Headlines: Well what a difference some nice, warm, relatively windless days have made. Fishing conditions improved over the weekend and the fishing improved out of sight with them. Eucumbene has picked up dramatically for trollers and also fly anglers.
With the Lake continuing to rise it is now at 33% plus! and the fishing is improving rapidly.
The Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Australia, Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is drawing closer.
Dates are Saturday the 31st of October - Friday 6th of November 2009
This year sees the addition of a new 'soft plastics' category. Once againg there is the chance to win a Quintrex boat, Yamaha Outboard Motor, Minn Kota electric motor and Humminbird sounder all on a trailer ready to go.
See www.troutfestival.com for more competition details
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Rivers:- Have fished very well over the weekend with the Thredbo and Eucumbene holding good numbers of fish. Glo bugs and nymphs, as usual were the best patterns and weight was needed with the fast flow in both rivers.
With many of the mountain rivers and streams are flowing hard so weighted flies are the best option to get down where fish are holding.
Bead head nymphs in black, brown, pheasant tail, copper john, green drake, olive, prince are all great patterns to fish in tandem with a glo bug.
With the warmer weather dries will be great to search with also. Try a larger stimulator in the fast water or, on the larger slower pools, an emerger or parachute style dry as these can work very well.
Termites have been on the wing this week so a couple of ant patterns should be in your box in case of a fall of these insects.
Other rivers will also fish well and if the weather is warm enough some dry fly fishing is certainly on the cards. Try patterns like the Elk hair caddis, klinkhamer, royal wullf, humpy, adams, bluewing olive, stimulator, bushy's emerger.
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo, Little Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.
Used the new Z-Axis on opening weekend. exceeded expectations. handled heavy beads no problems. My brother and I cleaned up with about 140 rainbows on euc and thredbo over two days. Lots of people about and in good spirits. still saw quite a few anglers struggle with the high flows rates but most got some fish.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have picked up with some nice fish being taken off the bank in several areas.
Searching with wets and small nymphs has been productive on the rainbows at all times of the day and all weather conditions.
Polaroiding has been excellent in the lake with plenty of fish being spotted in many, many areas. Gettting them to eat can be a bit of a challenge, but there have been plenty of opportunities for many anglers. The thrill of watching a fish speed up and eat you offering makes this method very exciting.
Last years dead thistles that are in the water can be a challenge, but the fish can be found cruising right in close in some of these areas. There are midge, small beetles, thistle grubs, corixa, slugs, and who knows what else that the fish are feeding up on in these areas.
Evenings and first light of a morning have still been the best though you can polaroid the daytime for some nice rainbows and browns if conditions allow.
Already there are reports of midges moving in the mornings and this should be the start of a great midge year. Fish have been found to have lots of black beetles (around a size 14 or 16) as well as numerous small grubs in them. These have been drowned with the rapidly rising water. It is a great time to be on the lake at present.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.
*Polaroided fifteen odd fish myself on Sunday. They were a bit tricky but still managed a couple of nice fish, with both eating a midge pupa.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has been quiet report wise though there are bound to be a few good browns and nice rainbows to be found. Eucumbene may well be a better option being that the lake is rising over grass rather than the mostly rock and sand at Jindabyne.
Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kangaroo bay.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week. The lake has risen a little and this should make for some good fishing.
Trolling and Spinning
We have a large range of great trolling and casting lures in stock for the season, including a great colour range of McGrath divers, six blade/vibe stlye lures, New Celtas in rainbow and brown trout, New Metallic Gold Rapalas, Tassies, Lofty's, Sting's, Rebel, Viking, Stumpjumper, Jack's hopper, Flatfish, Strike Pro, TT, Squidgies, Come in and pick our brains on what to use where.
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling haspicked up dramatically with some very good reports.
Keep an eye open for floating debris in the lake at present.
Flat line trolling in very close in the shallower bays has produced some nice fish and the fish will move into shallow water early looking for food. Drifting and casting small minnows or plastics will turn up some good rainbows and the odd brown in the hour or so around sunrise. Look for any of the soaks and channels that have filled up with the rising level and work these areas over carefully.
Leadcore line trolling has been working well with tassies, cobras and vibes this week.
2-3 colours has been the best. The deeper water off Cobrabald and Yens bays has produced some nice rainbows.
*One group had a 22 fish session on Monday. Lots of quality fish and all on leadcore with Lofty's Cobras.
Mick and Meg Couvee had a quick troll on the weekend and landed nine good conditioned fish. White coloured tassies were the pick of the lures.
Boat Launching is available in many areas. Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.
Best areas to try would be Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, and Buckenderra.
Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has produced some nice fish over the weekend with some great fish taken both trolling and spinning.
Trolling in the Kalkite and East Jindabyne area is a good place to start at present. Creel bay and the Waste point area is also a great option.