the ½ to a pound class available. Don’t under estimate what might be hanging in a pool right next to a camping spot!
Predominantly inhabited by rainbows there is the odd brown trout in the count. Owing to the lower water level dry flies work well, but it pays to start with a nymph a foot or two below your dry until you work out what the fish are doing on the day.
As far as flies go Royal Wulfe’s, Stimulators, Geehi Beetles, Red Tags and Hopper patterns in size 12-14 are a must for this time of year, later in the arvo a Para Adams, PHD or Klinkhammer is worth having on the end of your leader. Flash Back Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, a Scruffy Brown or a Bead Head Hare & Copper will do for a nymph, size 14 seems best.