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Archive Date: 29/04/2008

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 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.

Have to show you this picture of Mick Patton's South Coast river Bass.  47cm in length, caught on a dry fly on his 5wt Z-Axis Sage.  What a horse!


Rivers:-    Some great dry fly reports over the last week with the Thredbo being the standout.  The Moonbah has produced good numbers though sizes are varying depending on time of day. 

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.

*Kieran O'Shannassy sent this picture in of a fat Fuzzy Wuzzy caught Rainbow.  The Eucumbene Rainbows are in top condition and full of fight.


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.

*Matt Daniel with another good Brown from the lake.  One of eight fish caught in an evening session.



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

 Lake Tantangara :-  A good number of fish cruising the edges erly and late at present so well worth a look.

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. 
*Hi Tom,
           Marty Bajt from Canberra, just to let you know I went back to Buckenderra Area again last Monday.
Started fishing at midday, spinning from the boat and within 3 minutes, landed a great conditioned Rainbow 47cm. Dropped another fish 10 minutes later, and for the rest of the afternoon, DROPPED ANOTHER 8 FISH IN A ROW :(

Picked up 2 more fish after dark, both Rainbow's 43cm and 40cm.
All fish landed :) and lost :( were on scopions.
Next time I'll send photos and sharpen hooks before leaving home.

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.

*Dave and Phil from Bega did it tough last week and found the trolling tough.  They changed tactics and managed four fish on Orange and Lime Twist Powerbaits.

*Hi guys.  Took a co worker new to Canberra from QLD for a taste of trout fishing on Saturday night.The fishing was not great but managed to get Pat his first trout.An 800 gram Waiunui Bay dawn mudeye feeder.(See photo)

Pat Seymour and his first trout.Also had a troll no Sunday but it was very quiet with just one average rainbow.
Col Myles QBN.
* Dear Alpine Angler,
Last Friday night six of us ventured up to Lake Eucumbene for a relaxing fish from the banks of Buckenderra. We arrived around 4pm and the first hour we had a nice 1kg rainbow using power bait. By 9 pm we had caught 13 rainbow, all on power bait. All the fish we caught were 1kg or better and full of green and black bugs, and very fat. None of us were expecting to catch that many, but were surprised to have pulled in so many fish in 5 hours. Tried Mudeyes from a float and tested it down deep, we had nothing, not even a touch. Everything we managed to catch was on the good old Rainbow power bait. .
We again ventured out to the bank before sunlight and in 4 hours from 5am - 9am caught another 8 rainbows all around 1kg, if not better.
Total catch for Friday and Saturday between six of us were 21 rainbows. If you add the 10 fish we lost either from hook dislodging or line breaks, you can say we had some good fun during those two days.
Best bait fishing I have had up at the lake for 15 years and were coming up again this weekend.
I'll forward a couple of pictures once my mate sends them through.
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  17.5%

Jindabyne    50.8%

Tantangara     6.9%

Cheers Tom

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