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Archive Date: 23/12/2008


Headlines:  Very good reports have continued to come in from Eucumbene with both bank and boat anglers having excellent fishing.  Even in the howling wind on the weekend anglers were catching fish! The lake has risen rapidly this week with the rain from the past week.  Streams have had another top up with the rain late last week.

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Rivers:-  Mountain streams have had a good top up over the weekend with the Eucumbene flowing stongly.  Levels will drop fairly quickly and will provide some god fishing over the next week.  Weather and temps have been cool recently but with a return to some warmer days the dry fly fishing is going to be sensational.

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 hoppers.

There have been alot of small hoppers showing and this augers well for the coming weeks.

  A nymph suspended under the dry during the day is a good method to use, but a dry at dusk will have best 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 fished well again this past week.  We have had plenty of reports of great fishing around the edges both during the day and evenings.  Conditions have been cool and windy which has made the fishing challenging at times, but there are plenty of nice rainbows searching the edges along with a few browns.  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. 

There have been a few hoppers on the water and the trout are eating them also.

*Caught this nice rainbow one evening last week along with three others.  Midge pupa was the best pattern

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.

*Leo Harding from Wollongong had an evening on the lake after work and cracked it with a ripper.  At 65cm and 3.2kg this brown is a really quality fish.  Fly was a black woolly bugger and the fish was taken in the Kalkite area.  The fish is 7cm longer than the big one he caught earlier in the year and this will take some beating.  King of the Illawarra Fly Fishers,  well done Leo.

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.

*Dave, Phil and Wayne from Bega had a good few days fishing out of Old Adaminaby recently.  They landed in excess of twenty fish.  Trolling # 36 Tassies, Rapalas, Scorpions and Baby Merlins caught most of the fish.  Coppermine Bay was the best area.  The best fish caught was in a bait session and was a 1.75kg brown.

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.

*Tom fished the lake with newcomer John Maxwell. After a slow start John came good with a small rainbow which put a smile on his face,
however the next fish was much better and Johns smug face tells the story...
he then went on to bag out...mudeyes were the best baits.  Fished with flies myself and have had very good sessions with 4 to 5 fish landed and numerous misses and a couple broken off....simply excellent fun. Thanks for the great service shown by you and Mick...lopy

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. 

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

Lake Levels

Eucumbene  24.7%

Jindabyne    56.9%

Tantangara     8.5%

Cheers Tom

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