Headlines: Reports have been a little scarce this weekend with the weather making fishing tough. Rivers have had a good top up with both rain and snow melt over the last week. Lake Eucumbene has risen rapidly and looks fantastic. Wind has been something of a problem for anglers in the area but hopefully some good weather is coming for the later part of the weekend. Fishing will still be quite good with only the conditions causing problems.
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Rivers:- Dry fly fishing has still been the pick of the fly fishing of late. A few more beetles are starting to show on hot days and there are already numbers of small hoppers in some areas. Some more warm weather will see the fishing improve further.
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. A nymph suspended under the dry during the day is a good method to use, but a dry dusk will have beat results.
Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers have been high but will drop and clear quickly. Some reports of browns in the tussock margins of the Eucumbene have been encouraging. Try the Providence flats, Kiandra, or any of the sections between.
Other rivers worth a look early in the season are the Moonbah, Mac, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.
Lake Eucumbene:- Still not a heap of reports coming in from the lake at this stage. The lake looks amazing as it covers new ground. Their have been some fish on some evenings but still a little inconsistent. Reports suggest that the top end of Anglers Reach and Cemetary point areas are fishing a little better than the bottome end. The lake will fire we just need a few warmer days in a row a few more hatches to entice the fish in around the edges. A few reports suggest that the Anglers Reach, Wangrabelle Bay area have had a few fish moving of an evening right on dark.
Areas to look at are Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Waiunui, Coppermine, Collingwood, Yens, Wangrabelle, Springwood
Night fishing will improve over the next few weeks with the rising water. Dark flies like Craigs, Fuzzies, Phantoms, are the go. Mudeye patterns will account for a few fish in the next week or two.
Lake Jindabyne:- The fishing in Jindabyne has still been quite good and better than expected. The lake has risen 3% in a week. Evenings and early mornings have produced better fishing overall.
Areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Hayshed, and East Jindabyne
Lake Tantangara :- A few fish have been on the go in the evenings and though not all big have provided some fun for a few anglers.
Trolling and Spinning
We now have Sting Cobras back in stock.
Our Rapala Minnow indent has just arrived with trout patterns from 1cm to 11cm.
New Bushy's Stiffy Devilfish Vibes are in stock.
Eucumbene:- Trolling has been all over the place. Reports that we have had tell of many different methods that have worked.
*One group caught twenty six fish in three days. There were no stand out colours or types of lures. They all worked, just not the same one twice.
*Just got back from a week at Lake Eucumbene. We caught 45 fish in 5 days, with the biggest being a 60cm brown of 5 pounds. All fish were caught spinning from the bank or boat and trolling a variety of hard bodied lures. It pays to explore the Lake and not stick to one place which we saw many anglers doing (and they were wondering why they were only getting 3 fish a week&.).
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Leadcore or a downrigger has been good in some of the deeper bays or where the fish are on daphnia. Daphnia has been large part of the diet of rainbows at present. Yellow wing tassies and green tassies are usually the go in this situation.
Trout pattern minnows in Rapalas, Attacks, RMG Scorpions, Rebels, and Alex lures are great lures to try. Try some of the larger lures down deep to search out the bigger browns.
Best areas to look at this week are the Dam wall, Main basin, Buckenderra, Seven gates and Anglers reach.
Boat launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall, Anglers Reach, Buckenderra.
Jindabyne:- Jindabyne trolling reports have been scarce but there are bound to be some good fish taken by those who fish it this weekend.
*Hi just a note on fishing over the weekend. Spent each of Saturday , Sunday and Monday morning on various sections of the Thredbo river from Bullocks up to Dead Horse gap. River was a bit high and came to the conclusion that flyfishing was almost impossible so (please forgive me) lure fished with jensen insects and celtas. Lots of hungry fish in the river and in the couple of hours each morning I managed to land at least two or three fish per session with mostly nice rainbows in the 1kg bracket and some smaller browns in between. In addition many follows and missed hookups (not used to this many missed fish on the fly)
I imagine fly fishing will be very good once river drops and the weather brightens up a little.
Stuart McKenzie - Sydney
Tantangara:- No Reports.
Baitfishing :- Mudeyes are back in stock now and are producing some good fish at both Jindabyne and Eucumbene. Bait fishing has been excellent in Jindabyne with Gulp Power bait and standard Powerbait. Quality fish are coming in from the Rushes Bay, Waste point Kalkite and Hatchey Bay areas.
*One angler this week managed three very nice browns on coutas. The fish were up to 2.5kg and in great condition.
Power Bait is still a great option and will take fish when things are quiet. Lime Twist and Lemon Twist are very good colours, with the Gulp Pastes in chunky cheese doing some good work.
There will be some great fishing for Rainbows in the next few weeks in both lakes with some really fat fish in Eucumbene and some nice ones in Jindabyne as well.