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Archive Date: 26/04/2005


There has been some excellent fishing this week with plenty of good reports.  There are fish starting to move into spawning mode around the river mouths and with some rain will see some big fish being caught. 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 Thredbo continues its run as the number 1 river to fish at present. James Duke and Steve Anderson fished the river on Monday and caught 11 fish between them, all on yellow stimulators, the largest being around the 2kg mark. Other anglers saw some of the biggest fish they have ever seen in  the bottom section, but found them hard to catch. The Eucumbene river has been best around the lower section. Best flies were stimulators, red tags, adams, royal wullfs and elk hair caddis. Hare and copper nymphs also produced some nice fish early and late in the day.

Don't forget 1st May sees a change in regulations on the Eucmbene and Thredbo. You may only take 1 trout per day over 50cm in these rivers, from this date, till they close completely at the end of the June long weekend. The Eucmbene River upstream of the flying fox and all tributaries of the Eucumbene River are totally closed during this period.


Lake Eucumbene:- Fishing has been harder with the full moon this week with anglers catching more fish in the mornings. With the moon now rising later evenings should improve. Be ready to fish the river mouth if we get a decent drop of rain. There are still a few fish midging in the open areas of the lake. Try drifting from a boat and cast at moving fish.
 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:-  Rick Sunderland from Pambula polaroided some nice fish during the day near Creel Bay and hooked 4 good fish near Hatchery Bay in an evening session.  Jindabyne has been the most consistent of the lakes at present. Best areas have been in the Sids and Rushes Bay areas with woolly buggers the fly of choice for most anglers 



Eucumbene:-  Some excellent reports from Eucumbene, with the common theme from those catching their bag limits being Leadcore. Best lures have been Tassies and Cobras, in yellow wing patterns, RMG Scorpions, Kwik fish and Crickhoppers. Best areas were Anglers Reach and Braemar.

Con Jackson caught 10 fish averaging 47cms at Anglers Reach fishing crickhoppers on leadcore. His comment was that you have to troll near the trees.


 Jindabyne:-  Some very nice fish from Jinde this week. One group managed 20 rainbows and one good brown over the long weekend. Fishing the kalkite area with leadcore and Crickhoppers produced the goods. Another group fishing in the same area caught 6 browns on Kwikfish again on leadcore. Overall the best areas to troll are Kalkite, Waste Point, and Sids Bay.



 The ever reliable Power Bait is continuing to catch fish at present.  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.

Bill Faulkner and Richard Clarke caught 6 nice rainbows at Anglers Reach over the weekend using Power Bait and Grubs on a similar rig.

 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 55 % Falling

Jindabyne 59 % and Stable

Tantangarra 7 % and Stable

Regards  Tom

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