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Hey folks, 

Have just joined up to this forum as I have exhausted most online avenues for researching best options to try for a trout or 2 in and around the Blue Mountains.

Basically it will be my first time fishing the area but have done a fair bit of freshwater fishing in Canada and NZ and love it.

I am wanting to try somewhere potentially over the long weekend and would be more than happy for a bit of a hike/bush bash in to get to a good spot and then camp overnight. 

I am hoping someone would be kind enough to give me a tip or 2 about areas to try and with some consideration of the current drought and the impact that may have on best places to fish..

Thanks a lot in advance

Tim

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Hi Tim there is a webpage called Blue Mountains fishing which will give you a pretty good overview of the rivers and lakes you can hit for trout. Ive personally done pretty well at Thompsons Creek Dam, Lake Lyell and Wallarawang (not really bothered with river fishing ). Ive been up in the general area over winter hunting and its very very dry, most of the rivers have got very little water- another general area to look is Oberon, its had a couple of decent snow falls in the last few weeks and might be ok downhill from there (look in the area south of Black Springs)- but am guessing lakes might be your best bet- you can camp at Lake Lyell-not the others , plenty of accomodation in Lithgow and Oberon if you want to stay a couple of days. Cheers and good luck

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Hi PaddyT, thanks a lot for the reply. Mmm that's a shame you think it may be too dry for rivers at the moment, I really have my heart set on them rather than lakes. I have been looking at Fish River and Duckamaloi on google maps up around Oberon and some youtube vids which looked great but i suppose they may be from before the drought! Maybe someone else will have some intel anyway. In the meantime I will have a look south of Black Springs... assuming you mean Campbells River. Thanks again

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Abercrombie, if you are really adventurous the Kowmung but the spawners have probably dropped back into Warragamba by now. All you can do is give it a crack , i was up near the Duckmaloi about a month ago and whilst i didnt check it out, a couple of its feeder streams had flow and there has been rain and snow since, especially on the higher peaks so logic says it will be flowing at lower altitudes- say around 1000M 

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Hey mate

We usually go most years and fish the jenolan, access off jenolan rd, onto black range rd and then onto a fire trail moorara boss trail. You'll get to a locked gate, you can drive around the first, and park at the second. Be prepared for a BIG walk in and out. I have a mate who takes his dirt bike which makes it a lot easier 

The spawners basically didn't come up due to lack of rain this year, but there is a very healthy population of browns here that specifically live and breed in the river. Only get up to 1kg or so (compared to the 4kg+ spawners) but have fished here in spring and caught 30 to 40 in a session quite easily. Not unusual to have 10 or so follow a lure in!

It is very isolated here, probably 45 min walk in and 1.5 to 2hrs out due to the gradient so take time and prob an epirb if by yourself. It's worth it though, basically walking through rainforest and crystal clear water, you can clearly see the fish hit the lure most of the time. If you walk a few hours downstream you hit where jenolan and coxs merge. Its amazing

Small minnows 3 to 5cm in natural patterns work best and 4lb leader max. Good luck!

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Great intel there , how would a mountain bike go- i have vague recollections of walking down and up there when doing Duke Of Ed at school- got a mate whos a keen flyfiser and we might give it a hit in Nov. 

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I've seen people take mountain bikes but most of the track is too steep and they end up pushing it most of the way back up. Much better just slogging it out, the journey in and out is what makes it such a good trip - not only how isolated it is but when you get back to the car all cramped up and buggered you swear you'll never ever come back, but them next year you find yourself flying back down the hill 🙄

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haha awesome stuff thanks wcurrall! Will definitely be giving this spot a go and will let you know how it turns out :)

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2 hours ago, wcurrall said:

I've seen people take mountain bikes but most of the track is too steep and they end up pushing it most of the way back up. Much better just slogging it out, the journey in and out is what makes it such a good trip - not only how isolated it is but when you get back to the car all cramped up and buggered you swear you'll never ever come back, but them next year you find yourself flying back down the hill 🙄

man, i do a fair bit of that anyway when i go hunting-just trying to avoid further suffering!! But you are right, there is something special about places like that and the bush in general

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Thanks @PaddyT and @wcurrall for helping @Saladboi

Great raider spirit!

We have a wealth of info here on fishraider and you can use our search engine to bring up past posts on that area. 

Welcome to fishraider and we look forward to reading your posts 👏

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Reading through the comments reminded me of a vid I watched earlier today, it’s related to flooding megalong valley by raising warragamba dam wall, the kowmung etc apparently won’t exist along with much more, so if ya gunna do it then get busy!

heres the vid

 

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Hi guys,

went down to the Jenolan on the weekend and had a great time. Bloody beautiful and remote. Thanks Wcurral for the tips.

caught 3 beautiful rainbow on celtas. River was very low but still some nice pools. Bloody tough walk out that almost killed my brother in law ha! Can see why it’s pretty rarely fished.

saw to black snakes, had a nice cook up on the fire and all around great time. 

Very keen on trying somewhere else for my next adventure.. if anyone has any tips it would be great! (Somewhere with a flatter walk would be cool :)

Sounds like the Cox’s down from Little River could be good? How close could you get by car? Maybe Cox’s river camp ground then hike along? Is that private land or can you get along to underneath the little river and camp?

also what’s the easiest way to upload a few pics/vids?

Cheers 

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Good stuff, glad you got onto a couple!!

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Pic from near coxs junction

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