Report: Fishing the Eucumbene spawn run

WITH the official brown trout spawning run commencing on the 1st of May, a mate and I decided to take the opportunity for a quick trip down to the Eucumbene River.

We packed our gear and departed the South Coast on Monday morning and arrived at Adaminaby’s Snow Goose Hotel/Motel around lunchtime and quickly unpacked and changed and headed to the river.

Our first afternoon saw a number of hookups but only two nice fish landed using the traditional glo-bug glo-nymph rig.

Tuesday had us on the river at “gentlemen’s hours” and we were met by a 50km/h westerly, which made fly-fishing very difficult, so we decided to “drift spin” with conventional spin gear and again the two fly glo-bug, glo-nymph rig.

We landed about a dozen fish with the best going around 7lb, and we lost a much bigger male fish in the rapids.

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The Wednesday morning saw the temperature drop to an icy two degrees C with a wind chill factor of minus five degrees, so it wasn’t very inviting … we met it head on though and managed a few smaller fish before calling it a day at mid morning and heading for home.

The signs all look awesome for the upcoming season close on the long weekend in a few weeks time with plenty of fish running up to the river’s higher sections.


P.S. A reminder about river etiquette – Anglers planning on fishing the spawn run should show courtesy towards other anglers, especially those already fishing a run … don’t just wade in and cast over the top of those who’ve obviously been fishing a spot for sometime! This will help alleviate any tension and terse words between anglers.

Read information about NSW trout spawning season regulations HERE.

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