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Archive Date: 24/02/2009

Headlines:  The return of some cooler weather has done wonders for the local lakes and rivers.  Water temps in the lakes have dropped significantly and the fish are on the chew in a big way.

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Rivers:-  Continues to be excellent with reasonable flows throught the mountain streams.  Fishing has been quite good though polaroiding has been tougher with the overcast conditions of late.

Dry fly fishing has been good right through the day with some nice browns to be found in the Eucumbene and Thredbo.  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.

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   Moonbah, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.

Lake Eucumbene:-  The lake has cooled enough for the fish to start working the edges again.  Mudeye patterns on dark are producing some nice fish.  The bottom end of the lake is the best bet though there have been a few reports from the Adaminaby and Anglers Reach area also. 

Mudeyes have been hatching in numbers and the fish are starting to feed on them.  The Rainbows in the lake still in excellent condition and are fighting hard. 

Areas to look at are Seven gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens. 

Lake Jindabyne:-  No Reports from Jindabyne again this week.  There should be a few mudeyes around to attract fish around the edges.

Lake Tantangara :No reports from 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.

New Bushy's Stiffy Devilfish Vibes are in stock.

Eucumbene:- Trolling has been good with downrigging, and lead core still producing more fish.  Top water and shallow run lures are catching a few more now with the improved water temp.

 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.

Spinning off the bank with Celtas, Tassies, Snowy Minnows will pull a few quality fish this week.

Boat launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall, Anglers Reach and Buckenderra.  With the dropping water have a close look before trying to launch anywhere else.

Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne trolling reports trolling down deep has been the best method.

*Hi Tom
David and I went to Jindy last Saturday, We flat lined + lead lined early at Kalkite with no joy then went over to the dam wall Down rigging at 30 to 40 feet and caught 8 R/Bows in 2 hrs, the wind picked up so we went back to Kalkite and had a last down rig session before heading back to the ACT and David landed a nice 1kg R/Bow (Bottom photo) Final tally was Tone with 4 fish all on the (Tassie)
Canberra Killer, David with 5 fish all on the Pink and Purple (Tassie), Davids first Bag limit for the day, he was a pest on the way home!

Tone (I like fishing-!!)


Baitfishing :- 

Mudeyes have been a key bait over the last week though Powerbait is still doing exceptionally well in Eucumbene.  There have been some very good success stories this week out of Eucumbene.  Mudeyes continue to be the pick of the baits.    

Best areas in Eucumbene would be Coppermine, Buckenderra and Seven gates.
*Johnny 'Scrubworm' Pene and the Palmano boys have had a couple of blinder sessions with the mudeyes last weekend.  They landed fifty four fish in two nights between five anglers.  They released a big number of these that were a smaller 35cm class of rainbow, but still went home with some big fat fish including a couple of browns.  Definitely worth soaking a mudeye under a bubble at the moment.
Jindabyne has also been very good with Mudeyes and the evenings would be the best time to hit the lake at present.   Powerbait and Gulp wil produce some good fish during the day but look for deeper water on steep or rocky points.
Try Hatchery, Curiosity rocks, Claypits, Stinky Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Levels

Eucumbene  21.8%

Jindabyne    55.3%

Tantangara    6.4%

Cheers Tom

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