This is the area above the Tumut Pond and is best accessed by the track that leads to Round Mountain hut. The hut itself is a good base for anyone wanting to stay overnight.
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There’s a fire trail with mountain bike or foot access that roughly follows the Eastern shore, eventually crossing the Tooma River. You can also put a boat on the lake and access the Tooma River to the south but the going is very tough along that stretch of river. By the way, if anyone finds a nymph box up that way, please give Murray a call!!
Yellow and orange stimulators, Parachute Hopper, Beetles like Red Tags or Geehi Beetles, Snowflake Caddis and Parachute Adams all work well. For your dropper use a Hare and Copper Flashback nymph or a Flashback Pheasant Tail.
This river usually has a bit of colour so a good way to find fish is to use a dry with a nymph dropper. Some of the best fishing is in the evenings as Caddis come out in abundance.
Geehi Beetles, big Cicada patterns, Red Tags, Caddis and Mayflies are essential.
For the more adventurous angler, the river above Geehi Dam can be accessed following trails that start from the carpark at the Dam wall. Otherwise, the river can be accessed by a little bit of bush-bashing up from where the Alpine Way crosses the Swampy Plains River.
Access is very limited as many of the pools that hold fish are on private property.
Summer fishing with terrestrials like Hoppers and Bettles offers the best fishing with Caddis hatches in the evening. A 5 or 6 weight rod is needed in most areas but a shorter 3 or 4 weight is good for the tighter sections.
With lots of Mayflies here an Adams or a Parachute Adams are a good choice. For searching we recommend a Royal Wulff with a small Tungsten Bead head nymph on a dropper. If the Hoppers are on the wing then fish your favorite hopper pattern as the fish just love smashing them. Ants, Termites and Caddis in the evenings.
Rods in 3 and 4 weights are great to use here but if the wind comes up you would need a good 5 weight.
Beetles, March flies, Ant and Termite patterns are needed up here. There’s plenty of Caddis action in the evenings so make sure your kit is well stocked with these. The lower sections see large numbers of Mayflies so Adams and Parachute Adams are also a must.
Like many of the region’s rivers, a good 5 weight is ideal in the main sections and a 3 or 4 weight in the smaller sections.
Beetle and Hopper patterns in the summer work well as do Ant and Termite patterns. The night fishing is great if you are staying overnight. Wets and Mudeye patterns are good to search with and make sure you vary your retrieves.
A good 5 or 6 weight is essential here. There’s lots of wading around the grassy edges and expect a good evening rise. This is a quite isolated area and you often see wild dogs coming out of the timber into the open country, always have a jacket handy. On a windy day, drift fishing can bring great results especially when there are big Beetle falls around spring and summer.
There is good boat access which provides plenty of options.
The Eucumbene isn’t a hatch driven river. As it’s a high gradient stream flowing over granite bedrock, it doesn’t have a high diversity of aquatic macro-invertebrates. Nevertheless, it has quite many terrestrial insects. Consequently, fish in the Eucumbene river are typically opportunistic feeders that will readily take generalist and attractor patterns.
A Royal Wulff in #12 – #14 is very effective in the fast water of shallow runs during the Summer. Other attractors such as Stimulators and Humpies work equally well. A black or orange Stimulator in #10-#12 is a useful pattern when the Stoneflies are present in early summer. A black Humpy in #12 is useful for representing the March flies that are present in the middle of summer.
Occasionally Mayfly Duns do hatch, although often very sparsely. The most common Duns are Brown (The Kosciuszko Dun) in #10-#14, Iron Grey in #14 -#16 and Black in #16 – #18. A Parachute Adams in #14-#18 is often satisfactory despite the disparity between these naturals and the fly.
Adult Caddis flies are present throughout the summer, particularly the Snow Caddis in #16 as well as dark brown and grey caddis’ in #12-#16.
Any hopper pattern in #10- #14 works well over the summer months especially in the upper tussock lined reaches when the wind is blowing. Other terrestrial patterns such as black beetles in #16-#18 work well.
Thanks go to Fraser Perry for supplying this comprehensive Eucumbene River report.
In terms of equipment, the optimum equipment is quite diverse as the river changes character quite dramatically. In the lower reaches, the river is quite large and open, holding noticeably larger fish than the upper reaches. A 9’ – 10’ rod in #5 or #6 makes light work of this section. In the middle reaches, the river narrows as it flows through the steep valley. A slightly shorter lighter rod is more suitable to the conditions. In the upper reaches, the river is a small trickle with small fish. Here a 7’ – 9’ rod in #3-#5 is more than adequate. Be prepared to switch to heavier lines and faster rods when the wind picks up. Strong winds on the flats and gusts through the valley are quite common throughout the year. Also adjust your equipment to the rig you cast. Heavier gear assists enormously when casting heavy nymphs, split shot and streamers. A floating line will cover most situations on the Eucumbene River. Delicate presentation tapers are useful although steep nymph tapers are very useful with heavy rigs. A sinking line is only required in the deepest of holes and in the gorges.
During the summer, searching the water with a dry fly can be very rewarding. During normal flows and warm conditions, dry flies cast into the fast water are eagerly taken. When the wind is blowing, terrestrials are engulfed, especially in the open upper reaches of the river. When surface activity is slow, nymphs will catch fish. In the larger deeper pools, a dry fly –nymph dropper rig works well, achieving a long drift and good presentation. In faster water and when flows increase, short line nymphing techniques such as Czech Nymphing prove very effective. Deep runs and large holes can be fished effectively with streamers. Polaroiding is sometimes possible when the water is clear and in the upper reaches where the steep valley walls provide a high vantage point. During the evening rise, an emerger pattern cast to rising fish on the large calm pools can make a nice finish to a day on the water.
Wet flies are very popular with Mrs Simpson, Hammels Killer and Tom Jones being favorite searching flies. Mudeye imitations must be carried as well as Midge Pupa and Midge Balls. If the water is over grass then Stick Caddis work well, as do small nymphs. On a hot day in summer it is worth a walk as a lot of Hoppers and Beetles get blown onto the water bringing fish in close along the edges. A splashy presentation usually attracts fish that are cruising for food and looking for it to hit the water.
There are many areas to access the dam and get out of the wind or bad weather.
When the Midge are balling up a Midge ball with a unweighted nymph underneath works well as you cast into the ring of the rise and slowly draw your fly back, usually inducing a strike. For the boat angler there are countless trolling areas and for the flyfisher the shallow bays are perfect for drift fishing. Rods in 5, 6 or 7 weight can be used on the lake depending on when and how you are fishing. The 6 and 7 weights are needed for the wind that often comes up unexpectedly or when targetting the Yabby beds with sinking lines.
This pondage looks fantastic as you wind along the Khancoban/Cabramurra road. The deep, blue water must hold some great trout, but honestly, we have never fished it and would welcome anyone posting some reports.
This river offers fantastic summer fishing, especially when the hoppers are out. It’s habitat is open tussock fields with a series of pools holding good fish.
This reservoir is popular with boaties trolling for trout along the edges and deeper sections. Bank fishing is ok with a variety of spots including high banks, muddy weed beds (depending on the water level) and exposed shorelines perfect for polaroiding in spring and summer.
The camp site at 3 mile dam, high in the Snowys is a great base for accessing a variety of water. The dam itself has a large population of small to medium sized trout that the kids will love getting into. The area is fairly exposed and snow can fall even during summer so come prepared. From here it’s not far to the Eucumbene or Murrumbidgee Rivers, the ravine at Yarrangobilly River (Lobb’s Hole), Tumut Ponds and a host of small mountain streams. Classic High Country fishing.
There’s a great article by Philip Weigall and Peter Coulson that includes a valuable insight into fishing the 3 Mile Dam in our Talk Fishing section. Click here.
This river runs beside one of the best camping grounds in the National Park with great facilities suited to the whole family. Typically, this river is a series of long, shallow runs flowing into deeper pools. A number of access trails links together a series of camping spots and huts that sit right beside the river. Cautious anglers who get into the river to wade or bash in along the edges will be rewarded with better water and some nice fish. Due to its popularity as a camping spot, the river fishes the best during quieter times.
There’s a great little caravan park here for boaties to gain access to the top reaches where the Swampy Plains River flows in. Land-based fishers can fish the edges around the dam wall and along the eastern shore where there is easy access. Being low in the Snowy scheme the pondage also holds a population of red fin but there are also some very good browns that will snap off a light rig.
Philip Weigall and Trevor Hawkins recount a recent trip to Khancoban Pondage in our Talk Fishing section. Click here.
Also known as the Indi, the area around Tom Groggin has some great fishing with fairly easy access for the soft-road or 4WD enthusiast (as long as the weather’s been fine). This well stocked river fishes well all season and the best approach is to get into the river and wade. Fish size is generally smallish but there are some good browns in the bigger pools.
For anyone keen enough to drive in along the long and winding access road that intersects Alpine Way, they will eventually find themselves confronted by a Dam that has limited access but boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the Koscuiszko National Park. We’d advise taking a kayak in with you which will give you great access right around the lake. Work the edges at the northern end where there are some nice lies in-between sunken trees.
The Geehi is typical of many alpine streams in the High Country… beautiful, natural, clear-running but a bugger to get into and fish.
The McLaughlin rises above Nimmitabel and eventually winds its way to the lower parts of the Snowy River. Like Bobundara Creek, this river has seen its share of some really great fishing, but the drought has pretty much put an end to that. Perhaps with this year’s wet winter we will see a return to the good ol’ days.
Before the drought this creek held some amazing fish. The legendary status described in many books written about this water is largely due to the fast growing fish that feast on insects that thrive in the nutrient-rich water flowing through this limestone area. It has suffered over the last ten years due to the drought which has also meant that there has been no recent stocking. Nonetheless, some good fish survive as many of the pools are fed by natural cool springs.
The Snowy River below the Jindabyne Dam wall is difficult to access until you get to Dalgety. The keen angler that is willing to search out public access points will be rewarded with some good fishing amongst shallow runs flowing into deep rocky pools. The lower Snowy has been stocked with trout over the years and more recently Bass has been introduced! With the expected water releases from Lake Jindabyne we can expect the fishing to improve.
The Gungarlin River is located between Eucumbene Dam and Lake Jindabyne. It can be accessed off the road leading to Eucumbene Cove where the dam wall is. As you’re heading to the Gungarlin River, you may want to do a quick stop and try your luck at the Eucumbene River bridge crossing. That area has been stocked in the past but it’s tough country with few areas to fish due to the under growth and willows. The road continues and branches out with both tracks leading to the Gungarlin. It’s a wonderful stretch of river with lots of fish. Their size is not huge but for light rods and small flies this area is a must to fish and a great place to learn the basics. It can be quite exposed in places so always take the warm gear and be wary of snakes and March flies!
For folks looking for a guide in this area, check out David Mozina’s Gungarlin River Hut.
This river is in two sections as Tantangra Dam cuts it in half. Below the dam there is very little flow and is very hard to access. The Murrumbidge then flows out of ranges to the west of Yaouk after picking up a bit of flow from feeder streams and heads down to Adaminaby. This is the section that was used in the 1999 World Fly Fishing Championships and produced some great fishing. Again, this area is hard to get into as there are only a few public access points. There is good water at the Yaouk end and then at Adaminaby in the Bolaro area. There is also good fishing from here down to Cooma.
Above Tantangra the Bidgy flows through timber and alpine areas. Very popular with campers as this is an isolated area and has good fishing. There is access from the Port Phillip fire trail and the rcrossing at Blue Water Holes road.
This is where you go for isolation and to experience the high country. This dam is maintained at a near constant level and is no longer stocked with trout. There is natural recruitment from the Murrumbidgee River and the various small creeks that feed into it. We suggest taking your time and investigating the whole area as the fishing can be quite surprising.
There’s a great article on Tantangara Reservoir by Philip Weigall in our Talk Fishing section. Click here.
The Eucumbene River has a variety of access points for anglers on foot and those with off road vehicles.
The mouth of the Eucumbene River can be accessed from Denison. A well maintained dirt road from the Snowy Mountains Highway leads to Denison camping ground. From there, other tracks lead across the flats to the river requiring an off road vehicle. The River can be crossed at the ford where another track begins leading towards Alpine Creek. The mouth of the River shifts with fluctuating lake levels, although never more than 2km from Denison.
The lower reaches of the Eucumbene River around Alpine Creek can be accessed by walking approximately 1km upstream from Denison or alternatively by entering the Flying Fox Trail from start of the Denison Road and walking along Alpine Creek itself until it meets the Eucumbene River.
The river in the lower gorge can be accessed via walking further upstream from the Alpine Creek junction or by walking along the Flying Fox Trail. This trail continues for 3km from the locked gate at Alpine Creek.
The middle of the reaches of the river can be accessed through Four Mile Fire Trail. At Sawyer’s Hut, Four Mile Fire Trail commences, winding 2km down to the river. It is a dirt road that was graded in 2010, accessible with 2WD although 4WD is recommended, especially in wet conditions. From the base of the trail, there is over 2km of water downstream and 6km upstream until the next access point.
The upper gorge is reached by walking a long distance upstream from the base of Four Mile Fire Trail or by walking the steep descent down Sawyer’s Hill. Both routes require large walking distances and move through very steep terrain. This section is recommended for fit, prepared anglers.
At Kiandra, the Eucumbene River flows underneath the Snowy Mountains Highway. Rough tracks lead upstream and downstream for 1km which require a 4WD. There is over 2km of water downstream until the river flows into the upper gorge at Suicide Hole, whilst there is over 2km of water upstream until the next access point at the Kiandra RTA depot.
The upper reaches of the river are accessed via a short 500m across the tussocks from the RTA depot in Kiandra. The highest section of the river flows parallel to the Snowy Mountains Highway after Kiandra, where another short walk across the tussocks take anglers to the river.
This river rises in the Alpine area and flows into Eucumbene Dam at the western end. Now that the level of the lake has dropped there is a lot more river to fish in the Providence area. This is beautiful water and has a big head of fish at spawning times with Browns entering from around April to the close of the season in June, whilst Rainbows run right up to December. The areas above the dam are best at the start and end of the fishing season, whilst hopper fishing in summer is great through the grassy flats. Always worth a look!!! Once above the flats the river is a pure Alpine stream flowing through gorge areas and up high through tussock. The river around Kiandra is a must to fish. Cold water and big tussock banks make for great fishing and there are plenty of areas to discover. Access is easy but be wary of the wombat holes in between the tussocks. This is open country so always check the weather and take appropriate gear, food and water.
This lake is the biggest is our area and produces fantastic fishing year round. It caters for all anglers and is very popular with families looking for a caravan or camping holiday. Shore based angling is very good and a great way to get the kids involved. The last few years has seen a big change in water levels but now there is a consistency to the rise and fall. With the lake rising in the Spring, water covers new ground bringing the fish in close. Mudeye hatches, Midge hatches and Beetle falls are amazing when the conditions are right and in summer the Hopper fishing is loads of fun. The evenings are fantastic with fish coming into the shallows just on dark and if a hatch is on you will not believe the amount of fish rising.
There are plenty of access points along the river and not too far from town.
This beautiful little lake has a healthy population of small Browns. It has been stocked in previous years but is now self sufficient as the fish run up Diggers Creek. There is a small fountain below Sponars Lodge that often freezes in winter which looks spectacular. The edges are quite boggy so walk with caution but the Dry Fly fishing is excellent.
This very small creek runs into the Moonbah River at the top of Big Yard road. It is often coloured due to livestock but it is well worth investigating especially just above where it enters the Moonbah. Again, it is a great little stream and the size of the fish will often surprise you. Permission is needed to access the top section and there is no camping in this area.
This is a small pondage that catches the water coming out of Munyang power station so its level is always changing. The Snowy River can be fished between the pondage and Guthega but can be very dangerous as there is no warning as to when there is power being generated. The water level rises rapidly so always fish on the true right as if you are on the other side it can be a long wait for the water level to drop. The pondage itself has a lot of trees in it which are great cover for fish so it is well worth fishing. When it floods there is great fishing around the edges as fish come up tailing in the grass looking for food.
This area is a great place to camp but never set up on the flat above the pondage as it can flood after heavy rain in the mountains.
This smallish dam is on the Snowy River after the river comes down out of the main range. The water then goes through the power station at Munyang and then into Island Bend pondage. Guthega offers great polaroiding around the edges and is best fished in pairs as the sides are quite steep so one can get up high to spot while the other is on the water ready to cover cruising fish. There are two small creeks that enter on each side that are worth investigating or you can walk up to where the Snowy enters the dam. The granite rocks can be tough on your flyline so be careful, and the condition of the fish will surprise you. Best fished on a cloudless day.
Above Guthega Dam the Snowy River is in its natural state and lovely to fish in the Summer. This is true High Country and the surroundings are spectacular, plenty of sunscreen and repellent as the March flies are vicious.
This small stream is just to the south of Jindabyne and is ideal for the angler who is looking for easy walking and using light gear. The Moonbah is well stocked and a great place to take beginners or kids to experience their first fish for trout. It has wonderful little pools and runs lined with Tea Trees that harbor beetles and caddis. Small Rainbows and Browns actively feed on the surface making for great dry fly fishing in the late afternoons and evenings.
Artificial lures only, maximum of 2 fish larger than 25cm per angler per day during the open season. From May 1 till the season close only 1 fish larger than 50cm per angler is allowed.
The season closes at the beginning of June usually with a large run of Browns coming up out of the lake to spawn and reopens on the Saturday of the October long weekend.
EvolveYourFishing practices and encourages catch and release in our rivers.
There is easy access to most parts of the river with picnic facilities and camping grounds available in several areas or for the more adventurous you can walk or bush-bash your way in to enjoy this great fishery.
This fantastic river would have to rate as one of the best in Australia. Good flows from snow melt keep the temperature down and with the mouth entering Lake Jindabyne we get hundreds of fish moving up the river to spawn. The opening of the fishing season in October brings us fast water and spawning Rainbows, summer flows are down and the Dry Fly fishing is at its best. As the Autumn approaches the Browns are starting to put weight on in readiness for spawning and this produces great fishing for these well conditioned fish.
A valid NSW fishing license is required. Licences can be purchased online via the NSW Government Licensing Service.
The lake is open year round with a maximum of 5 fish greater than 25cm allowed per angler, per a day.
Woolly Buggers in Olive and Black are very popular as well as our Jindy Bugger. There are many variations of this fly and the dark colours seem to be the best.
Wets like Mrs Simpsons, Hammils Killer and Tom Jones are great searching flies with Craigs Nightime and Muddlers for the evenings and night.
Nymphs in brown and green in various weights and sometimes fished behind a bigger wet are a popular way to search for fish.
Midge patterns, pupa, dry and balls should be carried as well as Beetle and Hopper imitations.
A good 6 or 7 weight fly rod with a floating, intermediate or sinking (depending on the application) weight forward line is suitable for most situations around the lake.
After Winter the water level rises flooding areas that produce great habitat for the fish searching for food. Water moves over grassy banks bringing out all sorts of food and helps to produce big Midge hatches (mainly in the evenings) that are the fly fishers favourite. There is also great polaroiding along the edges as fish cruise along the shallows feeding. A careful approach is necessary to get a fly in front of these fish – it certainly improves the skills!
Spring is when the fish have returned to the lake after spawning and are hungry. Yabby banks are always a good place to find fish and can be recognized by holes in the clay and remains of yabbies on nearby rocks where the water rats take them to eat. Fishing at night you can often hear them crunching away. The sandy beaches are another good area to look at as this is where Sandcased Caddis can be found. You will find these in the stomachs of most fish caught. If the conditions are right there can be very big Caddis hatches in the evenings.
Summer can see great hopper fishing on the windy days as these insects are a major food in the fishes diet. Beetles and cicadas are other insects that get blown on to the water and often get stuck in slicks or ‘wind lanes”. These wind lanes that form on the surface are great places to look for feeding fish from a boat. These lanes contain a huge amount of food that gets concentrated and are a great place to try your luck especially in the early hours. As the level of the lake drops for Hydro use many weed beds can be accessed from the banks and yabbies that start moving from their beds into deeper water often fall prey to a large trout. In the height of summer daytime temperatures can become very high and the fishing can be sometimes better at night or early morning.
For the fly fisher a floating line on a 6 or 7 weight rod will cover most of your fishing. Intermediate and sinking lines are also used to get the flies on the bottom. If you are polaroiding or looking for rising fish a long leader is a must. Ambush is the best tactic in clear flat water as the fish are very spooky. Cast into a sandy patch and wait for a trout to approach before activating the fly. Rainbows tend to cruise the edges of the deeper water. Keep low to avoid being spotted.
A degreased leader is important as it won’t cast a shadow. If you are searching water use a pattern to make sure you cover all the water. Vary your retrieve and remember that old Scottish saying, the best fly is the one that’s in the water the longest! Midge hatches usually occur in the evenings and into dark and can be both fantastic and frustrating! Once the Midge start to ball up the fish really start to feed but with so many midge and fish rising it can be hard to get a hook up. We find that a combination of a Dry with a small flashback nymph as a dropper is the best way to attract a fish. Look for a rise and immediately cast into the ring. Then do a slow strip and drag the dry across the surface. This induces a strike and the fish usually takes the nymph. Summer night fishing can have its rewards and Mudeyes and Bogong Moths help. Standing in the dark and hearing big slurps close by, casting big Deer Hair flies and a slow retrieve always brings its rewards. Don’t give up if the weather is wet or windy, find a bay that has breaking waves on it and fish a big wet. This wave action stirs up a lot of food and you will be surprised at the number of fish cruising the waves. Fish the water off a rocky point that has a fast and slow section and fish as you would a river. Use an indicator with nymphs under it and let it come back in the rough water. This tactic can produce great results.
There are boat ramps:
- Adjacent to the Snowline Caravan Park
- At Waste Point
- At East Jindabyne
- At Kalkite
Lake Jindabyne is a fantastic year round fishery that suits all styles of fishing. The lake has plenty of access available for the bank or boat fisher with many different areas to explore, including big yabby banks, rocky points and shallow bays.
The rocky arms of the Snowy, Thredbo and Eucumbene are great areas for the boat anglers tossing lures into the structures, and of course the trolling angler has vast areas to cover searching for these great conditioned fish. Bait anglers have many areas to fish and we think this lake is the perfect place to introduce the family to fishing. There are areas that have toilets and BBQ facilities and with the lake being stocked every year there is a good chance that the kids will catch their first trout.
Lake Jindabyne contains many food sources for the fish and Crustaceans form a big part. There are huge amounts of Scuds and Shrimps as well as many yabby beds. These cause the flesh of the fish to go pink producing a very nice table fish, much better than a river fish. Gold fish (Crusian Carp) are now abundant in the lake and the trout are really targeting them. You will often see tiny rises on the lake followed by a bow wave from a trout chasing them into shallow water. Daphnia is another big food source and big blooms can be seen in summer in deeper water. Mudeyes or Dragon fly lava are also an important food and when they hatch the fish take them with great gusto. Stripping a Deer Hair Muddler over these fish certainly gets the heart rate up! Ants and Termites are always out on a stormy summer evening and don’t forget the Mayflies. Shucks forming a dark line around the edges after an early morning hatch have been seen.