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Archive Date: 29/10/2006

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 @

Got any reports from the local lakes or rivers?

If so, email them along with pictures to  for inclusion in our weekly report.

*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.


Rivers:- The great river fishing continues with excellent numbers of Rainbows and a few Browns for good measure. Both the Thredbo and Eucumbene have been fishing well. The dry fly fishing is improving rapidly though most fish are still being caught on Glo Bugs and Nymphs. One angler fishing a nymph under an indicator had to start using a dry as the fish kept taking the indicator! He ended up with 7 fish on a Stimulator.The Murrumbidgee is starting to get on the go too with some nice reports coming in from around the upper sections.


Seven year old Dominic Neil from Canberra with his first fish on a new outfit from the Thredbo river.

Hi Tom,
Dominic did well with the new fishing rod you sold him last week. We fished the Thredbo and got into a school of spawning rainbows. We left the pairs alone, but managed to hook and land (and then release) at least a dozen aggressive males up to 3 pounds - here are 2 that Dom landed!
Pete Neil
Craig Hunt with a better than average Rainbow.
*Hey Fellas,
Craig from Penrith and Dave from Cooma.
Had been fishing all over the Snowy's without much luck, then went to Eucumbene River and scored 54 fish between the two of us. Released all but 4. Beadhead nymphs and Hare & Copper nymphs were the go, although I did take one fish on a Highland Dun dry fly. Great time at the moment for new fly fishers as well as juniors........Craig
*James and Andy fished 3 days in the Eucumbene area and caught 10 fish each day on nymphs and dries.

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.

Rushy Plains, Seven Gates, Dam Wall, Old Adaminaby and Buckenderra have all been good areas.  

I had a fish myself at Rushy Plains on Sunday, mangaged a small Rainbow, and there are plenty of likely looking points and drop offs where a good Brown or two could turn up. A few fishing rising and midges about but no real numbers (yet).

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:- .

Not a great deal of definite reports from Jindabyne, but there have been murmurs of good fishing. With the slighty dropping levels food items will be forced out of the safety of the weed beds and there will be trout cruising in close at times (early and late) to eat them. Try a small Tom Jones or Wooly Bugger. Shrimp patterns can be effective too. 

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.


Trolling:-Yellow wings, yellow wings, yellow wings defintely THE colour at present.  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.  

Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues and launching is possible at more areas now though the Old Adaminaby ramp is still the pick if you have only a 2 wheel drive or a BIG boat. Launching is also possible at Buckenderra, The Dam Wall and Anglers Reach at present.


*Paul Dickinson caught 9 Rainbows (pictured with 2 of the better ones above) in a mornings trolling at Eucumbene last week. Fish mostly ate yellow winged Tassies.

*Belacic and Jordan fished small Flatfish trolling and Scrub worms off the bank for 15 fish in 3 days.  

 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.

* David, Colin and Matt fished Kalkite for 4 fish in the troll. They also caught fish on Powerbait overnight including a 4 lb Brown 3 Rainbows and an Atlantic Salmon.


 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.

 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 23.5 % Dropped Slightly

Jindabyne   57.1% Dropped Slightly 

Tantangara  6.4% Steady

Cheers Tom

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