Headlines: Fishing has been very, very good this week and the Trout Festival is in full swing. Some very nice Brown's have been caught in Jindabyne and some good Rainbows in Eucumbene. Rivers are flowing well after recent rain and the fishing in the whole Snowy/Monaro has really started to fire.
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There has been some excellent dry fly fishing in the area. The Eucumbene river is still producing good numbers of Rainbows on Glo Bugs and Nymphs long with some better sized Browns. The lower section is still the best.
The Murrumbidgee has had some huge hatches of Caddis and some Mayflies also and is a great option for some dry fly work.
Many other streams are fishing well and with the onset of more warm weather this will continue to improve.
The Thredbo has been fishing quite well also with nymphs and dries.
*An unamed angler managed 32 fish in three days on Glo Bugs last week, while fishing the lower Eucumbene. That is great fishing.
Be aware that the bag limit in both the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers is 2 trout per day over 25cm
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports from Eucumbene have really improved with some great reports of fish on Termites and quite a few midges starting to show as the water rises over some of the grassy bays. Many grass covered bays are starting produce prolific midge hatches with fish starting to work them. Midge pupa, and midge ball patterns are the go in these situations.
Seven gates has had fish moving in numbers on some evenings and a midge pupa or stick caddis will work well when fished with the slow dancing retrieve.
Woolly buggers have been the pick of the patterns when searching as have Tom Jones or a Craigs after dark.
Best areas to look are Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Yens Bay, Seven Gates and Braemar
Lake Jindabyne:- There are big numbers of Midges hatching in Jindabyne also. The lake is rising rapidly and flooding plenty of grassy bays. As the conditions warm there will be bigger hatches and plenty of fish rising. As in Eucumbene a Midge Pupa or Midge Ball (or both in tandem) are the go. After dark searching with a wet or streamer is a good option for a Brown or two.
*Managed a nice Brown from Jinde last week on an epoxy Midge pupa. As you can see there is some great flooded ground and this is producing big numbers of Midge.
Best areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Creel Bay, Curiosity Rocks and Hatchery Bay.
Lake Tantangara :- There have been good numbers of fish on the chew in Tantangara and most of these have been surface feeders.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- With the rising water launching will become progressively easier.
Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach, Dam Wall and Buckenderra.
For larger boats Old Adaminaby's ramp is still the best option and as the depth increases will make for less headaches. A 4WD can still be an advantage with the larger boats.
Trolling has been at its best late and early in the day.
Most of the reports suggest flat lining in close is the best option. Tassies, Lofty's, and Alpine Cobra's are great for this work. With Orange wings, #54, #63 and Y62 taking a few fish
The little RMG Scorpion is another great lure for trolling in close in the new colour R32
Rapala F5's have been very good also.
Fished the 27-29 of October with Rob,Mark, Bryce out of Rob Arthurs quinnie. We were pulling lures in close between Old Adaminiby and Anglers Reach we totalled 28 rainbows and 7 browns we dropped another 15+. The fish were small overall. Weather was great and the lures that did the trick was deceivers in black colours and gold minnows.
Cheers Jake Jakobsson (SGFC)
Best areas have been the Dam wall, Old Adaminaby, Grace Lea, and the area off Seven gates.
Jindabyne:- With the rising levels the weed beds are the place to troll. Being in close is the key as is an early start. If you really want to catch a fish being on the water as the light starts to improve is essential. As with Eucumbene, Tassies and shallow running minnows are the go in close. small Rebel Crickhoppers work well here too.
Best spots to troll have been Sids Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, the bank between Sid's and Kalkite and the islands adjacent to the township.
Talbingo:- No Reports
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing has been very good in Eucumbene with good Browns and Rainbows coming in from the Old Adaminaby and Seven Gates area. Powerbait and Scrubworms have been the best baits. Stimulate has been an excellent addition to Scrubworms and those anglers using it have reported a jump in their catch rates.
Mudeyes have started to work and with the warming conditions will really come on aover the next few weeks.
Areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Sids Bay, Clay Pits, Stinky Bay and Hayshed Bay.
CALF 16th Annual Fishing Competition: Buckenderra Holiday Village Lake Eucumbene 26th 28th Oct. 2006.
Fishing Report: Cobbitty Aids Leukaemia Funds 16th Annual trout fishing competition was held 26th to 28th October at Buckenderra, Lake Eucumbene. The event was held over three days from Friday to Sunday, with the dinner and auction held on the Saturday night. Some 71 people entered the competition with several there for the social aspect rather than serious fishing, never the less 42 anglers weighed in fish with 127 rainbow trout and 27 brown trout caught averaging 407grams clean weight. The largest Rainbow Trout caught was 578 grams cleaned caught by Manuel Cuevas.
Largest Brown trout weighted 1305 grams cleaned caught by Barry Ward.
The winner is judged on the best five fish for each angler, with 10 fish allowed to be weighed in over the three days per angler. This years competition winner was Manuel Cuevas with five fish weighed in at 3147 grams.
This is the first time Manuel has won this competition which is an exceptional effort. Not only did he catch the largest Rainbow but he also caught the second largest brown weighing 1075 grams cleaned.
These were both caught on bait and just over half of the fish on the weekend were caught on bait using Berkley Power bait or worms.
Junior winner was Nicole Sandrone with five fish weighed in at 2896 grams which was second place over all.
This years event raised over $7,500.00 for R.P.A Haematology Unit, Sydney for research and patient care.
The event is held every October at Buckenderra Holiday Village. The generosity from the fishing and boating industry is overwhelming.
In Eucumbene try the Seven Gates or Old Adaminaby.