Headlines: Fly fishing in Eucumbene has continued to fire with some outstanding reports, contrary to some recent print and radio reports that had the scribe telling us the water is too hot, too low and that flyfishing is not possible. The facts are that the fishing has continued to get better this past week and has improved, even with the dropping water. Fish have been working the shallows every night over the past week and are more than catchable with both good sizes and numbers in many areas.
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Rivers:- Have continued to fish well with plenty of fish and insects about for them to eat. Dry fly fishing has been great in most of the mountain streams and the evening rise has been very good.
The Thredbo has been running a little higher over the past few days but will fish well over the weekend.
We had great fishing over the Snowy ride weekend on the Thredbo. Three of us landed 21 over 2 and a bit days. Mostly rainbows but all good size and healthy fighting fish. Black and Brown tungsten bead head fished with an indicator were the go.
There have been plenty of beetles about with the warmer weather so a Geehi, Red Tag or Foam beetle are great options.
Termites and Ants have also been falling some evenings so an imitation is an important pattern for the fly box.
Caddis and Mayflies have also been hatching in most of the streams.
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been fantastic overall with many anglers catching ten plus fish in a single evening session.
Brained em, killed em, cleaned up, whacked them, smashed them these are the words being used everyday in the shop by those that have been fishing the lake.
Despite the dropping water there are midges in great numbers in some areas and these have attracted in many of the lakes post spawn rainbows and the odd brown too.
Beetles have been on the menu as well with some good fish in windlanes and around the edges during the day.
If you have the chance now is the time to start fishing the lake and if you were ever keen to try your hand with a fly rod then now would be a great time to take the plunge.
*Mick Couvee and Bill Foster had another afternoon in the boat around Buckenderra this week with Mick landing six and Bill three. The fish were a little tougher in the easterly breeze but they still managed to get onto a few.
*Myself and Stuart Sturgeon had a fun time on Monday night catching twelve between us on midge pupa. The fish were right on the edge amongst the thistles and tussocks. We both got smashed up by a few fish and had a challenging time landing those that we did. Stuart topped the arvo off with a very respectable 51cm brown which he released. Got quite a bit of video footage as well which I hope to have in the shop over the next few days.
*Several other reports from a number of Canberra anglers have come through in the last couple of days with plenty of reports of midge feeders early and late in the day. Fours, fives sixes, eights and fifteens have been the numbers anglers are landing with regular frequency.
I got a good brown (50cm) yesterday around lunchtime on a Zulu. My little brother Andrew spotted him rising in the deeper trees and I put a little zulu out in the general area and got quite a surprise to see a fish boil and take the fly out of the corner of my eye as I scanned the water for more rises.
Caught a few in the rain the other night too. Patterns that have caught fish for me over the week so far include: black ant, zulu, midge ball, mrs simpson and also had a take on a little black stimulator.
*Mick Patton fished on Monday night for four fish landed and a monumental wipeout. Despite being in immense pain with an injured foot and elbow (rod arm) he still caught nice fish.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has been very quiet report wise though there would be some fish around the edges on dark. May be a good option for those looking for a quality brown.
Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kangaroo bay.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
We have a large range of great trolling and casting lures in stock for the season, including a great colour range of McGrath divers, six blade/vibe stlye lures, New Celtas in rainbow and brown trout, New Metallic Gold Rapalas, Tassies, Lofty's, Sting's, Rebel, Viking, Stumpjumper, Jack's hopper, Flatfish, Strike Pro, TT, Squidgies, Come in and pick our brains on what to use where.
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling has been pretty good for some with Tassies still taking most of the fish. Down deep with leadcore or a downrigger is the best bet once the sun is up. Fishing in close early has been o.k
Black Toad, Tricolour and Y94 have been the pick of the colours in Tassies.
We now have in stock larger rapalas favoured by the big trout specialists. Trout patterns in the 11 and 13 cm models and some of the larger jointed minnows again in trout patterns. Fished deep or 'rip and drift' theses lures will take bigger fish.
Casting celtas at rising fish off the front of the boat while trolling, has been effective for some. The black and copper CLN has been the pick.
Tassies, cobras and vibes on leadcore are a great option.
Boat Launching is available in many areas. Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.
Best areas to try would be Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, and Buckenderra.
Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has continued to troll well over the last week with leadcore being the pick of the methods.
Trolling in the Kalkite and East Jindabyne area is a good place to start at present. Around the township and deep drop off cliffs on the eastern side are great places to find some good browns. Creel bay and the Waste point area is another area worth working.