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Archive Date: 25/11/2008

Headlines: The fishing over the last week has been great in the rivers.  Tantangara fished vey well in the Fly Championships, Eucumbene is producing a few on the troll and bait. Jindabyne has fished well early and late in the day.

The NSW government has proposed early last week to close the Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne.  Of course this has angered many anglers in the local area interstate and even overseas.  Petitions to stop the closure are in the shop at present and all anglers are urged to sign.

A hastily organised rally was held at the hatchery on Sunday and the turn out was very good.  Steve Samuels, president of the Council of freshwater anglers spoke along with representatives of the main political parties.  None want the hatchery closed. 

Rally at the hatchery on Sunday.

If you want to help avoid this ridiculous proposal you can write or email letters to the following people to voice your disapproval of the proposed closure.

The Hon Steve Whan (ALP)
Member for Monaro

110-112 Monaro Street
Phone (02) 6299 4899

The Hon Nathan Rees (ALP)
Premier of NSW

GPO Box 5341
Phone (02) 9228 5239

The Hon Ian Macdonald (ALP)
Minister for Primary Industries

Level 33 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone (02) 9228 3344

The Hon Jodi McKay (ALP)
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Small Business

Level 37 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Phone (02) 9228 5668

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

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Rivers:-  Dry fly fishing has been exceptional in the local area with the fish really looking up for anything hatching or falling onto the water. With one week of warm weather the fishing has improved out of sight.  Beetles are starting to show, more caddis are hatching from the streams, and the whole area has been firing.

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.

Rainbows in the Thredbo river on the weekend

The Murrumbidgee has produced some great fish in the Fly Champinships and some good ones at that. 

Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers have a really nice easy to fish flow at the moment and some nice browns and rainbows to be caught.

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:-  Looks fantastic at present and the water is still rising  but the fish have not been coming in around the edges in big numbers yet.  With the edges warming and the Midges and Caddis numbers rising it won't be long before it really fires up.  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.

 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.

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

Lake Tantangara :Have not heard the full report on the fly championships at the lake but I did here of some good fish being caught out of the boats.

Trolling and Spinning 

 We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.

Our Rapala Minnow indent has just arrived this week. 

Eucumbene:-   Trolling has been challenging with many fish hanging deep at the present time.  Leadcore or a downrigger will produce better catches at the moment but you do have to work for them.  Daphnia has been large part of the diet of rainbows at present. Yellow wing tassies and green tassies are the go in this situation. 

With the possibility of a change of weather this week the fish may end up getting on the chew a little more and working in the shallower margins of the lake.

Tassie Y94, Y82, and dual depth S12 have been good this week.  Sting in glow grub 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.

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

Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne trolling reports have been scarce but there are bound to be some good fish taken by those who fish it this weekend.

*Russel Job and Justin Perrin from Young caught these great browns on Sunday. No details as to what on but great fish all the same.



Tantangara:- No Reports.

Baitfishing :-  Mudeyes are back in stock now and are producing some good fish at both Jindabyne and Eucumbene.  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.

*Lucas, Dave and Brynn Atkinson fished Jindabyne for these nice fish on grubs and Powerbait.  Photo below.

*Rob from Bega caught six rainbows on powerbait and scrubbies last week.  Fish were between 40 and 46cm.

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  22.4%

Jindabyne    50.7%

Tantangara     7.3%

Cheers Tom

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