Plenty of info this week with several good reports emailed in to me. Fly fishing in Eucumbene has been good to excellent depending on location and weather on the day. A couple of good reports from trollers this week. Some cooler temps and a little rain over late Tuesday should see the great lake fishing continue for some time.
Brogo Bass Bash competitor Dave Maurier with a couple of the seventeen he caught on the weekend.
Dave won the fly section with the largest and most bass caught for the two day competition.
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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 rises have been great when conditions allow.
Reports over the weekend have been good though many reported only getting smaller fish in the Eucumbene.
There are a myriad of smaller streams that have been fishing well of late and certainly dries have been very effective. Light rods, light tippets and small flies are the go for some good fun in these waters.
Caddis and Mayflies have been hatching in many streams so patterns representing these are good options at present.
There have been many productive patterns worth using of late. Try Wullfs, Humpys, klinkhamers, parachute adams, elk hair caddis, blue wing olive, greenwells glory, black epoxied foam beetles and parachute caddis.
The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the next few weeks.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been consisant and there are plenty of fish on the go. For some areas daybreak and early mornings have been best, while in others the evenings have produced good rises.
If you can jag a day without too much wind and good cloud cover the fishing should really fire. If the day is bright then you may need to fish deep till their is shadow on the water. If there are numbers of midge over the water, theses are good areas to start looking for moving fish.
It can take several trips to work out where and what the fish are up to, so it pays to keep trying. If you are lucky and the weather conditions are favourable some great fishing can be had.
*Fished Sunday night for thirteen hookups and nine landed between myself and my brother in law Jose. The fish didn't move till the north west wind dropped a little and the sun dissapeared behind the hill at around 7.45pm. Size 14 black midge pupa worked well and then the midge ball was the pick as the light dissapeared.
Jose with an average rainbow taken on a ball.
*Report regular Kieran O'Shannassy has been spending plenty of time on the lake over the past week and has not missed out catching a fish yet.
A nice brown was landed then released on a recent sojourn to the lake.
As promised, here is a brief summary from the weekends fishing with my two
boys Niki and Tomi. We fished the Seven Gates/Frying Pan area of lake
Eucumbene on Saturday after lunch and managed to hook 2 nice fish from the
boat loch style fishing within the first 10 minutes of hitting the water.
After a bit more searching and after losing another couple at the net, we
decided to try fishing off the bank as the sun started to set behind the
hills. The bays that contained drowned thistles were the most productive as
they were absolutely full of midge. The midge were so thick in places that
I was finding them the next day at home in my fridge and camera case!
The fish started to rise just on sunset and some very close to shore taking
balling midge off the surface. My eldest son Niki (10 yrs) managed to hook
two fish on the dry fly (midge ball) pictures attached. I also caught
several on both midge ball patterns and blood worm pupa. I bumped into my
mates from Tumut Geoff Naylor and Mick Green who also caught fish in the
same bay that evening. We had the better of the action as we were on the
eastern shore which concentrated the food in the westerly breeze. The
following morning we tried the same area and hooked some more just on sun
rise. All fish took the midge pupa over the ball and a couple of them were
really good rainbows that gave a great account of themselves in shallow
water amongst the thistles. The trick was to keep the line tight and move
the fly ever so slightly. The fish did the rest. Although the water level
has dropped a little, there are still some good fish to be found. The boys
are hooked and are nagging me to go back again this weekend!
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.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Mill's Point, 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
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling has been pretty good for some with Tassies still taking most of the fish.
Spinning off the shore with tassies, plastics, vibes and snowy minnows will produce some good rainbows at the moment even in the middle of the day. Give it a try.
*Anglers fishing out of Buckenderra on Friday had a top session hooking seventeen fish on flatline tassies. 36, y82, and Y48 were the pick of the colours. There was cloud cover during the morning and the fishing slowed when the sun came out.
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.
*Hey Guys, A quick report on our weeks worth of Trouting. We didnt really make it past Eucumbene despite our plans too, the fishing was that good we decided there wasnt any point in travelling further afield. We alternated between Middlingbank and Rushy Plains and found fish on every session. The amount of Rainbows feeding is staggering and they were all solid fish ranging from 600g up to 1.05kg. Most were taken on lures (Vibrax) but more than a handful fell to Red Tags in the evening rise or Woolly Buggers when the wind stopped a rise occurring. Finding Browns was tough however but we did account for a couple, the best going 1.35kg and was taken on dusk on a Red Tag.
We ended up with around 25 fish, not a huge number but more than enough for Dad and I.
Matt and Andy Taylor