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Archive Date: 27/10/2004
Yamaha Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 2004
Starts This weekend !
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 www.troutfestival.com
We finally had some of the best rain we have see in years fall across the Cooma / Monaro region last weekend - with everything looking good for the start of this years Yamaha Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. 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. 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.
The eucumbene river has fished exceptionally well for myself & my partner in crime Steve Anderson ( Pictured above ) since the opening weekend, over 3 seperate trips to the Sawyers area we have caught 84 trout ( 80 rainbows & 4 browns ) almost all of these fish have averaged 1kg with a couple around 2kg.. All fish have fallen victim to a variety of nymphs. Here are a couple of pics from a wet morning today ( Sun. 24th )..
Eucumbene: There's still some really nice browns & rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra,Middlingbank, Seven Gates and Yens bay. Fishing an intermediate line with streamers would get reults like woolly buggers and fuzzies etc. The Eucumbene dam wall has also been 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 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.
Steve Chatterton from the Illawarra Flyfishing club also did very well on the Thredbo river and Lake Jindabyne over the weekend with 50 + Fish to 2kgs all taken on flies.Trevor Stow, Geoff and Brian from the Gipsland angling club also fished the Thredbo river with glo bugs and nymphs for 20 fish to 2kgs.
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.Mad Pete & Pat from Canberra trolled Eucumbene with lead line and Tassies in Col S12 & 89 for 11 fish - 9 rainbows averaging 1kg and 3 browns to 3kgs !
We have just returned from a rather successful annual trip to Buckenderra.
Fishing very quiet for first few days so on the way home from Cooma on Friday 8th
we called into you guys to see what was doing. You were most helpful giving me some tips on sorting out the thermals on my sounder and showing us on the map were we might expect to get onto some nice browns.You will be pleased to know that your tips paid off nicely with a couple of nice browns (one 2kg). On Sunday we tried another of your suggestions and came up with some really nice rainbows.As we left early on the Tuesday you were not yet open and I wanted to thank you for all your help.
Yours in Fishing
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.
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.
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.
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 :-
Eucumbene 59 % and Rising
Jindabyne 55 % and steady/falling slowly
Tantangarra 9 % Falling !
That's all till next week!
THIS WEEK'S FORECAST