Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Murrumbidgee River
Headwaters to Tantangara Dam

Fishery 3.6 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Murrumbidgee catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Target Species - Seasons

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Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

Angler progress must be cautious, as the fish are eagle-eyed and very shy. Bigger fish do come up here to spawn, but a lot of the river is inaccessible during autumn and spring with road closures and snowfalls.
Beetle patterns and small dries work well, along with nymphs in brown and black, but keep all the flies on the small side, in proportion to the fish that inhabit these pristine waters. Grasshoppers are plentiful in summer, and caddis hatches occur regularly.
Klinkhammers, Humpys and Iron Blue Duns work well. Early and late in the season, nymphing works best, but in high summer, the dry fly action can be fantastic, with fish throwing themselves at anything that floats overhead. They will sometimes come through a metre of water to take a fly.

Access

Take the Snowy Mountains Highway between Cooma and Tumut. The turn-off for Long Plain is on the northern side at Rules Point, between the entry and exit roads for Yarrangobilly Caves (but on the opposite side). The road goes to Coolamine Homestead and Blue Water Holes, a system of beautiful caves and canyons. Both Yarrangobilly Caves and Blue Water Holes are great places for the family to spend time while you are fishing. In fact, the whole area between Kiandra and the Caves has a lot to offer for sightseers. The Long Plain Road runs parallel to the river for much of its length, and it's a short walk across to good water from anywhere on the road.
Other sections of the Murrumbidgee:
Murrumbidgee River – Tantangara Dam to Yaouk
Murrumbidgee River – Yaouk to Dry Plains
Murrumbidgee River – Dry Plains to Cooma

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritative information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Royal Humpybrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Klinkhammerbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Tabanas Parachute Sedgebrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Schroeder Parachute Hopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Pink Tag Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Peeping Caddis Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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