About Red Tag
The Red Tag Fly Fishers' Club was formed at Box Hill in 1932.
It has a long and proud history and today its members actively engage in the pursuits of fly-fishing, fly-casting and fly-tying in a friendly and welcoming environment.
We extend this invitation to experienced and new fly-fishers to come down to our club within Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield and meet the members.
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APOLLO BAY TRIP 2018
Grand Final Long Weekend 28th -30th September 2018
Red Tag Fly Fishers will be running its second annual trip to Apollo Bay on the grand final long weekend. This is to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities available at this magnificent part of Victoria's West Coast. To make this a success, accommodation needs to be booked in the next few weeks as this weekend is also in the middle of the school holidays and will book out fast.
Co-Ordinator: Peter Coles (email@example.com)
mob: 0438 062795 contact Peter with enquries/questions.
Register now before the camp is booked out on this link: http:/www.redtagflyfishers.com.au/trip-registration.html
Or go to Bookings.com for this and other accommodation options
WANT TO SHARE ACCOMODATION?
If you book a cabin and want to share to reduce costs please email Peter Coles firstname.lastname@example.org or post on Team App asking for people to share with.
If you want to find someone with a cabin to share with please put this in the comments when you register:
Camping and caravan sites are also an option.
If you do not want to stay in Apollo Bay there are many smaller private campsites in the area at: Marengo, Wye River, Cumberland River, Kennett River, Aire River (could be rowdy as this is a public campsite)
For those wanting a day trip, Apollo bay is about 2.5 to 3hrs from Melbourne so it makes for a long day. Most accommodation options will not allow you to book for a single night on a long weekend unless you are camping.
Looking out over the beautiful beach of Apollo Bay, BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces offers guests a warm welcome, stunning views and modern amenities. Explore Victoria's Great Ocean Road, Otway National Park, tree top walk, waterfalls, lighthouse, Twelve Apostles, whale and koala nurseries. Bike/walking path runs 1.5km along the beach to the town centre.
Where you can Fish:
The possibilities for fly fishing in both salt and freshwater are endless. There are numerous large and small estuaries that hold good populations of Bream, Estuary Perch, Sea-run Trout, Salmon etc, not to mention trophy trout water like the Aire River, with good numbers in the smaller water like the Barham and Cumberland rivers, Skenes, Wild Dog, and Carisbrook creeks, or you could try your luck in the Apollo Bay Harbour or in the surf or from the rocks at Marengo.
From Melbourne head down the Geelong Freeway. Take the Geelong Bypass road and follow the signs to Winchelsea and Colac. You can take the road to Deans Marsh and go through Lorne, then via Cape Paton and Wye River along the Great ocean road (the scenic route) Otherwise take the road from Winchelsea to Forrest via Birregurra which gets you to the coast at Skenes Creek.
Some Fishing info published in the Adelaide Advertiser:
Opportunities abound at Apollo Bay, which offers diversity of species and technique
ONE of the most popular day trips for Melbourne anglers on weekends and holidays is the run down the Great Ocean Road.
There are many places worth fishing along this road, but the one-stop shop for diversity is Apollo Bay.
Despite the Great Ocean Road's popularity with tourists, the fishing pressure at Apollo Bay has not been extreme. Whether your preference is land-based or offshore, freshwater or salt, opportunities abound.
Apollo Bay offers pier and breakwater fishing. The sheltered harbour can produce barracouta, salmon, squid, mullet, silver trevally and haddock (trevalla) at times.
Shrimp, top estuary bait, are often plentiful around the pilings. There are two breakwall arms and these will produce salmon and barracouta. The southern arm is more difficult to fish but often produces better results.
The harbour has the only protected boat ramp between Barwon Heads and Warrnambool. It is suited to large boats and is popular with anglers wanting to head offshore to fish the reefs for snapper, trevally, barracouta, squid and sharks.
On good days, boats will head as far west as Cape Otway or east to Cape Patton, where they fish for morwong, gummy sharks, snapper and sand flathead. Seek local advice before going to Cape Otway, as there are extensive reef systems and the safest route is best determined on a navigation chart.
Trolling for salmon along the back of the surf beaches is popular and an area off Skenes Creek known as the Waterfall produces good catches of King George whiting to 50cm.
Australian salmon are the mainstay of the surf fishing. The main beaches are at Wild Dog Creek as you enter the outskirts of Apollo Bay, and Marengo, a couple of kilometres on the west side of town.
The best time to fish is from autumn to spring. Wild Dog Creek is worth a try for brown trout but the best fishing is well upstream.
Rock fishing is best near Marengo. As you walk west, you will find plenty of options down as far as the Rifle Butts ledge, the third bay along. Expect to catch garfish, sweep, mullet, salmon, trevally, barracouta, pinkies and King George whiting.
Although the Barham River doesn't look very appealing at first sight, the estuary fishing can be surprisingly good. Bream, yellow eye mullet, estuary perch and the occasional brown trout are caught. Upstream, past the caravan park, the Barham River holds brown trout.
Follow the road to Paradise. It follows the Barham River course and it changes from being a small, deep stream in a deep cut to a wider, shallow stream with riffles, runs and pools. The farther up you go, the smaller the trout become.
If you continue on the Great Ocean Road from Apollo Bay for about 30 minutes, you come to the Aire River. The estuary section produces bream while upstream of the highway brown trout to 7kg have been caught. Where the river enters the sea is a steep beach that is highly regarded for salmon, snapper and gummy sharks.
Tackle Most surf and rock fishing is covered by the standard 3.5m-4m rod and thread line reel spooled with 8kg breaking strain line. The same outfit is suitable for fishing from the breakwall. In the harbour and estuary, a light 2m rod suited to 3kg line will cover all your needs. Offshore anglers use 10kg-15kg outfits for bottom bouncing and trolling, and up to 24kg game-fishing outfits for sharks.
Fly fishers will find 4-6 weight outfits with weight-forward floating lines and 2kg tippets best for the trout. Successful fly patterns are small and include nymph, emerger and ant patterns.
Baits Beach and rock-fishing baits include pilchard, whitebait and pipi for the salmon and sandworm, pipi or sand hoppers for garfish and sweep. In the estuary, prawn, shrimp and sandworm work well. Bigger trout are caught on wood grubs and scrub worms.
Rigs Many anglers prefer to fish under floats for mullet and garfish. Most anglers who fish for salmon use paternoster (fixed sinker) rigs, with up to two leaders and medium long shank hooks sizes 3/0-4/0. The same rig works for bottom bouncing offshore. In the estuary, a running sinker rig with about a No.4 bait holder hook is best for the bream.
Learn to Fly Fish
Red Tag is a long established fly-fishers club and members hold a wealth of knowledge about fly-fishing and are keen to pass that knowledge to new fly-fishers.
The best way to become competent when learning how to fly-fish is by joining a fly- fishers' club.
The club has also introduced a "Development Program" for new fly fishers
Casting Pool Enquiry & Hire
The casting pool is licensed to Red Tag Fly Fishers however Parks Victoria encourage the public to use it providing there is no competition casting or the pool has been rented out to another club or commercial users (eg. casting instructors).
Other clubs and commercial users can enquiry about casting pool hire through the "Contact Us" tab or clicking the following link:
Casting Pool Enquiry & Hire.....