Headlines: The fishing over the last week has been great in the rivers. Tantangara fished vey well in the Fly Championships, Eucumbene is producing a few on the troll and bait. Jindabyne has fished well early and late in the day.
The NSW government has proposed early last week to close the Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne. Of course this has angered many anglers in the local area interstate and even overseas. Petitions to stop the closure are in the shop at present and all anglers are urged to sign.
A hastily organised rally was held at the hatchery on Sunday and the turn out was very good. Steve Samuels, president of the Council of freshwater anglers spoke along with representatives of the main political parties. None want the hatchery closed.
Rally at the hatchery on Sunday.
If you want to help avoid this ridiculous proposal you can write or email letters to the following people to voice your disapproval of the proposed closure.
The Hon Steve Whan (ALP)
Member for Monaro
110-112 Monaro Street
QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620
Phone (02) 6299 4899
The Hon Nathan Rees (ALP)
Premier of NSW
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Phone (02) 9228 5239
The Hon Ian Macdonald (ALP)
Minister for Primary Industries
Level 33 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone (02) 9228 3344
The Hon Jodi McKay (ALP)
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Small Business
Level 37 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Phone (02) 9228 5668
Boat launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall, Anglers Reach, Buckenderra.
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Rivers:- Dry fly fishing has been exceptional in the local area with the fish really looking up for anything hatching or falling onto the water. With one week of warm weather the fishing has improved out of sight. Beetles are starting to show, more caddis are hatching from the streams, and the whole area has been firing.
Dry flies to use at the moment are small emergers like Klinkhamers, Blue wing olive parachutes, attractors like Wullfs and Stimulators, along with beetles and ant patterns. A nymph suspended under the dry during the day is a good method to use, but a dry dusk will have beat results.
Rainbows in the Thredbo river on the weekend
The Murrumbidgee has produced some great fish in the Fly Champinships and some good ones at that.
Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers have a really nice easy to fish flow at the moment and some nice browns and rainbows to be caught.
Other rivers worth a look early in the season are the Moonbah, Mac, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.
Lake Eucumbene:- Looks fantastic at present and the water is still rising but the fish have not been coming in around the edges in big numbers yet. With the edges warming and the Midges and Caddis numbers rising it won't be long before it really fires up. Evening is the best time to hit the lake for rising fish. Early polaroiding can be very succesful on browns when conditions are good.
Best areas to look are Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Waiunui, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens, Wangrabelle, Springwood
Night fishing will improve over the next few weeks with the rising water. Dark flies like Craigs, Fuzzies, Phantoms, are the go. Mudeye patterns will account for a few fish in the next week or two.
Lake Jindabyne:- The fishing in Jindabyne has still been quite good and better than expected. The dropping water has slowed the polaroiding for some but there are still fish around the edges that are very polaroidable. The river mouth arms seem to be the best areas.
Night time fishing has been good with some nice reports coming in. Muddler Minnows, Sunset flies, Fuzzy Wuzzys, Hammils and Tom Jones work very well at this time of year. Lumos will turn on some nice fish with the dark phase we are in now.
Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :- Have not heard the full report on the fly championships at the lake but I did here of some good fish being caught out of the boats.
Trolling and Spinning
We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.
Our Rapala Minnow indent has just arrived this week.