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Archive Date: 19/10/2010



Fishing has been great over the past week or so.  Plenty of quality around and some numbers too.   Rain is forcast this week which will help the rivers and lakes along nicely.

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

FISHING LICENCES These are available online and you can purchase them directly from the NSW fisheries website with a credit card.  Click on this link below. 

Note: We do not have licences available through the store with Cash or EFT.  We can do them online with a MasterCard or Visa only.

*There is a new webcam at Old Adaminaby that will give you a look at conditions on the water there.  The camera pans and zooms giving a visusal on the water conditions. Llink below.

LOST in the Seven Gates area, one Snowbee Geo fly reel which the owner would dearly like to get back.  If found please contact the store on

6452 5538


Rivers:-   Good numbers of fish in the Eucumbene and Thredbo on the weekend with lots of fish caught and released.  Globugs and Nymphs are the go in the Euc and Thredbo with some Tungsten Nymphs very handy to get down to the fish.


Hi Tom,

Took Darcy up to the Eucumbene river for Saturday/Sunday, still enough fish in the river to keep you busy especially when you are an 8 year old and you haven't jagged a fish on a fly rod in flowing water before. Darcy thought they were turbo charged compared to lake fish. Though he got a little frustrated when I got a number of fish in a row in one run after he'd fished it.  Comment was along the lines of "Dad, not another one, I'm going back to the car"


*Mick Patton had a good day out last week and managed some nice rainbows on nymphs.  As well as the photos below you can check out some video footage he got as well on Youtube.



Dry fly fishing has been improving with some good hatches of Caddis and fish taking emergers on warmer days.

The Eastern streams are also holding good water and while there are not huge numbers some of the slower streams are holding a few fish.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have been reasonable over the weekend .  There were some caddis hatches on dark and some fish have been on snails and stick caddis in some areas. 

Fishing is definitely improving in the Middilingbank, Seven Gates and Old Adaminaby areas.

For those bank fishing the best flies at present are beadhead nymphs, beadhead scruffies, tom jones, Haye's stick caddis, black and peacock spider and woolly buggers.

Boat fishing with sinking lines will be another good method this weekend.

Lake Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne reports have continued to be tough overall though there are still the odd good fish to be caught around the edges.   Weather may play a big role too in how hungry and active the fish are but with the lake now at 73% and rising it looks amazing and the way it is shaping up the fishing will be as good as it was in late 2003.  There have been a few brook trout being caught and make a nice by catch when fishing for a bigger brown.

Midge are already on the wing and have multitplied dramatically in areas.  It does not seem to be happening in a big way just yet, but watch this space.

Try Hayshed, Waste point and Kalkite.

Lake Tantangara :   

No reports this week.  I would suggest it is well worth the look especially if you are fishing the Eucumbene river and want a break from catching river rainbows.

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:-  Not a lot of change in Eucumbene trolling reports but they have continued to be very good. There are some nice rainbows showing up in many areas and a few browns too.

Reports have been good with Lofty's and Tassies flatlined.   

All reports from trollers over the last week have been positive with all catching a least a couple of fish.


*Rick from Rainbow Pines sent this photo through recently.


Dan Andersen from Melbourne caught this 3.313kg (gilled and gutted) Brown trolling a Rapala in lake Eucumbene.




Rainbow Pines




*Hi Guys,

Spent three nights up at Euc last week and had a good amount of success.

Fished the Cobrabald bay area for a total of 96 fish, all rainbows. The majority of the fish came from the bank on powerbait, scrubbies and grubs.

We also got a few trolling in the yaks and boats. Weather was almost perfect for the three nights and we couldn't have hoped for better conditions.

For a detailed report and a few pics check out my blog


Scott Mcauliffe.



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

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

*Note we also have Little Tasmanian Devils back in stock a huge range of Celtas, Attack Minnows and the new Rapala X-Rap 4cm models.

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

*Hi Guys,

Photo of a nice brown out of Jindy on Tuesday morning.


Angler is Brian Burns from Adelaide, fish was caught flat lining a Ecogear SX40 in 8ft of water near submerged trees, on 2kg line.






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.

Other trollers have done well out of Waste Point and Kalkite with flatline minnows being the most successful.

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

Bait Fishing

We have had our first delivery of mudeyes this week and hope to have a continuous supply for the season.

Bait fishing has been outstanding again in Eucumbene this week.  Powerbait has been the major slayer though scrubworms dipped in Ultrabite have been dynamite too.  Best reports are coming from the Middillingbank arm and Seven Gates areas. 

*Olivia Heise from Cooma caught this 870gm rainbow in the lake recently.  It was one of ten others landed by herself and her dad.  

Some great fishing out there at the moment it seems.

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


Jindabyne has also fished well with plenty of good fishing to be had.


*I have attached pics of my kids, Daniel (10) & Jessica Csillag (7). Daniel is holding up the Rainbows he and I caught on saturday morning on the Thredbo River using glowbugs.


Jessica is holding her first ever Brown Trout caught on Lake Jindabyne using mudeye's from our dam.


Mark Csillag


Powerbait and Scrubbies have been excellent and mudeyes will come into their own soon.


Lake Levels

Eucumbene   25.8%

Jindabyne      72.9%  

Tantangara    29.0%

Cheers Tom

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If so, email them along with pictures to  for inclusion in our weekly report.



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