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Archive Date: 20/04/2005


Not a lot of change this week , with plenty of nice fish caught over the weekend. 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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Rivers:- The high country rivers ae continuing to produce some nice fish . There have been more numbers of smaller fish this week, but still big enough to have some good fun. The Thredbo and the Eucumbene are still the pick. Some of the browns have been sighted in pre-spawn mode in pairs and loose schools. Cooler weather should see more fish caught on nymphs now, with dries being still a good option on warmer days. Patterns to have in your box at this time of the year include, blue wing olive, adams parachute, black ants, yellow stimulators , royal humpies , royal wulfs , elk hair caddis , red tags , adams , klinkhammers and a few nymphs.

Lake Eucumbene:- The river mouth has produced some fish by anglers fishing with sinking lines and big streamers again this week, best reported fish was a five and a half pound brown. There is always the chance of a much larger fish in this area.  Make sure you have a wading staff of some kind if you head up there for an after dark session.
Other anglers reported some nice fish midging in windlanes and took some fish on dry black beetles. Best areas for shore based anglers have been Middlingank, Rushy Plains, Yens Bay, and Braemar. Try woolly buggers or other large wets during the evening or early mornings.

Jindabyne:-  Not many reports from Jinde this week, however two anglers from the South Coast, John Hyland and Warren Sharp, reported catching 13 rainbows and 2 browns fishing beadhead woolly buggers on the western side of the lake. Best fish was a 2.5kg brown. Pre-dawn and evenings were the best times.



Eucumbene:-  There have been some excellent reports this week. Good numbers of fish have been caught on tassie and cobra style lures fished on 3 colours of leadcore. Smilin Jack lures in particular Jacks hopper has been good on leadcore too. Best colours in tassies have been 50, 48, Y48,Y82, S12,and 55. RMG Scorpions continue to catch fish and the best reports have been from those running them on leadcore this week.

Customer reports

Locals James, Max and Les caught 4 fish in the Middlingbank area. All fish were on RMG Scorpions run on flatlines. They managed one on  bardi grub off the bank also.

Michael from Canberra fished an evening and morning session in Brookwood Bay for 14 rainbows averaging 800grams. These were on Scorpions on 4 colours of leadcore and #50 and #48 tassies run on flatlines.

Nev Middleton landed 4 fish up to 1.7kgs again in Brookwood Bay #15 and #55 tassies were the go. Fish were full of yabbies.

Joe Johnson took daughters Caitlyn and Rhiannan trolling out from Old Adaminaby and landed a nice 3lb brown on Sting #3.


 Jindabyne:-  Not much in the way of trolling reports again this week. Best report was Mick and Meg Couvee catching some very nice rainbows on Scorpions fished on leadcore. Best area was around the East Jindabyne.There are good fish around at present and the top section of the lake at Waste Point,  Creel Bay, and Kalkite should see some browns starting to gather before spawning. Fish your lures deep in these areas.


Mudeyes have been taking a few fish this week and when available are well worth a swim. The majority of better reports have been on Bardi Grubs and the ever reliable Power Bait. 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 , lemon 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.



Powerbait Dropper Rig


Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Frying pan, Seven 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, Hayshed 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 56 % Falling

Jindabyne 59 % and Stable

Tantangarra 7 % and Stable

Regards  Tom

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