The 900 km journey of one of Australia’s longest rivers begins at the foot of Peppercorn Hill, in the Long Plain area of the Fiery Range, about 50km North of Kiandra. It’s flow is first interupted when it runs into Tangtangera Dam, which was completed in 1960 as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. 99% of it’s water here is then directed into the massive Lake Eucumbene, the Snowy Schemes second largest lake, holding almost 9 times the amount of water in Sydney Harbour!
All sections of this river from Kiandra to Cooma hold both brown and rainbow trout. There are two main points of access to the river which are worth a fish. Above Tantangara Dam is an option, but does become quite difficult as you get further away from Tangtangera. Below Tantangera Dam the Murrumbidgee flows through the Yaouk Valley and is best accessed at the bridge where the river crosses the Yaouk Road, not far from Adaminaby. The other easily accessible access is off the Shannons Flat Road, where the river crosses the road at Bolaro Station, (see photo above). This area is only 5 minutes drive from the township of Adaminaby, which has numerous accommodation options, fishing tackle and bait, and professional accredited guides if required.
Due to recent (2009) improvements in mobile coverage there is some Next G only coverage in this area.