Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Thredbo River

Fishery 4.5 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Snowy River catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Extensive access to the entire length of the river via the Thredbo Valley Track
  • Diversity of water that can be fished in a single day
  • Dry fly fishing in summer for caddis leapers and beetle eaters

Target Species - Seasons

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rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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



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Fishing

Early in the season rainbows move up into the lower reaches of the river to spawn and are happy to take egg patterns or small nymphs. While at the end of the season, spawning browns provide the opportunity for very large lake fish, for those willing to target them, just be aware of the regulations at these times.
As the snowmelt settles and the temperatures warm, the middle reaches of the river begin to perform with fish responding well to nymphing and dry-dropper rigs with plenty of length and enough weight to ensure your nymphs are getting down to the fish.
Moving into summer, the Thredbo comes into its own, with often extraordinary opportunities for dry fly fishing. As the morning sun begins to stir up activity, a parachute fly such as a Klinkhammer or Parachute Adams will attract the attention of trout zoned in on emerging small mayfly. A Geehi, tea tree and other beetle patterns also come into their own as the day warms, targeting likely seems and current lines where trout are likely to station themselves.
Hoppers are always on the menu at the height of summer and you may be surprised at the size of some of the fish that will rise for a juicy protein hit.
As the day moves on, caddis become prevalent, especially on hot afternoons, where snowflake caddis dance around the overhanging tea tree that line sections of the river. Small caddis dries, either traditional elk hair or small CDC versions will attract the attention of eager rainbows that usually give themselves away with frequent aerial acrobatics.
On dusk, larger stimulators and stonefly patterns can be invaluable as fish gorge themselves on their final surface meal for the day.

Access

The Thredbo River is accessible along most of its length with regular proximity to the Alpine Way from Thredbo Village down to Lake Crackenback where the Ski Tube terminal is. The Thredbo Valley Track (TVT), is an extraordinary access resource for fly fishers, as it is for mountain bikers and walkers. Following the entire length of the river, after its extension below Lake Crackenback, the track provides streamside access all the way from Thredbo Village to Lake Jindabyne. As a result, you will not find a more accessible trout stream in Australia.
The upper reaches are easily accessed via Cascade Trail opposite Dead Horse Gap. Thredbo village provides a 'gentrified' opportunity to stroll the banks of the river, while stopping for a quick latte in the village. From the village down to Lake Crackenback, campgrounds and powerline access tracks provide endless access to productive stretches of water, the most difficult part is deciding which one to fish today. Lake Crackenback Ski Tube terminal also provides access to the TVT up and downstream.
Closer to Jindabyne, where the river slows, access can be found on several roads off the Alpine Way including Forest View Rd, Gaden Rd near the trout hatchery and Kosciuszko Rd bridge.

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

Flies

Parachute Adamsbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Humpybrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Humpy - orangebrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Wulffbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Royal Stimulatorbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Stimulator - orangebrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Klinkhammerbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Geehi Beetlebrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Elk Hair Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec