Fantastic weather last week and the weekend made for awesome fishing and reports. Despite a couple of days of strong winds the fishing has still be excellent this week and with a big high approaching looks brilliant for the coming long weekend.
The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is on again this year Sat 30th October to Fri 5th November are the dates. www.troutfestival.com for more details.
*NSW Fisheries officers are going to be very active in this area over the coming weekend, so make sure your NSW fishing licence is up to date and that you are aware of size and bag limits for your chosen fishing location.
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*There is a new webcam at Old Adaminaby that will give you a look at conditions on the water there. The camera pans and zooms giving a visusal on the water conditions. Llink below.
LOST in the Seven Gates area, one Snowbee Geo fly reel which the owner would dearly like to get back. If found please contact the store on
Rivers:- Only three days to go. Rivers reopen October 2nd 2010. The weather is looking good for the opening and with both the Thredbo and the Eucumbene holding plenty of fish there will be plenty of fun to be had. Globugs and Nymphs are the go in the Euc and Thredbo with some Tungsten Nymphs very handy to get down with to the fish.
There have been reports of fish rising during the day and also some caddis hatching so there is also scope for the dry fly too.
All the mountain streams have plenty of water at present and lots of fish around so it should be a great opening.
The Eastern streams are also holding good water and may fish well conditions allowing.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been continually improving with some good silver rainbows around in many areas and little bit of polaroiding at times.
There were some caddis hatches on dark last week and fish have been on snails and stick caddis in some areas.
Fishing is definitely improving in the Middilingbank, Seven Gates and Old Adaminaby areas.
For those bank fishing the best flies at present are beadhead nymphs, beadhead scruffies, tom jones, Haye's stick caddis, black and peacock spider and woolly buggers.
Boat fishing with sinking lines will be another good method this weekend.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have continued to improve with some great polaroiding. The fishing can still be hard but you may be able to get enough shots that you find a fish that eats. Weather may play a big role too in how hungry and active the fish are. The main thing is they are there.
The lake now at 71% and rising looks amazing and the way it is shaping up the fishing will be as good as it was in late 2003. Midge are already on the wing and have multitplied. Evening rises have started after warm days.
Try Hayshed, Waste point and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :-
The lake still looks a million bucks despite having dropped a little. Reports have been scarce which either means no one is fishing it or that it is so good anglers are keeping quiet.
I would suggest it is well worth the look especially if you are fishing the Eucumbene river and want a break from catching river rainbows.
It has been five years since the lake has been this high.
Best flies will be small nymphs both beadhead and unweighed, stick caddis, caddis pupa, midge pupa, black and peacock spiders and woolly worms and buggers.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have awesome with some nice rainbows showing up in many areas and a few browns too.
Ive been following the report pretty closely the last couple of weeks and thought I might add what I have found over the weekend.
My dad and I went up to Eucumbene for 4 days over Friday the 24th till Monday the 28th
We caught 21 fish in that time mostly ranging between 35 to 45cm and mostly rainbows in very good condition. A couple of browns were caught as well, although not as good condition.
We found that trolling in the shallows over the recently covered flat grounds was the most successful using Tassie devils in yellow or green, or shallow diving minnows or hard bodies in natural colours.
Saturday and Sunday were the most productive days bringing the sunshine and as a result the fish.
A great weekend was had for dad and I, the weather really turned on a treat and fishing like we hadnt seen before, good size fish mostly in very good condition and in good numbers as well.
Happy fishing, and many cheers,
Pete and I came up to Eucumbene on Saturday 18th to Tuesday 22nd . We trolled for 4 days and caught over 80 trout (only 1 Brown) it was really firing ( we also lost many more)...
We caught most of the fish on the cd3 and cd5 rapalas. Purpledescent, Bleeding Original Shad, Rainbow and Brown trout were the colours that caught most of the fish.
We were also very successful with the loftys crobra 100y and the Tassie devil Y82 (Canberra bomber). The one Brown trout we caught was the biggest fish of the four days it was over 60cm it was caught on the Tassie Y94 it was in Beautiful condition and got to live another day.
Most of the rainbows were also in great condition averaging 35- 45cm and also got their second chance at life.
We mainly fished around Old Adiminaby in the mornings, and Up near Powerlines, Toll Bar and Rainbow Point from mid morning to the arvo.. The fish were biting all day and were at all levels in the water.. Flat-lining and 12 - 20 ft was most successful.
The weather was fantastic apart from the very cold frosty mornings....Will be back again soon to do it all again..
Other reports have been good with RMG scorpions in close taking rainbows again. All reports from trollers over the last week have been positive with all catching a least a couple of fish.
Looking great for the weekend.
Middilingbank has been good this past week and the Collingwood bay area continues to fish well.
Launching access is very good at the Old Adaminaby ramp, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach.
Jindabyne:- Trolling the edges has been fantastic with small minnows and tassies accounting for some nice browns and the odd rainbow and atlantic.
*Steve Jones and Bill Fogarty had a good night session in the lake over the weekend. Their method is something of a mystery and they are keeping it to themselves but one thing for sure is that it is effective. Have a look at these nice browns.
Drifting and casting back to shore in the early morning has been a very productive method with either soft plastics of small celtas too and not suprising with fish cruising in the shallows of the rising lake.
Other trollers have done well out of Waste Point and Kalkite with flatline minnows being the most successful.
Waste Point, Weston's and Kalkite are the places to be.
Bait fishing has been outstanding in Eucumbene this week. Powerbait has been the major slayer though scrubworms dipped in Ultrabite have been dynamite too. Best reports are coming from the Middillingbank arm and Seven Gates areas. Best report was of a thirty seven fish session by one angler! After keeping his bag limit all the rest were released.
*Good morning Tom,
Attached are a couple of photos' of my grandsons first fishing trip to Eucumbene. Three generations fishing for the day at Buckenderra. We went up to fix John's plumbing after the cold snaps this year and decided to fish for the day, as you do. Andrew, my son caught the first one within 5 mins then Blake then me.
I caught a few smaller ones (letting them go) but was informed that they did not count. The prime bait for this trip was the Gulp Sherbet Burst.
The photo of Blake on the verandah are the fish taken home for a feed. The three fish from his left hand are his ones. The best one went 45cm. The fish were all full of stick caddis. Ken Kain called over for a fish and took three good fish home. Like me he released a few as well. Looking forward to the comp this year as usual so we will meet up then.
Alan, Andrew and Blake Hocking
Please find attached a couple of photos of our weekend at Lake Eucumbene.
The Fish were caught on the 26th September 2010.
The first Photo is of me, Nick Wozniak, then dad Tony Wozniak and then my brother Billy Wozniak.
The other photo is of me and the 66cm long, 2.6kg Brown Trout I caught using power bait.
I hope you like them as much as I do.
Yours in Fishing,
Best locales to try in Eucumbene continue to be Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Wangrabelle, Homeleigh Bay and the Dam wall.
Jindabyne has also fished well with plenty of good fishing to be had.
Powerbait and Scrubbies have been excellent. Grubs are still turning a few up as well.
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