Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 2006 !
This years 33rd annual Yamaha / Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival will be run from Saturday the 4th of November to Friday the 10 th of November 2006. The last weigh in time will be 10am on Friday morning.FULL DETAILS @ http://www.troutfestival.com
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*Old Adaminaby ramp shots C-Col Sinclair from the Adaminaby Angler.
*Anglers Reach Ramp
GOOD NEWS TWO NEW Launching areas - Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have upgraded and cleared off the silt from the old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and added gravel to the top turning/parking area as well - along with upgrading an area at Anglers Reach as well. These ramps can now be used to launch larger boats with out too much trouble. This ramp will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.Snowy Hydro are also looking at improving launching area's at Anglers Reach and the Dam wall - so we'll keep you posted. More details on Lake Eucumbene's levels @ http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/LevelThree.asp?pageID=322&grandParentID=3&parentID=52
*Buckenderra have also upgraded their launching area and you can now launch boats up to 4 metres with a four wheel drive at the Eucumbene cover.
Rivers:- The great river fishing continues with excellent numbers of Rainbows and a few Browns for good measure. Both the Thredbo and Eucumbene have been fishing well. The dry fly fishing is improving rapidly though most fish are still being caught on Glo Bugs and Nymphs. One angler fishing a nymph under an indicator had to start using a dry as the fish kept taking the indicator! He ended up with 7 fish on a Stimulator.The Murrumbidgee is starting to get on the go too with some nice reports coming in from around the upper sections.
Seven year old Dominic Neil from Canberra with his first fish on a new outfit from the Thredbo river.
Dominic did well with the new fishing rod you sold him last week. We fished the Thredbo and got into a school of spawning rainbows. We left the pairs alone, but managed to hook and land (and then release) at least a dozen aggressive males up to 3 pounds - here are 2 that Dom landed!
Craig Hunt with a better than average Rainbow.
Craig from Penrith and Dave from Cooma.
Had been fishing all over the Snowy's without much luck, then went to Eucumbene River and scored 54 fish between the two of us. Released all but 4. Beadhead nymphs and Hare & Copper nymphs were the go, although I did take one fish on a Highland Dun dry fly. Great time at the moment for new fly fishers as well as juniors........Craig
*James and Andy fished 3 days in the Eucumbene area and caught 10 fish each day on nymphs and dries.
Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. The edges are starting to dry out quite well now and ther has been some nice early morning and evening fishing. There have been a few midges starting to show and their numbers will continue to improve as the water temps rise slightly.
Rushy Plains, Seven Gates, Dam Wall, Old Adaminaby and Buckenderra have all been good areas.
I had a fish myself at Rushy Plains on Sunday, mangaged a small Rainbow, and there are plenty of likely looking points and drop offs where a good Brown or two could turn up. A few fishing rising and midges about but no real numbers (yet).
Best flies have been Wooly buggers, Midge pupa and Tom Jones
Lake Tantangara :- Been a few fish about on nymphs and streamers of an evening - and conditions should pick up as the lake sneaks up and the weather warms.
Lake Jindabyne:- .
Not a great deal of definite reports from Jindabyne, but there have been murmurs of good fishing. With the slighty dropping levels food items will be forced out of the safety of the weed beds and there will be trout cruising in close at times (early and late) to eat them. Try a small Tom Jones or Wooly Bugger. Shrimp patterns can be effective too.
Spinning off the shore has been very good in Eucumbene with the locally made Snowy Minnow taking some great fish including 2 Browns around the 60cm mark. Best areas have been Old Adaminaby and the dam wall.
The soft plastic fishing amongst the trees at Eucumbene has been nothing short of fantastic. Anglers have reported hooking up to 30 fish in a session with some fish getting close to the 4kg mark. This fishing will continue right through the season, so if you haven't had a go at it yet there is still time to give it a go. Small minnow pattern lures like Rapala's, Attacks, Merlins and bladed lures like Celtas and Vibrax will also be great in the rivers from this Saturday.
Trolling:-Yellow wings, yellow wings, yellow wings defintely THE colour at present. Both flatlines and leadlines at 3 colours have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark. There have been a few browns hunting the trees so well worth trolling the edges of these areas. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 55, 36, 50, 54, Holo, and Y82. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine special, Alpine Attractor, and Lime Spiders patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows and jointed shad raps , RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.