Had the chance to stay at Riverstone Lodge over the weekend, which is not far from Mt Buller and backs onto the Delatite River. The lodge was built as a ski lodge for winter and a flyfishers paradise through the warmer months, sleeps 11 people with all the mod cons. Best part is, the Delatite is only 100m from the back door! And there’s plenty of access points close by.
So the first order of business was to christen the lovely Indigo Creek 7’6″ cane rod that Blake Swaddling made for me last year. I asked for fast, and I got it! This little rod is just a delight to fish dries with delicacy, short to medium distance. This is a dangerous move for me – cane is addictive!
The lodge itself is owned and operated by Ashleigh and Sue Dunsmore (of HARFIN reels) and is a home away from home. My wife (who isn’t the outdoors type) loved it…
There’s plenty to do for the non-fishing partner, but if worse comes to worse there’s plenty of books, magazines, games, DVDs and satellite TV. Which is great if it happens to teem down with rain as well!
But the river itself is just great for dry fly. Perfect for short rods, delicate presentations and for those with the patience to work the pocket water. I had a quick run last night to get in the groove, and a 2 hr session this morning. Problem is, now I need more!