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Archive Date: 18/01/2005


The great fishing continues in the Snowy mountains,although we have seen a change in the fishing paterns.The midges have now thined out with the fickle weather,where we've now seen a swing towards hoppers,stick caddis and mudeye patterns into the night for the fly anglers.The flyfishing on the high country rivers has also really kicked in with some great reports back in from those also fishing hopper patterns.The general fishing on the lakes has also been great with good reports coming in both trolling and bait fishing with mudeyes.All in all it's been one of the best seasons in many years and only looks set to continue.Remember to call in to the store for a cuppa on your way through and we'll update any further details on the day 

Note:We have changed our opeing time on Sundays to 8am during summer - refer to our home page for full opening hours.We will also be open from 7am on Australia Day !

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Rivers:- The high country rivers have fished very well over the last month , with a swing to hoppers in the last week. Hopper fishing is great fun , and you only need to drift one along the steeper banks now to find a fish. Other patterns to have in your box at this time of the year include , yellow stimulators, royal humpies, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis, red tags,adams,klinkhammers and a few nymphs.Try fishing early morning through to mid-day and then again from around 6pm till dusk with the warmer weather.

Lake Eucumbene:- The midge fishing has now thined out, with a swing towards hoppers,beetles,stick caddis and mudeyes into the night. There have also been a few nice browns sneaking around the margins on tad poles. The hopper fishing on Eucumbene should be great so long as it doesn't drop to fast over the next month. Select area's with plenty of grass down to the water and an of-shore breeze for best results. Catching a few hoppers first and keeping them in a container can also be a sneaky way of finding the fish a little quicker - just put half a dozen out on the water in the likely looking area's - If there's a fish in the area it wont take long to find it.You then need to get your hopper pattern out on the water in the vicinty as quickly as possible with out spooking the fish. The other trick worth practising is to try and "strip-strike" when you get a take with out lifting the rod to high. This will result in more hook-ups and less break-offs. If you also miss the take, your fly should also still be in the right visinity for another take if the fish didn't feel the hook. You may also come across some fish grubbing around on stick caddis and tap poles , so try these patterns if you don't get a look in on a hopper. The mudeyes have also really started to move this week leading up to the full moon, so try fishing a mudeye pattern after dark like :- Cubbits foam mudeyes, muddler minnows, fur flies, craigs night times, tiahapy ticklers, mum's poodles etc .

Jindabyne:- We have had some better reports in over the last week , again with hoppers bring a few fish to the top. The mudeye fishing after dark has also been quite good , so try and fish into the night a little around area's with web beds.


This is the year of the BIG brown for the trolling brigade with another fish over 10lb's in the old scale this week, making three in two weeks.Blair & Renee from Sydney had a blinder trip up at Jindabyne, trolling with both flatlines early and then switching to a down rigger through out the day at around 30ft. They caught over 60 fish for the week, mostly rainbows averaging 1kg, with the highlight being two BIG browns at 3.5 kg and 4.5 kgs. Best lures were our own Alpine Cobras in the Alpine frog, Pink bits and alpine bomber colours. 

Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col S12,Y82,Y05, YFR ,89 & 55.Our own Alpine Cobras have also proven to be consistent fish takers in :- black hole , alpine frog and green ghost & pink bits all fishing well of late. The Sting cobra's from Tassie are also gaining quite a following with 16 unique colours now in our range.Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions in the new killer colour No 61 holographic crawfish , 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 Merlin deep and Ultra deep minnows are one of my personal favourites, running between 3 & 4 metres on a flat line. Merlin Colours worth a try include the orange and green tigers, gold spots tail and yellow attractor.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 have also just received some great new colours in the Rapala minnow range with the "Muddler" , "Brown Muddler"and "Brook Trout" patterns looking fantastic ! The Rapala jointed shad raps have also gained quite a reputation for producing quality browns. We also carry a full range of the ever popular and proven Flat Fish , which seem to be making a come back - again !

Jindabyne:- Had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last week. Now that the ski boat races have finished we should be able to focus on the main basin again. The best reports last week came in from around Rushes bay, Waste Point and the Kalkite end. Both leadlining and flatlining have been productive, with most yellow-wing cobra patterns doing the job along with minnow patterns like RMG's, Merlins , Stump Jumpers and Hot N Tots being the pick. 

Warren from Sydney did well trolling the main basin early with Tassies in the yellow fredo and Alpine cobras in the Alpine frog for 30 fish to 2.5kgs. 

Lampros & Kylie from Sydney did well on lake Jindabyne trolling with leadline and Tassies in Col 51, landing Lampro's best trout yet with a beautiful 4kg brown.They also caught a few nice rainbows to 1.5kgs.


It looks like being a blinder mudeye season this year with some great reports coming in form both Eucumbene & Jindabyne over the last week. We should see some great hatches this week as we head up to the full moon as well. The best way to fish these is with a water fill bubble float, using a foam/rubber stopper bead to set the depth you want to fish. The best hooks are short shank size 10 or 8 black octopus or suicide patterns, hooking the mudeye through the wing case behind their head. Drawing below - BUT feel free to ask how to set these up when your in . It's also always worth having a bait on the bottom, particularly through the day. The best rig for this is using scrubbies with 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.We should also start to see some better mudeye fishing on the lakes of an evening as things warm up. 

Mudeye Rig

Powerbait Dropper Rig


Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates,Below the Eucumbene River mouth up at Providence, 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 carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 64 % and falling

Jindabyne 62 % and Stable

Tantangarra 7 % and Falling

Regards Scotto & Team


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