Summer On The Eucumbene

Video and images by Andrew Barnes of Geagle Productions

The Eucumbene River, in the New South Wales Snow Mountains region of Australia, has received a lot of attention in recent years for it’s extraordinary spawn run of big brown trout, see FlyLife Issue 79. But the real sport and joy of the Eucumbene is in fishing this magnificent river in summer on dry fly when hoppers and other terrestrials are abundant and the trout are eagerly looking up for their next meal.

Photo: Barnes

The Eucumbene in summer is as good an example of mainland high country streams as you can get. You won’t get an experience like this anywhere else in the world other than Australia. From it’s open grass tundras near the lake delta, to the freestone runs further upstream, into the pocket water of the gorge and ‘flying fox’ area, and finally the high plains meadows where it originates as a small stream in the headwaters. The trout are abundant, the temparatures stay ideal most of the year and as Col says “anyone who’s been here once generally comes back several times, because that is what trout country is.”

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Col Sinclair is locally based in Adaminaby and has fished the Snowy Mountains lakes and rivers since he was 16 years old –