AT A GLANCE
- Trips are run at scheduled times of year, timed to coincide with some of the best fishing of the season.
- 1 – 2 anglers per boat. Non-fishing partners are welcome.
- Minimum two day booking required. Do two days drifting, or one on the drift boat and one walk/wading on a small mountain stream.
- Trips can be run outside of the scheduled times for multi-day bookings.
- Next scheduled dates are:
UPCOMING DATES – SWAMPY PLAIN RIVER, KHANCOBAN
- GREEN = AVAILABLE
- ORANGE = NOT AVAILABLE BUT MAY BE OFFERED IF OTHER DATES BOOK OUT
- RED = BOOKED
The Swampy Plain River at Khancoban is one of Australia’s iconic trout rivers. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Kosciusko in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the ‘Swampy’ as it is affectionately to fly fishers, is home to some of the best trout fishing and scenery that Australia has to offer.
Being a tailwater and one of only four rivers on the mainland suitable for drift boat fly fishing, the Swampy has been a regular fixture on our guiding calendar for well over 25 years. It offers a host of fly fishing opportunities from both the boat and bank; wading within the high-water line only being possible after gaining access via a boat. Something necessitated by the private property laws in N.S.W.
The Swampy can have terriffic nymph fishing and hatches of aquatic insects. It can also lay boast to some of the finest grasshopper fishing in the country; with huge numbers of these large critters descending on the valley from mid-summer on.
This is a river that every fly fisher should put on their to-do-list. The scenery is stunning, the bird life abundant, and the fishing can be first-rate.
Where and When
The Swampy is a four hour drive from our base of operations at Alexandra VIC, necessitating that we stay in the area for 8-10 days on each trip. Staying in Khancoban township while there, we meet clients at the dam wall each morning or we collect them from local accommodation. This trip attracts anglers from both Victoria and New South Wales in equal numbers, as the location is approximately half way between Sydney and Melbourne.
Despite being rather well known for it’s good nymph fishing, we have also taken much of what we have learned fishing our local tailwater, the Goulburn River, and applied it to fishing the Swampy. In doing so we have developed an array of techniques for finding visibly feeding fish, and then fishing small ‘match the hatch’ dry flies to them. We often find these surface feeding fish from mid-morning onward.
The Swampy a very short river that is known for extensive gravel bars that seem to run forever, with many of the best drop-offs only accessible via a combination of boat and wade fishing. Excellent indicator nymphing can be expected with a dry/nymph combination a very popular way of getting down to where the fish are holding at times of high flows.
Some very large fish have been taken this way.
Browns on the Swampy average between .75 – 1.5 lb with a decent chance at fish between 3 – 4 lb. Rainbows are caught at a lesser rate but are usually also of a good size, and are often in great condition. The browns are most often found on or just behind shallow gravel bars, as well as tucked in close to the edge and along seams, seeking shelter from the main current. Rainbows are often found out in the open, and along the numerous rock walls that line the river, and are prone to attacking a dry fly from any depth; in any speed of water.
This is particularly apparent in summer when some great fish will come up from 15 feet down to eat big, rubber-legged flies.
Hatches of caddisflies and our large Kossie mayfly are often superb. Evening rises can be a huge event with every fish in the river up and feeding. Some of the best evening rise sessions that we have experienced (in Australia), have been on this river, with numerous big fish rising until well after last light.
The fishing can be very good and the scenery while drifting is spectacular, ensuring that both returning clients and first timers are equally entertained.
It really is a beautiful river.
There is also the chance to visit the Swampy outside of the scheduled times below; with January/February and in particular April, often offering quality fly fishing. The high-summer hopper fishing at times has to be experienced to be believed.
These trips are done on arrangement. Call for more information or keep an eye on the website for dates.
Swampy drifts begin at Khancoban Pondage at around 9am and finish in the late afternoon / early evening at Bringenbrong Bridge. Start and end times can be amended to suit your particular itinerary should you need to get off the water early or want to stay out late to catch the hatch.
The rate for the boat is $790 per day and walk/wade days are $690. There is a minimum two day booking. These prices are for one or two anglers. A 50% deposit secures your place. Additional guided walk/wade and drift boat days are available at $650 per day.
For more information on prices and our booking and cancellation policies, please click here.
There is a maximum of two anglers per drift (there will only be two anglers if you book with a friend; we will not place you with someone else). The price includes all flies, drinks, lunch, and a full day of guided drift boat fishing on one of the best rivers in the country.
The vast array of specialised techniques that we have developed for fishing from the drift boats have come from the experience of guiding and drifting full-time on the Goulburn River since 1994.
Further to that, our guides spend the Australian winters (June/July/August) in the USA; fishing with guides/colleagues who are at the forefront of fly pattern and drift boat fishing method development. The knowledge gained from these ‘Montana trips’ has been invaluable for us as drift boat guides.
This skill-set is common to all our guides who each spend a great deal of time ‘stateside’, as well as 150-200 days on the oars in Australia each season.
We are always refining our skills, techniques and approach, improving with each and every season. Our team of hard-working and personable guides are out on the water every day; ensuring that you get the most out of any time spent with us.
Let us show you a great trip drifting down one of Australia’s best rivers this season. Phone us today on 03 5773 2513 or 0418 995 611 to discuss the options or make a booking.
Watch our vintage Swampy promo video from the late 1990’s below:
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR OTHER MULTI DAY TRIPS
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