Hepburn/Newlyn’s Club Trip There are a number of ways to get to Hepburn Lagoon, from the club rooms allow a couple of hours, make your way to Daylesford, we’ll meet at the DAYLESFORD BAKERY 69-71 Vincent Street, Daylesford at 8:00am for a quick coffee, then make our way to the lagoon. From Daylesford driving along the Midland Hwy (A300) towards Blampied, looking for the intersection of the Midland Hwy and Daylesford-Clunes Rd, and turn right.
There is an access lane off the Daylesford/Newlyn Road, it’s about 1.8km from the intersection, you’ll see it on your left, make sure you close the gate! Follow the track and park near the pump station/control gate. Being fertile and shallow, there is prolific weed growth. This is very popular fishing water, stocked regularly, producing brown trout to 2.8 kg, (av.1.6 kg), rainbow trout to 2.3 kg, (av.1.6 kg), redfin to 860 g, (av.550 g). It reputedly fishes best in wet cold weather!!!
There is good fly-fishing from the northern and southeast shoreline. The creek inlet on the eastern bank can be very productive too. Most lake patterns will work on Hepburn, Muz Wilson’s fuzzle bugger is a favourite. Woolly Buggers, Magoos, Smelt patterns, Tom Jones as well as Nymphs, Stick Caddis and snail patterns worked slow and low around the weed beds are effective too. Working these patterns around the spit (look under the ‘g’ in lagoon on the above map) is a great option. Walking the higher steeper banks along the western and southern shore line keeping an eye out for cruising fish taking bugs from near or on the surface then putting a fly in front of them can get you into some great fish. So don’t forget a dry fly in a Dunn or PHD style pattern, they are about if conditions are right (as per the photo at the top of the page). I once witnessed John Rumpf get smoked by a good fish at the out let so don’t go too fine on the tippet. Rods in the 6-8 wt range are fine. We’ll fish Hepburn first, then if things are slow move over the Newlyn in the arvo. Newlyn Reservoir is a little different to Hepburn have a public park/picnic area on the northern shore line. As such this area gets a fair bit of pressure and can get crowned particularly with bait fishos. The wall can produce good fish at times and if the level is down there is a levee that runs along the northern part of the dam that if accessible can be a great spot to your flys. Flys that work on Hepburn will work on Newlyn too. Bring some lunch, a few bevvies of your choice and don’t forget a jacket as the wind can come up and the area can get cool very quickly.