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Archive Date: 09/04/2006

Trading Hours over Easter 2006

Good Friday 14th April - 9am to at least 8pm

Saturday 15th April - 7am till at least 6pm

Sunday 16th April - 8am till at least 6pm

Monday 17th April - 8am till 5.30pm 

#please call us for more details 02-6452-5538

Note - We ONLY sell NSW Fishing Licenses On-Line with CREDIT CARD payment only - You can actually buy on yourself NOW @


Not a lot of change "again" this week with some pretty cool and windy weather over the weekend.The fishing has been pretty good over the last month and looks good for those who are coming down for Easter ( You can check our report archives to view previous fishing reports  ) .The next  few months generally produces some of the best fishing of the season, with cool nights, warm days and the fish in peak condition prior to spawning. The fishing will continue to improve as the temperature continues to cool off. Remember to call into the store for a cuppa on your way through and let us know how you go on your way home


Flyfishing Film Festival - Canberra Show - AIS Theatrette 19th April - 7.30pm

We are proud to announce dates for "The Fly Fishing Film Festival" which will be bringing some fantastic productions to the big screen in Canberra ACT.The show will include productions from Patagonia, Tahiti, USA and Iceland.

More info @

View Trailer @

Tickets are $20 AUD inclusive of GST and available On-Line @  Or you can buy them In-Store as well !

The show will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport Theatrette, Canberra on April 19th at 7.30pm - See ya all there !

Rivers:- The high country rivers continue to fish very well with the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers being very consistent this year. Due to the amount of anglers enjoying the fishing this season your best results will be found away from the main access area's. Other area's worth a look include the Mowambah, Gungarlin , Guthega pondage and Island Bend ,Murrumbidgee and 3 mile dam.Still plenty of hoppers about, so try searching with a hopper pattern during the day if nothing is moving. Other patterns with having in the box include Royal wulffs, stimulators,klinkhammers,elk hair caddis, red tags, hares ear nymph, pheasant tail nymph and some bead heads.

*Vic Kowalski from Canberra caught this beautiful 73cm 4.2kg brown out at 7 gates on one of his own woolly bugger patterns on Thursday night along with another 6 nice rainbows averaging 1kg.

*Stan & Barry reported some good rainbows being caught out at Frying pan with one angler getting a 7lb brown on Sunday night using a wooly bugger also.

*I fished out at Wyanui Bay on Eucumbene with mate Ian Gilchrist last Wednesday night , with plenty of fish moving on midges early.I picked up 3 nice rainbows on buzzers , while Ian got two on a Tom Jones.

Lake Eucumbene:- Some very nice rainbows averaging 1kg coming in over the last few weeks. You just need to pick a bay with some weed beds and a bit of structure for the best fishing. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing mudeyes 7 yabbies. The falling lake levels have really got the yabby's moving, so fishing a wooly bugger into the night may find you a better brown.

*Scott,I thought you might like to know how we got on last weekend.Phil and I spent 5 days at Lake Eucumbene fishing mostly at night, a couple of all nighters thrown in. There was no moon and the wind was very cold, the mud was annoying to say the least & a fox absconded with Phil's scarf (probably to use as a vest Phil reckons) but the fishing was excellent. Phil caught a very nice Brown and some good size Rainbows and I caught a Brown and a couple of Rainbows. We were getting hooked up or bumped about every half hour, so we were never bored. We were using mostly Woolly Buggers (bead heads were good), along with Craig's Nightime, Taihape Ticklers, Scotch Poachers,  Fuzzy Wuzzy - Purple, and Marabou Muddlers.Regards Bill Neate

Lake Tantagara :- There have been a lot of small fish moving of an evening on caddis & midges with a few also being taken after dark on mudeye patterns.   

Lake Jindabyne:-  Had some good reports back in from Jindy over the last few weeks, which should only get better with the lake holding it's level well and now starting to cool off. Mostly evening fishing with mudeye patterns and streamers like wooly buggers and fuzzy's etc. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.


*"Blinky" - trolled out at Middlingbank with our own Alpine Cobra's in the "Alpine Attractor" pattern on flatlines for 5 good rainbows to 1.5kgs. 

*David Baker from canberra did well up on lake Jindabyne , trolling 3 colours of lead line and our Alpine Cobra's in "Pink Wings" for 7 good rainbows to 1.2kgs.

*I fished out from Old Adaminaby with Bushy last Friday , spinning with Squidgy fish in the rainbow trout pattern for a new DVD the boys are puting together.We had a great day landing 6 good rainbows to 1.5kgs and dropped a couple of BIG browns which would have gone over 2kgs ! So there will be a trout segment on the next Squidgy Secrets DVD

Eucumbene:- The trolling really has been good on Eucumbene , just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels ie: Buckenderra , Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach,Breamar Bay and the Dam wall for smaller boats. Both leadlines at 3 colours and Downriggers worked between 3 and 6 metres bringing the best results, although we should start to see more fish up on top with this cooler weather. 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.

*Hi AA, Can you please pass on some thanks to Scotto who helped us out saturday afternoon by swaying us into changing our plans and going to Buckenderra because of the boat launching facilities. Our son Brad ( who was celebrating his 16th birthday ) landed this beautiful 1.5kg brown.There is some irony as we were going  to go to Jindy to target some Brown trout and we caught an impressive one within our first 10 mins of fishing at Eucumbene ! So the weekend was something of a fairystory with thanks to the staff from the Alpine Angler. Thanks Neil Schmahl

Get a Feed of Yabby's ! You are allowed to use up to five - 2 ring yabby, lift nets on the Snowy Lakes, and the yabby's have been thick - with some as big as small lobsters ! We have a special on over the Easter break with 2 nets for $12.00 - so grab a couple and get a great feed - just bring along some livers

Jindabyne:-  There has been some great down-rigging up on Jindy over the last few weeks, with the best area's being out around the islands in the main basin in front of town , 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 Attractor colours producing the most fish.

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The baitfishing has been very consistent with some beautiful rainbows & browns starting to turn up .Try and fish early ( Pre-dawn ) as this is the coolest time to be on the water. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes doing very well . Conditions look set to be one of our best mudeye seasons in many years. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and with some depth about it, as the fish will still come in on dusk if it's not too warm. Scrub worms fished in conjunction with a Powerbait dropper still proving to 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

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 :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 42 % Falling

Jindabyne 58 % Stable

Tantangarra  6 % Stable



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