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Archive Date: 26/09/2005



Opening Hours over Long Weekend

Friday 30th 9am till atleast 8pm

Saturday 7am until atleast 6pm

Sunday 7am until atleast 6pm

Monday 7am until atleast 6pm

Thanks to all those who attended out special "Squidgy" promotion night on Saturday - I'm sure Bushy has got you thinking of ways you can now improve your results. We have had some great rain over the last week , with all our rivers running well.There's plenty of late run rainbows holding up in both the Eucumbene & Thredbo rivers, which will provide some great fishing on the opening weekend. The lakes have fished really well all winter ( check out our report archives ) and should only get better as they get up on new ground and things continue to warm up. Remember to call in to the store for a cuppa on your way through or home and we'll update any further details on the day   


Rivers:-  ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO  - Opening Saturday the 1st of October !  Both the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers are flowing well with plenty of good rainbow running. These fish will make for some great fishing on the October long weekend - so stock up on your Glo Bugs, Nymphs & indicators.

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,Seven Gates, the dam wall and Frying Pan are all worth a look. You just have to be out there to get them .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

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:- It's been one of the best polaroiding seasons in years - BUT the lake is now rising fast , so the polaroiding will start to taper off. Best fishing will be working yabby beds with streamers until we start to get some warmer weather and some insects moving ie:midges,caddis etc.Flies worth having in your box include :- woolly bugger's, and fuzzy wuzzy's, Bushy's Horror's,sand cases caddis,black and peacocks, midges etc

* Andrew,Mick & Bruce from Wollongong fished Jindy with Woolly buggers and nymphs for 13 rainbows averaging  .800 gms  and two good browns around a 1kg.


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 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Black hole , Lime spider and Alpine Special patterns, Rebel crickhoppers and crawfish,Storm Hot N Tots , ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist. 
HOT NEW LURES : Just arrived in-store for the opening weekend , River 2 Sea Humbugs, Eco Gear SX 40F & 48 F minnows, 2"inch Bug Ants, Sting Cobra Col B/S, Squidgy "Slick Rigs", Team Diawa Pro-Vibrations,Trout Killer E-Chips !
*Dave, Ted & Harold from the Vikings Fishing club in Canberra did well trolling out from Breamar Bay using lead lines and drop weights with "ANY Yellow wing Cobra" - for 14 good browns to 2.07kgs and 2 rainbows around .800 gms.
Dave, Shane & Colin from Canberra fished Kalkite over the weekend for 6 good browns to 2 kgs and 2 rainbows around .800 gms.The boys did well on both our local scrub worms and trolling RMG Scorpions and Alpine Cobra's in the "lime Spider" pattern.
Jindabyne:-  Not many reports from Jindy this week. The Thredbo river mouth up around Waste Point and the eastern shoreline around Sids Bay have been the most consistant area's. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in "Yellow Wing" patterns should see a few nice fish in the boat.

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 has been 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.

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 :-

#Please Note - 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.

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 55 % Rising

Jindabyne 60% Rising

Tantangarra  20 % Rising

Regards  Scotto  

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