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Archive Date: 10/05/2005


 Major headline this week Canberra fly angler Ian Towers catches a 6.5kg brown in Lake Jindabyne! There has been plenty of great reports this week from both rivers and the lakes.  Conditions have been absoulutely beautiful to be out on the water and all methods have been successful. 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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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.

The Thredbo produced some nice rainbows on dry flies and some reasonable browns on nymphs well.  The browns are really starting to get into spawn mode with several fish having been seen pairing up and digging redds. Reports suggest that the middle of the day has been the best time to fish with dries. With cool nights the warmer times of the day are more likely to produce hatches and therefore a better chance at finding feeding fish. Make the most of the good conditions while you can before the rivers close. If we do get some rain and the weather turns cold a nymph under an indicator will work well. Best flies were pheasant tail's, hare and copper nymphs,stimulators, adams, royal wullfs, humpy's and klinkhammers.

Lake Eucumbene:- The river mouth area has been the best bet. With some nice browns coming in on wets fished after dark. South Coast angler Bruce Robinns managed 15 fish to around 2.2kg in this area. The fish have been coming on quite late at present and you do need to put the hours in, but there is always the chance of a very big fish. Keep an eye on the weather and look for rain. Other anglers reported some nice rainbows to 1.5kg at Middlingbank on Wollondibby wonders. 

Lawrence Blackburn from the Singleton Fly Fishing Club caught 2 nice fish to 1.5kg on scruffies but said the fishing was tough.
 Best areas for shore based anglers have been Providence, Middlingank, and Yens Bay. Try woolly buggers craigs nightimes or other large wets during the evening or early morning.



Ian Towers with his magnificent 82cm, 6.5kg brown taken on Saturday night at Jindabyne. Fly was a Fuzzy Wuzzy. What an absolute cracker, well done Ian.

Jindabyne has been the jewel in the crown for lake flyfishers at present. With good weed beds in many areas there are plenty of fish moving around in close after dark. Several reports this week of good rainbows and quite a few of them. Most areas in the lake are producing fish. Best flies have been muddler's, woolly bugger's, baby doll's, and fuzzy wuzzy's.

George Hardiman, Matt Daniels, Peter Bright, and myself fished a session late last week for 13 nice rainbows. I only managed to land one but the other boys did very well.

Peter Bright and his good mate Dave fished again on the week end and landed 21 fish.

Cloak and Dagger anglers Dave and Phil from Canberra, spent two nights fishing the lake and caught some reasonable rainbows and good browns. When asked what they were caught on "flies" was the answer.

Roy Willis and John Hyland from the South Coast had some good sessions with Roy catching his 1st trout on fly. Well done Roy.



 John Hyland with his best fish for the trip.



Eucumbene:-  Still continues to produce good numbers of fish. More fish have started to hit lures trolled on flatlines, however anglers using leadcore have been hooking good numbers also.

Bruce Robinson from Binalong and Rob Watchorne from Forbes caught 12 rainbows to 1.5kg trolling out from Buckenderra. Best lure was a Tassie devil in colour Y62.  Two of the fish were caught only 50 metres from the boat ramp!

 Middlingbank regular Louie from Sydney caught 7 fish spinning in this area also, which suggests trolling in close would be a good option early and late in the day.

Overall best lures have been Y82, S12, and Y05 in tassies Rebel crawfish and Crickhopper's have also taken some good fish. Baby Merlins in trout patterns and fire tiger.

 Jindabyne:-  Best report from Jindabyne came from Nigel Webster, who managed 28 fish in 2 days. Casting minnows in the Waste point area and trolling gold cowbells with scrubbies or Berkley 1" nymphs worked very well.

Other reports were from the Kalkite, Waste point areas suggest the fishing is still  fairly consistent.




Some excellent reports from Eucumbene, Jindabyne and Tantangara this week. Power bait in orange, rainbow and lemon twist were the main fish takers. Bardi grubs and scrubworms are worth using but grubs have been impossible to obtain.

Andre and Ploeg from Canberra caught 27 rainbows in the Frying Pan arm over 4 days. Of these 25 were on orange nuggets with the other 2 being caught on mudeyes.

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. 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 52 % Falling

Jindabyne 56% and Falling

Tantangarra 7 % and Stable

Regards  Tom

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