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Archive Date: 17/07/2017





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Fly fishing has slowed down a little in places but if you take the time and look you will find them and the tip is in the bait report go where the bait fishermen are going the fish are there!!
Start using the larger flies and start slowing down on the retrieve let that flie sink a little.
Best time are 9am till about 4pm but the fish have been coming on around mid day mostly rainbows
Best flie’s Woolly Buggers, Fuzzy’s, Bushy Horror, Large Nymphs,
If you have any patient’s try a large dry with a nymph dropper let it drift.
Best areas are Middleing Bank, Buckenderra, Seven Gates,
Jindabyne can be one of the hardest place to fly fish at times but if you but the time in you will be rewarded well. at this time off year don’t look for the fish cast cast cast look for structure are the lake ( Rocks, Trees, Stumps, Weed ) use a slow retrieve.
At the moment we have been getting some good reports again look at the bait reports to where the fish are that helps.
Best flie’s are Woolly Buggers, Mrs Simpsons, Jindy Buggers, Woolly Worms
Best tip i love fishing around Curiosity Rocks, Edwards Bay, Colorado Point


Today was basically a carbon copy of yesterday weather wise, except the wind was not quite as strong, but still very blustery. With this in mind, I was keen to head back to the same area as yesterday to see if the fish were still in close, and active! Getting to the lake, I chucked on the waders, and got all my gear ready. I was going to walk straight down to where my net mysteriously disappeared yesterday to see if I could find it. I walked up to the spot, to the exact rock actually, and couldn't see it, dam! I had a couple of casts, then decided to move on. I turned to my left, and low and behold, there it was about 10 metres from where it disappeared yesterday, washed up on the shore. I don't know how I didn't see it earlier, but anyway, I got it back, happy days :) I then thought, that's a bit of good luck, and I thought I'd have a lucky cast. I punched out the gold wobbler into the roaring wind, and between a couple of submerged boulders. 3 or 4 cranks of the reels handle, and bang! Fish on! haha what a start I thought. I could see the flanks of the fish flashing through the waves, and feel its violent head shakes. It then turned, and burned some line out through the breakers. Feels like a good fish I thought, clutching my newly found net ready to land it when it tired. I played it for a few minutes, as it didn't want to come close to the shore. I finally had it at my feet, and slid it into the net. As I lifted it out of the net for a couple of quick pics, I noticed how fat it was. It had obviously been gorging on whatever it could find the past few days, and looked like it had been on a yabby bender! After a couple of quick pics, back it went to continue its voracious feeding. And yes, the camera I had been borrowing was nabbed back by its owner today, so I was back to shitty selfies, ohh well.
I then decided to leg it over to where the wind wasn't going to be such an issue, and focus on the edges, and rocky points like yesterday. It took me about 10 minutes to walk straight there, and when I got there I noticed a little bit more of a muddy, cloudy waterline than yesterday. More than likely due to the slight difference in wind direction, but this wouldn't be a bad thing at all, and hopefully there would be a few fish in the murk waiting to pounce. I had been prospecting the edges for about 5 minutes, and noticed a cloud of silt, and sand washing off a small point out into the bay. I lobbed out a wind assisted cast over the silt cloud, and started retrieving through it. Just as the wobbler entered the dirty water, I felt a bump. Ohh there's one I thought, and my anticipation was heightened a little. As the wobbler neared the shore I felt another bump, and I noticed a cloud of sand appear behind it. It's still following, come on, hit it. I then felt another tap, and saw another cloud of sand appear before the wobber came into sight, then bang! It raced up behind it, and grabbed it right at my feet. That was cool! It thrashed around like a fish possessed in the shin deep water, and managed to wrap the line around itself several times. it then proceeded to flip itself out of the water, and up onto dry land. That was easy I thought as I reached down to grab it. It was a nicely marked, and yet again, fat little brown. A few quick pics, and it shot off, still full of beans.
Well things were shaping up to be like yesterday I thought, there's still plenty of fish around the edges, and they appeared fired up. I continued on flicking the wobbler along the edges. I had come up on a fairly open, structureless stretch of shoreline, but could just make out a largish boulder about 10 metres out submerged in the water. I have had success casting at these lone boulders before, and thought it was worth a cast. Never underestimate lone bits of structure, as they often will have a fish taking cover, or lurking close by. I punched out a cast just past, and to the side of the boulder. I kept a close eye on my line, waiting for some kind of action as the wobbler passed by. It passed by untouched, but about 3 metres past it, whack! Fish on! Ohh yeah, that was an aggressive strike. The fish immediately went airbourne, violently thrashing its head from side to side. It then powered some line back out into the depths. After its initial run, I soon managed to get back all my line, and had it at my feet where it thrashed around some more. I quickly took advantage of its spinning, and twisting, plunged the net under it, and scooped it up. Nice! It was another smallish brown, but full of fight. A few quick pics, and another one shot off, back to its watery abode.
I was coming up on a stretch that was now more rocky, with small to large clusters of boulders stretching out into the water. I particularly love these areas, as they always seem to hold fish. I would guess that it offers them some reprieve from the relentless pounding of the waves, some cover, and a potential source of food, as yabby beds always seem to be near by. I picked a line in which to cast, and punched out the wobbler. As I neared the end of my retrieve, I noticed a dark shape following the lure. Here we go I thought, and waited for a whack. As predicted, it followed it nearly to my feet, and grabbed the wobbler. I must have struck to fast, and pulled the hooks though, and it quickly turned, and shot off. Bugger!
I moved onto the next section of boulders, and cast a line in between them, and the shoreline. I was about half way through the retrieve, and smack! The wobbler got hammered! That was an aggressive strike, and the fish immediately screamed some line back out away from the shallows. I applied some pressure, as I didn't want it going around one of the boulders, and managed to keep it away. After that I had it close, but it was strong, and didn't like the look of me one bit. Every time it got a glimpse of me, it put its head down, and dived to the bottom. After a few minutes of battle, I had it close enough to net, and scooped it up. It was another fat fish! All these fish are in top condition, and had full stomachs. A few quick pics, and another one released.
I kept moving, fairly fast as well, concentrating on the edges, and rocky points. I wanted to get a little further than yesterday, and see what was a around the corner. I had about half a kilometre to cover I guess, and managed another feisty brown before I got to where I finished yesterday. On arrival at the rock island, I decided to have a cast in the narrow stretch between it, and the shoreline. As I was half way through my retrieve, I felt a sharp whack! Then another, and fish on! Ohh yeah, it felt like a decent fish, and could just make out its flanks flashing through the foot high waves. It didn't last long though, as after a severe bout of thrashing, the line went slack. Dam! I let out a few choice words, and punched out another cast.
For the next hour or hour and a half I covered some new ground, and was still finding lots of activity, but I couldn't make any of it count. I hooked into, and lost another fish, and had multiple grabs, and follows. The wind had started to die down at this stage, and the bite began to change. The hits, and grabs were much more tentative, and the fish seemed less confident in fully grabbing the lure. This was turning out just like yesterday I thought, the session started all guns blazing, then turned a little sour by loosing, or having close encounters with fish, and not landing them.
I had to start heading back as the sun was getting low on the horizon, and I was a considerable distance from the car. I decided to throw on a Berkely Hawg as the wind had abated to a level where fishing a plastic was feasible. I hadn't been fishing it long, when about 2 metres out from me, bang! A fish picked up the plastic, but promptly spat it. Hmmm another missed opportunity, dam it! I continued on, and it wasn't long before the Hawg found a bit of under water structure, and got snagged. Pop, and there it goes. Ohh well, better than loosing a wobbler. I tied on another clip, and went back to a metal, this time a silver wobbler.
I was keen to get one more fish before I had to leg it back to the car. The wind had picked up again by now, and I was coming up to a wave washed rocky shoreline. I punched out a cast parallel to, and about 1 metre out from it. 2 or 3 turns of the handle, and bang! Fish on! Ohh yeah! That one hit hard! It went beserk, and jumped clear of the water several times, and began thrashing about. I soon had it under control though, and was sliding it into the net. More quick pics, and back in the drink it went.
I had to move quick to make it back to the car before it got completely dark, but couldn't resist a few casts along the way. I managed to entice a couple more follows, and one hit, but that was it the afternoon. I was pretty happy with the session though. Yeah I had dropped a few, but I'm beginning to realise that the more you fish for trout, the more fish you will end up loosing. They are the masters of throwing hooks, especially in shallow water, and on a short leash.

Again the lake is starting to drop but it hasn’t stopped the fish smashing the lures all reports are coming from the bottom end of the lake in close and out wide Middleing Bank, Seven Gates, Rushes Bay, Braemer Bay.
Now the weather is cooler most trollers are fishing most off the day early late it doesn’t matter just rug up.
best lures are Tassie Devils, Blades, Minnows and some Stump Jumpers, King Cobras yellow wings
Overall it’s still fishing well and the days have been great.

My mate Steve and myself were up for our annual Winter fish on Lake Eucumbene last week and we managed to catch some excellent fish whist trolling around the Buckendera end of the lake.

Like Eucumbene the lake is dropping but it hasn’t stopped the fish best lures have been Tassies, Blades, Minnows
Best areas are down towards the dam wall, East Jindy, Edwards Bay, Hatchery Bay , Kalkite.
Things are starting to look good around the lake with some good reports coming in most reports are coming in from the top end with the browns and down around Jindabyne good reports with rainbows around Hatchery bay, Edwards Bay and around the Islands.
This lake can be one off the best lakes to fish in winter and it’s looking pretty good at the moment.


The lake is dropping but the fishing is still at it’s best on bait
Bait fishing is still at it’s best with good reports coming from Middle bank, Buckenderra, Braemer Bay
Best bait is worms and power bait
Best times 10am till around 3.30pm good or bad days fishing is great
Reports have been fish are still moving around close and out in the deeper waters looking for worms in close and out deeper for the power bait.
Overall Middleing bank has been the spot to fish.
Just in the last few days Seven gates has been picking up with some good rainbows and browns all on power bait
Again the lake is dropping but the bait fishing is going well
Best areas are Kalkite, Poo Bay, Hatchery Bay, Waste point and around the Caravan park.
Best bait Power Bait and Worms
Not sure what’s going on with this lake in summer it was very hard to fish but now it’s fishing well maybe the cooler waters are doing the job but it’s great to see things are starting to happen  love this lake when it’s on.
If you are after some brookies and some good ones try around Curiosity rocks up in the arm fishing well!!





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