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Archive Date: 01/08/2004

Yamaha Flyfishing & Sport fishing Expo

We again have a stand at this year Expo - Being held again at the Sandown race course (Princess highway,Springvale - Melways Map 80,07 ) It Starts this Friday the 6th of August and will run till Sunday the 8th.

The hours are :Friday noon till 7pm, Saturady 10am till 7pm and Sunday 10am till 6pm. We are on Stand Number 2 opposite the main stage area.We have quite a bit of new gear to release and always enjoy putting faces to names - so drop by for a chat.There will also be an informal dinner at the Sandown distro on Saturday night , with quite a turn out already booked - so let "Wet" know C-The Flylife forum if you can make it :-


There where plenty of good fish caught over the weekend under great conditions. It has mainly been the bait anglers and trolling brigade, although a few of the boys have been out polaroiding and saw quite a few fish - getting a bite was difficult however.This should really improve over the next month as we get more browns dropping back out of the Thredbo river. Some of our best fishing actually occurs on our lakes over the next few months, so just keep an eye on the weather map and bring your warm clothes. For more details on the day, call into the store on your way through and we'll update things on the day over a cuppa in front of the fire 


Rivers:All general trout streams are now closed to all fishing until Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 ( Start of the October longweekend).However our lakes are open all year round with some of most consistant coventional fishing on Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne occuring over winter.
Eucumbene: There's still some nice rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra, Frying pan and Breamar Bay. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area through winter, and well worth a look on a bright day. The winter polaroiding along the wall was quite good last winter on the rainbows .For those who are prepared to put in the time and dress accordingly, we'll still see some good fish caught from around the Eucumbene river mouth right through winter as well. You can still fish this area so long as your are outside of any visible flow - which is basically below the last set of rapids in the river all year round. So once the browns have gone, you'll see some BIG rainbows come through in July, August and September.
Jindabyne: We have had a few fly anglers out for a look on the lake over the last two weeks with mixed reports. We should see the bulk of the browns start to drop out of the Thredbo this month, and the polaroiding kick in. With the lake now down to around 50% the level will be good this season - all we need is a BIG high pressure system on the map.We'll keep you posted once we get some feedback.Tom from the store and Danny Spelic Polaroided Jindy on Friday - seeing 10 good fish BUT couldn't get a bite ! They have only just started dropping out of the river - so we should see this change over the next few months as they start putting the condition back on.



Alan Hocking (Left) with part of his catch from Buckenderra , and Gary Johnston (right) with a 3.5kg brown caught spinning at Waste Point on Jindabyne.

The trolling remains very good with plenty of fish being caught on bothe lakes.Alan Hocking from Canberra fished out from Buckenderra with our Alpine Cobras in the black hole and Smilin Jack Hoppers in black and gold for 6 rainbows to 1.2kgs and 2 browns to 2.3kgs. Gary Johnston , Dave Payne and Darren Slattery spun form the shore around Waste Point with avacardo Squidgy wrigglers.Gary landing a 3.5kg brown - a little beaten up after spawning , but still a good fish.Darren also landed a nice 2 kg salmon. Patrick Brennan and nine mates fished up at Anglers Reach over 3 days, trolling and baitfishing.The boys did quite well with 50 odd fish, mostly rainbows around 1kg.Most fish where caught trolling with our Alpine Cobra's in the "Alpine Special" as well as a couple of good browns to 2.5 gks caught on bait with bardies. Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col 19, 55,64,67,89,FLP and Y82.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the Alpine Attractor, Pink wings, pink bits, black hole and midnight special all fishing well of late. Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are rainbow and browns trout patterns, tigers and pink/violets. The rebel crick hoppers also continue to fish well with the black one being the pick along with the Smilin jack version in black/gold. Running 3 colours of leadline can also help pull a few fish through out the day, getting your lures down around the 3 metre mark.

Jindabyne: No reports on the troll over the weekend - however the bait anglers have been doing very well , so the fish are about.Generally the best areas have been around the Islands in front of the main township, Rushes/Sid's bay at East Jindabyne, Creel bay and around Waste point and the Western side up around Kalkite.We should also start to see some of the BIG salmon turning up from now on in as they'll be pretty hungry by now ! 

Plastics & trout: We are now getting consistent reports back in from those anglers experimenting with soft plastics on the trout. The best combinations so far have been with No4 Squidgy fish fished of 1/4 oz heads, No 2 Squidgy fish fished on TT Rev heads, Atomic 2" fat grubs fished on 1/8 heads and Berkeley 3" drop shot minnows fished on 1/11 oz heads and Storm pre-rigged Wild eye Ripp'in-shads. These can all be fished either casting or trolling - with even more action being added with the use of the fantastic Wiggle fin Action Discs. We're happy to show you how to rig these up - so just ask next time your in and after a change of technique.


Matt Green with a part of his catch from Jindabyne.

The baitfishing has been fantastic this winter with some real quality in the fish being caught as well.The best reports have been from anglers fishing with bardie grubs, using a Power bait dropper (pictured below). This rig has really proven itself over the last few seasons; with both options you really have it covered. Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. Scrub worms can also be fished instead of the Bardie grub, being a cheaper alternative. Best colours in the Power bait have been Orange, Sherbet, Lime twist and rainbow. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we get a special "single egg" pattern in from Gamakatsu just for the job - which has a short shank and ultra wide gape. Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.Matt Green and Ryan Pow from Canberra fished Jindy with bardies and powerbait Saturday night for a 2kg brown,1kg rainbow and a small salmon.The boys also commented that another group near by also did well with a few better fish to 2.5kgs. 

Powerbait dropper-rig

Best areas' on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates, yens bay, Breamar bay and along the dam wall.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, creel bay and Kalkite.

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 47% and stable

Jindabyne 52 % and falling

Tantangarra 7% Rose

That's all till next week!

Regards Scotto

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