Fishing has continued to be excellent on fly in the lake Eucumbene with heaps of fish about and some good quality. The lake has dropped less this week too, hopefully it may steady off soon. Bait fishing in the lakes has been excellent.
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Rivers:- Are fishing very well at present with a good top up last weekend.
The Thredbo has been great as have many of the smaller high altitude streams. Dry fly fishing has been excellent though nymphs are also a great option to use and have been catching good fish.
No reports of any browns running with the rain, most likely it is still a little early yet though you never know it might spur a few fish into the rivers anyway.
With good weather this weekend would be a fantastic time to hit the streams and search out some of the great browns that reside in them.
Try any small emerger patterns, stimulators, humpy, klinkhamer and nymphs.
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been fantatsic on the whole.
The lake has been fishing really well both during the day and the evenings.
Overcast cool and windy days have made conditions tougher for anglers, but the fish love this sort of weather and those who have persisted have come away with some great fish.
Mudeye action has varied from night to night and location to location. There are mudeyes around in big numbers in some areas and the fish have been onto them. In other locales the fish have been eating water flea, daphnea, along with the odd mudeye and yabbie.
A good case in point is myself fishing in the Rushy Plains area catching three on mudeye patterns with the fish having very little in the way of mudeye in them, while over at Buckenderra, on the same night, Ken Cain landed eight fish with one of the rainbows having sixty mudeyes in its stomach!
It cannot be stressed enough that you need to find the fish. Covering as much water by boat or foot as you are able can be essential to catching numbers. Search out drop offs adjacent to what were the grassy bays and soaks when the water was higher. Cover as much water with your flies as possible and you will increase your catch rate. When you find a spot that is getting you hits and fish, then is the time to work the same area over hard.
After dark with a Taihape Tickler or similar pattern should work, but you can also try cubits mudeyes, cordulids and the ever popular hivis mudeye. Black muddler minnows are also great fish takers after dark
Beadhead Tom Jones and Scruffies have also worked well again this week.
*Jacqui from Buckenderra emailed me a report yesterday
"There are plenty of Rainbow Trout around and Fly Fisherman are doing really well. They're catching fish on Green Bead Heads, Green Woolly Buggers, Green Nymphs and Tom Jones Flies. Bank fishing is good, fishing well close to the bank"
Matt and I had a good morning on Monday fishing Lake Euc despite some pretty ordinary weather. Some good heavy rainfall over the weekend and then heavy rain north of Cooma had us a little worried as did the gusty North Westerly wind but we managed to find some clear, castable water around Frying Pan. In a short session from 8 until about 11 we hooked half a dozen fish landing 5. All were nice rainbows in great condition in the 1.5-3.5 pound range.
All fish caught on small wet flies and all released.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have been quiet though the night fishing should be similar to Eucumbene. Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Curisoity rocks.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have picked up a little with one group reportedly catching twenty fish on flatline tassies during a single session.
With the numbers of flyfishers catching good rainbows in close, small minnows and tassies trolled around the edge are bound to catch a few fish.
Spinning off the bank has been good with Mario from Angler's Reach doing very well in windy conditions on his Snowy Minnow. Best fish last week was a five pund brown.
I fished eucs Friday morning on the troll before work. Not the best conditions however. Three fish, all bows on three colours of lead line . At Braemar Dam wall ramp is the best bet for launching.
This is my son, Eligh Unwin who is 8 years old from Queanbeyan.
This was his 1st trip to Lake Eucumbene where he caught his 1st Trout.
All up he caught 4 fish and went home a very proud fisherman.........he has now caught the fishing bug!!!
Boat Launching is available in many areas. Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.
Best areas to try would be Collingwood, Coppermine, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach.
Jindabyne:- No reports
The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been very good with mudeyes taking their fair share of fish. Powerbait has also been excellent. Try Seven gates, Braemar, Yens, Buckenderra areas for best results.
*Mick and his son Matty fished the Seven Gates area for nine rainbows over the weekend. Green powerbait and mudeyes were the pick of the baits.
*Alan Hocking and John Nowak had a good night and morning session last night and today with a total of five fish each.
They were fishing in the Middilingbank arm out of Buckenderra and Lemon Twist and Orange Pulp powerbait and gulp were the go.
Jindabyne has been a little quiet report wise but will produce some excellent bait fishing as over the weekend. Mudeyes Grubs, and Powerbait will be the pick there.
Try areas like Rushes Bay, Hatchery Bay, The Clay pits, Curiosity rocks and Kalkite.
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