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Archive Date: 14/04/2010



Some great reports have surfaced from the weekend and with good weather overall the weekend was a fishing success for many.

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Rivers:-Have been in great condition and the fishing has been excellent.  While many of the major streams have produced smaller fish there have been some good sightings of much larger fish in the Thredbo and many seem to be in semi spawn mode. There have been reports of a few browns starting to pair up in the rivers.  Next lot of good rain could see a few more fish entering the streams and should be worth a look for some good browns.

Bead head nymphs will start coming into their own over the weekend but dry fly fishing is still going to be an excellent choice for some fun fishing when the fish are feeding on top.  Try any small emerger patterns, stimulators, humpy, klinkhamer and nymphs.

*Hey Tom,As discussed, a photo from our trip this week. 

Only a little bugger but still  the first fish for my new rod and taken on a nymph I learnt to tie from a Mick Hall video the week prior. Awesome.




*Bill Foster, Ray Vicary and Carla Krijnen had a fish on the Eucumbene river on the weekend and caught four fish between them.  Nothing outstanding size wise but plenty fish rising and moving about the pools.  No flies were lost!

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

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have been great over the past week and on the weekend.  The evenings and early mornings have been very good though during the day can still be excellent especially with cloud cover or when fishing deep from a boat. 

Mudeye action has beeen a little quiet although the fish are still eating them fly patterns like them.  After dark with a Taihape Tickler or similar pattern should work, but you can also try cubits mudeyes, cordulids and the ever popular hivis mudeye. Black muddler minnows are also great fish takers after dark.

*John Herzog, Pepe and John's mate from Sydney had a great weekend catching over a hundred rainbows between them. Best method was intermediate lines fished loch stlye from the boat with small beadhead nymphs. 

*Matt Daniel had a good evening session at Seven Gates recently catching eleven fish for the night.  Best rainbow was around the 1.5kg mark.  Mudeye patterns and Fuzzy wuzzy were the best flies.

Beadhead Tom Jones and Scruffies have also worked well again this week.

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

Lake Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne reports have improved with intermediate lines and Tom Jones and similar streamers.

Lake Tantangara :No reports this week.

Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling reports have varied but there will be some excellent trolling in close early and late in the day. 

With the numbers of flyfishers catching good rainbows in close, small minnows and tassies trolled around the edge are bound to catch a few fish. 

*One good report this week was midday fishing in the main basin with flatline dual depth tassies in YFR and 74.

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

Best areas to try would be Collingwood,  Coppermine, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach.


*Hi guys, 

A quick report for Good Friday and Saturday at Jindy. Arrived at the Kalkite boat ramp around 6.20am. Put the boat in the water and headed straight to the western side and put the Tassies in the drink and started trolling towards the township. Only trolled around a 1km up and headed back the other way. By 7.30am my mate Larry already had 5 rainbows in the boat all between 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound.

Not long after things basically stopped so we put on the leadcore and had no luck. So we set up camp and had a beer and a rest before the arvo session.

About 5.30pm we headed to waste point where I proceeded to lose something massive. It hit like a freight train and peeled somewhere near 40metres of line before I got about 10metres back, only to lose another 30 before it broke me off. I had never seen a reel lose line so quick before. Just on dark we headed back to camp with 2 small rainbows which were released.

Saturday morning we were on the water before sun rise and fished both of the areas we did the day before. This time I got in on the action and managed a healthy 2 pound rainbow and ten minutes later a 5 1/2 pound brown.

It was in great condition and had a ball with it. Things quietened down so we headed up near the pipeline past waste point where I managed another 2pound brown and Larry another Rainbow. Finished fishing on the saturday around 10.30am and headed home after a having fun landing a few fish. First time Larry had landed 5 trout in a single trip so he was stoked.  All the fish caught were on No 36 Dual depth Tassie and despite dragging other yellow wings around none of the others got a touch.

Cheers Lee.

Hi Tom,


We fished the Jindabyne area last week for a dozen fish or so.  Notably we did not get ­one on the troll despite trying just about every lure in the box on the downrigger and on the flat troll.  Heaps of fish on the sounder off waste point.


We did however manage to get a couple on the rainbow powerbait, spinning with yellow wing Tassie devils from the boat and the shore with Celtas and big eyes. In the rivers we saw plenty of fish and land a few on dry flies and a couple on small Rapalas.  Seems a small number have fish have moved into the Thredbo but are VERY difficult to distract from natures call.


Overall, a good week had by all.  This fish averaged about a kilo for the week for us, all Rainbows 








Steve, Mark, Arthur, Luke and Wayne.



The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been very good with mudeyes taking their fair share of fish.  Powerbait has also been excellent.  Try Seven gates, Braemar, Yens, Buckenderra areas for best results.

*Four anglers had a great session in the Middilingbank arm over the weekend with 25 fish being landed.  Lemon and Lime twist were the Powerbaits that worked.  The boys had it all grubs, mudeyes, scrubbies etc yet the old standby  Powerbait was still the go.

Jindabyne has been much better over the weekend.

*Hi Guys,

Will Shafron from Canberra caught this 1kg rainbow trout at Curiosity Rocks Jindabyne 8pm on Good Friday 2 April on a reel and rod using a fresh mudeye from your shop.




*Good morning Tom,

Fished Kalkite on Good Friday from 3 pm till 10 pm.  Got my first rainbow for 2010 at 6.15 pm, then another at 7.45 pm.  Both weighed around 850 grams caught on 1 kg mono using sherbert powerbait. 

The rods hardly bent when they took the bait and didnt ring the bells on the rods.  While I was reeling them in, they kept running towards the shore making me think I got busted off, only to make a sudden run back into the lake once Id wound up the slack.  Could hear the odd fish jump during the night and had to keep rebaiting my lines but not much else happened after I caught my second fish.





Mudeyes Grubs, and Powerbait will be the pick there.

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

Lake Levels

Eucumbene   25.1%

Jindabyne      57.2%  

Tantangara      6.8%


Cheers Tom

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