Well the season opener has been and gone with many anglers in the area and some nice fishing to be had. Streams have fired up well with plenty of opportunities to catch a few nice rainbows and some good browns.
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.
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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:- Plenty of fish in the Eucumbene and Thredbo on the weekend with lots of fish caught and released. Globugs and Nymphs are the go in the Euc and Thredbo with some Tungsten Nymphs very handy to get down with to the fish. With the weather being reasonably warm there is every chance that you might find some fish rising during the day so have a few dries on hand 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 great over the weekend with some excellent rainbows being taken. There were some caddis hatches on dark and some 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 been tough from the weekend. Weather may play a big role too in how hungry and active the fish are but with the lake now at 72% and rising it 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 dramatically in areas.
It does not seem to be happening just yet, but watch this space.
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:- Not a lot of change in Eucumbene trolling reports but they have continued to be very good. There are some nice rainbows showing up in many areas and a few browns too.
Reports have been good with Lofty's and Tassies flatlined.
All reports from trollers over the last week have been positive with all catching a least a couple of fish.
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.
*Note we also have Little Tasmanian Devils back in stock a huge range of Celtas, Attack Minnows and the new Rapala X-Rap 4cm models.
Jindabyne:- Trolling the edges has been fantastic with small minnows and tassies accounting for some nice browns and the odd rainbow and atlantic.
Though we have not had many reports I watched one angler troll up a nice brown from his Kayak at Hatchery bay on Monday evening.
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.
*Jaqui from Buckenderra sent through these reports from the past week.
Nathan Eskelinen caught a 2713gm (not gutted) Brown Trout at about 2.00 pm a scrubworm.
Wendy & Barry Warren caught 5 brown trout on scrubworms, all were a good size.
Action Fishing club last weekend caught 38 rainbow and 4 brown trout. Most fish were caught on Chunky Cheese and Lime Twist Power Bait.
Bomaderry Fishing Club and Jindyman Fishing Clubs had their annual fishing expedition to Buckenderra last weekend. Andrew from Bomaderry F.C. has his bucks weekend thrown in as well. A great time was had by all - all the best Andrew for the big day next weekend. 40 fish were caught in total for Bomaderry and The Jindyman Fishing club all caught fish. Darryl Salway caught the biggest Brown at 1.1kg and Lance Harvey the biggest Rainbow at 1.25kg for Bomaderry F.C
Peter George and Co. caught 8 Rainbows and 1 brown - Brown weighing 1.8kg.
Ziggy caught a 2kg (gutted) brown trout on a worm and powerbait.
Most others caught fish on Chunky Cheese Trout Bait and worms went well.
Some great fishing out there at the moment it seems.
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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