Fishing reports have been very good this week. The quality of the Lake Eucumbene Rainbows is great and a few good ones in Jindabyne too. Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers primed to fire with some rain and are fishing well for resident fish and a few spawners thrown in too.
We have had a report of a pet Dog eating a poison Fox bait or similar in the Old Adaminaby area of Lake Eucumbene on the weekend. Fortunately the owners were able to get assistance for the animal and it survived. Be aware that Fox baits may be laid in areas of farming land around the lake and as such if you have to bring your dog with you it is best to keep it on a lead to stop it from wandering.
It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.
Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize. The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event. Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.
*From 1st May the bag and size limit in the Eucumbene River and Thredbo River changes to 1 fish only over 50cm. All fish under 50cm must be released and only one over 50cm may be kept. The whole of the Eucumbene River is open to fishing. Artificial lure and fly only in both rivers.
Rivers:- Fishing methods are very dependent on the weather at the moment. A nice, still sunny day is ideal for searching with a dry and you may find a few fish rising if a hatch occurs. On overcast and cold days a nymph is a better option fished under an indicator.
There are some spawing fish in the Eucumbene and Thredbo so Glo Bugs and Nymphs will start coming into their own as well. Any good rain over the next few weeks will see a bigger run of fish entering these rivers so keep you eyes on the weather forecasts.
Dry fly fishing is still a possibilty during the day or evenings when a big high pressure system moves over the area and the condtions are fine and warmer. There have been a few hatches on the warmer days so don't pack the dries away quite yet.
Pheasant tails, Hare & Copper, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Black and Brown Nymphs are the pick of the flies with some having a beadhead an advantage if the river is up a little.
Best Dry flies have been Klinkhamers, Adams, Wullfs and small black spinners.
River mouth fishing is well worth a try of an evening with the onset of the spawn run. Large streamers like a Fuzzy Wuzzy or Wooly Bugger on a slow sink or sink tip line are a great way to get amongst some big Browns.
Lake Eucumbene:- Mudeyes are still showing up in the stomachs of some of the Rainbows so a Mudeye pattern, Craigs Nightime or a Mum's Poodle are well worth a go after dark. During the day searching with a Wooly Bugger or a Stick Caddis pattern might find a couple of fish. Look for areas with some depth as the really shallow areas seem to be holding less fish.
*Two anglers fished the Frying Pan/Rushy Plains area on the weekend for twelve fish on Mudeye patterns to 1.5kg. Nearly all fish took them into the backing. That is great fishing indeed.
*Michael Shanahan sent the report and photo below in of his first fish on fly and what a great Rainbow it is. Well done Michael.
Just thought I'd drop a line to say thanks for the great advice and fly
choice on the weekend. I got this cracker 50cm three pounder down at
Eucumbene on a fly from your place and couldn't be happier with my first
fish on fly. Thanks lads.
*John Dickie reports below.
Got these last Saturday day morning (5am) on lfly at Anglers Reach. Very fat, great fight and superb on the table. Both full of mudeyes. Pretty tough going, not a lot of action at all. Of all the bait fishers there, none had a touch all night, so was happy to pick these up..