Spawn run fishing fires up

AFTER an indifferent start, this year’s run of spawning trout in the Eucumbene River has exploded, with many anglers experiencing the best fishing in recent memory.

Rain this week spiced-up the action as literally thousands of trophy browns poured into the river on their annual migration upstream. 

Providence Flats, just a kilometre from the lake itself, has been a hotspot. Brown trout between 1.5kg and 5kg have been commonplace, with the majority falling for rigs comprising a glo-bug with trailing nymph.

Fly anglers have been cleaning up, but spin-fishermen flicking the same rig on conventional threadline tackle have also fared well.

Catches of 30 to 40 fish in a single session have been par for the course on some days, with the trout biting throughout the day.

A few nice rainbows have also shown up in recent days, which is a great sign.

The Thredbo River has also started to fire up thanks to almost 100mm of rain which fell in the hills on Tuesday.

Anglers are reminded that, when fishing the Eucumbene and Thredbo river at this time of the year, they are only permitted to keep one fish over 50cm.

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Some quality browns have been taken by fly fishers like this one by Greg Morris. A bag limit of one trout over 50cm applies for these spawners. 

The 2013/14 trout season in NSW winds up at the conclusion of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

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