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Tantangara Brumbies

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Tom’s Rainbow playing : hide n seek

Even the guide gets in on the act

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Water water everywhere

EUCUMBENE 54% Rising
JINDABYNE 83% Rising

This is incredible the amount of water that has flooded into the Snowy Lakes Eucumbene has risen 1.5% in a week that is massive around 1.3mts vertically and Tantangara has risen 8% in the same time and with more snow melt to happen over the next month or so this should set the scene for a truly memorable start to the Trout season It won’t be easy with the midge on the move. Already the anglers are spinning out but with all this water comes an abundance of food and the fish will get fussy but they will also get fat, this could be the dry fly season we have been waiting for .

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Tantangara Dam wall


Tantangara is looking nearly full but looks can be deceiving it is still rising but at 70% and only a small distance from the top of the spillway there is a lot of ground to spread out over in that last 30%


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Tantangara at 70%

Over the last few weeks or so the Snowy Mountains have been living up to there name every water course is at maximum volume and has been for sometime water everywhere and with all this water the lakes are on the rise when you see lake Eucumbene rise so rapidly you know we have had a lot of rain or snow or as the case is both Tantangara is at a height it hasn’t been at for a decade or longer and still rising fast and the portal is still open and at maximum flow and Eucumbene will rise a vertical metre this week and that is a huge amount of water I think we are heading for one of the best starts to a Trout season for some time.

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EUCUMBENE 52.4% Rising
JINDABYNE 81.3% Steady
TANTANGARA 61.9% Rising
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Eucumbene River at Kiandra

The weather condition at Kiandra today could only be describe as Feral sideways snow and rain gale force winds and clients who don’t give up easy a few fish landed lots lost in the fast current and a day these guys wont forget for a long if ever

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Snowy Mountains River-Opening

Well, October 1 has almost rolled around and whilst many this weekend are focussed on dogs and swans, and/or sharks and the storm; in the Snowies it’s storms of a different kind that will characterise the trout river season opening weekend in 2016.

It’s raining today; rained a lot overnight; and there’s a lot more forecast in the next few days. Both the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers are running high, and if you’re expecting to be able to polaroid the last of the spawning rainbows as they hang in the tails of gracefully running pools (as you could last year) you might be a little disappointed.

A Nungar Creek tributary running through the grass

A Nungar Creek tributary running through the grass

For the first few weeks of the season there are always a lot of people on the rivers and manners seem to get forgotten. Don’t be naïve enough to think people won’t fish right above you, or even in the same pool. If you don’t like this then maybe the Eucumbene and Thredbo aren’t for you until things settle down a bit. There are plenty of other smaller rivers and creeks which are often too small to hold fish, that this year have had plenty of water to encourage fish. If you’re over on the Adaminaby side think lots of walking and the upper Murrumbidgee, Tantangara Creek, Nungar Creek, Gang Gang, Swampy and any bit of water below any barriers. I would certainly recommend that as a strategy if fishing nymphs blind through big water is a bit intimidating.

Upper Eucumbene with a good flowThere are mixed reports about how many fish are in the river. The Thredbo had a very slow start to the rainbow spawn run but apparently picked up a bit. It’s impossible to gauge the Eucumbene run this year because it’s been running so high, and the fish are just difficult to see.  A few people have been poking around the creeks for a look in the past few weeks and have reported some fish.

General advice on river flies is to forget the dries as your weapon of choice – other than a big one as an indicator; well weighted Pheasant-tail Nymphs with a split shot to get them down if necessary (if your nymph never bounces on the bottom, it’s not getting down); and don’t forget your Glo Bugs. If they are all that’s working you don’t want to be the only one not catching – even if you only try them out of desperation (of course!).

Zac and his Tantangara sping brown

Zac and his Tantangara spring brown

The lakes are looking awesome. Eucumbene is at 52% and rising so literally any bay where you can find a bit of water running in or a good soak will be holding fish.  There are reports of lots of browns in the shallows right on dark, and even a reasonably likely rumour that big dries fished close to the shoreline have been getting whacked. Tales of double figure numbers of fish caught in both Eucumbene and Tantangara are too frequent for them all to be exaggerations. Simply put, a rising lake brings the fish in and they can be quite dumb – as well as frustrating and annoying when they spook at the drop of a trilby.

Providence flats and Studlands rising above 50%

Providence flats and Studlands rising above 50%

Col was shown a picture of what may well have been a 10lb rainbow from a bay “south east of Adaminaby” – it was certainly a cracker. So maybe a 4 lber from last year found a liking for yabbies. For Eucumbene that’s probably a one in ten thousand fish; but they are there. Someone always wins the lotto eventually. But not if you don’t play…

If you’re on the boat there are some strong winds (nor-westerly) forecast. Maybe not enough to keep you off the water but try to launch from a south-facing ramp or bank to make the day’s end retrieval a bit easier. Whether you are on the boat or bank there is a chance of thunderstorms. At the first sign of thunder get the rod down and get back to your car.

Have a great weekend. I’ll report on it all again early next week.

Tight tippets all.

Steve (Snowy Lake Fly Fishing Charters)


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Trout lollies


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