Fly Fish Baw Baw

Before I got involved with the Fly Fish Baw Baw project I didn’t know much about this unique and spectacularly beautiful spot about 120 km east of Melbourne – mainland Australia’s southern most ski resort.

Mount Baw Baw is one of several peaks on a rocky plateau separated from the rest of the Victorian high country by river valleys.

The highest point in the range is 1,567 metres. You drive up through the lower slopes of eucalypt forest with cool temperate rainforest in the creek valleys. Above 1,200 metres it’s typical snow gum woodland; with more sparse subalpine grassland and shrub above 1,300 metres. It’s an amazing view from the terrace in front of the restaurant facing south straight to the coast – seriously, you can stand in the snow, and look all the way to Tasmania.

Much of the area is in the Mount Baw Baw National Park. The climate is subalpine and the plateau is covered in snow for most of June to September – this year it’s still there in late October. They get an average of nearly 2 metres of precipitation a year. The area has its own unique small berry, the Baw Baw Berry; and an endangered frog species, the Baw Baw frog.

So, this unique area is hosting the Fly Fish Baw Baw event from 23 to 25 November and I’ve been working with Victorian Fisheries Chairing a stakeholder working group to help bring it all together.

It’s going to be a great family weekend. A chance to try fly casting, watch fly tiers, and if you’re already into the sport to check out the latest gear, try some of the Baw Baw region’s excellent waters, and check out some of the latest fly fishing movies from the Rise Film Festival for a small donation to a great organisation (www.evolve.com.au). There are good out of season accommodation deals at the Baw Baw Alpine Resort and plenty of activities organised for family members not so interested in the fishing side of the event.

When the snow’s gone, Australia’s alpine regions turn into a play ground for trout fishermen (and I’m sure other things go on as well!). This has huge economic spins offs for these areas who rely heavily on fishing tourism. So support your regional economies and come along and see what its all about – not just for this event but all the time. Stay-at-home fishing tourism – there’s more to see, plenty to catch – and no international airports.

All the details at: http://www.mountbawbaw.com.au/whats-on/events/fly-fish-baw-baw and http://www.flyfishbawbaw.com.au/ For more info email me.

Cheers

Steve

(Image courtesy of Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort)

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