2011-04-12

Grab Your Esky - We Are About to Go Fishing in Bright!

Who doesn't love a quiet afternoon sitting on the banks of your favorite river, rod in hand with an esky and a few brews. This is part of the Australian lifestyle, and personally, fishing in Bright is what does it for me.
 
With two popular rivers flowing through the area, there is always a chance to walk home with a proud catch to boot. lets not forget the lakes as well, where a combination of bait fishers, and fly fishermen can be found all year round all after than elusive big catch. One of the greatest spots for fishing in Bright would have to be the Kiewa River. Although on the other side of Tawonga Gap, this is a popular spot for fisherman all year round. It can even sometimes be hard to find a good spot that is not taken between Mt Beauty and Tawonga, however that doesn't mean that the catch is not good. Lure fishing is very popular here, and works great with the faster flowing currents, with the average catch being around 2lb.
 
Brown and Rainbow Trout populate this river, as it flows from the high country into the Kiewa Valley, accordingly, it is a popular place if you can find a spot. The Ovens River is a little more varied however, ranging from being wide and gentle, to narrow and fast running closer to the mountains. In the areas further away from the mountains, Fly Fishing is very popular near the willows that line the river. As the flies generally surround the willows, creating a feeding ground for the larger Trout, landing a fly the right way here can come with huge reward, and an exciting catch. Further up the river towards Bright, spin fishing is also popular, along with bait fishing, in particular, berley casting.
 
This method involves a wide spread of bait, that almost always lands a good few bites, although the catch is generally small, but fun either way. Lake Buffalo is rather secluded, situated behind the Mt Buffalo Massif, and provides a bounty of opportunity for Fly Fisherman, and those who want to bait cast and enjoy a quiet day in a beautiful and remote location. Popular in most seasons for Fly Fisherman, this is one of those places that your grandfather told you about (we all have one of these stories right? ). As this area is not as frequented as the nearby Kiewa and Ovens Rivers, this is one of those spots that really allows you to take in the peace and tranquility.
 
Of course, I can not speak about fishing in Bright without talking about getting a fishing license. In Victoria, it is a legal requirement that all people who fish in Victorian rivers and seas, need a fishing license. The good news is that a license is cheap to obtain, for one days fishing, it will cost you less than a few loaves of bread. So, what is the attraction to fishing in Bright? Personally, the idea of sitting on a river bank with an esky containing a few beers and snacks, enjoying the views of the snow capped peaks that reflect off the water, this is my idea of seclusion, and most definitely, almost any grown mans perfect idea of a quiet Sunday.


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