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Archive Date: 10/10/2005
Just when we where getting used to the warm spring weather - it's gone down the gurgler. It's been blowing a hurricane on & off all week and then it snowed on us Saturday night & Sunday morning. Both the Eucumbene & Thredbo rivers came back up again and are FULL of rainbows. Even with teh rough weather we have seen some great fish caught ,with rainbows to 4kgs ! If the wind will give us a break I think we're in for a ripper season Remember to call in to the store for a cuppa on your way through or home and we'll update any further details on the day.
*Warning to dog owners around Lake Eucumbene :- A report from a concerned customer - Last weekend my fishing buddy and myself were fishing Yens Bay "Eucumbene" with many other people and I am really sad to say that we (Marty and Marko) lost our special dogs Mika and Takara to 1080 poison baits. I was really hoping that you could post this at the start of your next fishing report or the next, as to hear them yelp in agony, see the pain in their eyes and to hold and comfort them is excruciatingly painful. No signs were anywhere to be seen on "Bolaro Road" indicating baits were laid, but fishermen PLEASE beware !
Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 2005
This years 32nd annual Yamaha Snowy Mountains Trout Festival will be run from Saturday the 29 th October to Friday the 4 th of November. The last weigh in time will be 10am on Friday morning.
This years prize presentation will be held at the Berridale Community Hall from 2pm on Friday the 4th of November 2005.
Remember all you have to do is enter this years event and attend the prize presentation to be in the draw for the Fantastic new Quintrex 385 Explorer boat, with 20hp Yamaha motor and trailer prize valued at over $7000.00 ! This years competition is made possible with the continued support from www.yamaha-motor.com.au . who have donated the fabulous 20 hp motor in conjunction with Ken's Marine Canberra, who have supplied the new Quintrex 385 Explorer boat and trailer. We thank Yamaha , Quintrex and Ken's Marine for their generosity and hope that you will be able to support them in future.
You also have the chance of winning $1000 worth of quality tackle for each fishing category. Our ability to make these prizes available is due to the strong support from some of Australia's leading tackle wholesalers, EJ Todd & Son, JM Gillies, Pure Fishing, Rapala VMC, Basser Millyard & Saga Tackle . Combined with the strong support from local business's helps make this a fishing event not to be missed.
There will also be daily "secret weight cash prizes" valued as much as $1000.00 !
We're also lifting the prize pool on the NEW Clubs/Team Category to $750.00 CASH !
There will also be the prized Festival Beer Tankards for the largest rainbow and largest brown trout recorded at each weigh in centre.
The committee hopes that you will enjoy the fishing and sites which the beautiful Snowy Mountains area has to offer,and look forward to seeing you all again.
Entry forms can be down loaded @ www.troutfestival.com or you can email Scotto @ email@example.com for more details Or Call 02-6452-5538
Rivers:- Are Now ALL open Both the Eucumbene & Thredbo Rivers fished well over the opening weekend with LOTS of good rainbows still running.The average fish where around the kilo mark with quite a few over 2kgs. These fish should stay in these rivers until the end of the month.Best fishing has been with Glo bugs & nymphs , ensuring you keep your flies on the bottom being the key.
*G'day guys, I though you might like a photo of the fish that I and my bother Tony Milevski from Shellharbour caught at Thredbo River on the opening week end.Also would like the opportunity to thank you guys for the apparel we purchase at a good price.
Lake Eucumbene:- There have been some nice browns showing up down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank Frying pan area with fish to 2.5 kgs being taken. Although the rainbows are now spawning there are still plenty of opportunities to catch these fish. Middlingbank,Seven Gates, the dam wall and Frying Pan are all worth a look. You just have to be out there to get them .Patterns worth having in your box include Woolly buggers,Fuzzy wuzzies, Craig's night times,Tiahape ticklers and lumo baby dolls.Remember to up your tippet after dark to atleast 8lb as there's always a chance of a BIG one during the night
*Stephen Fiske from Vic flyfished out from Buckenderra on Lake Eucumbene with an intermediate line and woolly buggers for 30 odd fish over the week - with rainbows to 1.5kgs and the best brown going 3kgs !
Fishing on Eucumbene over the weekend was excellent, there are still quite
a number of fish up the river, and a glow bug with a nymph trailing worked
well but a bit of split shot was required to get them down as the river is
still flowing very hard from all the rain we have been getting.Lake trolling was also very good even though it blew very hard most of the weekend.Most people caught fish one person I talked to caught 7 in 2hrs on lead line using frog pattern lofftys cobera, flat lining was also working well most lure types were catching them.
Mark Fountain - Lake Eucumbene Fishing Charters.
Lake Tantagara :- Has started to produced a few fish , and should get better once the lake level stabilizes a little as it's been up & down like a yo-yo recently.
Lake Jindabyne:- It's been one of the best polaroiding seasons in years - BUT the lake is now rising fast , so the polaroiding will start to taper off. Best fishing will be working yabby beds with streamers until we start to get some warmer weather and some insects moving ie:midges,caddis etc.Flies worth having in your box include :- woolly bugger's, and fuzzy wuzzy's, Bushy's Horror's,sand cases caddis,black and peacocks, midges etc
Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been HOT on Eucumbene over the last few weeks with some thumping rainbows & Browns coming in. Some anglers managed some good fish this week but were a little hampered by weather at times. Both leadline and flatlines have been producing fish with the cooler surface temperatures.The best fishing has been down the bottom of the lake well away from the main river in-flows. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on daphnia in the open water. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Black hole , Lime spider and Alpine Special patterns, Rebel crickhoppers and crawfish,Storm Hot N Tots , ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.
*Mark & Bert from Wollongong trolled Jindy with both leadlines & flatlines with our own Alpine Cobras in Cols "black hole" & "Alpine attractor" for 9 rainbows and one brown averaging around 1kgs.
*Chris & Leo Harding from Wollongong spent teh week at Jindabyne with their families.The fishing was tuff with the rough weather BUT they still managed some nice fish.The best fishing was trolling with any "yellow wing" cobra lure ie:Alpine Cobra in the black hole OR Tassies in Y82 etc. The team landed 7 good rainbows to 1.5kgs trolling , 8 on the fly , with Leo landing a nice 2kg brown , along with a few on powerbait and scrubbies !
HOT NEW LURES :- Just arrived in-store for the opening weekend , River 2 Sea Humbugs, Eco Gear SX 40F & 48 F minnows, 2"inch Bug Ants, Sting Cobra Col B/S, Squidgy "Slick Rigs", Team Diawa Pro-Vibrations,Trout Killer E-Chips !
Jindabyne:- Not many reports from Jindy this week. The Thredbo river mouth up around Waste Point and the eastern shoreline around Sid's Bay have been the most consistent area's. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in "Yellow Wing" patterns should see a few nice fish in the boat.
* Gordon Jobson from Dapto finished off his weeks fishing on lake Jindabyne with a beautiful 4 kg atlantic salmon , caught trolling with a gold metal slice.
The baitfishing has been great this winter , with some fantastic browns starting to come in over the last few weeks. The best rig through winter has been combining scrub worms with a Power bait dropper ( pictured below).Power bait in orange, rainbow and lemon twist have been the main fish takers.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. 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.
*4 Year old Blake Hartnett from Cambewarra with a nice rainbow caught at Frying Pan on Lake Eucumbene
*Athol & Kim from Capt's Flat fished out from Frying Pan on Eucumbene with powerbait and scrubbies for 2 nice rainbows overnight Saturday, commenting the wind nearly blew their dog off it's chain !
Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Frying pan, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.
Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kalkite.
Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-
#Please Note - NSW Fishing Licences:- Due to the amount of work involved with licence returns we are now ONLY offering fishing licences On-Line Via the NSW Fisheries web site with the use of CREDIT CARD PAYMENT ONLY !
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Eucumbene 56 % Rising
Jindabyne 62% Rising
Tantangarra 29 % Rising