Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Tumut River

Fishery 4.1 Rating

Waterway Type

River
River

Catchment

Murrumbidgee catchment

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Drift boat fishing under higher flows
  • Season long cold water tailwater below Blowering Reservoir
  • Early autumn fishing as the flows drop

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

Fly fishing on the Tumut River is a unique experience due to its characteristics as a cold tailwater. The river's flow is governed by weather and water release, making each season unpredictable. Early in the season, the cooler conditions often require accurate casting and smaller flies to target BWO feeders for example. Nymphing deeper water with smaller nymphs is also effective during this time. The appearance of the Kosciusko Dun in spring, and again in autumn heralds exciting dry fly fishing opportunities.
Mid-summer to early autumn offers the best dry fly fishing on the Tumut River, with terrestrial insects and caddis hatches drawing trout to the surface. Hopper fishing, in particular, can be spectacular during this period. As the season progresses, the river levels drop, making wading more feasible and bringing back the dun hatches where para dun flies are often effective.
The Tumut River's diverse fishing opportunities extend beyond drift boat fishing. Anglers on foot can take advantage of its size, with opportunities for swinging wet flies from the bank and wading in massive runs. Stalking the banks to spot cruising fish can be rewarding, especially under optimal light and water conditions. A dry dropper rig is an excellent setup for this type of fishing.
In high flows searching edges and back eddies for mooching fish often reveals some very healthy specimens and an exciting challenge to put a fly in front of them.

Access

Access to the Tumut River is available at various points along its course, providing opportunities for both boat and bank anglers. Some notable access points include:
Riverglade Caravan Park to Mill Angle - a popular local fishing stretch on the Tumut River.
Brungle Bridge TSR below Nimbo Creek - provides access in a stretch with limited public access due to private property.
Wee Jasper Rd bridge: Ideal for drop-in fishing, and the Tumut River Walk offers scenic walks along the riverbank.
Tumut River Junction Bridge on Tumut Plains Road: Offers access for fishing upstream to the Willow Tree access point off Brumau Road.
Brumau Rd and Pipers Creek access points: Additional access points between private land as you head upstream.
Snowy Mountains Hwy bridge: Offers access near Blowering Reservoir.
Jones Bridge Reserve: Provides convenient public access upstream.
The Tumut River's water levels can vary, especially during the rainy season. When the river is swollen, wading may be challenging, limiting access to certain areas. However, during low flows, wading and walking become more accessible, offering a different angling experience.

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

Klinkhammer - hi-visbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
CDC Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Snowflake Caddisbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Blue Winged Olivebrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Kosciuszko Dunbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hopperbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flying Antbrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 18janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Chubby Chernobyl Antbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Hares Ear Nymph - tungsten beadbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Peeping Caddis Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Stonefly Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Perdigon Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Two Bit Hooker Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#12 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Baetis Nymphbrown trout
rainbow trout
#16 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Paradunbrown trout
rainbow trout
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Gold Humungousbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Orange Beaded Black Streamerbrown trout
rainbow trout
#10 – 12janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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