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Archive Date: 29/03/2005


Autumn arrived this week in the Snowy Mountains with plenty of good rain falling over the area in the last few days, along with much welcomed cooler weather. We had a stack of good reports back in over the weekend, I even took my father out for a troll from Buckenderra on Saturady afternoon for 6 beautiful rainbows to 1.3kgs on RMG Scorpions. We should see some great mudeye fishing over Easter as we come back up on the full moon. 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 

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 PAYMENT ONLY !

You can actually buy one now yourself @

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

Easter Trading Hours:-

Good Friday 25th 9am till atleast 8pm

Saturday 26th 7am till atleast 5.30pm

Sunday 27th 7am till atleast 5.30 pm

Monday 28th 7am till atleast 5.30 pm

Easter Snowy Mountains Fisheries Survey

NSW Fisheries are again running an angler catch survey on lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne over Easter.You can pick up survey forms with reply paid envelopes / rulers at most of the local caravan parkes and tackle outlets ( including us ).Return these to the point you collected them on your way home OR use the reply paid envelopes and you will go in a draw to WIN $300.00 worth of Quality Shimano Tackle ! 


23/3/05 10am - Check out the condition on this fish we just weighed in - 5.2kg Brown in perfect condition ! Caught by Ron Haw fly fishing lake Eucumbene last night on a mudeye pattern he tied himself

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 5 pm till dusk.

Lake Eucumbene:- This cool change should hopefully pick things up a little, as the hot weather had made the flyfishing a little patchy.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.Fishing an intermediate line with wooly buggers would be another worth while stratagy.


James Barron & Tony Clarke did well out Middlingbank trolling flatlines with RMG Scorpions in the H66 & R26 patterns for 4 good rainbows Saturday morning to 1.3 kgs.The boys also dropped another 6 fish , commenting on how hard they pull & jumped !

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.Trollers have been doing well using 3 colours of lead line and their down riggers for best results, working between 20ft to 30ft. Generally the best fishing has been early in the morning from first light through to mid-morning. Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col's 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.

Customer reports

Jeff & Max from Canberra trolled out from Buckenderra , running flatlines with our own alpine cobras in the "alpine special" and yellow terror" for 4 nice rainbows averaging .800 gms.

Eustice & Damien from Canberra also trolled out from Buckederra using 3 col's of lead line and Kwikfish for 16 rainbows averaging 1kg.

Con Jackson from Sydney fished out from Angler Reach trolling ford fenders and Rebel crickhoppers for 15 fish - mostly rainbows around the 1kg mark.

Shane,Nathan & Don from Canberra trolled Jindabyne with Tassie's in Col 36 & 89 for 6 rainbows, 1 brown and 3 salmon to 1.5kgs.   

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. 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.


Customer reports


Ollie Haseloff from Melbourne fished out from Buckenderra with mudeyes for 20 fish , mostly rainbows averaging .800gms.


Alex, Connor & Paul Michel fished Seven gates on lake Eucumbene with Powerbait in the Lime twist colour for 2 good rainbows at 1kg a piece.  

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 59 % Falling

Jindabyne 61 % and Stable

Tantangarra 7 % and Stable

Regards Scotto & Team

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