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Archive Date: 04/12/2005


I've been calling for some "warm stable weather" for the last few weeks - well I give up - its currently blowing a gale from the South with driving rain and it feels like it's going to snow  Atleast the country side looks better than it has in many,many years. We still saw a few nice fish come in over the weekend for those who braved the rough weather and I'm sure we'll see some great fishing leading up to Christmas once things settle down. Remember to call in for a cuppa on your way through OR drop your fish in to be photographed for this report on your way home


Rivers:- Both the Eucumbene & Thredbo Rivers have had plenty of rainbows holding back after spawning since the opening.The average fish have been around the kilo mark with quite a few over 2kgs. We should still see quite a few of these fish stay on and provide some dry flyfishing once we get some stable warm weather and hatches.There have been reports of termites and dun's over the last few weeks , so it should only be a matter of time.

Lake Eucumbene:- There have been some nice browns showing up down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank & Frying pan area with fish being found in just about all the good soaks. There have been a few midge starting to get about with myself & Tom have a few good evenings out on Eucumbene last few weeks - so here's hoping we'll see a repeat of last years fishing as conditions continue to warm up

*Fellas,Steve Anderson (Ando top) & myself managed 5 nice rainbows on Saturday arvo @ Frying pan & O'neils bay, all fish taken close to banks on Bushys Horrors,here is a couple of pics..Cheers,
Brett Wood (Woodsy)

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 so far this season.

Lake Jindabyne:- There's been a few fish about - but not a lot of fly anglers chasing them. Best fishing has been 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


Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been great on Eucumbene over the last few months with some great 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. 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.

*It's all down hill for Brad O'mara pictured above with a beautifully conditioned 3.6 kg brown trout he caught while spinning out at Middlingbank on lake Eucumbene - This was Brad's first trout EVER - caught on his 3rd cast   

*Hi Scott,Have attached a photo of a nice brown caught just on dark (caught between main islands and shoreline  just off clay pits on Jindy ). I only had 5 sessions out on the lake. I caught fish 4 out of the 5. Caught a couple at Hay Shed Bay, a couple at Sids Bay and the rest of the fish came from between the main islands and shore.I found that fishing just on dark in this location was excellent.Thanks again for the information on my way down there.See ya next trip - Regards Gary Sullivan

HOT NEW LURES :- 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 ! 

Jindabyne:-  Better reports this week, with the best area's being up around the Thredbo river mouth at around Waste Point and the eastern shoreline around Sid's Bay . Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing" patterns producing fish, as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the "Black Hole" and "Alpine Attractor" doing well .

The baitfishing has been great,with some beautiful brows starting to come in over the last few weeks. The best fishing has come with combining  a scrub worm 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. We have also started to see a few fish coming in on mudeyes - and expect this to pick up as things continue warming up.

Yes - We now have Mudeye's in stock

Mudeye Rig
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 57 % Stable

Jindabyne 62% Stable

Tantangarra  22 % Fell

Regards  Scotto  

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