The angler grapevine was abuzz this week with the news that mudeyes are on the move at Lake Eucumbene.
Mudeyes are aquatic larvae of damselflies and dragonflies. When they gather to crawl ashore, trout come from everywhere and it's often the best fly fishing opportunity of the year.
An inexperienced angler had the good fortune to be in a bay at Eucumbene this week when a mass mudeye hatching began just after dark. He got a hookup on almost every cast and landed some great fish, including four rainbows to about 1.8kg and five browns to 3kg.
He fished the same area later in the week and encountered another major hatch, this time at 3am. He finished that session with three large browns and three rainbows, all chock-full of mudeyes.
This will be a repeating pattern at Eucumbene and Jindabyne for the next month. Anglers can take advantage by watching for a hatch, perhaps overnighting on the bank and taking turns to stay awake until there's activity.
The best of the artificial mudeye patterns include Mrs Simpson, Craigs Night-time, Taihape Tickler, Muddler Minnow, brown, green and black mudeye, Corduliid and numerous other fur, feather and fibre constructions. The flies are fished with a slow retrieve right to the rod tip, on top or just under the surface.
Elsewhere there is some interesting fly fishing in trout streams throughout the region. Intermittent rainstorms have generated reasonable flows in many creeks. Try small wets and dries on a four- or five-weight rod and enjoy the fun of fishing in waters where there is a nice sense of anticipation.
Bow hunting on hold
Local archers are still waiting for the NSW government to announce details of their 2014 promise to legalise bow hunting for European carp. The intention was to set aside areas where bow hunting could be undertaken, for a trial period.
Anglers are keen but Fisheries have given no indication when it might start. There has not been any indication whether the ACT government is considering a similar proposal. A few letters from anglers and archers might help things along.
The water level at Burrinjuck Reservoir has now dropped to well below 40 per cent and although the water temperature is a good 23 degrees in the main basin, Murray cod fishing has declined. A couple of small cod were reported by bait fishermen, but lure fishing was poor.
Golden perch are still biting actively, especially on shrimps around flooded trees. Trees are sticking up right through the reservoir, even in the main basin. One angler landed 24 goldens on the weekend. Trolling has not yielded many fish.
Redfin have been quiet throughout the reservoir but there has been plenty of activity with carp on bait, lure and fly.
The Burrinjuck round of the Australian Yellow Belly Championships will be held on March 13-14 and is sure to attract a big crowd.
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