You just have to go fishing

When days like these come along you just have to drop everything and go fishing. When the conditions are perfect for sight fishing you just have to do it it’s an addiction. Some days are epic other days are dead but any time spent on the water chasing Trout is time well spent even when you don’t see a fish you are still learning the zen of still water sight fishing and with all that goes with it the disappointment of the refusal for no apparent reason and the adulation of the take when everything goes right it’s all there like life itself. Hours of nothingness followed by minutes of awesomeness. And then there’s the place that you’re fishing it maybe the beauty of the Australian high-country lakes or rivers or somewhere else Trout just seem to live in beautiful places.

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Perfect day for the Dry Fly

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Snowy Mountains High-Country






Sorry about the A.O. Commentary from  Leigh Brennan


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EUCUMBENE 40.0% Rising
JINDABYNE 79.0% Rising
TANTANGARA 24.0% Falling
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Nymph packs

Finally got my act together here’s the Nymph pack I have been talking about 40 nymphs for $50.00+$10.00 post and packing call 0427541180 or Email

Only a week to go before rivers open and Trout season starts and it’s looking awesome the rivers are high and running fast the smaller streams are also looking great so bring it on Nymph fishing is the go either with glow bug and small nymph trailing not far behind or double nymph rig with a flashy attractor and a smaller natural nymph to follow the way the river flow is maybe a large thing-a-ma-bobber indicator and bombs to get you down . If your new to the sport or even if your an old hand at it drop in and have a chat about this style or any other help you need with your fishing .

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Overview of the hatchery work .

Here is the overview of the hatchery works over the last few weeks; All our eggs for the 17-18 stocking season have been laid down and the trap has been taken out as of the 30th August. Although the spawning run started late due toa lack of water and rain events, the Browns ran really well, with 2247 individuals recorded before the trap was taken out, and more still in the system near the hatchery. 400000 eggs have been laid down at Gaden , with another 600000 set aside for Dutton Hatchery. We have about 300,000 wild RT eggs laid down for the Jindabyne and Eucumbene allocation, and 800,000 eggs from our 2+ and 3+ broodstock, which have all been mixed with wild males. The trapped Rainbow count for the year was 366 individuals, with many more seen after the trap was taken out. About 25000 rainbow trout eggs were collected from Hughes and Tolbar creeks in the Eucumbene system on the 31st August. Once hatched, these fish will act as a genetic variation for the Jindabyne system, and future broodstock.

The findings from the coded wire tagging program were as follows;

Hughes Ck- total R/T collected 229 including 6 tagged 2 false detection’s due to fish hooks ect.

Tolbar Ck total R/T collected 102 including 1 tagged

Hatchery collected 366 Rainbow trout from the Thredbo River, with a total of 26 fish tagged and 4 false detection’s due to fish hooks etc. These tagged fish were from 3 year classes.All unwanted 2+ 3+ rainbow  trout broodstock (230 individuals) have been released into Lake Jindabyne with an elastomer implant (pink) inserted near the left eye(please see attached photo). Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon have just started to hatch, with the brown hatchlings running a bit late due to the late trapping season.If anyone would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me on the details below.Regards,  Mitchel Elkins | Acting Hatchery Manager

Mitch . Gaden Trout Hatchery NSW Department of Primary Industries |  T:0428786644| E: W: |

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River conditions

I think everyone knows this spot on the Eucumbene river I have pictures of 30 anglers fishing this hole so in other words it holds a lot of Browns and Rainbows depending on the time of year of course at the moment the tell tails signs are there that there has been plenty of fish spawning since the river height has risen and normally a run of Rainbows around mid September although I did see a few fish here I saw a lot more in the smaller streams where the water flow is more consistent water temp is around 6c that’s cold. I think the next big rain will certainly spur the Rainbows on the signs of spring are just starting to show.

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Lake is well down around the corner

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Eucumbene River in flood

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Snowy Mountains high-country

Like I said my opinion only based on the observations of the Lake conditions during the year leading up to the spawning run. All the research done on Trout all around the world is done during the spawning run it is the best time to check on the population of the fish and there condition or lack of condition before spawning. All the Browns in Lake Eucumbene are wild fish there is no stocking of Brown Trout so it gives you a very good idea on how they are handling the changing of the climate conditions. The impact on the food source in the Lake and how the fish adapt to these changes, so we all would remember or heard of the huge Mudeye hatches of the 70s,80s,and 90s but that has changed over the last decade or so and the fish had to adapt, yes there are still Mudeye hatches but nothing like the past.

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