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Archive Date: 21/03/2005


We've finally had some reasonable rain and much cooler weather roll in over the last 24 hours, which should make the trout happier for Easter. We had some quite good reports back in over the weekend , with one lucky angler landing a double figure brown on fly in the Eucumbene river ( details below )The best shore based fishing on the lakes is still first light in the morning - and pre-dawn with either mudeyes or mudeye pattern flies.We should see some great mudeye fishing over Easter as we come back up on the full moon. Trollers have been doing well using 3 colours of lead line and their down riggers for best results, working between 20ft to 30ft. The rainbows seem to be out a little wider feeding on daphnia. The flyfishing on the high country rivers has been quite good with some great reports back in from those fishing dries and hopper patterns, again with early morning through to midday being best.Remember to call in to the store for a cuppa on your way through and we'll update any further details on the day 

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Saturday 26th 7am till atleast 5.30pm

Sunday 27th 7am till atleast 5.30 pm

Monday 28th 7am till atleast 5.30 pm


Hello Tom and the Team,
John (Flopper) Tovey here, how are you going .Just a quick line to brag
a bit about a good fish (my best yet) I caught on the weekend at the Eucumbene River , it is definatly over 10lbs and took about 20 min's to land as I didn't have a net and the bank was steep I had a lot of trouble to bank him and take a few photos before releasing him. I caught him on one of my own dry fly pattern (tovey's special), it was magic seeing this big trout sip the No12 fly of the water and then on for young and old, a dream come true. I am attaching a photo.Well that's all for now hope you are doing plenty fishing and catching some big ones.

Regards Flopper.

Rivers:- The high country rivers have fished very well over the last month , with a swing to hoppers & beetles in the last few weeks.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 wolfs , 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:- This cool change should hopefully pick things up a little, as the hot weather had made the flyfishing a little patchy.The key is to get on the water early , pre-dawn through to midday being best .The mudeyes have really started to move over the last month,and we should see some of the best mudeye fishing in many years leading up to Easter.Try fishing a mudeye pattern either late into the night or again pre-dawn in the mornings, being the coolest times. Patterns worth having in your box include , Cubbits foam mudeyes, fur flies, muddler minnows, Craig's night times, tiahapy ticklers, mum's poodles etc .

Jindabyne:- Not a lot of change this week. The mudeye fishing after dark has been quite good , so try and fish into the night or early in the morning ( pre-dawn ) around area's with web beds when the margins are at their coolest.


This cooler weather has really improved the trolling, with most of the action being out a little wider in the deeper water on daphnia schools.Generally the best fishing has been early in the morning from first light through to mid-morning. You will now do better using lead line and running downriggers , working down between 15ft and 40ft feet. Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col S12,Y82,Y05, YFR ,36,89 & 55.Our own Alpine Cobras have also proven to be consistent fish takers in :- Alpine Special , alpine frog ,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.

Ross & Rob from Gipsland in Vic did well trolling on Eucumbene up at "Crows" using 3 colours of leadline and Tassies in Col 36 for 7 good rainbows to 1.5kgs.

Hi Scott and team.   
The page is a lot easier to read now especially for us oldies. Thanks for that. Caught 5 nice fish last Sat morn in 2 hours on the number 36 again.
Regards Alan

Jindabyne:- We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The best reports have come in form 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. 


It looks like being a blinder mudeye season this year with some great reports coming in from both Eucumbene & Jindabyne over the last few weeks. Just remember with this warm weather that the best fishing will be late evening & pre-dawn through to early morning as that's when the lake margins are at their coolest, and the fish will come in. 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 60 % Falling

Jindabyne 62 % and Stable

Tantangarra 7 % and Stable

Regards Scotto & Team

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