The Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek, twigwater, small stream, trout fishing, fly fishing

Snowy Creek, some of the best looking trout water in North East Victoria.

 

The road, though no more than thirty metres away might as well be in Queensland thanks to epic blackberries and a near vertical climb and suddenly, my plan to fish up from Dean Creek and then walk back down the road is looking pretty stupid.

That’s the nature of Snowy Creek. Although it’s closely followed by a good road for almost all of it’s twenty-five kilometre length (as the crow flies), getting to that road from the water can be virtually impossible, making access a mixed bag. Wading the river—let’s call it what it is—is also a tough in places thanks to fast water, bedrock and slippery-as-greased-piglets football-sized rocks.

So is it worth it? Totally.

There’s more interesting and challenging water on this river than any other I’ve been to in northeast Victoria and the scenery is awesome. The fishing? Not bad either.

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The water above Lighting Creek Campground.

 

In the upper river, fish are generally small in size though big in numbers. I’ve caught ten rainbows for every brown, but every brown has been slightly larger.

The lower sections of the river have some bigger fish as well, though the numbers of small ones is still pretty high. I’ve heard tales of four- and five-pound fish and even seen a couple that might go three, but I have yet to catch anything much over a pound myself. It’s also worth mentioning that the fishing is very reliable here.

Snowy Creek, twigwater, small stream, trout fishing, fly fishing

A faster 3-weight is good in the upper river, as a lighter rod may struggle to throw a heavier nymph sometimes needed for the deep pools.

 

In terms of tackle, and in general, this is 4-weight water below Granite Flat and 2- to 3-weight above. In the twiggier sections there’s the odd bit of deep fast water that requires a heavy fly to hit the bottom if nymphing and that might rule out the really light stuff. The only addition to my normal twigwater fly selection would be a few heavy #10 & #12 Tungsten bead-headed nymphs.

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Driving up the river from Mitta Mitta there’s a few access tracks up to Granite Flat where the river is quite fast and wild and best avoided in high water. I’ve not fished it down this far myself but nearly crashed the car many times while watching it through gaps in the trees on my way further upriver.

Between Granite Flat and Harkers Creek the river is less wild and more relaxing to fish, particularly on an evening rise.

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The boulders around Harkers Creek make for some very pretty water and there’s some good fish hiding in the deep stuff here.

 

The Walnuts is a great little camping area has a good, short stretch of river up to Harkers Creek that holds some nice fish and is a good afternoon on the water and I often finish a day there.

Above Harkers Creek the river is again very gorge-y and wild. There’s a few short tracks offroad and a couple of places where it’s possible to scramble down and a couple of others that make me wish I had climbing gear.

Near the top of the river, the Lightning Creek campground is both beautiful and a great spot to roll out the swag. Upstream from here is the best twigwater if you’re happy to hoof it in and out.

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Calmer water at Granite Flat.

 

The pubs at Mitta Mitta and Eskdale are both excellent and after extensive testing over many sessions, I can honestly say they both pour very good beers.

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Snowy Creek, twigwater, small stream, trout fishing, fly fishing

 

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3 Comments

  • A great read David.

    It is a beautiful stream and can fish very well when the gods smile on you.
    Some lovely camping spots and picnic areas to kick back and relax.

    Please remember to take ALL of your rubbish home with you if you do visit this area and dig a hole and cover over if you need to answer that Call of The Wild 😉
    I am on the waters a lot and see lots of toilet paper just left on the ground.
    It looks terrible and takes 12 months to break down.
    Please leave the area as clean or cleaner than you found it and everyone will be able to enjoy the beauty of this area.

    It has only just started to recover from the decimation that the flocks of Cormorants that cleaned up a lot of the fish over the last 2 seasons.
    Rainbows are back on the bite and there are some nice Brownies to be caught.
    Where possible; please practice Catch & Release on the smaller streams so next season will be even better.
    If you want a good eating trout; The Mitta Mitta River is fishing VERY well at present even with the high water.
    They are just closer to the banks and not so much out in the faster water.
    Fish well over 6lb are common place on the river at present.
    You just have to land them 😉

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

    Cheers; Scottie

  • Stephen Kimber says:

    Lovely looking stream and your affection for it shines through, David; there is a part of me that wishes, however, that you didn’t name the stream or even scatter clues as to its whereabouts… I recall streams I’ve known put under too much pressure or even (selfish me) just spoiled for me because I realise someone has fished it a day or two before me. Like Scott I wish all a merry Xmas and tight lines.

  • Al Mcb says:

    I dont think the Snowy is any more a secret than most rivers. Its on street view of all places and is well visited by many anglers and other users. Enjoy and look after I say. I have shared how to fish and where to fish in it for years as there are plenty of places that you can find solitude even in the busy periods. I think we should be more concerned with the fish barrier at Mitta and the loss of access to Dart Pondage.

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