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Archive Date: 12/12/2005


It's a good thing I ordered that "good weather" last week - as it only hailed a bit, poured rain and then blew two dogs off their chain over the weekend ! It's got to settle down shortly, and when it does the fishing will be even better than it has already. Even with the rough unstable weather their has been some great fish caught , so I can't wait to see what happens when we get some some "stable/warm" stuff. 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

Wilson's Reel Woman's Hunter Valley Classic

I'd like to congratulate Team "Skeeter" consisting of Katrina Mitchell & Vicky Winter with Andrew Homann at the wheel for taking out top results at this years "Wilson's Reel Women's Hunter Valley Classic" held on Lake Glenbawn last weekend in testing conditions.Runner up team was "The 3 little pigs & the big bad Boar" who came in on 912 points. 

*Katrina Mitchell (left ) & Vicky Winter (right) of "Team Skeeter" hold up a couple of the bass which made up their winning tally for 1382 points on the Saturday.Vicky also took out champion angler , and Katrina as runner up champion over all.

Leeann Payne ( left ) and "Starlo" ( far right ) presents Katrina Mitchell & Vicky Winter the Sportsfish Dash For cash winning cheque for $750.00 , which they also took out for team "Skeeter" on the Sunday  

It's great to see the women getting more involved in their fishing and I hope we'll see these events grow in the future - congratulations to all those who braved the rough weather and fished hard.More information on future "Reel Women" events can be found @


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

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


*Cameron & Scott from Canberra trolled Yens bay on Eucumbene with Tassies in Col 89 and fished overnight with Lime Twist Powerbait for 7 nice rainbows averaging .800 gms.

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.

*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 ! 

*Bass guitarist for the VB's who played the Alpine Hotel on Saturday night bagged 3 good fish in a short spin session out at Middlingbank before the gig !

*Craig Johnson & Amba McGoldrick from Berry fished in the NSW freshwater championships out at Buckenderra , doing well flatlining "Attack" minnows for 10 nice rainbows averaging 1kg.They also reported quite a few other good fish where caught during the event.

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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