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Archive Date: 27/03/2008



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Friday         21st  March 9am -7pm

Saturday     22nd March 7am -5.30pm

Sunday        23rd  March 7am - 3.30pm

Monday      24th  March 9am -5.30pm

Headlines:  Fishing over the week and weekend again was brilliant on the whole.  Lake Eucumbene is the place to be with many great reports from anglers using all methods. 

 The way the fishing is shaping up the Easter weekend will be fantastic.  The full moon should see plenty more Mudeyes on the go again too.

It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.  Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.

Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize.  The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event.  Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.


Rivers:-  Not a great deal of change in the river fishing which has still been excellent.  Levels have dropped slightly but fish numbers are still high.  The Thredbo and Eucumbene are both very clear at present which means long, light leaders and a very stealthy approach.  There is some great river polaroiding to be had when the water is very clear and the upper reaches of the Thredbo in particular have produced some really good Browns. 

On the Eucumbene the fishing has been similar to that in the Thredbo.  Searching or casting at a sighted fish with a dry has been working well in the glides and slow pools.  A dry indicator with a weighted nymph has been the best option in the faster runs at the head of pools.

Hopper patterns have been producing despite the lack of naturals on the water.  Klinkhamers and Red Humpies have been good along with Caddis and Dun style dries.  Nymphs in black, brown and hare and coppers have been great.

Lake Eucumbene:- There has still been producing some great evening and early morning fly fishing.   Mudeye hatches are occurring with some huge migrations.  Fish have been on these and other food items every night.  Some nights are better than others, but there is no doubt the fishing is very consistent at present.  Location is all important.  Bays with lots of grass weed are ideal and rocky points adjacent to these bays being very good too.  The bottom end of the lake has been excellent including Braemar, Coppermine, Collingwood, Waiunui Buckenderra, Rushy Plains, Sevengates, Springwood, Yens and Old Adaminaby are the best options.

The best time has been from about 8pm onwards and the rise is usually over by about 10pm.  Those who are keen to keep fishing will still catch fish well into the early hours of the morning.

The Rainbows have really put on some great condition over the last few weeks as have the majority of Browns.   

There is a heap of food in the water at present too with Damsels Nymphs, Corixa, Mudeyes, Snails and Caddis being plentiful and although there are still plenty of Hoppers about those that have used them are working very hard for 1-2 fish after burleying with many live hoppers.  The fish seem to be more clued in on the huge amount of aquatic life in the margins at present. 

*Kesh Gill from Sydney has had several good sessions on the lake at Old Adaminaby.  In his best session he caught five good Browns on Mudeye patterns.  He has not seen a Rainbow which is a stark contrast to the bottom end of the lake where the vast majority of fish are Rainbows.

*Alan Hocking from Canberra has added another dimension to his fishing by purchasing his first ever fly oufit in recent weeks.  Alan put the new gear to great effect at Buckenderra this week and caught his first Trout on fly gear. A 48cm Rainbow is a great first fly capture and for an angler who has caught more Trout by other methods than he can remember, this capture will last in the memory banks for a very long time.   Well done Alan.   

Alan has sent me this email this morning. 

Morning Tom
Just got home from Buckenderra. Many thanks for your expertise in the selection of my fly fishing outfit. This was my first fish on fly on the third cast to a rising fish at 2130hrs on Monday night at the boat ramp at Buckenderra. I met up with a real gentleman by the name of Mike how has around 30 years throwing flies but unfortunately did not get his surname. Maybe you know him, he lives at Malua Bay down the south coast. Apparently he has fished with Bushy and the crowd up here. Anyhow he found the time to give me an hour or so lesson on my casting technique and lots of good advise. He also caught a couple of fish during that evening. Attached are some photo's of my outing.




 Lake Jindabyne:-  Reports from Jindabyne have suggested that fishing down deep is the best bet at present.  With cooler nights the edges should fish well early in the day.   Small wets and searching with Woolly Buggers will find a few fishA Mudeye pattern after dark in the evenings should turn up a few good fish also.

Best areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Creel Bay, Curiosity Rocks, Hayshed and Hatchery Bay.

 Lake Tantangara :-  No reports

Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-   Reports from the lake have been fantastic.  The trolling has been brilliant.  Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach, Dam Wall and Buckenderra. With cooler conditions there should be a few more fish taking shallow running minnows and Tassie Devils this week.  It would still be worth running a down rigger or lead core as well as surface lures to cover your options.  The Love Grass problem has diminished and has made trolling alot easier.

Trolling reports have varied but on the whole trolling has been very good.  With the bright conditions of last week, getting down a little deeper with diving minnows or Tassies on lead core have been the best option.  There are fish in close and on top early in the day but as the sun gets up going wider and deeper is the best bet.
*I fished with Colin in his boat from Buckenderra the last two mornings, and trolled up 7 good rainbows from 42-47cm.  We let a few fish under 40cm go until next time but it was good to take home a feed of 5 fish. By the way the access at Buckenderra is very good for all size boats. Please be aware that the NORTH CARDINAL MARK THAT IS OPPOSITE BROOKWOOD BAY SHOULD BE MOVED AS THERE ARE ROCKS JUST BELOW THE SURFACE APPROXIMATELY 100 MTS TO THE NORTH AS YOU VENTURE INTO RUSHIES AND ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
Alan Hocking

Tassies in #36, Y48, Y82, Y05, and any of the yellow wing patterns have been excellent S12 is a cracker too.  Dual Depth versions are a good option for getting down a fraction deeper.
RMG Scorpions in the Frog pattern have worked very well.  The Holographic gold and Gold Yabby are great at this time of year too.
Hot Pink deep Merlins have turned a few heads this week producing some good Browns in the trees.  Rapala Glass Shad Raps are good in these areas also.

Best areas have been Anglers Reach, Seven Gates, Waiunui, Collingwood, Coppermine and Main basin.

Jindabyne:-  As in Eucumbene fishing both surface lures and lures on lead core or a down rigger is the best bet for catching a few fish.  Reports do suggest deeper rather than shallower is a little more consistent. 

The quality of some of the fish has been superb with real football like condition.  Best spots to troll have been Sids Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, the bank between  Sid's and Kalkite and the islands adjacent to the township.


Hi Tom,

We fished talbingo sunday morning got the boat on at 7:00am flat lined tassies for an hour with one touch.  There were heaps of trout showing on the sounder between 30 and 50ft so we used the downrigger to get down there for two nice rainbows around 2 lb on a rainbow trout rapala. we had a few more hits and misses and called it a day. off the water at 11:00 am great day had.

Cheers Ryan

Baitfishing :- Mudeyes, Mudeyes, Mudeyes and dare I say it again, Mudeyes.  These are without doubt the best bait in Eucumbene at present.  While worms, grubs and Powerbait can and have produced, the better catches have been with the bubble float and the Mudeye.

There have been some good hatches this week and the fish are well and truly on them.  The last hour or two of daylight have been the best but you will get fish right through the day.  A mudeye under a bubble is the best way and greasing your line to float is a definite advantage.  You do need to keep an eye on your float at all times as the fish can sometimes be very subtle in their takes.
Light leaders and small hooks are very important also, if you are fishing during the brighter part of the day.  And running the Mudeye a little deeper at these times is also a good idea.

*Matthew Sturgeon reports - Got these at 7 gates last night, mudeye hatch was ridiculous, caught these on mudeyes,  forgot to take camera so photos not the best. 

Top fish Matt!

*Hello to The Alpine Angler.

We have just returned today from 8 days up at Fryingpan Camp Park, with
some great bank fishing out the back beyond Seven Gates.

We met up with John (the mudeye man) who took a few details about our
activities with the intention of adding it to your website. He thought a
photo would be great so we've sent one of Barry's catch on a day he
bagged out. Also included is a very pretty brown - the only one.

Eucumbene is such a beautiful place that we just had to send a couple of
extras that you may or may not wish to use. How good does it get!

Barry Nation and Jan Millicer         

  Best areas in Eucumbene have been at Buckenderra, The Dam wall, Seven Gates, Yens, Old Adaminaby, Coppermine, Collingwood, Wainui, Spring wood.
In Jindabyne try Waste Point, Kalkite or the Clay pits.
We now have Bardi Grubs back in stock
Lake Levels

Eucumbene  19.8%

Jindabyne    54.5 %

Tantangara     6.8%

Cheers Tom

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