Headlines: Fishing over the last week has been very good. Warm weather this week will see improved fly fishing in all lakes and rivers, the baitfishing has been very good and there are plenty of fish being caught overall.
The 34th Snowy Mountains Trout Festival concluded on Friday last week. The weather was a little challenging for the week of the competition, however there were some great fish caught. Below are some of the winners from the competition and check out the quality weights of these fish (these weights are all gilled and gutted too).
Largest fish overall 2.567 kg Brown Trout - Caught on bait by Rob Hughes
Other Browns Biggest Rainbows
2.248kg Trolling - Cheryl Wilson 1.050kg Trolling - Aaron Church
1.926kg Spinning - Leon Miners 1.460kg Spinning - Robert Smith
2.208kg Fly - Mick Couvee 1.649kg Bait - Jon Cordingley
1.846kg Junior - Daniel Hoffman .992kg Fly - Richard Rowlands
.927kg Junior - Dillon Fusinato
Other fish worth noting were an Atlantic Salmon of 1.966kg caught by Steve Jankosko and a .989kg Brook Trout caught by Tony Brine.
A terriffic competition and some great fish.
Rivers:- NOW OPEN!
Thunderstorms and rain have given many of our streams another boost of water last week. Reports have been fantastic from all the rivers in the mountains.
Dry fly fishing has improved incredibly and the hatches of an evening have been huge on occasions. Caddis, Mayfly, Midge, Stonefly plus Termites, Beetles and Ants have really had the fish on the chew on the surface.
*Ryan Pawloski and Mick Morrison fished the Eucumbene River on Tuesday this week and hooked seventeen fish between them on a mixture black and brown nymphs and several on a Red tag also.
*Mick Patton and Dave Maurier fished the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers for an afternoon hooking five nice fish on nymphs in the Eucumbene and missed a few in the Murrumbidgee. Mick commented that both rivers look sensational at present.
*Simon Langford sent the following report below.
Thanks for the advice Tom, I fished the section of the Euc where the portal runs into the river on Saturday morning, river was a bit discoloured from the rain but I landed 10 fish between 7:30-8:30am all on the nymph. 3 browns and 7 rainbows the browns were a bit slabby. Seemed they went right off the boil as soon as the sun got stronger and fog burnt off about 9am.
Have not had a definte report from the Thredbo but based on the hatches and warm weather this week I am sure it will fire.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports from Eucumbene have really improved with some great reports of fish on Termites and quite a few midges starting to show as the water rises over some of the grassy bays. Many grass covered bays are starting produce prolific midge hatches with fish starting to work them. Midge pupa, and midge ball patterns are the go in these situations.
Seven gates, Buckenderra and Braemar has had fish moving in numbers on some evenings and a midge pupa or stick caddis will work well when fished with the slow dancing retrieve.
Fish have not been large as a rule but there certainly have been plenty to cast at of an evening.
I dropped in Tuesday night to ask for directions to a good spot a
Eucumbene and got pointed to Buckendera. Thank-you to whoever gave me
these directions. I arrived about 6pm and had a poke around with
nymph for a while but saw no fish until the sun had dropped below the
ridge of the hill. All of a sudden, there were fish galore feeding on
Midges. I fished the inlet up passed the boat ramp (were it is at the
mo) and had about 20 fish working the area.
Despite numerous fly changes, including a number of midge patterns
the best I could do were a few taps on a small wet cast quickly into
the rise rings. From what I saw I am guessing the fish were small to
medium rainbows, but I can't be certain. Thanks for the info
*Other anglers in the Braemar bay area have found good numbers of fish working on shores where the wind has blown and congregated terrestrials into the bays. Fish have been on green Beetles in these areas.