Spring midges, comps, and more

Adrian SMS’d me from Jindabyne after a blank session on Saturday. Peter called me Sunday after a hard weekend on Eucumbene. Col went to Tantangara and got onto a couple using midges. The problem of course (because there always has to be one) is the weather, it’s so flipping warm, and the swallows are already skimming the lake surface which means the midges are already bursting out of their skins – a little earlier than usual. Time to pack away the winter lure box and dust off the nymphs, caddis and midge.

It’s been a blog free fortnight. Even though I’ve squeezed in a few fishing sessions in between returning from Thailand and a trip to PNG, I just haven’t had time to write much, so here’s a quick summary.

I landed from Singapore early on Saturday morning and headed home for a day time catch up sleep, then, rested, I drove to Adaminaby where Dave and his family were staying in the cottage.  Dave is a good all round fisherman who also likes a bit of photo journalism when he’s not doing what criminal law barristers do.  He was already fired up after snagging a nice brown from the shore in Yens Bay on Eucumbene whilst out for a family stroll – with Briggsy the Kelpie in tow.  I’m sure I remember a jet lagged dinner at the Snow Goose, and my next real memory is for the next day, watching a wedgetail eagle fledgling sticking its head up from the nest above Caddigat Lake, and then seeing Dave trying to skull drag a massive rainbow out of the water – which of course only had one unhappy ending.  That’s the problem with barra fishermen and trout fly gear – you can’t hold on that tight!

Dave was a good enough self-taught caster to only need a few pointers and we cruised around the lakes trying different flies and different tactics. In the end, Dixieland and Kidney dams came good and delivered some nice fish, all in the late afternoon, and all on WBs. Dave is now a true convert – first rainbows on fly, and he was pretty excited. Now all he needs to understand is that lively rainbows aren’t easy to hold for the camera.











The following weekend we hosted the NSW Fly Fishing Championships at Caddigat Lakes. Some of the best fly fishers in the State to really test the waters. The comp involved bank fishing from the smaller dams and boat fishing on Caddigat, the big lake.


There were a few surprises from the four sessions.   First, Dixieland and Midway gave up just one fish between them across all four sessions which is difficult to fathom because they both have good numbers of fish. Second was the cohort of 20 centimetre fish from Caddigat which presumably means natural recruitment from Caddigat Creek last year. But boat fishing from Caddigat was the biggest surprise with 98 fish from the four sessions – and we’ve been leaving that lake alone because the fishing’s been hard! I should also say that Rodney George fished really well too, followed up with the usual good showing from Snaggy and Spring.










I should also say that whilst the pro’s were hard at it everywhere else, I had a quiet session in Kidney, which wasn’t in the comp, and caught some beautiful fish.  All but one polaroided in the shallow water at the northern end.

That’s all for now, only a month until the river opening long weekend, then the Snowy trout festival in early November with the big trout official opening on 2 November – definitely one for the diary.

The cottage is now all legal with development consent for holiday lets – the base price for the 3 bedrooms (if you bring your own sleeping bags and towels) is $120 a night ($50 a room if you have to share with me), so book early and book often.

Tight tippets


Fly Fishing and Accommodation in Adaminaby