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Archive Date: 05/02/2006


What a weekend - HOT and stormy sums it up pretty well - with not a lot of glowing reports. The rain did cool things down and gave the high country rivers a good flush, so the fishing should pick up again once this stormy patch of weather settles. Generally there has been some excellent dry fly fishing on the high country rivers and some top trolling/down rigging on the lakes over the last few weeks. Hoppers & mudeyes have been moving on the lakes and the fish are starting to zone in on them. This weekend is lining up to be a great one for Australian day !

Note - Changed trading hours

Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.30 pm

Friday 9am to 7pm

Saturday 8am to 5.30pm

Sunday 8am to 5.30pm

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 if nothing is moving.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, Elk 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. Other areas worth trying are Wainui, Collingwood and Coppermine Bays.

The windlane fishing has plenty of potential with lanes that have stretched from Wainui to Brookwood! If you have a boat you should be out there drifting with a beetle, black and peacock spider or small hopper. The mudeye fishing has also picked up after dark with some nice browns showing up well into the night. If you put the time in during the early hours of the morning you have every chance of hooking a thumper, with good browns cruising right into the shallows searching for yabbies.

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. 

Lake Tantagara :- Has been pretty quite with falling lake levels - and still no reports ?   

Lake Jindabyne:-  There have been some good rainbow getting caught in the weedy bays at Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The better fishing has been late and early on Wooly Buggers and Muddler Minnows with the occasional brown turning up as well. Best areas have been Hatchery and Hayshed bays, Creel Bay, and Rushes Bay.


*Russell & Sue from Canberra came up to christen their new boat , down rigging the main basin on Jindy for a lovely 1.2kg rainbow on a Dual Depth Tassie in S12 - also commenting they marked plenty on the sounder - BUT couldn't them to bite.

*Geoff & Tom from Wollongong trolled Eucumbene out form Anglers Reach with flat lines , cowbells and tiger worms for 17 rainbows and 2 browns to 1.2kgs.

*Ben Lemon & family fished out from Providence , trolling baby merlins in the brown trout pattern for 3 rainbows and 2 browns averaging .800 gms and also reported other anglers doing very well with live mudeyes early in the mornings.

*Darren & Brett Matthews trolled out from Old Adaminaby , downrigging to 60ft with Dual depth Tassies in Col 80 - with one good brown of 2.5kgs and marked plenty on the sounder.

Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been great on Eucumbene for those getting out on the water early in the morning, with conditions getting tougher after 10am. Both leadlines at 3 colours and Downriggers worked between 3 and 6 metres bringing the best results. 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 the 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.

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", as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Lime Spider and Alpine Special colours producing the most fish. 

*Tamika and Cody Lowe aged 5 each having caught their first fish at Lake Jindabyne in January 2006 on power bait.Photos above they are showing off their "Catch of the Day"Their Dad caught only one and their Pa and his mate never got a bite for the week (mudeyes, spinners and fly were all tried)

Regards Tinneil Lowe
The baitfishing has been great,with some beautiful browns 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 ).
Best baitfishing areas have been Seven Gates at Eucumbene and Kalkite at Jindabyne. 

* Please call into the store and ask us to show you how to rig these baits if your having trouble

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 52.5 % Falling

Jindabyne 58.6 % Falling

Tantangarra  6.8 % Stable

Regards  Scotto  error-file:tidyout.log

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