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Archive Date: 26/10/2010


Fishing been excellent and with all the rain of last week will see more and more great fishing to be had in the region over coming months. 


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.


Rivers:-   High levels after the rain made fishing a little tougher on the weekend.  Fishing prior to this was fantastic and will fish well again as the water recedes.

Dry fly fishing will steadily improve as the weather warms this week.

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.

*Evan Jardine made the trip up from the South Coast and had a couple of good mid week sessions on the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers.  He fished in the rain and managed some nice rainbows and a brown.  A couple of the fish pictured below. 


*Another South Coast angler, Alan Grey had a seven fish session on the Thredbo in the rain last week.  A beadhead black nymph was the best pattern.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have been getting better and better with some nice rainbows being caught searching with wets and nymphs off the bank.

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 been varied with some nice fish beng caught though consistancy has been the issue. though there are still the odd good fish to be caught around the edges.    The lake now at 77% 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 :   

The lake which had been dropping and fishing well is now back up to 35% so it will be interesting to see what it does with some warm weather.  The last report we had was from Adaminaby's Peter Schroder who had a 28 fish session last week.  The lake could fire again as it warms and clears.  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.


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.


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.

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.

*Hi guys,

 I went up to Jindabyne the other night with a couple of mates and stayed for one night.  We took the boat and trolled the afternoon around the Creel bay area and only picked up one keeper.  We were getting hits on rapalas and red tassies with yellow wings.  Fished with bardis and powerbait overnight but didnt get any bites.  Trolled again in the morning and picked up a few more fish. 


Moved on to Eucumbene for the next night and had better luck there, catching 6 trolling in the afternoon and 5 in the evening on bardi grubs. 


Trolled the following morning and only picked up one despite hooking and losing a couple near the boat.  13 keepers in total for the 2 nights  so not a bad trip.  My mate Andrew (in the beanie), caught his first trout and was very excited despite its size.

Brendan Kearney

Bait Fishing

Mudeyes are availabe at time of writing and are going to become a great bait with the warmer weather this week.

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.

*Eleven anglers, mostly from Melbourne, and known as Macka's Mob had a good week in the Angler's Reach arm.  They landed one hundred and sixty fish between them with some nice browns to 2.5kg early on.  Long time veteran of the annual trip, Brian McDowell, had possibly the best trip ever when he set the hook into a this spectacular 5.2kg, 70 cm brown.  This fish, as with most of the others, was caught on a scrubworm.

As can be seen from the photo below the fish is in absolute prime condition with huge shoulders and a small head.  No doubt from the plentiful food supply coming out of the river, soaks and flats in the Angler's reach area.   Most of the fish were full of worms that had been washed in during last weeks rain event according to Brian. 


*Mitchell Francis caught this 1.5kg cleaned brown trout on a "mixture of powerbait". He and his dad caught 3 rainbows and 1 brown over the past few days. 

Jacqui - Buckenderra.


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.


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


Lake Levels

Eucumbene   27.6%

Jindabyne      77.2%  

Tantangara    36.4%

Cheers Tom

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