It’s been a solid month for the Snowies’ lakes and rivers, with early rain freshening the rivers, and encouraging a small early run of fish from the lake. I spent some time this month drifting the Tumut River with Mickey from Aussie Fly Fisher. I’ve decided this is my favourite flyfishing for that Zen fishing experience. Sometimes you just forget you’re fishing at all, and after a while it really doesn’t matter if you catch yet another spirited rainbow on a jig-head UV nymph as you drift through beautiful Tumut Valley countryside. An exciting diversion was the successful rescue of a bullock, stranded after wandering down a rock wall.
The Thredbo has been fishing well and was very popular over Easter. Most days the car park was full at Paddy’s Corner. Likewise, the Eucumbene River has been busy. A good run of browns came up from the lakes at the end of March and soon distributed up the river. Certainly not in the league of the May ‘honey hole’ runs, but fun none-the-less if you could find a couple. Keep an eye on the Riverwatcher website for movements up the Swamp Creek tributary of the Eucumbene River.
On Lake Eucumbene, reports are that Buckenderra, Middlingbank, and Wainui have all been fishing well as the lake drops. Not big numbers of fish, but really good quality. Lake Jindabyne reports are scarce, but those I’ve had talk of good fish in Hatchery Bay and the river arms, with several good condition 2 lb (ish) Atlantic salmon in the catch. I fished the Snowy arm and Hatchery Bay last week. There were hundreds of very freshly stocked mini-trout popping up everywhere, with dozens of cormorants hot on their tails.
March-April is a real transition time. The hopper patterns are pretty much back in the box and the nymphs and Woolly Buggers are getting a good work out. Swinging big blingy green and black Woolly Buggers across and down on the rivers is working really well right now. Tungsten beads are important in the faster water to get flies down into the strike zone.
Tantangara is at 12.8% and has been rising steadily since a low of 8.7% on 16 March. The Portal grading works are flying along but are still a couple of weeks from completion; hence a rising Tantangara (always my hot tip for bank fishing) while the Portal is switched off.
Lake Jindabyne is at 75.7% and is fairly stable with just a small downturn from 76% over the last few weeks. Just enough to create a small mud scar and dirty up the water in the river arms and mess up the polaroiding with even a bit of wave chop.