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Archive Date: 29/09/2010



Fantastic weather made for some lovely fishing over the weekend.  With some promising reports from several areas.

Only ten days to go till the rivers open and what an opening it is shaping up to be with great river flows and plenty of water in the lakes.

The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is on again this year Sat 30th October to Fri 5th November are the dates. for more details.


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Rivers:-   Only ten days to go.  Rivers reopen October 2nd 2010.    Looking good for the opening with the Thredbo and the Eucumbene holding plenty of fish and good water flows. 

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have been improving with some good silver rainbows around in many areas and little bit of polaroiding at times.  Not all the the rainbows are in great nick, in fact some are poor having returned from spawning but there are still enough smaller rainbows in good nick that are fun to catch.  Though the water level is not as high by comparsion to the other lakes the rise has quickened over the past week.

The edges will start to fish well as the water continues to rise and warms.  Searching during the day off the bank with multiple flies, like small wets and nymphs would be a good option and don't be suprised if you see the odd brown cruising around in close.

Boat fishing with sinking lines appears to be another good method as the report below suggests.

Best areas to try would be Buckenderra, Angler's Reach and Seven Gates.

*The NSW chapter of Flyfish Australia conducted a boat competition last weekend, as a qualifying event for the 2011 Nationals at Falls Creek.


Thirty flyfishers,including 2 from Tasmania and 7 from Victoria participated.  On Saturday Tantangara Dam was the venue.  In the morning session there were only 21 fish caught. The afternoon proved a little more productive with 16 anglers catching a total of 33 fish.


The Anglers Reach arm of Lake Eucumbene was Sunday's destination and the total for each of the 3 hour sessions was higher than those of Saturday, with 63 fish caught in the morning and 39 after lunch.  Chris Dawson was on song in the morning and landed an impressive 15 fish.

Largest fish of the comp was a 56cm brown.  Many rainbows from Eucumbene were in the 40cm to 50cm range.  Sinking flylines were used by most of the successful anglers.


Local region competitors filled the first five positions.  It was no surprise that multiple Australian representative Scott Tucker finished in first place, followed by, in order, Pat Kennedy, Chris Dawson, David Hemphill and John Fisher.

Pictured left to right are the top three place getters.

Chris Dawson (3rd) Scott Tucker (1st) Pat Kennedy (2nd) 

Lake Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne reports have continued to improve with some great polaroiding.  The fishing can still be hard but you may be able to get enough shots that you find a fish that eats.  Weather may play a big role too in how hungry and active the fish are.  The main thing is they are there.

The lake now at 70% and rising looks amazing and the way it is shaping up the fishing will be as good as it was in late 2003.  Midge are already on the wing and though only a few at this stage there numbers will multipy rapidly as it warms.

*Went for a polaroid on Sunday afternoon for eleven fish sighted and one hooked.  The fish were right in close and though feeding were difficult to tempt.  The only one hooked was on a Jinde caddis but it did me in the weeds just as quickly.

Managed a little brook trout searching with a Jinde bugger later in the afternoon when the wind picked up.

Other reports suggest numbers of fish about if you can find them.

Try Hayshed, Waste point and Kalkite.


Lake Tantangara :Despite the level of Tantagara now at a Snowy Hydro reported 36% the fishing up there on the weekend was a little tough.   

The lake looks a million bucks and will fire up again as the water stabilises and hopefully warms.  Though the water temp is likely to still  be a little  cold there should be enough food items getting forced out of the ground to tempt a few fish in close for bank fishers. Boat fishing will also produce some fish though you do need to back down a long way to launch.  Space is at a premium so think of your fellow anglers when parking the car and trailer.  

It has been five years since the lake has been this high. 

Best flies will be small nymphs both beadhead and unweighed, stick caddis, caddis pupa, midge pupa, black and peacock spiders and woolly worms and buggers.

Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling reports have been good with some nice rainbows showing up in many areas and a few browns too.  The browns are not all in great condition but the rainbow quality have made up for this for many.


Middilingbank has been good this past week and the Collingwood bay area continues to fish well.


*Daryl and Ben Dwyer had a quick session on Saturday morning landing three small rainbows on RMG scorpions.


*The Vikings Fishing Club from Canberra came to Buckenderra last weekend.

They caught 35 rainbows and 1 x 56cm brown trout. All fish were caught trolling, most on Tassie Devil No.89 Rowleys Riot.


Jacqui - Buckenderra

Launching access is very good at the Old Adaminaby ramp, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach. 

Jindabyne:-  Trolling the edges has been fantastic with small minnows and tassies accounting for some nice browns and the odd rainbow and atlantic.

Not big numbers from reports but excellent quality.

Drifting and casting back to shore in the early morning has been a very productive method with either soft plastics of small celtas too and not suprising with fish cruising in the shallows of the rising lake.

Waste Point, Weston's and Kalkite are the places to be.

*Hi Tom,

A couple of shots of a good brown from Kalkite last Saturday  3.00kg and 64cm.

Took a super deep-diving merlin in pink. Stomach full of yabbies. No fish on the surface and most down 5 to 9 metres.



Water temp ranged from 9 to 11 degrees. Best fishing was in the morning.

Andrew Butt and I caught 6 (3 brown and 3 rainbow) for the day including my first trout on a plastic, rainbow of 0.865kg on a squidgy-fish rainbow trout with 1.5gm head, up the Eucumbene River arm.





Bait Fishing

Bait fishing has been outstanding in Jindabyne.  Powerbait has been the major slayer though scrubworms have been working very well too. 

Try Curiosity Rocks, Kalkite, Rushes Bay or Creel bay.

Eucumbene has also fished well with plenty of good fishing.

Powerbait and Scrubbies have been excellent.  Grubs are still turning a few up as well.


*Johnny Scrubworm with a beautifully conditioned 2.9kg brown taken at Eucumbene recently.  This was one of five taken on Ultrabite dipped scurbworms


Best locales to try in Eucumbene continue to be Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Wangrabelle, Homeleigh Bay and the Dam wall.


Lake Levels

Eucumbene   24.4%

Jindabyne      70.5%  

Tantangara    36.6%

Cheers Tom

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