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Archive Date: 04/04/2005


Well what a great Easter long weekend we had in the Snowies.We've actually got more reports than I'll be able to fit - plus some real monsters to boot !  If your still after that elusive double figure brown - this could be the year. 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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Just had to add Rons fish for a second week as it came in late last week - Check out the condition on this fish - 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 fished well over Easter, although you had to work a little harder to get away from the easy access area's.The cooler weather has thinned the hoppers out , with more caddis around now. 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.

Lake Eucumbene:- Saw a few beautiful browns turn up over the last week , with 4 over the magic 4.5kg mark. 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 the next full moon in April .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, woolly buggers  etc .

Jindabyne:- The mudeye fishing after dark has been quite good.Try fishing into the night around area's with web beds. Fishing an intermediate line with mud eye patterns & wooly buggers is the way to go when just searching.


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

Neil & Nathan Nicholls ( pictured above ) fished out from Anglers Reach , using fly and bait with mudeye patterns and bardies for 10 rainbows and 1 brown averaging around a kilo.

Steve Richardson also fished out from Anglers Reach - trolling with 2-3 colours of lead line and Flatfish in the frog pattern for 9 rainbows to 1.2kgs.

David, Greg, Amy & Andrew from Queanbeyan trolled out from Breamar Bay using 2-3 colours of lead line and Smilin Jack hoppers for 10 rainbows and 1 brown averaging 1kg.  

Jindabyne:- We had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the Easter brake. The best reports have come 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. 

Customer reports

Shane (pictured above ) & Nathan from Canberra trolled Jindabyne using ultra deep Merlins in the brown trout and orange tiger patterns for 2 rainbows and 5 browns to 2.8kgs.

Ross Skinns from Canberra trolled the Jindabyne main basin around the islands using 3 colours of lead line and Lofty's cobra's for 9 fish ( rainbows & browns ) averaging 1kg.

David & Michael Jones from Sydney trolled Jindy using flatlines and our own Alpine Cobra's in "pink bits" and " Alpine Special" for 12 fish - with young Michael landing a 2.2kg brown - and Dad ( Dave) landing another beautiful fish going 3kg .   


We're just about at the end of the mudeye season, with local supply just about out. We may still get a few in over the next few weeks - but don't count on them.  We'll now see a change to bardie grubs and powerbait as we head towards winter. 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

Robert & Matthew from Canberra fished Tantangarra with scrubbies , with Robert landing his best fish yet - 4.8kgs brown pictured above


Emilio form Canberra fished Eucumbene with bardies and powerbait for 6 rainbows to 2kgs and one beautiful brown of 3.6kgs


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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