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Archive Date: 19/12/2005


Finally a nice weekend - with plenty of good fish being caught to boot. Other than the unpredictably rough weather it has been a great start to the season with some fantastic fishing being experienced . Both the lakes & high country rivers are looking good for those of you heading to the mountains over Christmas and the new year just 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

Christmas Trading Hours

December 24th Christmas Eve - 9am till 5.30pm

December 25th - Christmas Day - CLOSED

December 26th - Boxing Day - 8am till atleast 6pm

December 27th - 31st 9am till 5.30pm

January 1st 8am till 5.30 pm

*Normal trading hours will resume from then on


*G'day Scott,Just thought I'd drop you a note to say how pleased I am with that outfit I bought off you on Sunday (Vision combo 5wt)Got my first fish with it yesterday evening, on one of those mayfly imitations you picked out. Not a bad intro to fly fishing, approx 4lb brown on dry fly ( 5lb tippet) out of a small creek&&.good fun this fly fishing business!! Oliver Orgill - Namadgi National Park

Rivers:- The high country rivers have been fishing exceptionally well this season and should only get better over the next month with some warm stable weather.Plenty of both rainbows and browns have been taken on dries over the last few weeks , with a nymph dropper being a popular rig.Flies worth having in your box include Royal Wulffs, Humpy's , Stimulators, Adams, duns, Foam beetles, Klinkhammers, Elh hair caddis and a selction of bead head nymphs.

Lake Eucumbene:- There have been some very 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 as well as some good polaroiding through the day on beetles 

*Greg & Kevin from Newcastle flyfishined out from Frying Pan over the last week , for some of the best fish they have every caught .The boys mostly polaroided through the day with red tags, nymphs and of an evening with TC's for over 20 good fish. Greg landed both a 4lb & 7lb Brown , with Kevin's best being a 4lb and 6lb brown.Going home as the weather was coming good was difficult.

*Adam from Melbourne also flyfished out from Frying pan, fishing beetles throught the day for 2 4lb brown and 2 good rainbows around the 2lb mark over the weekend.  

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


* This was caught by Greg Boyle of Coolamon.It weighed 12lb and was caught in Eucumbene.He is having it mounted - Regards Maureen "Skins Alive".

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.

*Scott Guthrie from Delegate fished out from Buckenderra , trolling flatlines and Alpine Cobra's in the "Alpine Attractor" pattern for 8 good rainbows to 1.2 kgs and another 4 overnight on rainbow Powerbait.

*HOT NEW LURES :- Just in time for Christmas we have recieved our NEW Rapala Shipment with plenty of original minnows, shad raps, longtails and vibrax's now in-stock !! We also have a full range of other proven lures to suite our local fishing so call in for a browse. 

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 .
 Kieren from Canberra fished out at Seven gates ob Eucumbene overnight Saturday with his father for 18 rainbows from .800 to 1.2kgs between them.The boys used Mudeyes & Powerbait and commented on dropping a real moster ! 

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 61% Dropping

Tantangarra  17 % Droppingl

Regards  Scotto  

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