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Archive Date: 01/11/2016




Snowy Mountains Trout Festival – 2016

This years 43rd annual Yamaha / Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival will be run from Saturday the 29th of October to Friday the 4th of November 2016. The last weigh in time will be 6pm on Thursday evening. Remember all you have to do is enter this years event and attend the prize presentation to be in the draw for the Fantastic new Quintrex 390 Explorer 20hp Yamaha motor and trailer prize valued at over $10,000.00! This years competition is made possible with the continued support from Yamaha Motor Aust. who have supplied the fabulous 20hp motor in conjunction with Riverina Marine Centre Wagga Wagga, who have supplied the new Quintrex 390 Explorer boat and trailer. We thank Yamaha , Quintrex and Riverina Marine Centre Wagga Wagga for their generosity and hope that you will be able to support them in future.
You also have the chance of winning $1000 worth of quality tackle for each fishing category. Our ability to make these prizes available is due to the strong support from some of Australia’s leading tackle wholesalers, EJ Todd & Son, JM Gillies, Pure Fishing, Clarkson Imports, Dunphy Sports, & Saga Tackle. Combined with the strong support from local business’s helps make this a fishing event not to be missed. There will be daily “secret weight cash prizes” for brown trout and rainbow trout valued as much as $1000.00 each. We’re also maintaining the prize pool for the Clubs/Team Category at $1400.00 CASH !There will also be the prized Festival Beer Glasses for the largest rainbow and largest brown trout recorded at each weigh-in center.
The committee hopes that you will enjoy the fishing and sites which the beautiful Snowy Mountains area has to offer, and look forward to seeing you all again.

Start: 29th Oct 2016
End: 4th Nov 2016


Tony Green with a nice Salmon 3.9kg Trolling at Jindabyne.
Plus Seven other fish around the 1kg mark

John Oliver with a 2kg Brown at Jindy                                                                  

Please be sure to
carry your PFD & fishing licences as NSW Maritimes are out. 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.

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.                                           
             Summer Hours
                  Monday  - Thursday 9am - 5.30pm
                  Friday     - 9.00am - 7.00pm
                  Saturday - 7.30am - 5.30pm
                  Sunday   - 8.00am - 4.00pm
if you need anything you can call me on 0412915201. Michael

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Over the last few weeks thing have been a little hard with the wind and rain all rivers have been running high and fast most die hard fishers have been getting out some with good results and others not so good. Most fish have been hugging the banks and not feeding so if you can roll a nymph down deep and close to the bank the results get better.
We found if the sun is out a dry fly with a nymph dropper works well otherwise stick to the nymph fishing.
Best places are, upper Eucumbene river, upper Thredbo river around the town and around Island bend.
All Monaro rivers are running fast and high but fishing well.
Remember practice catch and release it’s the way to go!!
Overall the fishing is ok in the rivers once things calm down it will be a great season I’m sure of that.

Fly fishing has been up and down on the lake that’s to do with the weather wind and more wind yes I’ve about had it as well!!
But things are starting to warm up and the insects are starting to come out along with the mudeye’s so it wont be long now till the action starts.
At the moment the nymphs, woolly buggers, minnows and woolly worms are the best wet flies to have.
Best areas are
Middling Bank, Braemer Bay, Frying pan and Seven gates. Overall it’s a little slow on the fly but thing will change once the weather comes good.





Trolling has been going well on the lake with some good rainbows and browns but at times things have been a little hard with all that wind and rain but once things calm down the reports have been good.
Over at Middling Bank Tassie devils and King Cobras have been doing well along with the strike pro blades.
At Seven gates Tassie Devils, Rapalas, King Cobras and Crick hoppers are going well.
At Braemer Bay fishing has been good both rainbows and Browns going well on King Cobras, Tassie Devils, Blades and Rapalas
Overall the Trolling has been good and better times to come now the weather is clearing up looks like the Snowy comp is going to be good for the trollers.
Best Lures are , King Cobras Yellow Wings, Tassie Devils, Blades, Rapala’s

Trolling the lake has been up and down but that is only to do with the weather but after the wind and rain has stopped things have improved with good results with the rainbows and browns.
Best areas are , poo bay, waste point, Kalkite and hatchery bay
Best times have been around 6am to 10am but if the weather is warm and cloudy the fishing has been good all day long.
best lures are
TASSIE 26g , 26Y , 55 , 94 , 129 , 221
TASSIE 13g , 125 , KG , YELLOW MONGREL , 125Y , SPOTTED DOG , 112

Bait fishing is great on both lakes on worms power bait and mudeye’s
At the moment fishing anywhere on the lakes you will get results not sure on what bait is doing it’s best the results are coming in with mudeye’s, worms, power bait.
So if you are wanting bait for the trout fest you best start thinking about booking your mudeye’s and worms next week I’m sure they wont last long. 


Peter at Braemar with a fishing report.
Well the lead up to the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival has seen some great fish being caught here at Braemar, once again weather conditions were tough at times with strong winds and rain with the odd snow flurries making sorties out onto the Lake difficult, but for those who braved the elements they were generally rewarded with some fine catches.
Bait fishing remains the most productive method with worms and powerbait getting a lot of fish in the past 2 weeks, mudeyes have also proven to be deadly for those who have fished them under a float, the trolling has been fairly good at times but still patchy, fly-fishing has been very tough given the windy conditions but there have been some fine fish encountered on calmer days, spin casting from the bank or boat has also proved to be successful, all in all it has been pretty good stretch of success.
John Moyes from Warragul made a flying visit and managed a Brown of 1.4kg on a Hamill’s Killer on one of the rare calmer afternoons, Steve Reynoldson had some great sessions as well in windy wet conditions but his 2.5kg was worth enduring the poor conditions, The Belgrave Boys had some great sessions trolling, bait fishing and lure casting in their one week trip with Greg managing some very nice Browns on several occasions with 2 of them nudging the 6lb mark, Bernie also did well with one of his Brown’s also in the 6lb range, most of the group got amongst the fish at some stage and even Steve got on the board this year, Steve and Keith once again took care of the domestic needs and also helped out around camp which was greatly appreciated, the Belgrave Boy’s practiced mostly catch and release which is also appreciated by all who visit Braemar.
The Victorian influence continued with Paul, Trent, Richard and Renny having some great sessions as well with Paul getting amongst some great fish around the 5lb mark on more than a few occasions, Trent also did well while Richard took a while to get amongst them, again most fish were caught using worms and powerbait.
Mark Harrington from Canberra had a great mini session of 20 hours and managed 19 fish ranging in size from 700gms to 3kg trolling and casting soft plastics from the boat amongst the timber and rocks near the Dam wall, the action was full on for those 20 hours both late afternoon and early morning with 2 magnificent Browns at 3kg released and another 6  2kg plus all released which once again is appreciated for those who will try and catch them in the future .
The Hansen group arrived late week and once again the Victorians excelled with Leigh getting a personal best 3646 gms Brown( that’s over 8 lbs in the old scale) on his first outing bait fishing with worms, Leigh’s group are here for most of the upcoming week so chances are more great fish will feature in next week’s report.
We still have a couple of cabins and a 3 bedroom house available for the Trout Festival at very reasonable rates for those who mention this report and remember to call into to see Mick and his team at the Alpine Angler for all your fresh bait needs on the way through.
Pictured below are some of the great fish caught at Braemar during the past week or so including John Moyes with his 1400gms Brown, Steve Reynoldson with his 2585 gms Brown, Paul and Trent with a sample of the great catches they had during their stay at Braemar, Leigh with his magnificent 3.6kg Brown and representing the Belgrave crew is Greg with his pair of 6lb Browns caught one morning last week.




















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