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Archive Date: 06/09/2004
Just when I thought spring had arrived - we had 20cm of snow at Middlingbank / Buckenderra on Sunday morning.We've also had some good rain up in the high country this week - which will be great for the spawn runs. Despite the rough weather there where still some good reports form thoase who braved the elements.The fishing has been great right through winter and should only get better as things warming up.For more details on the day, call into the store on your way through and we'll update things over a cuppa in front of the fire
Rivers - 4 weeks to go ! All general trout streams are now closed to all fishing until Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 ( Start of the October longweekend).However our lakes are open all year round with some of most consistent conventional fishing on Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne occuring over winter.
Eucumbene: There's still some really nice browns & rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra,Middlingbank and Yens bay. Fishing an intermediate line with streamers would get reults like wooly buggers and fuzzies etc. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area through winter, and well worth a look on a bright day. The winter polaroiding along the wall was quite good last winter on the rainbows .For those who are prepared to put in the time and dress accordingly, we'll still see some good fish caught from around the Eucumbene river mouth right through winter as well. You can still fish this area so long as your are outside of any visible flow - which is basically below the last set of rapids in the river all year round. So once the browns have gone, you'll see some BIG rainbows come through in September.Rick Sunderland fished Loch Style with Dunkelds and woolly buggers at seven gates for 4 rainbows averaging 1kg.The boys fishing from "Jewream'N" out fomr Breamar Bay also did well using woolly buggers and bead head yabby patterns for 35 fish - mostly browns to 2.24kgs.
Jindabyne: Had some quite good reports back in from those who have been out polaroiding , seeing as many as 20+ fish a session.Seeing them and catching them can be another storey as any one who has had a go at polaroiding will tell you. We've had our local guide Paul Bourne tie us up some nice sand cased caddis flies - which have worked well this season - give one a try next trip.Other patterns worth a try include Midge pupa's, black & peacocks, wooly buggers and Horrors etc. Remember stay back from the edges and walk slowly.
Ben Davis from Canberra with a nice brown caught in the snow Sunday morning
The trolling really has been fantastic on both lakes this winter and only looks set to get better as things warm up.Alan Hocking and son in law to be Ben Davis fished from Buckenderra for some lovely brown to 2.5kgs, commenting the condition of the fish is also fantastic. Alf & Viv Micallef form Canberra also did well with a couple of nice rainbows - and dropped a BIG brown defore the snow settled in.Michael & Jai Tinson,Ron & Gary Nash from Merrimbula trolled Tantangarra with tassies in Col 72 for 12 fish to 2kgs. Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col S12,Y82,YFR ,89 & 55.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the Alpine Attractor, Pink wings, black hole and midnight special all fishing well of late. Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are rainbow and browns trout patterns, tigers and pink/violets. The rebel crick hoppers also continue to fish well with the black one being the pick along with the Smilin jack version in black/gold. Running 3 colours of leadline can also help pull a few fish through out the day, getting your lures down around the 3 metre mark.
Alan Hocking with a lovely Brown taken form Buckenderra Saturday before the snow.
NEW Duel Depth Tassie Colours:-We have just recieved the new "Yellow Wing" Duel depht Tasmanian devil range - Including the popular S12 sparkler.These are sure to become favourites in a few tackle boxes - Give some a run next trip.
Jindabyne: Didn't get any reports from Jindabyne this week.Generally the best areas have been around the Islands in front of the main township, Rushes/Sid's bay at East Jindabyne, Creel bay and around Waste point and the Western side up around Kalkite.We should also start to see some of the BIG salmon turning up from now on in as they've got to be getting pretty hungry by now !
The baitfishing has been fantastic this winter with some real quality in the fish being caught as well.The best reports have been from anglers fishing with bardie grubs, using a Power bait dropper (pictured below). This rig has really proven itself over the last few seasons; with both options you really have it covered. Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. Scrub worms can also be fished instead of the Bardie grub, being a cheaper alternative. Best colours in the Power bait have been Orange, Sherbet, Lime twist and rainbow. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we get a special "single egg" pattern in from Gamakatsu just for the job - which has a short shank and ultra wide gape. Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.
Best areas' on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates, yens bay, Breamar bay and along the dam wall.
Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, creel bay and Kalkite.
Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being caried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-
Eucumbene 50 % and Rising
Jindabyne 48 % and falling
Tantangarra 10 % Rising
That's all till next week!