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Archive Date: 23/10/2006

Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 2006 !

This years 33rd annual Yamaha / Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival will be run from Saturday the 4th of November to Friday the 10 th of November 2006.  The last weigh in time will be 10am on Friday morning.FULL DETAILS @

*Old Adaminaby ramp shots C-Col Sinclair from the Adaminaby Angler.

Firm surface and parking close by

*Anglers Reach Ramp

GOOD NEWS  TWO NEW Launching areas - Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have upgraded and cleared off the silt from the old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and added gravel to the top turning/parking area as well - along with upgrading an area at Anglers Reach as well. These ramps can now be used to launch larger boats with out too much trouble. This ramp will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.Snowy Hydro are also looking at improving launching area's at Anglers Reach and the Dam wall - so we'll keep you posted. More details on Lake Eucumbene's levels @

*Buckenderra have also upgraded their launching area and you can now launch boats up to 4 metres with a four wheel drive at the Eucumbene cover.


The Fly Fishing continues to improve with some great catches out of the Eucumbene and Thredbo Rivers. 

Glo bugs and beadhead nymphs continue to be the main fish takers, but there have been several reports of fish taking dries already.  With the warm conditions the dry fly fishing will get better and better.  Keep an eye out for an early hatch of Termites. This fishing should continue for quite a while or until we get a good fresh to raise the river heights and get them to drop back after spawning.

An average Eucembene Glow Bugged Rainbow.

A number of anglers reported catching some very nice fish in the Thredbo and some of these fish have had beetles in their stomachs. Searching with a dry fly may well be worth a go if you want a change from using nymphs and glo bugs. A nymph under a dry fly covers both options!

Stuart Sturgeon with a Glo Bugged Brown.

These are the new 'latest greatest' egg flies that are well worth using at present. Check them out when you come through.


Craig Hunt with a lovely Eucumbene Brown

Even managed to get out myself and catch a couple over the weekend.

Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. The edges are starting to dry out quite well now and ther has been some nice early morning and evening fishing.  There have been a few midges starting to show and their numbers will continue to improve as the water temps rise slightly.

Best flies have been Wooly buggers, Midge pupa and Tom Jones

Lake Tantangara :- Been a few fish about on nymphs and streamers of an evening - and conditions should pick up as the lake sneaks up and the weather warms.  

Lake Jindabyne:- Their have been a few browns cruising the margins, with some very nice fish being seen again over the last few high pressure systems. Seeing them and catching them can be two very different things when polaroiding - which is half the challenge. Make sure you walk slowly well back from the waters edge as you'll be surprised how close they will swim at times. As you want good light starting on the Eastern side of lake Jindabyne in the morning is often best with the sun behind you. The best light is between 9am and 3pm , switching to the Western shore line after lunch to again get the sun from behind. Fly patterns worth having in your box for palaroiding include , Bushy's horror, woolly buggers, scruffy's, Rosella's , Jindy buggers , sand cased caddis and black & peacocks. If you get refusals on these I like to throw a rock at them - you'll at least feel better ! Feel free to ask us how to best have a go at polaroiding as it can be some of the most exciting fishing of the season and is generally at it's best over the next two months. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouth of the Thredbo river at Waste point/Creel Bay, so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids. 

*Phil O'Brien with 2 nice Browns from Jindabyne on the weekend.

*The Harding family, Leo, Chris, Peter, James, Thomas, Bernard an Mark fished the lake for 12 Trout to 5lb. Best flies were Black ants and Brown Nymphs.

We have had some reports of good evening fishing in Jindabyne on Hamills killers and woolly buggers, so there is good fishing to be had if conditions don't allow for the polaroiding. 

Lure Fishing

Spinning off the shore has been very good in Eucumbene with the locally made Snowy Minnow taking some great fish including 2 Browns around the 60cm mark. Best areas have been Old Adaminaby and the dam wall.

The soft plastic fishing amongst the trees at Eucumbene has been nothing short of fantastic. Anglers have reported hooking up to 30 fish in a session with some fish getting close to the 4kg mark. This fishing will continue right through the season, so if you haven't had a go at it yet there is still time to give it a go. Small minnow pattern lures like Rapala's, Attacks, Merlins and bladed lures like Celtas and Vibrax will also be great in the rivers from this Saturday. 

Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area at Old Adaminaby for the moment. Both flatlines and leadlines at 3 colours have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark. There have been a few browns hunting the trees so well worth trolling the edges of these areas. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 55, 36, 50, 54, Holo, and Y82. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine special, Alpine Attractor, and Lime Spiders patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows and jointed shad raps , RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.  


We have received some great lures from Killalure (pak rat 45) and Oar-gee (lil' ripper) this week.  Check them out when you come through.

Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The best area's have been in the main basin out around the islands in front of town & Sid's Bay over at East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins , Rapala's & Attacks along with Tassie's in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.


 Mudeyes are starting to come into their own at the moment. Some very nice browns have taken fishing early mornings in Eucumbene.

The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few months with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with scrubbies & Power Bait accounting for the most captures. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. The most popular rig is to run your main bait with a Powerbait dropper ( 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.

*Leith Slater and Michael Clark caught 7 Rainbows at Seven Gates over the weekend. Powerbait in Rainbow, Orange, Chartreuse and Lemon twist all caught fish.

*"The boys from Vic" fished out from Buckenderra for 15 Rainbows mostly on scrubbies but some on grubs also.

 Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth down towards Anglers Reach 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 23.8 % Dropped Slightly

Jindabyne   57.5% Dropped Slightly 

Tantangara  6.4% Dropped Slightly

Cheers Tom

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