Be early or late
  |  First Published: December 2008

Now that the hot weather is here, early mornings and late afternoons will produce the best results.

While some dry fly anglers who fish the rivers will do so in the middle of the day when the sun is high and polaroiding is at its optimum, many locals prefer between 7-11am and from 4pm until dark.

If there is insect activity on the water it’s generally between those hours.

The Murrumbidgee above Tantangara is fishing well and some good trout have also been landed in the lower reaches around Bolaro and up to Yaouk.

The Eucumbene River has been fishing really well and we expect that this will continue right through January, providing there is more rain.

While Tantangara has been fishing really well over the past few months, flyfishing becomes a little more difficult as the weather stays warm for longer. So very early morning or late into the night will produce best results.

Flyfishing in Lake Eucumbene has been a hit-and-miss affair over the past month but should improve with increased insect activity. Over the next month or so, fly fishing the wind lanes from a boat with a two- or three-fly rig can prove enormously successful. More flyfishers should try this technique.


Trout can’t resist mudeyes so if you can get your hands on cuda or spider mudeyes and fish them under a running float with a greased line, you’re not going to have any problem with catching fish.

Scrub worms or PowerBait in lime twist or lemon twist are always good for trout. They’re normally fished under a running sinker and are very successful year-round.

Good spots from the bank are: Adaminaby Bay, Old Adaminaby, Homeleigh Bay Wangrabelle Bay, Anglers Reach, White Rocks Inlet and Frying Pan Arm.


Our sacred trolling strategy is if the fish are not on the bite, just pour yourself a cup of coffee, take a big bite of your sandwich and we can almost guarantee that all your rods are going to go off at once. We’ll promise you that you’ll spill your coffee and drop your sandwich, but who cares?

In January you have to use overhead reels with lead-core line or downriggers to get the lures down to where the fish are. In the early morning and late evening you can get away with flatlining in some of our more shallow bays but, in general, two to six colours of lead line are needed during the warmer months.

Good lures include the Eucumbene Special and 3X from Lofty’s Cobra, and Sunburst S12 and Rowley’s Riot from Tassie Devil.


Best times to fish are early morning, late evening and after dark, when the trout get closer to the bank and into the more shallow parts of our many bays.

During the middle of the day they normally retreat to colder, deeper water so without a boat it’s pretty hard fishing. The exceptions to this are overcast, windy days when they seem to stay around the banks a lot more.

We have a local fisherman who always fishes after dark and does it differently from most others.

He uses a normal spinning rod but, instead of lures, he puts a bubble float half-full of water on the line and above the float attaches a few droppers with wet flies. He is very successful. For best spots see the bait fishing section above.

After lots of challenges the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce’s webcam is up and running. It’s a still camera and the picture is updated every 15 minutes. So check out conditions and get a visual on www.eucumbenechamber.org.au/fishing.html and then you can check the weather station at www.visitadaminaby.com.au/weather/details.html .

For fishing information visit www.alpinetouristpark.com.au/fishing.shtml , for general information on Adaminaby and Eucumbene visit www.alpinetouristpark.com.au/adaminaby.html .

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