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Archive Date: 30/12/2005
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the team at The Alpine Angler
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year
Christmas Trading Hours
December 24th Christmas Eve - 9am till 5.30pm
December 25th - Christmas Day - CLOSED
December 26th - Boxing Day - 8am till atleast 6pm
December 27th - 31st 9am till 5.30pm
January 1st 8am till 5.30 pm
*Normal Trading Hours will resume after this !
Remember to call in for a cuppa on your way through if heading to the Snowy Mountains over the Christmas & New Year break - The fishing has been great !
All The Best from Scotto,Katrina,Eleasha,Tom,Shaun & Paul
Rivers:- The high country rivers have been fishing exceptionally well this season and should only get better over the Christmas/New Year holiday season with some warm stable weather.Plenty of both rainbows and browns have been taken on dries over the last few weeks , with a nymph dropper being a popular rig.Flies worth having in your box include Royal Wulffs, Humpy's , Stimulators, Adams, duns, Foam beetles, Klinkhammers, Elh hair caddis and a selection of bead head nymphs.
Lake Eucumbene:- There have been some very nice browns showing up down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank ,Frying pan and Seven Gates area ,with fish being found in just about all the good soaks. There have been a few midge starting to get about of an evening as well as some good polaroiding through the day on beetles .
*Greg & Kevin from Newcastle flyfished out from Frying Pan last week , for some of the best fish they have every caught .The boys mostly polaroided through the day with red tags, nymphs and of an evening with TC's for over 20 good fish. Greg landed both a 4lb & 7lb Brown , with Kevin's best being a 4lb and 6lb brown.Going home as the weather was coming good was difficult.
*Charles Sealy from Tumut with a lovely 3.2kg brown caught on a Mrs Simpson out at Middlingbank on the 22nd.Charles also reported plenty of rainbows moving on beetles through the day
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 so far this season.
Lake Jindabyne:- There's been a few fish about - but not a lot of fly anglers chasing them. Best fishing has been 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
*Harry Southwell trolled out of his Kayak with Tassies in Col S12 for 1 nice brown & 3 rainbows out of Providence on Eucumbene.
Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been great on Eucumbene over the last few months with some great rainbows & browns coming in. 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, while the better browns have been in close around teh clay yabby banks. 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 AND Rapala Jointed Shad Raps & minnows.
*Stuart Glorer with a THUMPING 2.77kg brown ( cleaned weight ) caught in the Thredbo river on a Rapala CD5 brown trout minnow , Guy Chessell also fished with Stuart and caught plenty of nice rainbows and 2 salmon.
*HOT NEW LURES :- Just in time for Christmas we have received our NEW Rapala Shipment with plenty of original minnows, Jointed shad raps, longtails and vibrax's now in-stock !! The new River2Sea Mini Vibes will also prove popular for those who have been experimenting with lipless / rattlin crank baits. We have a HUGE range of Proven lures to suite our local fishing so call in for a browse.
Jindabyne:- Better reports this week, with the best area's being up around the Thredbo river mouth at around Waste Point and the eastern shoreline around Sid's Bay . Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing" patterns producing fish, as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the "Black Hole" and "Alpine Attractor" doing well .
* James,Kieren& Pepe from Canberra came back up again after the last weeks great fishing. The boys fished out at Seven gates on Eucumbene overnight Saturday for another 18 good rainbows from .800 to 1.5 kgs between them.The boys used scrubbies,mudeyes & Powerbait !
The baitfishing has been great,with some beautiful brows starting to come in over the last few weeks. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish.Scrub worms fished in conjunction with a Powerbait dropper still provingto be a popular rig ( Pictured below ).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 have a special NEW "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. The mudeye fishing has also been pretty good over the last month and should only improve as things warm up.The best way to fish mudeyes is with a running bubble rig (Pictured Below ).
* Please call into the store and ask us to show you how to rig these baits if your having trouble
Powerbait Dropper Rig
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 :-
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Eucumbene 55.5 % Falling
Jindabyne 61.4% Stable
Tantangarra 8.6 % Falling