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Archive Date: 11/01/2006
We hope those who spent their Christmas & New Years break in the Snowy Mountains enjoyed them selves.The fishing has been great overall, with only the wind making conditions difficult on some days. The high country rivers have been fantastic for the fly anglers , with some anglers having their best days ever ! The hot & windy weather has put plenty of beetles & hoppers on the lakes,with some good polaroiding being found on Eucumbene. The trolling has been consistent with plenty of nice rainbows around the kilo mark being found out along the windlanes and some better browns turning up for those chasing them with deep diving minnows around the structure.Remember to call in for a cuppa OR cool water on your way through next trip !
Rivers:- The high country rivers continue to fish very well with numerous reports of hot dry fly action on both rainbows and browns. The Eucumbene and thredbo have been great and any of the smaller high country streams will produce at present. Long leaders, light tippets and small flies are the go. Hoppers are becoming increasingly more numerous so it would be worth searching with a hopper during the day.Evening rises have been good with some of the bigger fish moving on dark.
Flies worth having in your box include Royal Wulffs, Humpy's , Stimulators, Hoppers, Adams, duns, Foam beetles, Klinkhammers, Elh hair caddis and a selection of bead head nymphs.
Lake Eucumbene:- As in the rivers there are more and more hoppers starting to show up on the water and the fish have been starting to clue in on them. Steep banks with deep water are well worth a look during the day with fish being polaroided for those putting in the time.There have been some very nice browns showing up down around the Buckenderra / Middling bank ,Frying pan and Seven Gates area ,with fish being found in just about all the good soaks. The hot & windy weather has put a smorgasbord of terrestrials on the water with tonnes of beetles & hoppers about. The mudeye fishing has also picked up after dark with some nice browns showing up well into the night.
Patterns worth having in the box include Black and Brown Beetles, Daves Hopper, Rubber Hopper, Olive Scruffy's, Muddlers,Hi-Vis mudeyes,Fuzzy's & Woolly Buggers.
Above: Justin O'Shannassy with a beautiful brown polaroided from Lake Eucumbene. Fish was caught in the middle of a 35 degree day on a dry. Justin realeased the fish.
*David Mcleary and Uwe Reim fished the river mouth at Providence and managed 12 fish to 3lb in 9 evenings. they reported that they did not fish that hard.
Lake Tantagara :- Has been pretty quite with falling lake levels - and still no reports ?
Lake Jindabyne:- There have been some good reports from Jinde this week. Shaun form the store went out on the weekend at 11.30 pm and hooked six fish, landing four on black fur fly's and muddler minnows. He reported that there were fish chomping on top and he could see, in the moonlight, fish bow waving in the shallows. Three rainbows were around a kilo and one nice brown also.
Tim Kontis and Michael Kontis fished the lake during the week and caught a mixture of 24 browns and rainbows on fly averaging 40cms. These were caught off the bank and loch style out of the boat, with 14 year old Michael catching his first trout on fly.
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, while the better browns have been in close around teh clay yabby banks. 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 AND Rapala Jointed Shad Raps & minnows.
*Six Year old Nathan Hunter from Seymour in Victoria caught these nice rainbows trolling with Lofty's out from Old Adaminaby. He also released four other fish.
* Rob Beatson and James Climas from Victoria caught these very nice browns in the Middilingbank area trolling and on mudeyes off the bank. Peter Robinson and Chris Climas fished with them and the group accounted for 17 rainbows and 5 browns in total. Largest was 2.5kg.
**HOT LURES :- We have finally received our NEW Rapala Shipment with plenty of original minnows, Jointed shad raps, longtails and vibrax's now in-stock !! The new River2Sea Mini Vibes will also prove popular for those who have been experimenting with lipless / rattlin crank baits. We have a HUGE range of 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 .
* Scott Ahern with 2 lead-cored Rainbows from Jindabyne. Lure was an F5 Rapala in rainbow trout behind cowbells.
The baitfishing has been great,with some beautiful brows starting to come in over the last few weeks. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish.Scrub worms fished in conjunction with a Powerbait dropper still provingto be a popular rig ( Pictured below ).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 have a special NEW "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. The mudeye fishing has also been pretty good over the last month and should only improve as things warm up.The best way to fish mudeyes is with a running bubble rig (Pictured Below ).
* Please call into the store and ask us to show you how to rig these baits if your having trouble
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.
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Eucumbene 54.2 % Falling
Jindabyne 59.9% Falling
Tantangarra 7.1 % Stable