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Prime time at Khancoban
  |  First Published: May 2008



As a new correspondent for this venerable mag, I’ll start by introducing my area and the magnificent fishing around Khancoban to the readers. I should also state my Golden Rule: never --e-mail address hidden-- the fishing! Hopefully, I can encourage you to visit and fish our beautiful area. We don’t call it ‘Fisherman’s Paradise, for nothing.

Khancoban is one of Australia’s premier trout fisheries, located in the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Just five kilometres from the Victorian border, Khancoban is, an easy day’s drive from each of Melbourne (4.5 hours via Wodonga and Corryong), Sydney (6 hours via Kyeamba and Tumbarumba) and Canberra (4 hours via Cooma, Jindabyne and Thredbo).

Perched right on the edge of Kosciuszko National Park, Khancoban provides great access to the north (via Cabramurra – Australia’s highest town) and the south via the famous Alpine Way. The good news for anglers is that virtually every turn brings a new lake, dam, river or stream for your enjoyment.

The secret behind the excellent trout fishing in this area is the Snowy Hydro, which supplies cold hydro water, via Murray 1 and 2 Power Stations, directly into Khancoban Pondage. This icy infusion creates an ideal environment for trout, as evidenced by the remarkable number of double figure (10lb plus) trout caught in Khancoban.

Right now (March to June) is one of our prime fishing periods, with the trout feeding up before heading upstream to spawn. There are still plenty of insects hatching, particularly snowflake caddis. This is an ideal time to drag out the fly rod and practice your casting. The lower Swampy (a blue ribbon trout stream) and Khancoban Creek (a spawning stream) are the closest to Khancoban, but the beauty of this place is the number of streams in close proximity. I will deal with these in a future issue.

For lure fishers, trolling Tassie Devils are the most popular. The pick of the patterns are green frog, christmas tree and silver four-X, plus yellow wings at the moment while the grasshoppers are about. Bait fishers can either drown a worm or float a mudeye under a bubble float. These work best drifting through the dead trees at the top end of the pondage.

Redfin are still about with some nice specimens up to 2kg being caught. These are best accessed with worms. Casting into the reed beds is the way to go. A couple of weeks ago one of my customers caught 47 in one afternoon.

Well that about covers it for this month! Time to pack the rod and waders and head for the high country. We look forward to showing you our beautiful area – the superb fishing is the icing on the cake.

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