4WD Fly Fishing Exploratory #1
28 th -29 th December 2019
Terry Barbie (TL)
Rob & Curtis Dickson
Kuriakose Family - Lejoe, Biji, Lynette and Leanna
Saturday 28 th Dec 2019 - Day 1
My first trip as Trip Leader - about time some
have said! The only caveat for this trip was
there was no promise of catching a fish.
We met at the Black Spur Inn at 9:30 for a
coffee, before heading out to our first fishing
spot of the day.
Toyota Landcruiser 79
We eventually arrived at Anderson Mill
camping area, used for horse riding, camping
and caravanners. It was still early in the day
and as the trip title says the exploratory
component of the trip kicked in, so we headed
off the Keppel Hut.
The first spot near Granton was not easily
accessible due to private property, so we
moved to the second fishing spot on Coach
Road, a little east of Narbethong. We were able
to cast our lines but had no luck. This spot was
small and really didn’t offer many
opportunities to land a fish. Time to move on.
The next plan was low range driving on
Strickland Spur track, however when we
arrived at the southern end of this track it was
closed for road and bridge maintenance. Plan
B kicked in - follow the black top further south
to Eiglin Road then join Wilks Creek Road.
Wilks Creek Road was initially easy-going
gravel, however we finally and happily hit
some low-range stuff. The low-range part
consisted of some steep and loose rocky
driving. Wilks Creek Road settled down to easy
dirt surface again though we stopped several
times to clear small trees overhanging the
track. Rob’s son, Curtis, was a great help
clearing the trees with a small handsaw.
Keppel Hut Track
Lejoe led the Keppel Hut part of the driving
which provided some more low-range driving.
Keppel Hut had good, recently renovated
facilities. At this point James Cooke and Lejoe’s
family left the trip. It was great to have them
along and thank you to Lejoe for showing us