The Thredbo River, previously known as the Crackenback River, runs from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne, which it feeds into at Waste Point.
It is, without question, one of the most beautiful, trout perfect rivers you will ever find. The Thredbo River holds giant fish and trout over 10lb have been caught on numerous occasions. For the fisherperson, the beauty of the Thredbo River is its easy accessibility, from numerous points along the River. Along with the Eucumbene River, The Thredbo River is one of the regions two only declared ‘Trout Spawning Streams’ (breeding streams), which means that there is a 1 fish per angler, per day, rule, with a minimum size of 50cm. This rule also prohibits bait fishing. Once the bag limit of one fish has been realized the angler can continue to ‘catch and release’.
You can fish the Thredbo in Thredbo Village, while the other half shops, plays golf, tennis, bobsleds, mountainbikes etc, or if you are chasing the big guys, drop into any of the access points along the Alpine Way. These points include Ngarigo Camping Ground, The Diggings Camping Ground , the SkiTube access point, Kosciuszko Road Bridge area, or Waste Point. Most access points are within 10-15 minutes drive of Jindabyne Township.
Favorite flies for the Thredbo are: Royal Wulff, Black Parachute Spinner, Snowy Mountains Hopper and Brown, Olive and Black Nymphs
Favorite lures: Small Tassie Devils, Rapalas in rainbow and brown trout patterns, small Celtas, Legend Minnow in shallow brown trout pattern
Mobile telephone coverage along most of the Alpine Way section of the Thredbo River is patchy although does work in some areas.