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Archive Date: 23/08/2005


On the local Fishing front

The great fishing continues even with some inclement weather over the last week. 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 are 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.The rainbows are now running, with some fish over 2kg being caught - so they're worth the effort.Intermediate lines and large streamers are the way to go - just pack the woollies.There have been some nice browns showing up down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank Frying pan area with fish to 2.5 kgs 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 month - always an area worth a look through winter if Jindy gets blown out 

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  This weekend is looking alright at this stage.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

G'Day Boys,A shot of the nice brown I caught Polaroiding last week as promised. Fishing was tough in the morning with the fish mostly sitting doggo however both John and I managed to land a couple of crackers. Improved dramatically in the afternoon as the day warmed up with a small spider pattern being the gun fly. Missed plenty of hookups which was very frustrating but good to see that they were willing to take the fly.

Cheers Danny


Hey Scotto


Here's a brief report of the fishing on Sunday and a picture of the best fish (my one) Well not the greatest polaroiding weather at Jindy on Sunday. However a mandatory trip to alpine meant that a spot of fishing could not be passed up. It was a pretty windy day so polaroiding was not an option. Bucking my usual trend of tying on a woolly bugger I decided to place my trust in the Horror. I wondered down to the lake's edge to have a quick cast whilst waiting for dad to gear up.  Got a bit of line off and in the water fired out a cast a strip a strip a pause and a strip and I was on to a pound and a half brown.  45 minutes later I landed a half pound rainbow. After releasing that fish next cast I was onto another, only for it to spit the hook after a couple leaps. Dad also managed one later on a woolly bugger.Thanks to the boys at Alpine for great advice and coffee on the day.  If you've got a chance get up to Jindy, even on a bad day its pretty good at the moment.


Andrew Warnes


Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been HOT on Eucumbene over the last few weeks with some thumping rainbows & Browns 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 the other week  - 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
Scott and gang - Another weekend gone and the weather should get better. I fished out of Buckenderra on the weekend. The weather was not the best on Friday and as per the forecast it was to get worse. Sure enough it did. We through a few lures around in the wet on Saturday morning at Middlingbank to no avail so I decided to go back to the cabin for a couple of long bourbons. Had a short snooze and woke to find the wind had abated but still a little precipitation. I put boat in and went for a short troll down the tree line from the boat ramp and found three rainbows, (dropped one) on the Black Hole. I turned back to the South to find by now the sun was out and the water conditions perfect. I picked up two more Rainbows on the Jointed Shad-Rap. This was all in two and a half hours. The fishing has been great here this year. I passed you on the highway on my way home on Sunday. Anyway will catch up next week.
Regards Alan
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 !
*Nigel Webster and Aaron Huppatz from Parks worked around Jindabyne with Berkley Frezy rattlers for 18 browns to 2.5kg and a couple of good rainbows.This is Nigel's third trip with the rattlers - proving that trout like them as much as bass & barra ! 
*Brad Stolz from Cooma spun from the bank around Hatchery Bay with Tassies in Col YS12 & Y82 for 2 nice rainbows around the kilo mark .

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 48 % Rose

Jindabyne 54% Rose

Tantangarra  14 % Rose

Regards  Scotto  

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