Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Murrumbidgee River
Dry Plains to Cooma

Fishery 3.3 Rating

Waterway Type



Murrumbidgee catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Target Species - Seasons

brown troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
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Despite its challenging terrain, the gorge offers the chance for some pretty good fishing. There are boulder-strewn runs and narrow rapids emptying into big deep pools. The water is not as clear here, but polaroiding up to about a metre in depth is possible.
The same sorts of flies work here as near Adaminaby. Nymphing is often the most productive.

Around Cooma, through most of the day, for most of the year, try nymphing with an indicator, but towards evening, get an emerger or Klinkhammer out there, even if you don't see anything rising. Blind searching likely spots from about two hours before sunset seems to work year-round. If they are refused, try an CDC Sedge or other caddis pattern.


Heading west out of Cooma, turn right after 3 kilometres toward the golf course on the Dry Plains Road. Go past the golf course. At the end of the sealed road, go left, and continue along for 10 kilometres until you drop down a steep winding section, and park at the creek crossing. Walk one kilometre down this creek to meet the Murrumbidgee River. Alternatively, turn right at the end of the sealed road, and take the right hand gate after a few hundred metres. A rough track (best suited to 4WD's) takes you to the river at Old Mill.

Take Mittagang Road for about eight kilometres, towards Shannons Flat, to the Pumping Station. There is a picnic area with BBQs and parking. A beaten path leads downstream. Try your luck in and below the fish ladder built at the weir. One of the Scottish competitors at the WFFC caught a three pounder while practicing in there!

From the weir in Cooma walking down a few kilometres, past the house and subsequent long pools, will give you better water. Alternatively, walk in from the 'Bidgee Road', which branches off the main road from town, about one kilometre before the river.
Other sections of the Murrumbidgee:
Murrumbidgee River – Headwaters to Tantangara Dam
Murrumbidgee River – Tantangara Dam to Yaouk
Murrumbidgee River – Yaouk to Dry Plains

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

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