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Archive Date: 18/11/2008


Headlines: The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival was a big success with a heap of very good fish caught.  Weather was challenging but those that persisted caught fish. 

Overall the reports were very good over the last week with all methods working.

 Boat launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall, Anglers Reach, Buckenderra.

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Trout Festival Results

Largest fish overall - Brown 3.413kg Roy Jordan

Trolling - Rainbow 1.135kg Lawrence Horsfal / Brown  3.413kg Roy Jordan

Spinning - Rainbow 1.373kg Matt Caldwell / Brown 1.867kg Rudy Jorgensen

Bait - Rainbow 1.242kg Margaret French / Brown 2.850kg David Porter

Fly - Rainbow 1.447kg Mick Couvee / Brown 1.702kg Chris Clarke

Junior - Rainbow 1.009kg Shannon Flanagan / Brown 2.509kg Blake Parkes

Congratulations to all the anglers that fished, caught a fish or just had a good time trying.



Rivers:-  Dry fly fishing has really improved in all the local rivers in the past week.  The warmer weather we are experiencing has really got some hatches happening.  Beetles are starting to show, caddis are hatching from the streams, and the whole area is going to fire this weekend. 

Dry flies to use at the moment are small emergers like Klinkhamers, Blue wing olive parachutes, attractors like Wullfs and Stimulators, along with beetles and ant patterns.  A nymph suspended under the dry during the day is a good method to use, but a dry dusk will have beat results.

The Murrumbidgee has produced a few small fish but can turn up good ones on the right day.

The Thredbo still has numbers of rainbows up high and some good fishing can be had there.

Other rivers worth a look early in the season are the  Moonbah, Mac, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Has been picking up of late.  The water dropped a little but has then risen again since last week.  The edges are warming and the Midges are starting to get about in more numbers.  Caddis hatches have been big.  Evening is the best time to hit the lake for rising fish.  Early polaroiding can be very succesful on browns when conditions are good.

Best areas to look are Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Waiunui, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens, Wangrabelle, Springwood 

Night fishing will improve over the next few weeks with the rising water.  Dark flies like Craigs, Fuzzies, Phantoms, are the go.  Mudeye patterns will account for a few fish in the next week or two.

*Last week I reported on Stuart, Dave,and Ian's trip to Eucumbene.  Here is a shot from that trip with Stuart's first trout on fly, taken on his first ever cast of a fly rod.  Now that is a good introduction to fly fishing.  Well done.

 Lake Jindabyne:-  The fishing in Jindabyne has still been quite good and better than expected. The dropping water has slowed the polaroiding for some but there are still fish around the edges that are very polaroidable. The river mouth arms seem to be the best areas. 

Night time fishing has been good with some nice reports coming in.  Muddler Minnows, Sunset flies, Fuzzy Wuzzys, Hammils and Tom Jones work very well at this time of year. Lumos will turn on some nice fish with the dark phase we are in now.

*Dom Rogers took advantage of the Melbourne Cup holiday in the A.C.T and managed these nice browns out of the lake.  Great looking fish.


 Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.

Lake Tantangara :-   Although the dam dropped a little this week it is still more than worth a look at present.  The edges will be the place to fish with small wets and nymphs.

 Trolling and Spinning 

 We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.

Eucumbene:-   Trolling has improved in the lake and boat access is very easy also. 

Fishing deep has given the best success with lead core and tassies being very effective.

Y94, Y82, 55, 63, and Sting in colours 9 and 25 have been very good.

Trout pattern minnows in Rapalas, Attacks, RMG Scorpions, Rebels, and Alex lures are great lures to try.  Try some of the larger lures down deep to search out the bigger browns.

Rebel Crickhoppers have continued their run of quality fish.

Best areas to look at this week are the Dam wall, Main basin, Buckenderra, Seven gates and Anglers reach. 

*Clayton Harrington and his son Hugh fished Anglers Reach on Saturday in windy cold conditions for 8 good fish to 1.3kg ( 7 rainbows and 1 brown) . All fish were caught trolling. Best lures were tassies in frog pattern and rapala minnows in brown trout. All rainbows had been feeding on daphnia.



Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne will troll well this weekend. Stick to the bottom of the lake around the township and steep banks for clearer water.  Trolling in close should be the go as the water has risen well above the weed beds and this is where the fish will be looking for food. 

Some great fish came out of the lake in the Festival.  Early morning in close with RMG's and Tassies in Y94 have been very good.


Tantangara:- No Reports.

Baitfishing :-  Mudeyes are back in stock now.  Bait fishing has been excellent in Jindabyne with Gulp Power bait and standard Powerbait.   Quality fish are coming in from the Rushes Bay, Waste point Kalkite and Hatchey Bay areas. 

The Mudeye fishing has improved greatly over the last week or so.  Both lakes have been good with these under a bubble on dark.
Power Bait is still a great option and will take fish when things are quiet.  Lime Twist and Lemon Twist are very good colours, with the Gulp Pastes in chunky cheese doing some good work.
There will be some great fishing for Rainbows in the next few weeks in both lakes with some really fat fish in Eucumbene and some nice ones in Jindabyne as well.

Best areas in Eucumbene would be Coppermine, Waiunui, Seven Gates, Braemar and Buckenderra. 

In Jindabyne try Rushes Bay, Sids,  Waste Point, Creel Bay and Kalkite
Lake Levels

Eucumbene  22.2%

Jindabyne    51.5%

Tantangara     7.7%

Cheers Tom

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