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Archive Date: 05/11/2006

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.

Headlines: Well it has been an eventful week with some extreme variance in weather. Saturday morning was freezing with snow falling throughout the area. Sunday was a beautiful clear day with light breezes. Fishing has been good across the board.


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. 

*Graham Kennedy and Brad Barker fished the upper Eucumbene and encountered lots of rainbows. And took some small Browns on black nymphs. They also fished Tantangara for few hits.

*Les fished the Eucumbene also and caught 30 Rainbows.

*Bill and Owen from Sydney fished the Thredbo for 15 Rainbows and 1 Brown. Tungsten Beadheads and Glo Bugs worked the best and the biggest fish was about 1.5kg.

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.

We have a had reports of a few termites falling and plenty of fish moving on them. It is all about timing for these falls. Warm and still days tend have more of these insects on the wing and usually in the late afternoons. The next morning following a fall can have fish in close mopping them up.

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

Best flies have been Brown nymphs, Beadhead Wooly Buggers and Windlane Nymphs.

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. 


Trolling has been very good this week but wind has mad it a little more difficult at times. Rainbows continue to dominate in most boats catches but try using bigger minnow down deep and you will pick up some better Browns. Stumpjumpers in Gold, Husky Jerks, Glass Shad Raps, X4 Flatfish and Dual Depth Tassies on Leadcore will give you a better chance at a solid fish. Run smaller minnows flat line for the Rainbows in particular the RMG #35 Scorpions in the holographic gold. Dynamite little lure!

Other 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.

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.

*Adrian and Geoff from Sydney fished Eucumbene for 10 Rainbows on Rapala Shad Raps, Green Spot Tassies and S12 Tassies were the best lures. Best area was around Anglers Reach.

 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.

        The Albury Commercial Club held a comp at Dartmouth Dam 19,20,21
Oct  trolling pink tassies accounted for some nice brown trout when the
wind was up,
when the wind calmed down worms behind fenders worked very well.
Dartmmouth Dam is expected to be empty come April so enjoy it while you can.

Regards Adrian Kent


My 10 year old son Matthew Egan from Chapman went fishing with his uncle on Sunday and caught a 53cm, 3lb (1.4kg) rainbow trout on a scrub worm in Talbingo Dam.
This was Matt's first trout fishing trip and as you can see from the attached pics he is very proud of his catch. 

Matt was the only one to catch a fish and showed up the so called 'experts' (his uncle and cousin)
Congratulations on the purchase of the business - I am sure Matt will ensure that we will be making many purchases from you as he further pursues his love of fishing.
Judy Egan

*Adam and Milan (Adam above) from Canberra fished the dam wall at Eucumbene for 2 Rainbows and 1 very nice Brown. Yabby tails and Powerbait were the best baits and they reported getting plenty of bites.

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

*Phil and 2 year old Daughter Jaimi from Bega with Jaimi's first ever Trout. Caught at Eucumbene on Lemon Twist Powerbait.

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 23.1 % Dropped Slightly

Jindabyne   56.5% Dropped Slightly 

Tantangara  6.4% Steady

Cheers Tom

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