High Country waterways are popular with fly-fishers looking for gin-clear water with good numbers of trout. In this regard, the Kiewa River near Mount Beauty rates as one of the State’s best waters, although it fluctuates regularly with the demand for electricity.
One of the best stretches is from Dederang to the township of Mount Beauty, with brown and rainbow trout to 1.25 kg, however most of the trout (mainly browns) will average 450–500 g. Due to heat during summer, it pays to fish the fast water and shady areas during the day.
A long section of the upper Kiewa River, from Mount Beauty through Tawonga to Redbank is especially kind to anglers during the warmer months.
Local fishing guide Geoff Lacey says it is a ‘blue-ribbon trout stream particularly suited to fly-fishers’. With plenty of clearance for a back cast, it is easy to see why fly-fishers enjoy walking this river, casting their flies to riffles, runs and pools.
The Kiewa River has two branches and both hold brown trout. The west branch is a typical mountain stream, with several kilometres of fishable water amid pristine surrounds with a self-sustaining population of brown trout. This water is lightly fished, with only a few access points. If wading up the stream, wear felt-soled wading boots to avoid heavy falls, as there is an extremely slippery basalt bottom in many parts of this stream. Always work upstream as the trout face this way and you are less likely to spook them. If nobody has been fishing for a few days fly-fishers can get a response to every second or third cast.
The east branch of the Kiewa River is rarely fished because most anglers consider it too dangerous due to regular and sudden rises in water level.
It is easily accessed at Bogong Village near the tennis courts and for several hundred metres upstream. It contains brown trout.
Rocky Valley Creek, another brown trout water, is lightly fished further upstream because of difficult access. Access to the creek is also easy from Bogong Village and conditions are not difficult. Felt- soled wading boots are required. To access other areas, you’ll need to make a long walk in from Bogong High Plains Rd.