Headlines: A return to some fine Autumn weather has had many anglers out on the water and some very, very good fishing. Fly fishing in the streams has been excellent. Lakes have fired using all methods and plenty of fat Rainbows and Browns showing up.
It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.
Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize. The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event. Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.
Rivers:- Some great dry fly reports over the last week with the Thredbo being the standout. The Moonbah has had some nice fishing and reasonable fish too.
Fishing methods are very dependent on the weather at the moment. A nice, still sunny day is ideal for searching with a dry and you may find a few fish rising if a hatch occurs. On overcast and cold days a nymph is a better option fished under an indicator.
Nymphs will really come into their own over the next few weeks in the lower reaches of the Thredbo and Eucumbene. Pheasant tails, Hare & Copper, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Black and Brown Nymphs are the pick of the flies. With the Spawn run not too far away any rain in these areas will see fish starting to build in the river mouth areas too.
River mouth fishing is well worth a try of an evening with the onset of the spawn run. Large streamers like a Fuzzy Wuzzy or Wooly Bugger on a slow sink or sink tip line are a great way to get amongst some big Browns.
Lake Eucumbene:- Mudeye hatches have slowed but there is still plenty of food around the edges to keep the fish in range of a fly fisher. Location is all important. Bays with lots of grass weed are ideal and rocky points adjacent to these bays being very good too. The bottom end of the lake has been excellent including Braemar, Coppermine, Collingwood, Waiunui, Buckenderra, Rushy Plains, Sevengates, Springwood, Yens and Old Adaminaby are the best options.
Look for areas with some depth as the really shallow areas seem to be holding less fish.
Caddis hatches have been huge some evenings and even though the fish don't seem to taking the adults, they have been clued in on the nymphs and a Muz Wilson Sticky Caddis is a great pattern to use in the early evenings.
*Eddie (above) fished Angler's Reach and only 2 hours after he picked up his new waders from the store took his best brown of 4lb...good going for a new flyfisher and shows what a bit of effort will produce. Fish full of yabbies..also Ed had a report of a 9lb brown coming from same area. Cheers Lopy
*Phil and Chris Lesek had a good evening session at Collingwood Bay with Chris caught a great 1.5kg Brown and 2 Rainbows, Phil caught two Rainbows. All were on Mudeye patterns.
*Neil Huolohan from Orangeville fished the Braemar Bay area for twelve fish in the 35cm range. Daytime with a brown nymph worked well and the evenings a Spider Mudeye and Craig Nightimes were the best flies at night. He also reported losing a couple of bigger fish in the weed.
The Rainbows have really put on some great condition over the last few weeks as have the majority of Browns.
There is a heap of food in the water at present too with Damsels Nymphs, Corixa, Mudeyes, Snails and Caddis.
Lake Jindabyne:- Reports from Jindabyne have increased with some top fishing and polaroiding. There have been some big Browns caught on wets. Several anglers have reported good fishing in late evenings and also early mornings. Polaroiding has been hit and miss with the weather but there are fish to be found when conditions allow.
Pics of fish from Lake Jindabyne taken during week. Jindy fished well late, the Browns taken in good nick and on yabbies.
Polaroided a few during a morning session, not as good as it should in a couple of months, but fun if you are prepared to look.
Good time to be out and always chance of big fish at this time of year, Cheers Lopy