The inland Snowy Mountains and Monaro regions provide the main trout-based fly-fishing focus in New South Wales. The quality of these waters was recognised when Jindabyne hosted the World Fly Fishing Championships in 1999, with fishing held on Lake Jindabyne, Lake Eucumbene and the Murrumbidgee River. Other Snowy Mountains attractions include the highly regarded Thredbo River and Eucumbene River along with a host of smaller high-country streams.

Many of the Monaro streams around Cooma, Bombala, Nimmitabel and Delegate are classified as ‘Blue Ribbon Trout Streams’ and include some catch and release sections. Closer to Sydney the Blue Mountains provides some quality trout waters including a significant winter fishery for rainbows in tributaries of Warragamba Dam. The Oberon District is also highly rated.

To the north, the New England district near the Queensland border defines the limit of worthwhile trout fishing. Warmer northern and inland systems provide fly fishing for native perch, cod and introduced carp. Coastal streams offer native Australian bass as a prime fly-fishing target.

Recommended Reading:

John Sautelle’s books, Fishing for the Educated Trout (1978) and Champagne Fly Fishing (1990) describe Monaro/Snowy Mountains fly fishing strategies. Australia’s Best Trout Flies by Crosse & Sloane (1997) includes chapters and fly patterns from a number of NSW contributors. Douglas Stewart’s delightful book The Seven Rivers (1966, reprinted 1990) has several anecdotal chapters on NSW waters including the Duckmaloi, Brindabella, Badja, Snowy and Three Mile Dam.

Other books of interest include those by Hedge, Massy, Griffiths and Pratt.
Trout Streams of Mainland Australia by Bill James, Trout Fishing the Snowy Mountains by Steve Williamson, and Inland Angling Waters of New South Wales by Peter Horrobin, provide useful location guides.
Rob Sloane’s latest book, Fifty Places to Fish Before You Die (2006) includes numerous NSW destinations.