UPPER GOULBURN RIVER
When - 26 - 28 Jan 2018 (Australia Day long weekend)
Staying at - Skipworth Reserve camping ground
Trip co ordinator - John Smith
Trip classification – Streamcraft Trip
This was an annual Club trip for many years on the Australia Day Holiday long weekend in January. Many of the long term Club members have cut their fly fishing teeth on this trip over the years. New members are encouraged to attend this trip, as there are usually plenty of fish in the River. We will endeavour to buddy you up with a more experienced member to fish with, for at least part of the weekend if possible.
The preferred route is via Mansfield. It is possible to travel there via the Eildon to Jamieson Road which is shorter in distance but actually takes a little longer, as it is a rough and windy road. Petrol and groceries are available in Mansfield.
This is a camping weekend trip, staying at Skipworth Reserve, approximately 5 kms past Jamieson on the Wood’s Point Road, on the Upper Goulburn River.
Skipworth Reserve is a large flat grassed area with room for sixty sites. Camping is free but the only facilities are drop toilets. There are no showers and no water provided so you will need to bring your own.
If rough camping is not your style, a site at the Jamieson caravan park can be booked by ringing 03 5777 0567, however it is preferable that we all stay at Skipworth Reserve to ensure that everyone is paired up for fishing.
Participants on this trip will need to BYO camping gear, food and drinking water. Keep an ear out on the weather forecast, as cooking may not be possible if a Total Fire Ban is declared for that weekend.
Meals and ice can be obtained at the Kevington Pub approx. 4kms upstream from Skipworth Reserve.
The water at this time of year should be ideal for wading. The river has is very diverse throughout with many long slow pools to rapids and everything in between. Access is excellent as the Woods Point Road follows the river for approximately 20 kms upstream of Skipworth Reserve. This is both a blessing and a curse as the river can dirty up quickly from runoff from the road if it rains.
Access to the Jamieson River and the eastern shores of Lake Eildon and even the Howqua River are also within easy reach of the camp ground.
Your usual arsenal of nymphs will probably be the go and use some late summer dry flies such as Red Tags, Geehi Beetles, Royal Wulffs, Humpys, Stimulators and Para Duns as indicators.