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Archive Date: 10/08/2004
Yamaha Flyfishing & Sport fishing Expo
Thanks to all those who called in to say G'day at the Expo last weekend, it was great to put a few new faces to names.Word is we'll be having the next one in Sydney - June 2005 - see you all there
The great fishing continues on our Snowy lakes with plenty of good fish being caught over the weekend, under great conditions. It has mainly been the bait anglers and trolling brigade, although a few of the boys have been out polaroiding and saw quite a few fish - getting a bite was difficult however.This should really improve over the next month as we get more browns dropping back out of the Thredbo river. Some of our best fishing actually occurs on our lakes over the next few months, so just keep an eye on the weather map and bring your warm clothes. For more details on the day, call into the store on your way through and we'll update things on the day over a cuppa in front of the fire
Rivers:All general trout streams are now closed to all fishing until Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 ( Start of the October long weekend).However our lakes are open all year round with some of most consistent conventional fishing on Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne occurring over winter.
Ando (Steve Anderson) caught this beautiful brown out at Middlingbank on Sat arvo on a "Bushy's Horror".
Eucumbene: There's still some nice rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra, Frying pan and Breamar Bay. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area through winter, and well worth a look on a bright day. The winter polaroiding along the wall was quite good last winter on the rainbows .For those who are prepared to put in the time and dress accordingly, we'll still see some good fish caught from around the Eucumbene river mouth right through winter as well. You can still fish this area so long as your are outside of any visible flow - which is basically below the last set of rapids in the river all year round. So once the browns have gone, you'll see some BIG rainbows come through in July, August and September.Steve Anderson (Ando ) and Brett Wood fished Eucumbene over the weekend , with Ando landing a nice brown (pictured above ).Brett also carelessly dropped another nice fish.
Jindabyne: We have had a few fly anglers out for a look on the lake over the last few weeks with mixed reports. We should see the bulk of the browns start to drop out of the Thredbo this month, and the polaroiding kick in. With the lake now down to around 50% the level will be good this season - all we need is a BIG high pressure system on the map.We'll keep you posted once we get some feedback.Simon Ippoliti had his first go at polaroiding up at Jindy on the weekend. Simon walked the Western shore line around Hatchery bay , seeing 15 fish for the day - and pricked two.See you again this weekend !
Alan Hocking with another nice brown from Buckenderra
The trolling has been fantastic on both lakes this winter.Alan Hocking,Kelly & Ben from Canberra fished out from Buckenderra with our Alpine Cobras in the black hole and Smilin Jack Hoppers in black and gold for 10 rainbows to 1.2kgs and 3 browns to 2 kgs.Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col 19, 55,64,67,89,FLP and Y82.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the Alpine Attractor, Pink wings, pink bits, black hole and midnight special all fishing well of late. Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are rainbow and browns trout patterns, tigers and pink/violets. The rebel crick hoppers also continue to fish well with the black one being the pick along with the Smilin jack version in black/gold. Running 3 colours of leadline can also help pull a few fish through out the day, getting your lures down around the 3 metre mark.
Jindabyne: No reports on the troll over the weekend - however the bait anglers have been doing very well and the fly anglers are now polaroiding a few fish, so the fish are about.Generally the best areas have been around the Islands in front of the main township, Rushes/Sid's bay at East Jindabyne, Creel bay and around Waste point and the Western side up around Kalkite.We should also start to see some of the BIG salmon turning up from now on in as they'll be pretty hungry by now !
The baitfishing has been fantastic this winter with some real quality in the fish being caught as well.The best reports have been from anglers fishing with bardie grubs, using a Power bait dropper (pictured below). This rig has really proven itself over the last few seasons; with both options you really have it covered. Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. Scrub worms can also be fished instead of the Bardie grub, being a cheaper alternative. Best colours in the Power bait have been Orange, Sherbet, Lime twist and rainbow. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we get a special "single egg" pattern in from Gamakatsu just for the job - which has a short shank and ultra wide gape. Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.Steven Mytton from Lethridge Park fished Jindabyne on Saturday morning , landing a beautiful brook trout of around 1.5kgs on orange Powerbait.Mark & Mick from Captains Flat also fished Jindabyne with Bardie grubs and Powerbait for 3 rainbows and 7 browns to 2.5kgs - with the boys commenting on the great condition of the fish.
Best areas' on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates, yens bay, Breamar bay and along the dam wall.
Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, creel bay and Kalkite.
Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :- http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/LevelThree.asp?pageID=56&parentID=254&grandParentID=3
Eucumbene 49 % and Rose
Jindabyne 50 % and falling
Tantangarra 8.3 % Rose
That's all till next week!