Headlines: The weekday fishing has been good but with ordinary weather, weekend reports have been a little quiet. Fishing is still very good if you can jag a reasonable day.
On a sadder note, local anglers in the Adaminaby area have reported significant amounts of rubbish, bottles, cans, and other mess being left in some areas around the lake shores, by obviously thoughtless and lazy anglers.
The wonderful thing about fishing in this area is being in a great enviroment and hopefully catching a few fish, so returning at a later date and finding it a little like a rubbish dump is very dissapointing for all. It's not a competition to see who is the biggest grub! So come on, please take your rubbish home or place in a bin. If full a case of beer can be taken in to a location the empties are certainly alot lighter to take out.
Trout Festival 2008 - 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:- Now all closed till October.
Lake Eucumbene:- Reports have been very good from the Eucumbene river mouth are after dark with both Rainbows and Browns on offer. The main body of lake around Old Adaminaby has produced a few good fish in the evenings too.
There have still been some great Rainbows of an evening and the polaroiding on the steeper Western shores and Dam wall area would be a good option during the day. Best flies for this fishing are Woolly Buggers, Woolly Worms, Olive Matukas and Olive nymphs.
Big Black Streamers on dark and into the night should see a few more fat Rainbows turn up in the Seven Gates, Rainbow Pines and Yens Bay areas. Fishing late into the night can be a cold option but there are some great rewards to be had for those who are keen.
* Geoff Mutton from Sydney spent the week around the River Mouth and Western shoreline for 28 fish on fly. His best session he landed 9 fish on Fuzzy Wuzzys and Woolly Worms fished on an intermediate sink line. Best fishing was on dark and into the night. Best fish was a Rainbow of1.5kg. He also had a good session at Wangrabelle bay landing eight Rainbows.
Lake Jindabyne:- The lake has produced some nice fat Rainbow in the evenings over the last week. Best flies have been Lumo's, Muddler Minnows and Craigs Nightimes. Best areas are Kangaroo Bay, Hatchery, Curiosity Rocks and Sids Bay.
Conditions have varied and made polaroiding a challenge but the night time fishing has still been great.
Best flies for this include Stick Caddis, Jinde Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider, Woolly Bugger, and Bushy's Horror.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports on fly
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Reports have few and far between but fish have certainly been caught. Rainbows are still the main fish being caught. Flatline Tassies and Minnows appear to be as good as anything at present. Early and late has been the best times, as usual but some are still being caught during the day. The river mouth is an area that too few anglers concentrate on with soft plastics and bibless minnows. This is a definite hot spot to try these methods at present. Just be sure you are not fishing where there is any visible flow as this is classed as river.
The new'Alex' minnow lures from Serbia have taken some good fish both trolling and spinning in the trees. These lures are made with Balsa wood and are a deep diver that come in very good Trout catching colours. Check them out.
Best Tassies on the troll have been the Pink Tassies S12, #55, #Y94. Alpine Cobras in the Alpine Special are a goer at present also along with the Lime Spider.
Best areas have been around the mouth of Seven Gates, Waiunui, Coppermine, Brookwood and Cemetary point area. The Trees around Tollbar are worth a troll or spin at present though reports have been quiet fromthese areas.
*Stephen Millard reports, very nice but realllly cold. The lake is absolutely beautiful, very nice in the middle of the lake with mountains in the background with snow on top! Very nice weekend on the water, we were lucky with the weather. Got two rainbows in excellent condition. Reports from other boats were patchy too, with some big catches and some nil scores. One boat with 2 blokes running the same gear and same lure - one bagged out and the other got nothing all day! He was spewing!!
*Hi guys, Just a brief note to advise that a group of 4 fisherman- Allan Crawford,
Ron McCullough,Mark Rodda and myself from Albury and Tumut fished the
Coppermine area from Wed-Friday last week and caught 26 fish, all rainbows
in the 2 lb mark in fantastic condition (full of water daphne) , majority
were caught on flat lines using new Tassie devil yellow wings frog pattern.
Fish only came on the bite Friday after the poor overcast weather of the
previous two days.
Tight Lines Greg White