Headlines: Lake Eucumbene is continues to rise though it has slowed a little. Midges numbers are increasing and the mudeye fishing is starting to improve for bait anglers. Trolling is producing a few fish in the main lakes. Rivers are really starting to fire for fly anglers.
Boat lauching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall, Anglers Reach, Buckenderra.
Trout Festival 2008 - Starts this Saturday!
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.
More details and entry form downloads can be found at www.troutfestival.com
There are some fantastic prizes on offer and with the way the fishing is shaping up is bound to be a great event this year.
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Saturday 7am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 4:30pm
Rivers:- Dry fly fishing has really improved in all the local rivers in the past week. Early and late in the day have produced the best rises from the reports received.
Dry flies to use at the moment are small emergers like Klinkhamers, Blue wing olive parachutes, attractors like Wullfs and Stimulators, along with beetles and ant patterns.
Reports from the Thredbo suggest that a few caddis have been hatching and the fish have been on them. Weighted nymphs are still working very well also.
The Murrumbidgee has produced a few small fish but can turn up good ones on the right day.
Other rivers worth a look early in the season are the Moonbah, Mac, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.
There have been a few termite falls this week and with some good stormy weather this will continue. Some brown, red and black ants are a must in the box at this time of year. They usually fall in the evenings and the following morning fish can be found mopping them up. They provide some exciting fishing.
*Hi Tom/Mick, Another short trip to the Euc River early Saturday morning (on the water by 6AM off by 9AM) saw ½ a dozen fish to hand and a couple missed or dropped. The river itself is at a great level for fishing and though many fish may have dropped downstream to the lake there are still enough numbers to keep you entertained. Again a small bead head nymph was the fly most keenly taken.
Lake Eucumbene:- Has started to produce a few more fish around the edges and will gradually improve as more and more fish return from spawning and start hunting the food that is gaining in numbers around the edge.
Those that fished the lake last season will remember the huge amounts of aquatic insects, caddis, corixa, snails, damsel nymphs, midges, mudeyes etc that were in abundance, as the lake rose into the grass, and the subsequent rainbows that came in close to feed of an evening and morning.
With all this happening again and with warming edges the midges will come on and the fish with them. There are more and more midge starting to hatch and even in areas that are not grassy. Several anglers have reported seeing numbers of them in some of the secluded, muddy bottomed bays on the Western shoreline. Think locations like Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Waiunui, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens, Wangrabelle, Springwood all these areas are and will continue firing for a good couple of months now both with polaroiding and evening rises.
Night fishing will improve over the next few weeks with the rising water. Dark flies like Craigs, Fuzzies, Phantoms, are the go.
Best areas to fly fish the lake at present are all those bays just mentioned, depending on the wind.
Lake Jindabyne:- The fishing in Jindabyne has still been quite good and better than expected. The dropping water has slowed the polaroiding for some but there are still fish around the edges that are very polaroidable. The river mouth arms seem to be the best areas.
Night time fishing has been good with some nice reports coming in. Muddler Minnows, Sunset flies, Fuzzy Wuzzys, Hammils and Tom Jones work very well at this time of year. Lumos will turn on some nice fish with the dark phase we are in now.
Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :- Although the dam dropped a little this week it is still more than worth a look at present. The edges will be the place to fish with small wets and nymphs.
Trolling and Spinning
We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.