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Archive Date: 20/09/2005


Not a lot of reports back in again this week - but there is still some good fishing to be had. 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. Things should only keep improving as the weather warms and lakes rise. 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.


Special Squidgy Promotion Night Invitation Saturady 24th


Well known angler,writer, television personality and part of the brains behind the amazingly effecting "Squidgy" brand of soft plastic lures Kaj "Bushy" Busch will be hosting a special "Squidgy" evening next Saturday night the 24th of September at The Alpine Angler Motel - located behind our store. 

Bushy will present a video/slide presentation on how to best fish soft plastic lures, covering techniques, rigging, and fish that can be caught using them.There will be copies of  Steve & Bushy's great book "On Soft Plastics" and their Squidgy Secrets DVD's available for purchase - which can also be signed by Bushy on the night.We'll also have a select range of premium Shimano & Squidgy product available in store to play with during the weekend for those who would like to see some gear not normally displayed in-store.
Admission is FREE and there will be tea & coffee supplied - as there will only be room for 60 odd people booking are essential - To book your position please call the store on 6452-5538


Rivers:-  JUST OVER 2 WEEKS TO GO - Opening Saturday the 1st of October !  Both the Thredbo and Eucumbene are flowing nicely and there are good numbers of rainbows in the rivers now. These fish will make for some fun fishing on the October long weekend with Glo Bugs and Nymphs.

Lake Eucumbene:- 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. Although the rainbows are now spawning there are still plenty of opportunities to catch these fish. Middlingbank, the dam wall and Frying Pan are all worth a look. You just have to be out there to get them. Night time fishing is also still quite productive. 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

Michael Whitehead from Canberra with a lovely brown taken polaroiding Jindy

Lake Tantagara :- Has started to produced a few fish , and should get better once the lake level stabilizes a little as it's been up & down like a yo-yo recently.

Lake Jindabyne:- The browns are definitely 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 been one of the best polaroiding seasons in years  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 & Browns coming in. Some anglers managed some good fish this week but were a little hampered by weather at times. 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. 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,Storm Hot N Tots , ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,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  
*Peter & Harry from Canberra trolled Eucumbene with both leadlines & flatlines , and Tassies in Col 36,89 & S12 for 20 rainbows up to 1.5kgs.
Jindabyne:-  Not many reports from Jinde this week. The river mouth and the Eastern shoreline a the places to be this week with schooling rainbows the targets. Fishing a mixture of small minnows and tassies should see a few nice fish in the boat. 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 !

The baitfishing has been great this winter , with some fantastic browns starting to come in over the last few weeks. 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. 

*Doug ( Left ) & Michael fished Jindy with chartruese Powerbait for 2 rainbows and a salmon pictured above.

*Jack & Matt from Canberra fished Lalkite on Jindy with Powerbait & trolled a bit for 11 rainbows and one brown to 1.5kgs.

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 51 % Rose

Jindabyne 55% Steady

Tantangarra  13 % Rose

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