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It’s not often for guests at Lake Crackenback Resort in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains to get hooked.  The resort is considered one of Australia’s premier destinations for fly-fishing, with the Thredbo River coursing through its heart.

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It’s also nestled within half an hour of world-class streams, lakes, rivers and high country creeks and offers visitors everything from fishing licences, to rod hire, casting and fishing tuition and guided fishing.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s head fishing guide Matt Tripet is passionate about fly-fishing in the region and his expertise is second-to-none. Matt is not only Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa’s Activate manager, he is one of only 1000 Certified Casting Instructors in the world.

“I’ve always had a great passion for fishing but fly-fishing for me, even from a very young age, was perceived as the pinnacle of the sport. The adventure is the challenge between yourself and the river and the places that the river takes you,” Matt says.

“Through fly fishing we have a wonderful opportunity and privilege to see the best places of the world through the eyes of a fly angler.

“We live our experiences now largely through the digital world. For me, it’s about pushing that aside and seeking to do it myself. For me, I have to be on the water. The fly rod is the machine that takes me to places I wouldn’t normally go.

“Catching a fish on fly is a really magical moment.  At the second a fish strikes my line, there is a collective of emotions. You put so much into the process; from the cast, to tying the fly, to presenting it to the fish, and there’s that one moment when the fish takes that fly. Something inside really does rush.”

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Matt’s top tips for fly fishing at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa include:

  • The element of practicing casting is important, particularly when fly fishing in an environment where wild fish are easily spooked
  • Casting a fly should be like poetry – fluid, with motion, and effortless
  • Understand the river and learn how to read your environment

The river fishing season in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains runs from October until June.

Matt’s month-to-month breakdown of fly-fishing at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa:

APRIL
Weather plays a huge part late in the season, anglers can still enjoy some great dry fly fishing but the arrival of the Brown Trout for the spawn run in the bigger river systems will be not too far away. Heavy rainfall and cold conditions can spur on some early migrating Brown Trout, so be prepared to employ a range of techniques during this period.
Tactics: If water flows are still low, fishing dry fly patterns work brilliantly. If the streams and rivers are swollen, focus on lower stretches of the river systems that lead into lakes nymph and egg patterns.
Hardware: Conventional #4 – #6 Weight rods from 8’6 (dry fly) to 10 (wet fly) foot lengths are ideal.

MAY
Late in May, anglers will often target many of the larger streams like the Thredbo, Snowy and Eucumbene Rivers with the hope of catching a migrating Brown Trout during their spawning phase, moving up from the lakes throughout winter in the search for suitable gravel beds.
Tactics: Drifting heavily weighted trout egg and nymph patterns under an indicator, or with direct contact to line techniques work very well. Fly anglers can also successfully employ the ‘down and across’ technique with an intermediate line coupled with a streamer pattern.
Hardware: Conventional #5 – #6 Weight rods in a 9’6, or 10 foot length are ideal for nymphing techniques during this period of time. ‘Up-lining,’ or purchasing a single hand spey or a shooting head line, casters will manage the heavier flies with ease.

JUNE – (Season closes for river fishing on the NSW Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend.)
Up until the season closes on the Queen’s Birthday, anglers will be focusing on capturing very large spawning Brown Trout and it is not uncommon to secure a trophy 10lb plus brown during this period.
Tactics: Drifting heavily weighted trout egg and nymph patterns under an indicator, or with direct contact to line techniques work very well. Fly anglers can also successfully employ the ‘down and across’ technique with an intermediate line coupled with a streamer pattern.
Hardware: Conventional #5 – #6 Weight rods in a 9’6, or 10 foot length are ideal for nymphing techniques during this period of time. ‘Up-lining,’ or purchasing a single hand spey or a shooting head line, casters will manage the heavier flies with ease.

July, August & September                                                                           
All streams are closed but “sight fishing” one of our many lakes is first class.  Walking the banks from an elevated view with polarized sunglasses is an incredibly enjoyable and productive form of fly fishing in the ‘down-season.’ Anglers can expect lake fish to be near the banks, feeding on insect life affected by the swelling lake levels. Water clarity is very clear and the fish are in spectacular condition during this part of the year.
Hardware: Conventional #5 – #7 Weight rods in a 9 to 9’6 foot length are ideal

OCTOBER – (River fishing season opens on the NSW Labor Day long weekend)
Target Species: Rainbow Trout
Fly anglers will often target many of the larger streams during this period like the Thredbo, Snowy and Eucumbene Rivers with the hope of catching a migrating Rainbow Trout during their spawning phase, moving up from the lakes throughout winter in the search for suitable gravel beds. Water flows in the larger catchment areas typically fluctuate in water flows due to the snow melt and water temperatures are very cold.
Tactics: Drifting heavily weighted trout egg and nymph patterns under an indicator, or with direct contact to line techniques work very well. Fly anglers can also successfully employ the ‘down and across’ technique with an intermediate line coupled with a streamer pattern.
Hardware: Conventional #5 – #6 Weight rods in a 9’6, or 10 foot length are ideal for nymphing techniques during this period of time. ‘Up-lining,’ a single hand spey or a shooting head line, casters will manage the heavier flies with ease.

NOVEMBER
Target Species: Rainbow Trout
Fly anglers will still continue to target many of the larger streams during this period still in the search of a large Rainbow Trout in the last phase of the spawn run. Water flows still fluctuate significantly due to the snow-melt and water temperatures are very cold but ambient air temperatures are typically on the rise.
Tactics: Anglers should still be focusing on the bottom of the river bed, drifting heavily weighted trout egg and nymph patterns under an indicator, or with direct line techniques. Fly anglers should also expect the start of Mayfly hatches when the warmth of mid-morning hits the river or stream in the lower altitude regions. If this happens and surface feeding is evident, anglers should change to a dry fly option, similar to size and profile of the insect life.
Hardware: Conventional #5 – #6 Weight rods in a 9’6, or 10 foot length are ideal for nymphing techniques during this period of time. ‘Up-lining,’ a single hand spey or a shooting head line, casters will manage the heavier flies with ease. If it is feasible, it would be sensible to have a spare spool, or reel lined with a double taper line for any dry fly options that may arise.

DECEMBER
Target Species: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
Ambient air temperatures are typically warmer now and the start of summer conditions and lower water flows sees the start of the dry fly season. Caddis, mayfly and beetle patterns are typically effective flies to be using during this period. It is also advantageous to use a nymph rig as well under your dry fly if your casting ability allows you to cast two flies.Tactics: Fly anglers should also expect Mayfly hatches when the warmth of mid-morning hits the river and when the tea-tree starts flowering focus on delivering caddis patterns in the bubble lines below rapids.
Hardware: Conventional #5 weight rods in a 9 foot length is ideal during this period.

JANUARY
Target Species: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
Summer conditions should be in full swing and lower water flows will be becoming more prevalent. Caddis, mayfly and beetle patterns continue to be good options but anglers should also keep an eye out for the start of the hopper season.
Tactics: Fly anglers should expect a large contingent of holiday-makers visiting the region, so it is advantageous to get on the water early, or late in the afternoon.
Hardware: Conventional #4, #5 weight rods in a 8’6, or 9 foot length are ideal during this period.

FEBRUARY
Target Species: Brown Trout and Brook Trout
Ambient air temperatures are typically warmest during February and it is a time of the year the fly angler should focus on the small high country streams and creeks. Blowfly, hopper and beetle patterns are effective flies in these areas.
Tactics: Fly anglers should expect to do a little bit of walking and expect to cast long, light leaders. This is an incredibly enjoyable form of fly fishing as the angler can expect to catch big numbers of wild brown and even Brook Trout.
Hardware: Conventional #2- #3 weight rods are ideal.

MARCH
Target Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow and Brook Trout
Ambient air temperatures are starting to cool down, particularly in the evenings. Dry fly patterns like the blowfly, caddis and beetle patterns are typically effective but anglers should be experiencing very good hopper fishing now around the many streams that are lined with tussock grasses.
Tactics: Casting hopper patterns is a lot of fun and generally the heavier the fly hits the water, the better. This is an incredibly enjoyable form of fly fishing as the angler can expect to catch big numbers of trout off the surface.
Hardware: Conventional #3 – #5 weight rods are ideal.

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