Headlines Fishing has been great even with the storms and wind blowing hard at times.
Lakes have been fishing very well with all methods and the rivers have been very consistent.
The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival was a great success for many anglers with some very nice fish caught.Check out www.troutfestival.com to see the daily results from the various weigh stations.
Largest fish overall was Michael Telese's 2.527kg brown taken trolling. Photo courtesey Buckenderra Holiday Village.
Geoffrey and Paul Flanagan with a couple of fish they weighed in during the festival. Paul is holding his 1.230kg rainbow which won him the largest rainbow in the bait fishing category.
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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.
Rivers:- Have been fishing very well with some nice rainbows in the larger rivers and some great browns of all sizes in both the larger and smaller streams. Dry fly fishing has picked up tremendously this week with some warmer weather. River levels have been high at times with the recent storms but have still been very fishable.
The Eucumbene river has been great with some good rainbows being taken. They can be a little spooky at times, perhaps not surprising given the number of anglers they have seen in the past month, but have still been catchable. Browns have been starting to move a little more off the top on the right day.
The Thredbo has been similar with some good fishing early and late in the day.
There have been some termite falls in the past week so a few ants in the box would be a good idea at present.
Other patterns to have would be klinkhamer, Adam's midge, Black and brown beetles.
Lake Eucumbene:- Has been fishing very well with some good browns and numbers of rainbows playing around in close when weather is good. Weather has played a huge part in the action on the day though. There have been some good eveing rises and also enough fish to be caught just searching though the day. Water level has dropped a little but has not detered the fish at this stage.
Beadhead nymphs fished quick or a small black and peacock, stick caddis, or midge pupa fished slow are great searching patterns for the rainbows. Small emergers on dark will undo some of the fish that are on adult midge or emerging midge.
Evening rises have been good and will continue to improve.
Stay back from the edge when searching as there have been fish tailing right in the shallows early and late in the day.
Fishing is excellent in the Middilingbank, Seven Gates and Old Adaminaby areas.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have been varied with some nice fish being caught though consistancy has been the issue.
Some good browns have been reported in some of the grassy bays with woolly buggers being a good fly to use on these large cruisers.
Water level will drop a little with this weeks enviromental releases but with a good flow still coming in it should not affect the fishing too much.
Try Hatchery, Waste point, Curiosity Rocks
Lake Tantangara :- A few very nice quality fish have been reported but not much in the way of numbers at this stage. With the lake at 38% it would be well worth a look.
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 been excellent with plenty of nice rainbows being caught. Some good browns have also been caught in the past week. Getting down with deep minnow has taken some of these browns with Rapala jointed shad raps and standard shad raps in the yabbie colour have been excellent.
Reports have been good with Lofty's, Stings, Thunderbolts and Tassies working well on flat lines. Leadcore has also produced some nice fish on the above lures and small minnows.
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 reports have been great with some the best report being seventy fish in a few days. Quality has varied with the rainbows but some of the browns have been excellent.
Mudeyes are availabe at time of writing and have been starting to score a few fish.
Bait fishing has been outstanding again 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.
One angler at seven gates reported he and a mate catching 36 fish and going through 5 jars of powerbait! Best fish was a 3.8kg brown!
Speaking of good browns, we weighed in this fish for Michael Tzimas this morning. A cracking 3.54kg specimen in excellent condition. Taken on a Scrubworm in the Middilingbank arm.
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.