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Archive Date: 07/03/2012


We are getting a lot of feed back from the Seven Gates area about fires and rubbish left all over the place.
Please be mindful to take your rubbish with you and clean up after yourself.


Please be sure to carry your PFD & fishing licences as NSW Maritime are out at Christmas time. Nsw fisheries inspectors are working the Snowy Mountains area during the peak holiday season. So remember if you do not have a current fishing licence and on your person you will be fined. So for the sake of 5 minutes do yourself a favour.

Maritime services are on the lakes, So make sure you water craft are up to par with current safety standards, if you are not sure contact Ph 13 12 56 or website:

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 hand written licences available through the store with Cash or EFT. We can only do them online with your MasterCard or Visa in the shop.

Rivers: Open

Store Trading Hours

Mon-Thursday 9am - 5:30pm

Friday 9am - 7pm    on Friday 10th march we will be closed at 5.30pm

Saturday 7am - 5.30pm

Sunday 8am -4:30pm




Rivers:-  The river fishing has been great in the streams.Still good water in all the high country rivers and streams, and plenty of hungry fish.  Dusk is still the peak time but there have been some good reports from those searching with a Beetle, Hopper or Stimulator and B/H Nymphs black or brown, with the rain still coming down in bucket loads the rives are running fast and clear making the fish come out off the banks looking for food.

The Thredbo has been very good as has the Eucumbene.  The Moonbah has fired on occasion and there is a myriad of small streams that have and will continue to produce.

Best flies are Blue Wing Olive parachutes, Klinkhamers,  Elk Hair caddis and Adams Irresistable's.  Large Nymphs fished in the deeper run ins of pools have been a good option during the day time.  With evenings producing good rises and plenty of sight casting to rising fish.

so remember there is planty off water in the stream now so be carfull and watch your step.

Best areas are thredbo river upper skitube, Eucumbene River most places in the river are fishing well

Lake Jindabyne:-  Reports from Jindabyne have been scarce but evening and early morning should be a good time to find a few patrolling the edges. Stick Caddis, Olive Nymphs, Black Nymphs, Craigs Nightimes, Muddler Minnows, Scotch Poacher, Fuzzy Wuzzy's and Matukas are the patterns of choice at the moment.the lake has been very high and hard to fish so make sure you go looking for the fish you may not get many but when you do there good fish.

A Mudeye pattern, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Foam Mudeyes after dark should turn up a few good fish.

Best areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Creel Bay, Curiosity Rocks, Hayshed and Hatchery Bay.


Lake Eucumbene:- The lake is firing big time.   Mudeye hatches have slowed a little, but there are still a stack of fish coming in close of and evening and the early morning.  Location is all important.  Bays with lots of grass weed are ideal.  The bottom end of the lake has been excellent from Buckenderra through to Seven Gates.  The top end has produced some good fish too, but reports suggest numbers have not been quite as flies at the moment are brown ants, midge balls, stick caddis, small Fuzzy Wuzzys, and small woolly buggers.

The lake is fishing well at Buckenderra, Seven Gates.  Yens Bay and Old Adaminaby area has been good but perhaps not quite as good as the bottom end of the lake.

best times are around 6pm till 10pm. my best flie has been a small Fuzzy Wuzzy, Klinkhammers , and Craig nightime.

Lake Tantangara :-  A few fish have been on the go in the evenings and though not all big have provided some fun for a few Anglers. so if you have any Reports off Tantangara please send them to


Baitfishing :- Mudeyes,  and dare I say it again, Mudeyes.  These are without doubt the best bait in Eucumbene at present

While worms, grubs and Powerbait can and have produced, the better catches have been with the bubble float and the Mudeye.

 There have been some good hatches this week and the fish are well and truly on them.  The last hour or two of daylight have been the best but you will get fish right through the day.  A mudeye under a bubble is the best way and greasing your line to float is a definite advantage.  You do need to keep an eye on your float at all times as the fish can sometimes be very subtle in their takes.


Light leaders and small hooks are very important also, if you are fishing during the brighter part of the day.  And running the Mudeye a little deeper at these times is also a good idea.

best areas are Buckenderra, seven gates, Dam wall, Remember if your not getting fish after an hour or so move.

Buckenderra Holiday Village

We had quite a bit of rain here last week but by Friday the weather was perfect and alot of visitors to the park.

Not alot of action during the day, only the ones trolling in deep water about 10 metres on various colours of tassie devils were lucky. Later in the day of the bank it was all happening mudeyes were doing really well with the largest caught 1.8kg a rainbow just near the boat ramp.With powerbait it was the sherbert and salmon eggs they averaged around 500-800gm.Fly fishing caddis dry during the day and in the evening mudeye pattern with deer hair head was of the fly fisherman reported when he cleaned his rainbow trout there were at least 60 mudeyes in it.

Happy fishing from the team at

Telephone: 02 6453 7242

Freecall:  1800 339 461




Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling reports have been better with some nice fish in the Buckenderra arm. Flat lined tassies in yellow or Green have been working well.

Best Lurers are Tassie #Y48,55,80,19,103,104,Y62,12,Y36, rainbow Rapalas, X-raps

Cowbells and fordfenders with mudeyes have turned up a few fish too.

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.


Jindabyne and Tantangara no Reports


Caught seven 1 brown the rest bows all pretty good fish 6 on dry on the River

                                            Johnny Scrubworm


A Recent fishing night at old Adaminaby produced a healthy 3.7kg [8lb] brown trout at 11.00pm on a couta Mud eye,
The brute was heading for Buckenderra before submitting to the power of the Rod & reel.
3x rainbows & 1x brown at 1,4kg [3lb] cleaned & smoked up well compliments of a coolabah Gas smoker.
Saturday :- 7 gates produced this healthy 1.9kg brown on a Craig’s Nighttimes with a fly & float Rig, brown seem to favour late & early morning feeding patterns.
Monday:- 7 gates location again produced a 1.6kg brown trout on a Taihape tickler with a fly & float Rig.
Together with some small & poor conditioned fish, Released hopefully to fight another day.
Regards Johnny Scrubworm 

                      Gaden Trout Hatchery - Snowy Mountains Fishing 




Hi Michael 

here is the feedback for your newsletter that I said I'd send you when I passed through Cooma in January 

We had 30 kids on Saturday and 22 on the Sunday for the two workshops 

The weather was perfect, being relatively mild for that time of year 

The fish were hungry but also a bit fickle to catch, the kids and volunteers had to work hard to catch them 

a few fish took tassie devils, celtas also caught fish, as did fish pellet flies, fish pellets glued on to fly hooks  and soft plastic mud-eyes 

the flies were presented under bubble floats or on a fly rod 

17 kids caught fish on the Saturday and 20 on the Sunday, 

the rainbow trout were 0.7 to 1.4 kg and in good condition 

a few fish were released but  keeping fish was encouraged as they don't handle the stress of capture too well in the warmer months 

The kids learnt knot tying, casting, pump and winding, rules, safe fishing, sustainable fishing practices and putting their tackle together 

they all got a rod, reel, shirt , hat and goodie bag  to take home, all funded by the Recreational Fishing License Trust Fund 

we are planning the next workshops for the Season Opening Weekend of 29-30 September 

Stephen Thurstan | Education Officer, Southern
NSW Department of Primary Industries

                                               Australia gold


 Commonwealth Champs held in Tasmania that was won by Australia team gold. Individual Gold was also won by Australia Gold Team member Christopher Bassano (TAS).  You may like to include on your reports site.

Photo 1 :  Danny Spelic landing a 40cm brown trout in the South Esk River at Powaranna, 

Photo 2: The Australian gold Medal winning team (L-R, Craig Coltman (Captain - Vic), Joe Riley (Tas), Steve Seclier (Reserve - WA), Danny Spelic (NSW), Emilio Caggiano (NSW), Craig Carey (TAS) and Christopher Bassano (TAS and Individual Gold Medal Winner).


Eucumbene 56.1 %  
Jindabyne 98.4%       
Tantangara 45.8 % 

Got any reports from the local lakes ? If so, email them along with pictures to for inclusion in our weekly report.

Cheers patto

The Team At The Alpine Angler
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Pine Valley (Cooma) NSW 2630
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