Headlines: The fishing conditions over the weekend were challenging to say the least. Snow fell across the higher and not so high ranges on Friday night and Saturday. Despite this there were still a number of anglers who persisted and caught fish. Fishing should be great this week after cold front of last weekend. We had a good drop of rain also so the lakes and rivers should have seen a little bit of a top up.
Developments regarding Gaden Hatchery.
Meeting with Hon Ian Macdonald Minister for Primary Industries Friday the 21st November.
Today we (Steve Samuels, President of the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers) and Peter Gibson (Councillor, NSW CFA) met with the Hon Ian Macdonald (Minister for Primary Industries), his chief of staff Adam Badenoch, Mr Steve Whan (MP for Eden Monaro) and the Hon Robert Brown MLC, (The Shooters Party).
Mr Macdonald explained the challenges he faces making the substantial savings necessary to recurrent spending across the entire DPI portfolio, and hence the need for consolidation of certain operations within the department.
He said that the government would only make cuts with extreme reluctance and that he was open to suggestions on how savings could be achieved and still leave Gaden as an ongoing operation.
We discussed a number of options and alternative strategies that might achieve the savings required without jeopardising the long term operation of the hatchery.
As a result Mr Macdonald agreed that there would not be any immediate decision to close or sell Gaden until the NSW CFA came back to him with a detailed list of options that we felt would be acceptable to anglers and in the best interests of the staff, local businesses and other stakeholders.
We are very encouraged by the outcome of the meeting and feel that there is genuine commitment by Mr Macdonald to keep Gaden open with the support of anglers and others in the community.
We were grateful for the support of Steve Whan and Robert Brown in these discussions and both have promised to assist us in coming weeks.
We informed Mr Macdonald that we would consult with our members and consider the opinions of all parties and meet with him again in mid December. Over the next few weeks the NSW CFA will be liaising with members and considering the opinions of all stakeholders to identify opportunities and strategies that will ensure the future of Gaden.
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DIPLOMATS OUT IN THE COLD
The twentieth anniversary Diplomatic Fishing Tournament took place during the weekend 21-23 November 2008 at Buckenderra Holiday Village on Lake Eucumbene.
Nearly ninety participants from 9 diplomatic missions and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade together with family and friends took part (but not all fished) in this keenly contested tournament and social weekend.
The weekend was all the more the memorable because of the atrocious weather conditions which meant that the keen and the hardy had to brace snow, hail, rain and gale force winds, as an unseasonably cold low pressure front passed over the Snowy Mountains. Some anglers were caught out on the lake during the height of the storm with virtually zero visibility and were only able to return to base guided by compass.
Not surprisingly fishing was very hard, with only 20 anglers (16 adults and 4 juniors) being successful and just 28 fish weighed-in but with a good average weight of 637 grams (since only the heaviest fish caught counts, not all fish were weighed-in). Bait fishing was the most successful, with 13 fish caught by this method, 11 trolling, 4 on fly and 1 spinning. .
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade won the sought-after team event with the heaviest three fish caught by its team comprising Bill Huber, Mark Chatillon and Andrew Davis totalling 2.4kg.
The Embassy of Ireland came second with the British High Commission in third place.
Francisco Herrero fishing for the Embassy of Spain won the Individual Grand Open Competition with a lovely 1kg rainbow trout caught on lime twist powerbait at Wainui Bay, while Edmund Cachia fishing for the Embassy of Afghanistan won the fly fishing trophy with a 0.7kg rainbow trout caught on a mudeye pattern at Seven Gates.
Winning fish held by Francisco and his daughter Irene.
The Individual Adults Division was taken out by Bill Huber from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with a 0.9kg brown trout caught on Tassie Devil Y82 (Canberra Killer) at Wainui Bay while trolling.
The Juniors Division (under 15 years old) was won for the second year running by Irene Herrero fishing for the Embassy of Spain with a nice 0.6kg rainbow trout caught on lime twist powerbait at Wanui Bay.
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. The dry might have slowed a little after the weekend of snow, but with it already warm and muggy again today as I type this, the fish won't take long to clue in on any hatches.
Beetles are starting to show, more caddis and mayflies are hatching from the streams and the fishing is still really only just begining.
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.
Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers have a really nice easy to fish flow at the moment and some nice browns and rainbows to be caught.
Below are a couple of photos sent in by Gary Norenbergs taken on the Murrumbidgee during the recent Fly Fishing Championships. Makes you want to drop everything and go fishing!
Mark Bulley wading away.
Chris Dawson searching, searching.
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:- Not a lot of change in the reports the Lake looks fantastic 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.
A few reports suggest that the Anglers Reach, Wangrabelle Bay area have had a few fish moving of an evening right on dark.
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.
Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :-
Trolling and Spinning
We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.
Our Rapala Minnow indent has just arrived with trout patterns from 1cm to 11cm.