Headlines: Fishing has been very, very good over the last week and on the weekend. There has been plenty of great river and lake fly fishing, some excellent Mudeye fishing in the dams and trolling has been quite good too.
Rivers:- The river fishing has been great in the streams. Still good water in all the high country rivers and streams, and plenty of hungry fish. Dusk is still the peak time but there have been some good reports from those searching with a Beetle, Hopper or Stimulator.
The Thredbo has been very good with some good reports from the Diggings area. Browns in the 1 - 1.5kg range have been caught with Nymphs below a Humpy proving very effective.
*Peter Wheeler fished the Thredbo and simply reported 'Lots' of fish. Again nymph dropper proved effective.
On the Eucumbene anglers have reported good numbers of smaller fish during the day, with better fish becoming active in the evenings. Dries are working on dark but nymphs appear more productive during the day.
Best flies are Blue Wing Olive parachutes, Klinkhamers, Elk Hair caddis and Adams Irresistable's. Large Nymphs fished in the deeper run ins of pools have been a good option during the day time. With evenings producing good rises and plenty of sight casting to rising fish.
Hoppers are still in abundance so a search with a high floating paattern is well worth a try.
Lake Eucumbene:- The lake appears to have steadied a little this week and the lake looks great. The lake is looking fantastic at Buckenderra, Seven Gates, and Yens Bay with lush grassy bays. There is a heap of food in the water at present too with Damsels Nymphs, Corixa, Mudeyes, and Caddis being plentiful.
Good numbers of Rainbows are cruising in the margins early and late and have been responding well to nymphs or small wets either cast and retrieved or drifted under a dry. The quality of these fish has been very good too and it is amazing how quickly the condition on these fish has improved.
Mudeyes have been moving over the last few nights and great fishing has ensued.
*Bill Neates had a great session near Frying Pan catching six Rainbows in the evenings and mornings around the pound and a bit mark. A Grey Wulff in the early evening and early morning worked well and on dark Mudeye patterns worked a treat.
Hopper fishing is still set to fire over the next few weeks. Burleying with live hoppers is a great way to get fish up on the surface on those bright, hot and sunny days. Once you get a fish up on the Hoppers you can cast an artificial one in the vicinity and the strikes are very visible and often aggressive.
Lake Jindabyne:- Reports from Jindabyne have been scarce but evening and early morning should be a good time to find a few patrolling the edges. Stick Caddis, Olive Nymphs, Black Nymphs, Craigs Nightimes, Muddler Minnows, Scotch Poacher, Fuzzy Wuzzy's and Matukas are the patterns of choice at the moment.
A Mudeye pattern after dark should turn up a few good fish.
Best areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Creel Bay, Curiosity Rocks, Hayshed and Hatchery Bay.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- With the rising water launching will become progressively easier. Plenty of trolling access from there now.
Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach, Dam Wall and Buckenderra. With cooler conditions there should be a few more fish taking shallow running minnows and Tassie Devils this week. It would still be worth running a down rigger or lead core as well as surface lures to cover your options. The Love Grass problem has diminished and has made trolling alot easier.
Excellent reports from the dam trolling this week and a mixture of flatline and leadcoring.
Top lure have been Lofty's Cobras in # 37 and #11 have fired. Crickhoppers have been good especially the larger model. The yellow and green patterns has been the best colour. Fenders with a soft plastic have been good too.
Best areas have been Old Adaminaby, Collingwoood, Coppermine and Tollbar.
Jindabyne:- As in Eucumbene fishing both surface lures and lures on lead core or a down rigger is the best bet for catching a few fish. Reports do suggest deepr rather than shallower is a little more consistent.
The quality of some of the fish has been superb with real football like condition. 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.
*Dave and Phil from Bega had a difficult couple of sessions trolling around Lion and Cub Island. They managed two fish with a nice Rainbow of around 1.2kg and a brown of around 35cms. Brown Bomber and Frog Tassies were the lures that caught fish. They saw a few other trollers landing a few fish and witnessed several fish rise up to look at the downrigger bomb on the sounder but the fish failed to eat the lure. Unlucky.
Talbingo:- No reports
Baitfishing :- Mudeyes, Mudeyes, Mudeyes. There have been some good hatches this week and the fish are well and truly on them.
*First time Anglers Joe Uirlo and his son,13yr old Rocky Uirlo had a great session in the hands of local anglers John Palmano and John Pene on the weekend. On the Friday night fishing the banks of Eucumbene with Mudeyes they caught their first ever Trout a lovely 1.2kg Brown and followed that up with nine good Rainbows. Joe and Rocky were given the honour of winding the fish in and had a great time. Six other fish manged to elude capture.
The boys all enjoyed it so much that they had another session on the Saturday night. The now expertly trained anglers, Joe and Rocky, proceeded to catch another Brown of around 35cm and 4 Rainbows to 800gm. Another six again manged to elude capture.
Hats off to the two Johnnies for getting some new anglers onto some great fish. It would have been quite an experience for all concerned, hooking, fighting, netting and even cleaning the fish.
Mudeyes were the bait of choice.
There is and has been some good bait fishing in the area with all bait types producing at one stage or another. Day time fishing in deeper water with Powerbait, Scrubbies or Grubs has produced some nice fish this week with Mudeyes on dark taking fish in the shallower weedy bays.
Best areas in Eucumbene have been at Buckenderra, The Dam wall, Seven Gates, Yens Bay and Old Adaminaby
In Jindabyne try Waste Point, Kalkite or the Clay pits.
We now have Bardi Grubs back in stock