Last weekend I explored two new alpine waters in the Snowy Mountains with Tumut local Trent Jeffrey. We fished the Tumut River and its tributary the Goobagandra River which both produced a few Rainbow and Brown Trout for us. These rivers aren’t quite as far as the more well-known streams in the Snowies, but offer exciting new waters to fish.
The Tumut River was flowing very high, however most fish were found close to the banks and on point bars of bends where they could be cast to. Hopper patterns were the go-to flies and were eagerly snavelled by the Tumut Trout. We caught two Browns and Rainbows each, both around the 1lb mark with many more dropped. In its full force, the Tumut River would make fantastic day fishing in a drift boat. Trent and I are planning a full drift of the Tumut River later in the middle of summer when the hoppers are active the duns are hatching.
The Goobagandra is a large size alpine river with cascading runs, pools and plenty of exciting water to fish. We wet waded up the ‘Goob’ working each run and bank. There were many fish rising and eager for nymphs too. I was chuffed to land this 35cm Rainbow as my first Goobagandra fish. The Goob is certainly one river I’ll be back to explore.