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Volunteers Needed - Jordan-Scotty Incubator Loading and Installation


Similar to 2017, the ATF has teamed up with the VFA and Recreational Angling Clubs to trial the Jordan Scotty incubators to ascertain whether it's a viable stocking method for streams that have been adversely affected by bush fires, floods or human intervention.

We'll be installing the Jordan Scotty Incubators in the same streams in which we installed them last year; being. King River Tribs. the Jamieson River and Traralgon Creek. This season, two more streams have been added to the trials at the request of the Bairnsdale Fly Fishing Club. The extra streams chosen are the upper reaches of Crooked River and the Upper Dargo River. Both of these rivers, together with the Wonnangatta River, form part of the Mitchell River catchment area in Gippsland.

The eggs were stripped about 3 weeks ago at Snobs Creek hatchery and the donor trout fin clipped to record their DNA on a data base. Electro fishing will be undertaken in each of the ensuing 3 years, and fish caught will be fin clipped and their DNA matched against the donors' DNA to ascertain if the trout are the progeny hatched via the incubators.

John Douglas (VFA – Stocking Manager) yesterday advised that we are on track for the 16th June for the incubator loading day at Snobs Creek Hatchery. We should meet at Snobs Creek Hatchery at 9.00am (or soon after!) for tea/coffee and briefing before loading the incubators. We should finish around lunch time when there will be lunch provided by a gourmet chef (JD - snags in bread, with salad if you're lucky!!). The incubators will then be installed in the chosen locations over the ensuing 4 days.

We welcome Angling Cubs and Anglers who wish to volunteer to assist in loading and/or installing the incubators. If you wish to be involved please register your name and contact details with Matt Byrne (E) .

"Special Presentation - Tarmo Raadik of ARI"

Native Fish Australia (Vic) General Meeting in conjunction with the ATF is pleased to bring you a special presentation from Senior Research Scientist Tarmo Raadik of Arthur Rylah Institute on: All you ever wanted to know about aquatic predator control in Victorian upland streams: progress on managing trout for galaxid conservation on Wednesday 6th June 2018 at the WIldlife Sanctuary La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus - more information.


"Talk Wild Trout" Conference 2018

The fourth "Talk Wild Trout" conference will be held in Melbourne (Preston area) on Saturday 11th August 2018.

To register your interest in attending, tickets are already available on the Victorian Fisheries Authority website.

Fish Habitat Workshops

Funding is being provided to the ATF to host a series of 4 Habitat Workshops across the state of Victoria.

The first of these workshops was recently held in Myrtleford (end of April 2018). ~ Around 50 - 60 people attended and a number of new habitat restoration projects were proposed. These are currently being looked at, prioritized and being planned as future projects.

The big winners are you anglers, so get involved and help plan where habitat works will be carried out in future.There will be other workshops held in Melbourne, Traralgon & Warrnamool between now and March next year.


Healthy Waterways = Healthy Fishing
The main purpose of these "Fish Habitat Workshops" is to create awareness of the threats to our waterways and fisheries, and to assemble an army of “Habitat Soldiers” to join in partnerships and take some responsibility in restoring the health of our waterways through identifying and completing habitat restoration projects. It’s all about working together in partnerships where “Every Little Bit Helps”.

If you’re passionate about restoring river heath and fisheries,come along and find out how to get involved.

Once dates have been set we will post them here and on our Facebook page.

To register your interest or to find out more about these workshops please contact: Terry George - ATF (

  • Melbourne (TBC)

  • Traralgon (TBC)

  • Warrnambool (TBC)


Past Events


"Steavenson River Tree Planting Day" - May 5th 2018

Held at Maryton Lane, Marysville on the 5th May in conjunction with VRFish and the Goulburn Broken CMA over 600 trees were planted along the river bank to support the health of the Steavenson River. This project is part of the "Angler Riparian Partnerships Program".

Around 60 people including volunteers from numerous fishing clubs assisted along with organizers to plant the trees provided by the CMA. The local land-owner was very welcoming and a BBQ lunch provided to all volunteers and fly-casting lessons were also provided to anyone interested following the event.

Steavenson River Tree Planting Day


"Fish Habitat Workshop" (Myrtleford) - 28th April 2018

The Australian Trout Foundation (ATF) teamed up with Native Fish Australia (VIC) to present a Fish Habitat Workshop at Myrtleford on Saturday 28th April.

Further workshops are being panned for other regions later in the year (see "coming events" above).

The team (ATF / NFA / GBCMA / NECMA / VFA / ARI) are constantly seeking the best methods to combat threats to our Fish Habitats, while also recognising and applauding the excellent work done in all regions by partnerships involving Catchment Management Authorities, Recreational Anglers / Clubs and Land Care groups; particularly in clearing and re-planting riparian zones around our waterways and putting snags back in the streams.



"Talk Wild Trout" Conference - Sat 11th Nov. 2017

It's on again. Don't miss the third Wild Trout Conference.

ATF president Terry George along with Fisheries Manager John Douglas will be speaking about this year's Incubator trials in the Jamieson and King rivers and Traralgon Creek.

It's free and a great chance to improve your trout knowledge and success.

Hear from experts about results from our three-year study, funded by recreational fishing licence fees.Trout Fisher

Conference topics include:

  • Spawning results from 12 key rivers
  • Keynote speaker, renowned trout researcher from New Zealand, John Hayes, talking about trout behavior and what makes a good trout stream
  • Anglers improving habitat and how to get involved
  • Outcomes of trout stocking in 2 iconic rivers
  • Progress on incubator stocking trials (3 rivers)
  • Trout fishing pressure study
  • The new Freshwater Fishery Management Plan.

We'll also outline how the State Government is investing $46 million into the Target One Million plan to grow participation and get more people fishing, more often.

A panel discussion will end the day with questions from the audience welcome.

Catering provided. (Please email any special dietary requirements to

When: Sat 11th Nov. 2017 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
Where: Mansfield Performing Arts Centre (15 View Street, Mansfield)



"Talk Wild Trout" Conference - Sat 5th Nov. 2016

Following a successful event in 2015, Fisheries Victoria are holding the 2nd "Talk Wild Trout" conference at Mansfield, Victoria on Saturday 5th November 2016, from 9.30am until 4.30pm.
(For more details click here)

Bright Fly Fishing Opening Week End (FFOWE) - Sat 5th & Sun 6th Sept '15
Supported by Alpine Shire Council and scheduled to coincide with the opening of the fly fishing season on Saturday 5 September, it was organised by local guiding business Southern Fly Fishing Adventures in association with Fly-Fisher tackle shop in  Melbourne.

Held at Boynton's Winery and the Harrietteville Trout Farm, the event is highly recommended and well attended.
Vice President (and former guide), Terry George was a guest speaker.
Matt Howell, a local master fly casting instructor was also in attendance offering his help with fly casting technique.

2015 was the event's 2nd year and it appears to be growing each year so we look forward to an even bigger event in 2016.

Bright Fly Fishing Opening Weekend Event      

2014 Event
You-Tube video
(Click image)


Goulburn Trout Festival - Sat 5th Sept '15
To welcome the opening of the 2015 trout fishing season in rivers and streams, Fisheries Victoria and the Eildon community once again hosted the annual Goulburn Fishing Festival on Saturday 5 September. As usual, the ATF were present again this year.


ATF / NFA side-by-side Carpark displays Snobs Creek hatchery tour
ATF / NFA side-by-side Carpark displays Snobs Creek hatchery tour



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