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Archive Date: 17/08/2005


On the local Fishing front

We've had some great fishing again over the last week , with weather to match. The browns are definitely back in the lakes with some great polaroiding on Lake Jindabyne over the last few weeks.The trolling and baitfishing has also been pretty consistent ,with plenty of fish still coming in. August and September can be fantastic months - just pick the weather and get out there. Remember to call in to the store for a cuppa in front of the fire on your way through or home 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. 


Rivers:- Are all now closed till Saturday the 1st of October !

Lake Eucumbene:- There are always a few fish sneaking around the Eucumbene river mouth up at Providence.Just remember you have to be out side of any visible flowing water during the closed season on the rivers. Basically so long as your well below the first set of rapids flowing above the lake you can continue to fish right through winter.There will still be some nice browns about for the next month or so,before the rainbows run from August onwards.Intermediate lines and large streamers are the way to go - just pack the woollies.There have been some nice rainbows down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank Frying pan area with fish to 2kgs being taken.Patterns worth having in your box include Woolly buggers,Fuzzy wuzzies, Craig's night times,Tiahape ticklers and lumo baby dolls.Remember to up your tippet after dark to atleast 8lb as there's always a chance of a BIG one at this time of year.We should also see some polaroiding up around the Eucumbene cover over the next few months - always an area worth a look through winter

Jindabyne:- The browns are defiantly about now - so keep an eye on the weather map for those BIG high pressure systems and get out on the lake for a look - it's great fishing  

We had several reports from the weekend a with good numbers of fish being spotted but they have been challenging to hook. One group spotted 30 fish in a day and a half!

Andrew and David Warnes fished again and this time David managed 2 fish on a dead drifted Haysie's stick caddis. These were fished under a strike indicator. If the fish are proving spooky give this method a go.

Most areas in the lake will produce fish , with a boat providing better access to the lesser fished shore lines. Best flies for polaroiding include :-woolly bugger's, and fuzzy wuzzy's, Bushy's Horror's,sand cases caddis,black and peacocks, midges etc


Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been HOT on Eucumbene over the last few weeks with some thumping rainbows coming in. Both leadline and flatlines have been producing fish with the cooler surface temperatures.The best fishing has been down the bottom of the lake well away from the main river in-flows, although that may now change with some rain. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on daphnia in the open water. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Black hole and Alpine Special patterns, Rebel crickhoppers and crawfish,Rapala Jointed shad raps,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers and RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.This Polaroiding capers not limited to the fly anglers either - I had a go at throwing a Berkeley 2" Hawg at them on an unweighted 90 degree jig hook - and got a few lovely browns to eat straight away.Just get it in front of them as quietly as possible and give it a twitch as they come onto it - great fun
Terry Senior with a nice Rainbow from Eucumbene.
Brett Baker with a very healthy rainbow
Hey Tom,
just a quick note to let you know how our day trip went at
Eucumbene.Brett Baker and myself trolled Middlingbank/Buckenderra from 0700 to 1600 for 7 rainbows around the 1kg mark, we dropped another 2.  We were using 2 colors of lead core and flatlines with tassies (yellow fever and yellowwings), Sting no 53, Attack minnow brown trout, Ultra deep Bennets Merlinsin the redfin color, RT number 3 stumpjumper and AC invaders.  The day on the water was wind free and sunny which is amazing for this time of year.
Catch ya next time i am around
Terry Senior
Rodney Woodward caught 7 very nice fish trolling leadcore and S12 Tassies. The biggest was a 2.2kg (cleaned) brown pictured below. 
Rodney fished with the Vikings Fishing Club who over the weekend reported 68 fish being caught.
Allan Donnelly from Bungendore fished the Western side of the lake near the dam wall and caught two 1kg rainbows on Halco Scorpions. He also got broken off by a big fish spinning through the trees.
Jindabyne:- Best reports have been down around the islands in front of the main township,East Jindabyne and along the Western side of Kalkite.Both flatlines and up to 3 colours of lead line are worth running with the same lure patterns as mentioned above.Gaden trout hatchery have released a heap of ex-brood stock Atlantic Salmon last month - so we can expect to see some more BIG salmon show up over the next few months
Eleven year old Bobby Wilson from Yass with 2 very nice browns taken on Pink Tassie Devils trolling Jindabyne.

Hi there Tom
Sending a couple of photos of our  trip to the dam wall on Saturday the weather was fantastic, the fishing was as good as it gets, with us catching 13 rainbows we released 5,a bit on the small size,still bring home 8 one going 3.9 lbs and one 3.5 lbs.Fishing time was about 7 hrs,6am to 1pm,all fish where caught on powerbait (any colour or type it did not matter) with worms and a couple of grubs we had,using your powerbait rig.
See you soon for a coffee
David Baker,Colin and Shane Palmer

The best rig through winter is combining scrub worms with a Power bait dropper (pictured below).Power bait in orange, rainbow and lemon twist have been the main fish takers.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.

#Please note that we haven't been able to secure any more bardie grubs and will let you know once we can find a supplier.  

Powerbait Dropper Rig


Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Frying pan, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.

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 46 % Fell

Jindabyne 53% Stable

Tantangarra  11 % Stable

Regards  Tom

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