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Archive Date: 16/12/2008



Headlines:  Reports have been great from Eucumbene with both bank and boat anglers starting to have some excellent fishing.  The Lake continues to rise and the fly fishing has been great. 

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Rivers:-  Mountain streams are fishing very well though the levels have been a little high and cool from the snow melt of a couple of weeks ago.  Some good fishing in the Eucumbene river has occured with nymphs being the most succesful.  Dry fly fishing has been a little slower but with a few warm days the hatches will start again and more fish will move on the top.  There have been some Kosciuszko Dun hatches recently too.

*Kesh Gill had a magic session on the Euc river last week and landed and released a whopping 65cm rainbow and a few browns.  Beadhead nymphs were the flies used.

Pretty much any beadhead nymph will work in the river at present and fished under a larger dry will be the best option.

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.

Other rivers to fish are the  Thredbo, Moonbah, Mac, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.

Lake Eucumbene:-  The lake is offically firing.  It has taken a while but it has come on well in the last ten days.  We have had plenty of reports of great fishing around the edges both during the day and evenings.  Midges and Caddis have been the main insects hatching but there all sorts of food being taken by the fish.  Snails, corixa, damsels, beetles, mudeyes have all been on the menu. Several anglers have reported midges balling and fish on them too.  You need to find the areas where the fish are working.  They are not everywhere.  Shallower weedy, grassy soaks have been the best areas.  Weather conditions play a big part and evenings with less wind will see more midges balling. 

*Matt Daniel and Dan Dalpiva had a good session on the weekend catching some nice rainbows during the late afternoon and evening.  Small wets and caddis nymphs produced the goods early with a Muddler Minnow after dark working well also.  Dan pictured below.


*Had three arvos sessions myself in the last six days.  Managed to land nine fish plus a couple missed and dropped.  Five were rainbows and four browns.


Midge pupa, Stick Caddis,  Midge balls and Scruffys were the fish takers.

*Mark and Neil Barnes from Lismore came out to the lake and were greeted with thirty knots of Westerly wind.  Finding a sheltered bay, Mark landed this nice rainbow on a beadhead wooly bugger.  Tough conditions but a nice fish.

Areas to look at are Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Waiunui, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens, Wangrabelle, Springwood 

Night fishing in the areas where fish have been working on sunset will produce some good fish too. 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 lake continues to rise and there are some good fish to be caught cruising the edges during the day.  Evenings and early mornings produced better fishing overall and after dark has seen some nice rainbows coming in.  With the way Eucumbene is fishing at present it would be a better option on the fly.

Areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Hayshed, and East Jindabyne

Lake Tantangara :A few fish have been on the go in the evenings and though not all big have provided some fun for a few anglers.

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.

New Bushy's Stiffy Devilfish Vibes are in stock.

Eucumbene:-   Trolling has been good with some excellent reports coming in.

White rocks, Anglers Reach and Coppermine areas have been very good.  Top water lures like Tassies and small shallow minnows have been the beat overall but there are some good fish being caught deeper too.

Leadcore or a downrigger has been good in some of the deeper bays or where the fish are on daphnia.  Daphnia has been large part of the diet of rainbows at present. Yellow wing tassies and green tassies are usually the go in this situation. 

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.

The new Stiffy Devilfish Vibes have been starting to clean up on a few fish.  These lures have a very tight action at slower speeds and get reasonably deep for such a little lure.  Have a look at them soon.

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

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

Tantangara:- No Reports.

Baitfishing :-  Mudeyes have been the key bait over the last week.  Fishing them shallow (less than a metre) has been the key for Eucumbene anglers.

Powerbait and worms are still working but with all the insect activity the fish are looking up so a mudeye will he the best bet.

Bait fishing has been excellent in Jindabyne with Gulp Power bait and standard Powerbait.  

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. 

*Hi Tom
My name is Amanda. my partner Steve and I were in your shop a few weeks ago with our 5 year old son Kalob Bellamy.  I have attached a photo of the fish which he caught at creel bay on Lake Jindabyne. We were very surprised as he put the bait on and cast it out himself. It was caught on powerbait in the afternoon back in September.

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

Eucumbene  23.9%

Jindabyne    55.5%

Tantangara     8.1%

Cheers Tom

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