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Archive Date: 04/12/2006


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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 park owners Paul and Ken upgrading an area at Anglers Reach as well. These ramps can now be used to launch boats with out too much trouble. Larger boats can be a little more difficult, but it is possible to launch small to medium sized vessels.  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.


 With great weather the fishing this week has been nothing short of excellent with   some good reports from the lakes and rivers.


Rivers:- The river fishing has been awesome with plenty of dry fly action on the streams and some great evening fishing on the lakes.  The Eucumbene, Thredbo, Gungarlin, Moonbah and Murrumbidgee have all fished well.

There have been some good hatches on dark and termites and ants have been on the wing.

*Flylife photographer Brad Harris, Matt Daniel, Andy Moore and myself fished one of the high country streams and we caught and released a heap of small Rainbows as well as a couple of Browns.  None of the fish were huge, with the biggest about 13-14 inches, but a heap of fun on 3 and 4 wt gear.  Best flies were the Humpy, Wulff,  Stimulator, Klinkhammer, Adams, Blue Wing Olive, Cowdung, and Ants.  There were insects everywhere during the evening.

*Ted Richards from Bairnsdale Fished the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee rivers for 4 Browns from 1kg to 2.5kg and 2 Rainbows to 1.5kg. Pheasant Tail Nymphs were the best pattern.

Lake Eucumbene:-

There has been some very good evening fishing in Eucumbene. A number of locals in the Adaminaby area have caught some reasonable Browns and some smaller Rainbows. You do have to work for them but there are enough fish around to make for a worthwhile session.

The windlane fishing has been good early in the mornings and searching deeper water with a full sinking line has been productive also. 

Best flies have been Yabby patterns, Woolly Buggers, Mountain Shrimp, Bushy's Horror, and Cubits Mudeye.

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


Lake Jindabyne:-  Some excellent fishing in Jindabyne this week.  Late evening and into the night has produced some great fishing.  With plenty of Rainbows and the odd Brown coming in at night.  Find the weed beds and fish them with any largish streamer or mudeye pattern and you should be able catch a few. 

Once again Yabbie patterns have been good and slowly retrieved surface flies are a good choice for a BIG Brown after dark.


Lake Tantangara :-  Still no reports from Tantangara this week, howver with the reports from the rivers and other dams in that general area would be a great option and a chance to get away from other harder fished areas. 



Some really good trolling over the week and weekend.  Early and late in the day have been best.

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.

*John Miller from Sydney Trolled for 4 days and caught 32 fish (17 Browns and 15 Rainbows) with the biggest fish being a 1.75kg Brown. Tassies number 31, 56, and 67 were the best colours. Seven of the fish ate Super Dupers and all were caught on flat line.  Cobrabald was the best area.

*Anglers from the Woolly Buggers Fly Fishers club caught 70 fish trolling in 5 days.  Best fish was a 51cm Brown. Tassies in colours 70, PP, and Y82 were the best colours.

Now is the time to get out some big lures and troll them deep around rocky and treelined bays for a chance at a really good Brown.  Rapala Tail dancers, Jointed Shad Raps and Glass Shad Raps are sure fire fish takers.

Best trolling areas have been around the Dam wall and main basin and the tree lined Western side of the lake.


Jindabyne has been a little quieter than Eucumbene report wise but the average size and condition of the fish from there has been better. 

Try Sids Bay, The Islands and Kalkite.  Any of the weed lined bays will fish well in the early mornings.  Drifting and casting back to the shore with small minnows and soft plastics is a great method that can outfish standard trolling at the moment.

The eighteenth Diplomatic Fishing Tournament took place during the weekend 17-19 November 2006 at Buckenderra Holiday Village on Lake Eucumbene.




Ten diplomatic missions involving around 70 participants took part in this keenly contested tournament and social weekend.  Overall fishing was good, with 43 anglers being successful and 84 fish weighed-in with an average weight of 561 grams (since only the heaviest fish caught counts, not all fish were weighed-in).  Trolling and bait were equally as successful this year, together accounting for all but 3 fish which were caught on fly.


In a near clean sweep by the Delegation of the European Commission, its team comprising of John Tuckwell, Roger Camilleri and Ken Hood, won the all important team event for the first time, with their heaviest three fish weighing in at 2.8 kg.  They nudged the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran into second place by the narrowest of margins (by just 3 gms!), with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in third place.


John Tuckwell won the Individual Grand Open Competition with a lovely 1.6kg brown trout caught on lemon twist Powerbait at Picnic Point at Buckenderra and also the fly fishing trophy with a 0.7kg rainbow trout caught on a brown beetle at Eucumbene Dam.


The Individual Adults Division was taken out by Darren Peterson, also fishing for the European Commission, with a 1.6kg brown trout caught trolling with Tassie Devil (orange with yellow dots) at Brookwood Bay.  Again underlining just how close the competition was, Darrens fish was a mere 7gms lighter than the Grand Open winning weight.


The Juniors Division (under 15 years old) was won by a very excited Jacob Kingma fishing for the Embassy of the United States of America with a nice 1.1kg brown trout caught on bait at Picnic Point, Buckenderra.


For further information please contact:

John Tuckwell, Chairman, Diplomatic Fishing Tournament



*John Tuckwell with a lovely Brown.


*Kevin Hood, John Tuckwell and Roger Camilleri with their trophies.


Some really nice fish were coming in on bait over the weekend. Powerbait has been working very well and mudeyes are starting to work well also.

The weather was perfect for Mudeye fishing over the weekend and there were some good fish taken in both lakes. Between 7 and 10pm has been the peak time with both Coutas and Spiders taking fish.

 Powerbait in Lime and Lemon twist has been excellent during the day and most anglers opt for one rod with a Mudeye under a bubble and one with a Scrub Worm or Powerbait on the bottom


*Phil Krucler and Dave Shears (above) from Bega fished Hatchery bay at Jindabyne for 3 Rainbows off the bank on Lemon Twist Powerbait. They lost a nice Brown at the net while trolling also. 


 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 22.6 % Dropped Slightly

Jindabyne   54.3% Dropped Slightly 

Tantangara  6.3% Steady

Cheers Tom

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