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Archive Date: 22/04/2008


 Headlines:  A return to some fine Autumn weather has had many anglers out on the water and some very, very good fishing.  Fly fishing in the streams has been excellent.  Lakes have fired using all methods and plenty of fat Rainbows and Browns showing up.

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:-    Some great dry fly reports over the last week with the Thredbo being the standout.  The Moonbah has had some nice fishing and reasonable fish too. 

Fishing methods are very dependent on the weather at the moment.  A nice, still sunny day is ideal for searching with a dry and you may find a few fish rising if a hatch occurs.  On overcast and cold days a nymph is a better option fished under an indicator.

Nymphs will really come into their own over the next few weeks in the lower reaches of the Thredbo and Eucumbene.  Pheasant tails, Hare & Copper, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Black and Brown Nymphs are the pick of the flies.  With the Spawn run not too far away any rain in these areas will see fish starting to build in the river mouth areas too.

River mouth fishing is well worth a try of an evening with the onset of the spawn run.  Large streamers like a Fuzzy Wuzzy or Wooly Bugger on a slow sink or sink tip line are a great way to get amongst some big Browns.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Mudeye hatches have slowed but there is still plenty of food around the edges to keep the fish in range of a fly fisher.  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.

Look for areas with some depth as the really shallow areas seem to be holding less fish.

Caddis hatches have been huge some evenings and even though the fish don't seem to taking the adults, they have been clued in on the nymphs and a Muz Wilson Sticky Caddis is a great pattern to use in the early evenings.

*Eddie (above) fished Angler's Reach and only 2 hours after he picked up his new waders from the store took his best brown of 4lb...good going for a new flyfisher and shows what a bit of effort will produce. Fish full of yabbies..also Ed had a report of a 9lb brown coming from same area.  Cheers Lopy

*Phil and Chris Lesek had a good evening session at Collingwood Bay with Chris caught a great 1.5kg Brown and 2 Rainbows, Phil caught two Rainbows.  All were on Mudeye patterns.

*Neil Huolohan from Orangeville fished the Braemar Bay area for twelve fish in the 35cm range.  Daytime with a brown nymph worked well and the evenings a Spider Mudeye and Craig Nightimes were the best flies at night.  He also reported losing a couple of bigger fish in the weed.

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.

 Lake Jindabyne:-  Reports from Jindabyne have increased with some top fishing and polaroiding.  There have been some big Browns caught on wets.  Several anglers have reported good fishing in late evenings and also early mornings.  Polaroiding has been hit and miss with the weather but there are fish to be found when conditions allow.


Pics of fish from Lake Jindabyne taken during week. Jindy fished well late, the Browns taken in good nick and on yabbies.

Polaroided a few during a morning session, not as good as it should in a couple of months, but fun if you are prepared to look.

Good time to be out and always chance of big fish at this time of year,  Cheers  Lopy

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

 Lake Tantangara :-  

Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-   Reports from the lake have been fantastic.    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.  

Excellent trolling in Eucumbene at the moment.  Mostly flatline tassies and small minnows. 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.

 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 any colour have really caught some fish of late. 
*Marty Bajt from Canberra fished from the boat in the Brookwood bay area and threw a few Scorpion 35's around.  He finished up landing fourteen Rainbows and 2 Browns on the Rainbow Trout pattern.  Fish were all around the 40cm length bracket and were little foot balls in shape. 
He also found an old illegal gill net which was entangled in a fence.  Fisheries were notified and have removed as much of the net as possible and will continue to do so as more of the fence shows with the receding water.
If anyone finds what they think could be illegal nets in any of our Trout waterways, don't attempt to remove destroy them.  Contact local fisheries officers to investigate.  It is better to have a way to catch the poachers returning to check the net and also saves running the risk of Fisheries catching you in possesion of an illegal fishing implement.
* Above a nice Brown taken in the Buckenderra area.  See Matt and Brett's report in the Baitfishing section for their other captures.
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.


Talbingo:-  No reports


Baitfishing :- Mudeyes are still producing fish, but we have seem a trend towards Powerbait and Scrubworms this week.  The bait fishing reports have continued to be good.

*Thought I'd send a few snaps from my mate Brett and I on our recent trip to Buckenderra.  Fishing was generally good, with the two of us landing 14 over three days.  12 Rainbows and 2 Browns, all 37-45cm and in great condition.  Fish were all probably 750g - 1.25kg, and some gave us a real run for our money.  Over the three days we took three on the troll, five on mudeyes and six on powerbait.  Trick was to be patient as all fish were caught in runs of 20 minutes or so,  there would be nothing doing for hours at a time then all of a sudden everyone fishing within 200m either side of us would be catching them at the same time, bizarre.  Attached are several photo's.  
Special thanks to Peter and Jo and Buckenderra for their sensational hospitality and the team at the Alpine Angler for the red hot advice on how to get onto a fish or two, particularly your mudeye guy who gave us the run down on these little suckers on Thursday morning.  Well be back!!   Matt
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.
Lake Levels

Eucumbene  18.3%

Jindabyne    51.2%

Tantangara     7.2%

Cheers Tom

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