Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk

Reddington Path Kit.


Are you looking for a high quality fly rod and reel combo that won’t break the budget and has a lifetime warranty? Well look no further, the Reddington Path combo has all bases covered, and all for less than $300!! ($299.95) Available in 8′ 4weight and 9′ 5weight they come with a matched Path reel, matched weight forward floating line, and all packaged in a rod and reel case.  All this for just $299.95 with a lifetime warranty!! A great mid-fast action package suitable for the beginner or advanced fisher folk!!

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Loop Optistream fly Rod Review.



Have you ever been in a situation on the river or lake when your back cast space was minimal or non-existent! Well fear not that situation any longer. With the new Loop Optistream fly rod and matched Optistream #5 line you will be the king of the roll cast!!!!

For many years the Europeans have been at the forefront with the “under-hand” style of casting and now with a Loop Optistream rod matched with the Loop Optistream #5 line you can have the power to “underhand” cast in just about any tight situation. The Loop Optistream rod has a lovely smooth feel and a medium to fast action, and when strung with the Loop Optistream #5line becomes a roll casting weapon beyond any expectation. Performing its best from 15ft to 40ft underhand casting has never been this easy or rewarding. If overhead casting is more your style then fear not, when a more traditional line is strung through this rod it shines as a short to medium distance presentation rod. At $679 the Loop Optistream is packaged in a cloth pouch and rod tube. As with all Loop fly rods it comes with a lifetime warranty!! If you’re looking for a great reel to match this line and rod combo, look no further than the Evotec G4 FW 4/6 @$549.00 and will balance out this combination perfectly!

Join the Loop Army today!!

Happy fishing,


Flies and Fly Tying, Gear Talk

Fly Of The Month.

18329_1022948391052112_2098311029783676226_n Our first fly in a regular addition to our page is “The Green Sparkulator”

This is a variant of the good old fashioned “Stimulator” a great attractor fly for just about any place that the fish are feeding on the surface. The Sparkulator was designed and tied for fishing as a hopper pattern, however, like the Stimulator it can be used as a searching pattern,for fishing larger terrestrials, and is great as an indicator fly if fishing a nymph dropper.

Hook – TMC 200

Wing and tail – Bleached Elk Hair

Body and head – Hends Spectra dubbing (green)

Rib -Fine red copper wire

Hackle – Fine Dun

This can be tied in a variety of sizes from 8 to 16.

my favourite size to tie and fish this pattern is 12 – 16.

Happy Tying!


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Beat the price rise on Simms and Scott.




Due to the falling value of the Australian dollar there will be an unfortunate price rise across the product line of both Simms and Scott products. This rise will be up to 20% in some cases. At high Country Outfitters we always aim to give our customers the best prices and service we can. So, for the next week we will put a hold on any price rise that will be incurred!!!! For the next week only you will still be able to get your hands on a Scott radian for $950.00 before the price goes up to $1249.00

Scott Radian

We will also be holding any price increases on the Simms range of clothing, waders, and wading boots for the next 7 days!!

Simms G3 wader $749.95 (will increase to $849)

Simms Freestone wader $399 (will increase to $499)

Simms G3 guide vest $299.95 (increase to $399)

So if you’re in the market for waders, Boots, vests, and fly rods get on in before the November 17th price rise!!!!!!



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Patagonia and Vision Wader and Boot Combo Specials.

Patagonia Skeena River Wader rrp $519

Patagonia Rock Grip Wading Boots rrp $254.95.

Total value $774.95

Package price $699


Vision Ikon Wader rrp $349

Vision Loikka Wading Boot rrp $249.95

Total value $599.90

Package price $499


Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, What's Happening

The rivers are open!


The rivers have now been open for the past few weeks and there has been a very mixed bag of weather since then. We have been experiencing some unusually warm weather and just recently some unusually cold weather as well. I wish mother nature would just settle down and provide us with a little consistency. Oh well, there are some things that you just can’t control. Having said that, with the warm weather we have started to see a lot of insect activity during the day with some substantial  hatches of smaller stoneflies, Mayflies, Beetles, some midge during the afternoon and morning, and a couple of good termite falls last week. The fishing on the smaller streams is already starting to turn on some great dry fly fishing. The larger rivers like the Thredbo, Eucumbene, and upper Snowy will be best tackled with a couple of nymphs until the weather stabilizes a little. On the warmer days it would pay to fish a dry and a smaller nymph dropper although most of the better fish are still holding quite deep. The Thredbo has been flowing a little higher and  more coloured than expected for this time of year as the snow melt is in full swing, but this should start to settle down over the next couple of weeks or so.

The big news for trout anglers this season is the release of 150 tagged rainbow trout into lake Jindabyne. These trout are a part of the Snowy Lakes trout strategy to monitor the breeding and migration cycle of these fish in the system. Most of these fish are about 2 to 3 kilograms with some of these fish now in excess of four and a half kilograms. If your lucky enough to catch on of these fish, be sure to take note of the size, date, and place of capture and get onto  and register your catch. By doing this you will be helping monitor and maintain the trout population here in the Snowy Mountains and may even score yourself a reward!


a tagged rainbow caught in he lower section of the Thredbo river.

The last few weeks I have been out on the rivers and lake I have taken a few of our new additions to our fly rod range for a bit of field testing. One of these rods was the Airflo Nemisis 9ft 5weight. This is a sub $300 fly rod (in fact it retails for $249!) it comes in a cloth bag and tube and is packaged with a spare tip. The blank is well finished in an emerald green colour with quality guides and reel seat. It has a nice feel in the hand (although a little heavier than some of the premium priced fly rods available) with a supple tip for throwing some super tight loops, and a stiffer butt section for fighting those bigger fish. I was running an Airflo Superdri elite trout taper 5 weight line through the rod which was a perfect match for this rod. The Nemisis performed as good up close as it did at distance, and was happy casting a double tungsten nymph rig and deadly accurate sending small emergers out to fickle trout.

The rod was an absolute pleasure to fish allowing for great casting, line management, and fish fighting ability.

The Airflo Nemisis is rod that will definitely stand up to other rods in a much higher price point. I was so impressed with this rod that it will be making its way into my stable of personal fly rods!!!

Don’t forget to drop into the store to find out the latest conditions on the rivers and lakes.


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New Additions To The SAGE Fly Rod Family.


This year sees a few new additions to the SAGE rod family with the introduction of 3 new rods into their already quite concise range. These new rods fit very nicely into the current rod line-up,


rrp $970



Driving winds and long distances call for high line speed and quick recovery. Enter the BOLT, joining our Generation 5 technology family to compliment last year’s award-winning medium-fast action ACCEL. The ultra-fast action of the BOLT makes high line speeds and tight loops easier, giving you confidence in your cast in the most demanding conditions.


rrp $690



Designed from scratch by our world-class R&D team and tested on the water around the globe, the PULSE is Sage’s newest fast action family of fly rods. Graphite IIIe technology ensures power and durability, providing fast action performance and a connected feel. Handcrafted right here on Bainbridge Island, the PULSE is finished with custom-designed componentry and eye-catching cosmetic details. The PULSE will be your workhorse—from freshwater to saltwater, single-hand, switch, or Spey, there’s a rod in the PULSE family for every application.


rrp $1260

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Just like you wouldn’t pull out your driver when you need your 7 iron, the MOD is optimized for the distances and scenarios most often encountered by the trout angler. Thoughtfully crafted with contemporary line designs, fly patterns, and angling styles in mind, the MOD is a modern interpretation of a moderate action specific for trout fisheries. Designed between the deep loading CIRCA and fast action ONE, the MOD excels at measured distances to the short game, delivering delicate presentations with pin-point accuracy. 

Designed and handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, the MOD features all the lightweight, strength, responsiveness, and accuracy benefits of our proprietary Konnetic Technology®.

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Loop Fly Fishing Now In Store.


High Country Outfitters is pleased to announce a new addition to our brand range, with the introduction of the LOOP product range. LOOP have long been a name synonymous with prestige reels in Europe for many years and have also a large following with their fly rod range.

Fly Rods.


rrp $999.Loop Tackle_cross_s1_Fly Rod_690_01

Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used new nano-particle composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the new composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that just must be experienced.
We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the LOOP Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-metres or 30-metres while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.
  • Blank in aesthetic matte smoke finish.
  • High-grade cork handle with Cork mix reinforcements
  • Triangular 3-pin aluminum reel seat in Gun Metal finish
  • REC RSG Recoil stripping guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
  • REC RSNX Recoil snake guides. Extra strong in Black Pearl finish
  • Delivered in matching Gun Metal aluminum tube and cloth bag.

CROSS S1 Single-Hand Specifications

 Line Length Tempo Curve Weight Pieces
#3 8’6″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 83g 4
#4 9’0″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 93g 4
#5 9’0″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 93g 4
#5 9’0″ Fast Mid Curve 93g 4
#6 9’0″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 101g 4
#6 9’0″ Fast Mid Curve 101g 4
#6 10’0″ Fast Mid Curve 109g 4
#7 9’6″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 116g 4
#7 9’8″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 126g 5
#7 10’0″ Fast Mid Curve 116g 4
#8 9’6″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 126g 4
#8 10’0″ Fast Mid Curve 126g 4
#9 9’0″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 126g 4


rrp $679.


On the Opti Stream we have prioritised mobility. These rods have the flexibility to cope with all casting elements. Using the underhand-cast you can place the line were you want it without any delay. The Opti Stream rods handles the situation when you need an accurate presentation.

  • Triangular reel-seat with a permanent lock – easier to put the reel in place. Form follows function.
  • Cork handle.
  • Ceramic stripping guides and durable chrome snake-guides with double coating.
  • Rod model inscription and dot mark on ferrules for correct fit on rod sections.
  • Comes in cloth bag and pentagon shaped cordura tube.

Rod Specifications

 Line Length Tempo Curve Weight Pieces
#5 9’0″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 95g 4


rrp $679.


The Opti Creek fly gear has been optimised for sensitive fishing on small water. If you are looking for the ultimate rod for small technical water, then get Optimised with the Opti Creek fly rod. Because on these waters there are no second chances.

  • Triangular reel-seat with a permanent lock – easier to put the reel in place. Form follows function.
  • Cork handle.
  • Ceramic stripping guides and durable chrome snake-guides with double coating.
  • Rod model inscription and dot mark on ferrules for correct fit on rod sections.
  • Comes in cloth bag and pentagon shaped cordura tube.

Rod Specifications

Line Length Tempo Curve Weight Pieces
 #3 8’8″ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 91g


rrp $729.


The Opti Peak fly rod was designed to cast a light line, yet handle big fish.

If you are looking for a rod to cast bombers or big dry flies for Salmon or large trout, the Opti Peak was built for you. Additionally, these rods handle high-stick and Czech nymphing situations better than any rods available today. The extra length gives complete control.

  • Triangular reel-seat with a permanent lock – easier to put the reel in place. Form follows function.
  • Optional counterweight for lightweight fly reel.
  • Cork handle.
  • Ceramic stripping guides and durable chrome snake-guides with double coating.
  • Rod model inscription and dot mark on ferrules for correct fit on rod sections.
  • Comes in cloth bag and pentagon shaped cordura tube.

Rod Specifications.

Line Length Tempo Curve Weight Pieces
 #4 11′ Medium-Fast Mid Curve 121g 4



rrp $729.

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Opti reels come in a wide variety of sizes, each optimised for specific fishing applications. Creek and DryFly, with a silky-smooth drag that handles the thinnest leader. The Runner, which is built on the same principles as its big brother Speedrunner, is the obvious choice for light double-hand rods or slightly heavier single-hand rods.  Speedrunner features an inset handle and extra diameter for speedsters. Megaloop comes with dual braking plates and a super sturdy construction for tackling really big fish. The king of the hill is the OPTi Big. With an absolutely huge drag system it is designed to stop anything. The OPTi reel will be your best and most beautiful friend for life.

  • Housing and spool machined from one piece aircraft aluminium.
  • Waterproof and salt tolerant.
  • Components in stainless steel and anodised aluminium.
  • All screws secured with Loc-Tite.
  • Mechanised components from leading European manufacturers.
  • Power Matrix Drag System.
  • Spool designed with a V-Shape for optimal fly line spooling.
  • Easy-grip progressive brake knob.
  • Simple, quick spool-change.
  • Right or left retrieve a snap.
  • Outgoing click (not available on FW).
  • Precisely counterbalanced.

Opti Reel Specifications

Model Arbor Dia. Outer Dia. Inner Width Weight Capacity yd/lb
Creek 44m 85mm 20mm 120g WF3 + 140/20
Dryfly 56mm 102mm 20mm 135g WF5 + 190/20
Runner 70mm 115mm 25mm 240g WF7 + 150/30


rrp $549 – $569.


The Evotec Reel series have been re-designed. More unique than ever with the L-shaped logo that ties together our line of fly reels. Interiorwise it is the same powerhouse of a reel, with the strong, and yet smooth, Power Matrix drag system that will be your best bet when the fish of a lifetime hits your fly.

The G4 is equipped with an ergonomically designed, non-friction winding handle, which prevents the fly line from getting entangled on it. The counter-weight features an o-ring for attaching the tippet when not fishing.

  • Housing and spool machined from one piece aircraft aluminium
  • Waterproof and salt tolerant
  • Components in stainless steel and anodised aluminium
  • All screws secured with Loc-Tite
  • Mechanized components from leading European manufacturers
  • Power Matrix Drag System
  • Easy-grip progressive brake knob
  • Simple, quick spool-change
  • Right or left retrieve a snap
  • Outgoing click (not available on Featherweight)
  • Precisely counterbalanced.

Reel Specifications

Model Arbor Dia. Outer Dia. Inner Width Weight Capacity yd/lb
#3-5 55mm 87mm 27.5mm 138g WF4 + 170/20
#4-6 50mm 87mm 27.5mm 140g WF5 + 180/20
#5-7 47mm 87mm 27.5mm 140g WF6 + 230/20



rrp $129.


Opti Stream is precisely as the name indicates: for flowing water. The new taper is designed for extreme ease in both underhand and overhand casting. Easy to pickup and shoot overhand and yet perfectly balanced for tight, underhand casts. Head length varies between 8.0-9.5m depending upon line class.

Line Specifications

Line Density Head Total Head Weight
#5 Float 8.0m 28.0m 12g
#6 Float 8.5m 28.5m 14g
#7 Float 9.5m 29.5m 16.5g
 #8 Float 9.5m 29.5m 18.g

Don’t forget to ask us about our LOOP demo rods that we have  available for you to try before you buy!!!

Give us a call on (02) 64562989 for any further enquiries.

Fishing Reports, Gear Talk, What's Happening

Get Out There!!!

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It’s springtime, and that means its time for a stroll around the lakes!!! The weather over the past couple of weeks has been amazing and the fish know it too! there have been plenty of very healthy browns and rainbows cruising the edges. Well presented smaller nymphs, a stealthy approach, and patience will be the keys to a successful outing. Although the fish are in close , they are still quite wary of anything that might not look quite right. so you might want to put on your ninja suit and approach with caution. As the weather continues to warm and the bugs start hatching more frequently, the fish will become a little more interested in feeding and less concerned about their surroundings. The beauty of sight fishing on the lakes at this time of the year is that you don’t have to be a great distance caster as the fish will generally be no more than 10 to 20 feet away, so its a good idea to practice your short game before you head out!!!

Things in the shop are starting to feel like fishing season again! With plenty of new stock from Loop, Sage, Scott, Simms, and Reddington just to name a few. Over the coming days I will endeavour to get the products up on the website for all to see! We have one of the largest selection of freshwater flies in Australia with flies from Manictackleprojects, Stus Superior flies,  Mick Hall flies, as well as the usual range from Pisces! If you can’t find the fly that you’re looking for then we will try our hardest to track it down or maybe even tie some up for you!

So if you’re in the area or heading down for a fish don’t forget to come on in for a chat and we’ll let you know what’s going on!!! Or you can give us a call for any info that you might need! 02 64562989

Have fun and hope we see you soon!