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Archive Date: 07/10/2004

Yamaha Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 2004

Yamaha - one of our major sponsors

You could win this fantastic Stessco 3.95 Bass tracker boat with 20 HP Yamaha outboard motor,on a sturdy Belcoe trailer valued at over $7000.00 - JUST by entering this years Yamaha Snowy Mountains trout festival and attending the final presentation at 2pm Friday the 5th of November at the Adaminaby Bowling club.

You can get all the details and even down load an entry form and program at the new Yamaha Snowy Mountains Trout Festival Web site


Another new trout season is apon us - and what a great opening weekend. There are still plenty of late run rainbows in both the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers, mostly averaging around 1kg in weight. Best techniques include drift rigging or flyfishing with glo bugs and nymphs, or spinning with minnow pattern lures like Rapala's and Rebels in brown or rainbow trout colours.Just remember there is a bag limit of two fish over 25cm on most of our rivers - and take care releasing these fish as they are our future stock. The weather looks like warming up again this weekend - so call in for a cuppa on your way through and we'll update any reports on the day.

NSW Fishing Licences:Due to the amount of work involved with licence returns we are now ONLY offering fishing licences On-Line Via the NSW Fisheries web site with the use of CREDIT CARD ONLY :-

#Please allow a little time for us to process these as we may be busy.


Rivers - Are now all open   The Thredbo river and Eucumbene river both fished very well over the weekend , with plenty of late run rainbows averaging around 1kg in weight. Tandem flies with both a glo bug and nymph proved most effective, fished with an indicator. We should see these rainbows stay on in these larger rivers for the rest of the month, with a swing to more conventional techniques as things warm up.David Potter from the central coast fished the Thredbo river over the weekend with glo bugs - releasing 25 fish , including a nice brown of around 2.5 kgs.Dave would also like to say "Thanks" to Craig from Clearwater guiding for helping with advice on his day off .

Eucumbene: There's still some really nice browns & rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra,Middlingbank and Yens bay. Fishing an intermediate line with streamers would get reults like woolly buggers and fuzzies etc. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area over the last month, and well worth a look on a bright day. All in all the flyfishing should start to really improve as things warm up.

Jindabyne: Had some quite good reports back in from those who have been out polaroiding over the last few weeks, seeing as many as 20+ fish a session.Seeing them and catching them can be another story as any one who has had a go at polaroiding will tell you. We've had our local guide Paul Bourne tie us up some nice sand cased caddis flies - which have worked well this season - give one a try next trip.Other patterns worth a try include Midge pupa's, black & peacocks, woolly buggers and Horrors etc. Remember stay back from the edges and walk slowly. Leo & Chris Harding from the Illawarra flyfishers did well of an evening flyfishing around Kalkite, using woolly buggers for 29 "good" fish with 6 over 5lb 


The trolling really has been about as good as it gets over the last few months and should only continue as things warm up. Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col S12,Y82,YFR ,89 & 55.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the pink wings, black hole and green ghost all fishing well of late. minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, Stump Jumpers, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are gold & blacks, 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.We also have some great new "Frenzy" lures in a range of great colours - check them out next trip !

Steve ,Patrick ,Matt & Luke trolled out from Frying Pan using 3 Colours of lead line with Tassies in Col S12 , YFR and Y48 ( Just about any yellow wing colour worked ) for 9 browns and 3 rainbows with the best being a 2.5kg brown

NEW Duel Depth Tassie Colours:- You can now get all the popular "Yellow Wing" patterns in the Duel depht Tasmanian devil range - Including the popular S12 sparkler.These are sure to become favourites in a few tackle boxes - Give some a run next trip.

NEW Sting Cobra Colours :- We also added another 6 new colours to our popular "Sting" cobra range with a total of 16 unique colours now in stock.

Jindabyne: Much better trolling reports coming in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The  best fishing has been around the main islands in front of the township and East Jindabyne, creel bay at Waste Point and the Western shoreline at Kalkite.Both leadlining and flatlining have been productive, with most yellow-wing cobra patterns doing the job along with minnow patterns like Merlins , Stump Jumpers and Hot N Tots being the pick.Gary , Gary and Warren from Sydney trolled with 3 colours of leadline and Tassies in Colour 36 and S12 for 9 fish , with the largest being a 3kg brown.


The baitfishing has been fantastic over the last few months, with some real quality in the fish being caught as well.The best reports have been from anglers fishing with scrubbies and , 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. 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.

Tony and Jason fro Canberra fished Jindabyne with bardies and Powerbait for 7 fish with the biggest being a 2.5kg brown pictured below.


Kate Sanderson also did well fishing with scrub worms out at Yens Bay on Lake Eucumbene with her best brown going 1.8kgs pictured above.

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.

Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being caried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 56 % and Rising

Jindabyne 52 % and steady/falling slowly

Tantangarra 16 % Rising fast !


That's all till next week!

Regards Scotto



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