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Archive Date: 18/04/2006

Trading Hours over Easter 2006

Good Friday 14th April - 8am 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 @


What a great weekend it ended up being in the mountains,with plenty of good fish caught .The fishing is looking great for those who are heading up over the Easter/Anzac day,school holiday break. 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 .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.This recent drop of snow should also produce a bit of run off , which may even see the first run of browns go. 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.

*I snuck up to Wyanui Bay last week with mate Ian Gilchrist , plenty of fish moving on midges early.I landed three nice rainbows on a midge buzzer , with Ian getting two more on a Tom Jones.

* Pat from Canberra fished out from Buckenderra - doing very well on woolly buggers , plenty of nice rainbows about to 1.5kgs.

Lake Eucumbene:- Some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams 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 & yabbies. The falling lake levels have really got the yabby's moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night may find you a better brown.

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.


*Amy and her father Jeff Hughes trolled out from Old Adaminaby with our own Alpine Cobra's in the Lime Spider and Yellow Terror patterns for 5 rainbows and two browns averaging .800 grams.

*Laurie & Fran from Gippsland in Victoria fished out from Crows on Eucumbene, trolling 3 colours of lead line and Alpine Cobras in Pink Wings and Tassies in Col 89 for 11 rainbows to 1.2kgs.

*Neil Dowerty & Maurice Christy from Vic trolled out from Buckenderra with both flatlines and 3 colours of lead line & our own Alpine Cobras in the Alpine Special and Yellow Terror for 72 fish over 4 days , releasing most - all being rainbows averaging .800 grams , with the best going 1.6kgs. 

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.

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

*Karin & Noel fished up at Jindabyne with the Vikings Fishing club , who had their families weekend.Karin (above ) landed her best trout to date with a lovely 45cm rainbow  Noel commenting the club had a great weekend with over 90 fish landed - we'll hopefully get a full report shortly.

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. These last few cold fronts have dropped the surface temperature , so we should also start to see more fish come in on flatlines as well.

LURE SALE - Buy 5 Flatfish OR Rapala Lures and Select a sixth ONE FREE !


*Dusan & Sonia from Wollongong bait fished out from Buckenderra with Rainbow Powerbait for 3 nice rainbows and a 3.2kg brown pictured above  

The baitfishing has been very consistent with some beautiful rainbows & browns starting to turn up . Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes doing very well . Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. 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

*Grant,Steve G & Steve R from Canberra did well out at 7 Gates on Eucumbene over the weekend, fishing orange Powerbait for 11 rainbows to 1.2kgs.Most fish were caught between 10am & 2pm in the middle of the day.Thanks guys for teh useful information on Friday Morning - we had a top weekend with the best catches in a long time !

Mudeye Rig


Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushy Plains Bay, 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 , creel 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 41 % Falling

Jindabyne 58 % Stable

Tantangarra  6 % Stable



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