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Archive Date: 04/03/2009

Headlines:  The fishing has been getting better and better over last week with regular reports of good fishing.  Water temps in the lakes have dropped significantly and the fish really are on the chew.

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Friday       9am - 7pm

Saturday  7am - 5.30pm

Sunday     8am - 4:30pm


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.

*Mike Shanahan sent this photo in of a nice river brown.
I got this this one on a nice little deerhair hopper which I put together. Took it right in the middle of the day too. I rekon hoppers are all you need from November to April. I love them because fish like this will attack them, even twice as the case was here, I got on to this fellow before on the exact same fly!

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

Lake Eucumbene:-  The lake has had some good mudeye hatches over the past week and there are plenty of fish on the move on both mudye patterns and nymphs.  The bottom end of the lake is still the best bet with Seven Gates and Buckenderra areas producing somegood fishing.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. 

*Dave Maurier from Cooma had a good evening session this week hooking eight and landing five on olive and green nymphs.  Biggest was a rainbow of1.5kg and was caught near Buckenderra.

*Richard Mould had a tough session where he had plenty of hits but could not get connected.  He soldiered on and in the end managed to land a very respectable 2.5kg plus brown.

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.

*Alan Hocking and Colin P had a good time on the lake out from Buckenderra  recently with some very well condtioned rainbows taken on both flat line and leadcore.  They ended up keeping fourteen between them over a couple of days and released just as many again.  Tassies in colours # 67, #51 and #65 were the pick with the # 65 performing best on the flat line.

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 elsewhere.

Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne trolling reports have been scarce but there have been few fish at the kalkite/waste point end of the lake.

Baitfishing :- 

Mudeyes have been a key bait over the last week.  Spiders seem to be working the best 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.
* Afternoon fishos,
Fished at seven gates through Thursday night and morning catching 5 good size rainbows on mudeyes under a float. Fish seemed to come on from around 8 till 11.30pm then back again around 7.30am.  Headed to the Eucumbene river through Friday for two 'almost takes' from browns not converted due to lack of experience fly fishing skills. I might have to chase up some on stream lessons from a guide down there soon.  Any way many thanks for your help, the quick trip down was great.
Kind regards, Paul Webb

*Hi guys,

Wayne Flynn (Flynns Wrecking Yard) & I had a relaxing afternoon session out at Rushy Plains on Saturday night.  We picked up some mudeyes & powerbait from your store on the way out from Cooma and got to the lakes edge around 5:30 pm.  By the time Id greased my line and got the first of the mudeyes under a bubble float and let it start drifting, it was around 6:00 pm. Flynny was still fiddling with his powerbait setup when the first of the fish came onto the mudeye - the grin & the picture says it all.

So it was one nice rainbow to me on a mudeye, one stubby up in the first fish, biggest fish and most fish stakes and zip to Flynny on the powerbait.  Flynny put out his powerbait on a bottom rig and started working on his bubble float set up as well. This fishs twin then decided it was time to join his brother in swallowing a mudeye, so it was well on the way to two stubbies up in fish lotto.  The third rainbow was on the bank before 7:00 pm, again to a well drifted mudeye, making it mudeyes 3, powerbait zip. All had been feeding on a mix of mudeyes, nymphs & snails.

 By this stage, Flynny was pretty disappointed, so I got my fly rod out and started working the banks with some nymph/streamer/mudeye patterns leaving the poor bloke to tend the rods and drown his sorrows. Needless to say, the mudeye under my bubble floated rig went off again while I was waist deep in water, but Flynny managed to pull the hook before setting it. Apart from one touch I got on a Craigs Night Time and a few rising fish, that was all the action we saw on the lake through to 9:30 pm when the Alpine Hotel beckoned, leaving me (and the mudeyes) 3  0 up on Flynny & the powerbait.

Can you guys do a favour - help out a Cooma local and offer Wayne some fishing lessons over the next fortnight so that the next time I swing through and pick up my old mate for a spot of fishing, hes saved from the role of just being the photographer and beer provider.


Cheers,  Mark Gibson

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  21.3%

Jindabyne    54.4%

Tantangara    6.3%

Cheers Tom

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