Big Trout hooked

MONARO residents, past residents and Trout Festival participants are invited to attend an official ceremony on Saturday November 2 at 11am to celebrate the restoration of the Big Trout, and the Opening of the Adaminaby and Eucumbene District Heritage Trails.

The celebration will take place in Picnic Park, Adaminaby, at the site of the Big Trout. The official ceremony will be conducted by the Snowy River Shire Council mayor John Cahill and attended by local politicians as well as project patrons.

Since being erected in 1973 the Big Trout has required a number of restorations. Harsh climatic conditions, chemical processes in structural materials, and strong sunlight have caused deterioration to the frame, fibreglass and resin cladding, and decorative paint works.

The recent restoration is the most comprehensive, costly and dramatic to date, and is expected to keep the trout in good repair for decades to come. The Adaminaby and Eucumbene District Heritage Trails provide a tourist activity to highlight Adaminaby as a planned NSW country town that is typical of the 1960s, and a scenic historic tour of the surrounding villages. The district trail takes visitors through the village and the important historic cemetery of Old Adaminaby, and the picturesque fishing village of Anglers Reach.

Project executive and Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce spokesman Bill Leane said, "The Adaminaby district and trout fishing have been intimately connected since the introduction of the trout from Tasmania in the 1890s."

In the early years, fly fishing for trout in high country streams was pursued as a gentlemen's pursuit, but recreational fishing expanded with the development of large water impoundments, an increase in boat-based lure and bait fishing, and innovations in angling techniques, tackle and equipment.

The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival brought these elements together in a competitive environment to embrace the various threads of angling and to highlight the diversity of the resource. The key symbol of this event was the 'World's Largest Trout' opened at the inaugural festival on 3 November 1973.

The 2013 event is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Big Trout and the commencement of the 2013 Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.

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