Some great reports have surfaced from the weekend and with good weather overall the weekend was a fishing success for many.
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Rivers:-Have been in great condition and the fishing has been excellent. While many of the major streams have produced smaller fish there have been some good sightings of much larger fish in the Thredbo and many seem to be in semi spawn mode. There have been reports of a few browns starting to pair up in the rivers. Next lot of good rain could see a few more fish entering the streams and should be worth a look for some good browns.
Bead head nymphs will start coming into their own over the weekend but dry fly fishing is still going to be an excellent choice for some fun fishing when the fish are feeding on top. Try any small emerger patterns, stimulators, humpy, klinkhamer and nymphs.
*Hey Tom,As discussed, a photo from our trip this week.
Only a little bugger but still the first fish for my new rod and taken on a nymph I learnt to tie from a Mick Hall video the week prior. Awesome.
*Bill Foster, Ray Vicary and Carla Krijnen had a fish on the Eucumbene river on the weekend and caught four fish between them. Nothing outstanding size wise but plenty fish rising and moving about the pools. No flies were lost!
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the Easter weekend.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been great over the past week and on the weekend. The evenings and early mornings have been very good though during the day can still be excellent especially with cloud cover or when fishing deep from a boat.
Mudeye action has beeen a little quiet although the fish are still eating them fly patterns like them. 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.
*John Herzog, Pepe and John's mate from Sydney had a great weekend catching over a hundred rainbows between them. Best method was intermediate lines fished loch stlye from the boat with small beadhead nymphs.
*Matt Daniel had a good evening session at Seven Gates recently catching eleven fish for the night. Best rainbow was around the 1.5kg mark. Mudeye patterns and Fuzzy wuzzy were the best flies.
Beadhead Tom Jones and Scruffies have also worked well again this week.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have improved with intermediate lines and Tom Jones and similar streamers.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have varied but there will be some excellent trolling in close early and late in the day.
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.
*One good report this week was midday fishing in the main basin with flatline dual depth tassies in YFR and 74.
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.
A quick report for Good Friday and Saturday at Jindy. Arrived at the Kalkite boat ramp around 6.20am. Put the boat in the water and headed straight to the western side and put the Tassies in the drink and started trolling towards the township. Only trolled around a 1km up and headed back the other way. By 7.30am my mate Larry already had 5 rainbows in the boat all between 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound.
Not long after things basically stopped so we put on the leadcore and had no luck. So we set up camp and had a beer and a rest before the arvo session.
About 5.30pm we headed to waste point where I proceeded to lose something massive. It hit like a freight train and peeled somewhere near 40metres of line before I got about 10metres back, only to lose another 30 before it broke me off. I had never seen a reel lose line so quick before. Just on dark we headed back to camp with 2 small rainbows which were released.
Saturday morning we were on the water before sun rise and fished both of the areas we did the day before. This time I got in on the action and managed a healthy 2 pound rainbow and ten minutes later a 5 1/2 pound brown.
It was in great condition and had a ball with it. Things quietened down so we headed up near the pipeline past waste point where I managed another 2pound brown and Larry another Rainbow. Finished fishing on the saturday around 10.30am and headed home after a having fun landing a few fish. First time Larry had landed 5 trout in a single trip so he was stoked. All the fish caught were on No 36 Dual depth Tassie and despite dragging other yellow wings around none of the others got a touch.