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

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


Healthy Waterways = Healthy Fishing
The main purpose of this Fish Habitat Workshop 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. To find out more:


Fish Habitat Workshop

To book tickets:  Tickets  (Registration is required for optional activities).



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

Come along to Maryton Lane, Marysville on the 5th May and join in with VRFish and the ATF to help plant over 600 trees to support the health of the Steavenson River. This project is part of the "Angler Riparian Partnerships Program".

  • All welcome.
  • BBQ lunch provided.
  • Free beginners fly-casting lessons following the event.

Pre-register for your chance to win $320 worth of prizes on the day thanks to Trelly's Shepparton.

by contacting Kris Leckie - VRFish (0488 985 420 or or Terry George - ATF (




Previous Events


"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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