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Archive Date: 03/11/2009


Headlines:   Fishing conditions have varied dramatically over the past week but the fishing on the whole has been good.  Eucumbene has continued to fish well for trollers, bait and fly anglers. 

With the Lake continuing to rise it is now at 34% plus!  and the fishing is getting better and better.  Some more warm weather will improve the bait and fly fishing further too.

The Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Australia, Snowy Mountains Trout Festival starts this Saturday the 31st of October running through to Friday 6th of November 2009

This year sees the addition of a new 'soft plastics' category.   Once againg there is the chance to win a Quintrex boat, Yamaha Outboard Motor, Minn Kota electric motor and Humminbird sounder all on a trailer ready to go.

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Rivers:-  Have fished very well over the weekend with the Thredbo and Eucumbene holding good numbers of fish. Both have had plenty of water and still good numbers of fish.   Nymphs and particularly beadhead versions are the pick of flies overall.

Bead head nymphs in black, brown, pheasant tail, copper john, green drake, olive, prince are all great patterns to fish in tandem with a glo bug.

With many of the mountain rivers and streams having high flows dry fly fishing has been patchy but as they drop a little, and on warmer days, should see a few hatches and fish taking floating patterns.  Try a larger stimulator in the fast water or, on the larger slower pools, an emerger or parachute style dry as these can work very well.

Termites have been absent this week but another fall could come with the warming days over the next week.  Ant patterns should be in your box in case of a fall of these insects.

Other rivers will also fish well and if the weather is warm enough some dry fly fishing is certainly on the cards.  Try patterns like the Elk hair caddis, klinkhamer, royal wullf, humpy, adams, bluewing olive, stimulator, bushy's emerger. 

The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo, Little Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have been very good with some nice fish in close in many of the flooded bays.  While some anglers are struggling to find fish others are turning them up regularly and right in close to shore.  Pick the shallow sloping banks with plenty of vegetation and you should be able to find a few.  Evening rises have been great when the conditions allow. 

There are a few class rainbows around and though not all are conditioned like this one picture below there are enough to make for some great fishing. 

The fish that have come back from spawning are in poor condition but with the amount of food available currently will put the beef back on quickly. 

*Stuart Sturgeon has been active on the lake over the past week catching some nice fish on beetles and midge.  Weather has played a big factor with the quality of the fishing.  No sign of Stuart's big hat yet but it is bound to come out soon. Below are some photos of recent captures.

Perfect conditions for some edge feeders. 

And a nice result

And his kids have been in on the act too. Below Harry with another brown.

And Georgia with a chunky rainbow.

Already there are reports of midges moving in the mornings and this should be the start of a great midge year. 

Fish have still been on black beetles (around a size 14 or 16) as well as numerous small thistle grubs, stick caddis, midge pupa, and snails one angler even reported a fish full of slugs!    It is a great time to be on the lake at present.

Areas to look at are Wangrabelle,  Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.


*Andrew Coombe, Peter Morse and Dave Anderson had an interesting couple of days on the water recently.

Hi Guys, Here's a quick summation of the 3 days fishing...

Wednesday:  Arrived at Providence flats around Noon, drove around to Gang Gang and went out onto the Euc.  As an aside we stopped at Gang Gang and saw five good size fish in the tailing pool.  Very cool, fish were around the 3-5lb marks.  The Euc proved difficult with a few fish spotted, but getting the nymphs down to them was difficult.

Moved down to the lake proper in the afternoon, fished a small secluded (out of the wind) bay and managed a couple of small rainbows all on stick caddis.  Headed to Jindabyne and bed....

Thursday:  Very gentlemenly start to the day and was on the water by 9:30.  Fished the large bay just around from East Jindabyne.  Try the boobies in the float boat,  managed a couple of rainbows in 25ft of water, hooked a thumper and the hooks pulled after about 45 seconds, bummer.
Polaroided for a while and saw some quality cruising browns, one good fish fell to Pete's black bead headed nymph.

Afternoon saw us around at Waste point, fished for 6 hours straight using numerous techniques with no fish landed.  Plenty of insect life with little rises seen through the afternoon, wind was a shocker getting upto 25-30 knots at times.

Friday:  Super booby day, fished three mile, with Dave and I landing almost two dozen rainbows and browns between us.  The red booby on point in 15-20ft cleaned up.
Anyway, have a great weekend.


Lake Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne has been quiet report wise though there are bound to be a few good browns and nice rainbows to be found.   Eucumbene may well be a better option being that the lake is rising over grass rather than the mostly rock and sand at Jindabyne.

See the bottom of the Lake Eucumbene report for a bit of an update.

Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kangaroo bay.

Lake Tantangara :No reports this week. The lake has risen a little and this should make for some good fishing.

Trolling and Spinning 

We have a large range of great trolling and casting lures in stock for the season, including a great colour range of McGrath divers, six blade/vibe stlye lures, New Celtas in rainbow and brown trout, New Metallic Gold Rapalas, Tassies, Lofty's, Sting's, Rebel, Viking, Stumpjumper, Jack's hopper, Flatfish, Strike Pro, TT, Squidgies, Come in and pick our brains on what to use where.

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling has picked up dramatically with some very good reports. 

*Louis from Sydney had a few good sessions, also in the Middilingbank arm, catching twenty four fish spinning off the bank with small Lofty's Cobras.  Most were in great condition but he released fifteen of them.  Two were browns the rest rainbows.

*Daryl and Ben Dwyer along with Linden Morris had a great morning session in the Middilingbank arm of the lake last Friday.  They hooked sixteen fish, landing seven on flatlined RMG Scorpions.  Gold was the pick of the colours.

Edge fishing in close early has been productive as has the leadcoring and and downrigging out wide during the day.

Flat line trolling in very close in the shallower bays has produced some nice fish and the fish will move into shallow water early looking for food.  Drifting and casting small minnows or plastics will turn up some good rainbows and the odd brown in the hour or so around sunrise.  Look for any of the soaks and channels that have filled up with the rising level and work these areas over carefully.

Boat Launching is available in many areas.  Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.  

Best areas to try would be Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, and Buckenderra.

Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has produced some nice fish over the weekend with some great fish taken both trolling and spinning. 

Trolling in the Kalkite and East Jindabyne area is a good place to start at present.  Creel bay and the Waste point area is also a great option.


The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been fantastic and will continue with the rising water.  Scrubworms have been doing very well as have Powerbait and Gulp bait.  Grubs will also be a great bait especially for browns that are starting to search the flooding bays.  Orange nuggets, lime twist and lemon twist have been the best colours overall with chunky cheese gulp being a popular colour too.

*Mark and Ray had a good couple of sessions despite getting the worst of the weather.  In the Anglers Reach and then later the Frying Pan arm they landed nine fish.  Two browns to 2kg were taken on Grubs with the balance rainbows.  Srubworms and grubs were the best bait.

Mudeyes availablity is sporadic but will improve with some consitant warm weather. 

There are hundreds of likely looking bays, soaks and corners in the lake at present but the ususal haunts of Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Yens Bay, Cemetary point and Anglers Reach are the pick of the areas overall.

Jindabyne has risen considerably and will produce some excellent bait fishing as well over the weekend.  Grubs, Scrubbies and Powerbait will be the pick there.

Try areas like Rushes Bay, Hatchery Bay, The Clay pits, Curiosity rocks and Kalkite.


Lake Levels

Eucumbene   34.6% and rising.

Jindabyne    60.5%  

Tantangara     15.3%

Cheers Tom

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