Headlines: Fishing was good though a little challenging depending on wherer and when you fished. Eucumbene has been a little hit and miss on the troll but bait and fly has been reasonable. Jindabyne has produced some nice fish trolling and fly fishing.
The Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Australia, Snowy Mountains Trout Festival was a great success with a large turnout of anglers and entries. Plenty of fish were caught with the largesy, a brown of 3.270kg caught by David Scarlett on bait.
Check out www.troutfestival.com for all the daily and final results.
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Rivers:- Have dropped a litte now and are starting to produce some very good daytime dry fly fishing. Nymphs under a dry are working well also. Bead head nymphs in black, brown, pheasant tail, copper john, green drake, olive, and prince are good options with a Stimulator, Humpy Wulff a great indicator pattern top use. On the larger slower pools, an emerger or parachute style dry will take fish easily. Think Klinkhamers, Adams, Blue wing olive, for this fishing.
There have been plenty of beetles about with the warmer weather so a Geehi, Red Tag or Foam beetle are great options.
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been very good with some nice fish in close in many of the flooded bays. While some anglers are struggling to find fish others are turning them up regularly and right in close to shore. Pick the shallow sloping banks with plenty of vegetation and you should be able to find a few. Evening rises have been great when the conditions allow.
There midges are starting to build in numbers and the first reports of them balling have come in this week. Looking good for the next few weeks.
Fish have still been on beetles as well as numerous small thistle grubs, stick caddis, midge pupa, 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.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has been good with some nice fish on dark and early mornings.
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.
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 has varied greatly. Down deep with lead or a downrigger is the best bet once the sun is up. Fishing in close early has been o.k.
*Hey guys, fished Eucumbene over the Melbourne cup long weekend had our best trip to date over the 4 days we fished, we picked up around 50 odd fish and come home with 18, mostly rainbows all over a kilo apart from 2, also picked up 2 really nice browns one went 1.5 kg and the other brown would be between 2.0 kg and 2.5 kg all fish were in great condition, the rainbows really put up a great fight on 2 kg line, and were smacking the lures that hard that it was sometimes hard to get the rods out of the holders. all fish were either taken on lead core or flatline, color didn't seem to be an issue until monday, before that they were taking different styles and different colored lures, but on monday arvo one lure cleaned up for the rest of the trip. had an absolute blast hope to return back on January and hopes the lake keeps rising.