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Rob Paxevanos
Dated: 25 September, 2007
Rob's weekly fishing southern NSW report 0459 written for the week of Wednesday 26/9/2007
Upstream form the Old Suspension Bridge near Anglers Reach is just one good place to start looking for spawn run rainbow trout this opening season.

TROUT SEASON OPENING SNEAK PEEK

This Friday the 28th of September at midnight declared trout rivers, streams and creeks in NSW and the ACT open for fishing. The two largest fisheries, the Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers, will receive most of the attention.

The Thredbo River has good numbers of spawn run Rainbow Trout in many stretches including from the popular Paddys Corner right down to Lake Jindabyne.

Meanwhile Col Sinclair reports the Eucumbene River also has plenty but the bulk of the fish are below Providence Portal this year. With this in mind Col suggest that it’s best to take the 500 meters walk from Anglers Reach up to the old suspension bridge and then work upstream from there.

In both the Thredbo and Eucumbene the trout are primarily rainbows in the 1 to 3 pound bracket along with a few bigger Brown Trout in classic egg stealing and minnow munching mode.

Some of the smaller creeks and streams are also well worth a look for spawn run trout and also the resident trout that are typically eager to bite as they haven’t seen a lure or fly for the 4 months of the closed season! Examples include Yaouk Creek, and the Murrumbidgee above Tantangra.

Some of the rivers around Kangaroo Valley and Robertson also have fish in them at the moment.

Around Canberra there is reasonable numbers of smaller trout in the parts of the Cotter and nearby rivers that are open to fishing.

For something different I had a quick look at a couple of the creeks and rivers in the Oberon area and spotted good numbers of primarily Brown Trout that have survived the drought in reasonable numbers and are in good condition!

Note that If you are wetting a line up that way the Oberon RSL Fishing Club are running a fishing competition in Oberon Dam that starts this long weekend. There has been a number of fish tagged by the Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Division and one of these tagged fish has a bounty of $500! For more info contact: Don Whittaker (AH) 0401312345 or Lenore Zamparini (BH) 6336 0028

There are many other declared trout rivers that will fish well this opening, I don’t have room to mention them all, but it’s all about getting out and stretching the legs: there are spots that haven’t seen anglers in ages and you may be surprised where you will find good trout fishing.

As far as techniques go you will find that in the rapids and runs in the bigger rivers in the Snowies glo bugs and nymphs will work best, but dry fly anglers will notice a few classic bugs on the wing already.

In the slower moving pools of the big rivers and the little streams my tip is to use anything the suspends perfectly still: a 6cm Husky Jerk is my hot favourite. I am not fussed about which colour, just the fact that these lures can be paused without floating or sinking. This is unbelievably effective because when you get a follow from a trout you can hold the lure at the right level without it sinking or floating (which quickly loses the fishes interest) and this means you have much more time to tease a strike out of the fish without running out of room.

Wherever you fish, pick up a copy of the rules from your local tackle shop for exact details of rules and bag limits etc.

SOUTH COAST ESTUARIES

Patto from Tackle World reports that the warm periods of weather have encouraged the Dusky Flathead in the estuaries to break out of hibernation in better numbers and they are starting to spread out making them an easier proposition for newcomers.

Plastics are the best bet, but baits and flies are also working well. Estuaries to try include St Georges Basin, the Shoalhaven, Lake Conjola, Burill Lake, Durras Lake, the Clyde, Tuross, Bega River, Lake Pambula, and Wagonga Inlet just to name a few!

BARBEQUED FISH ANYONE?

I’ll be at Harvey Norman in Fyshwick on Saturday the 6th of October between 10 am and 2 pm with local young gun seafood chef Jeff Hudgin from the ‘Cape Cod’ seafood restaurant. Jeff will be demonstrating some quick and easy seafood recipes for the BBQ season so drop in and say hi if you’re in the area.

See you on the water.

ROB PAXEVANOS
Rob Paxevanos Fishnet Pro Angler

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