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summer 2020 fishing report.

Well, what a year so far!!! This summer will certainly one to forget and move on from. Jindabyne and surrounds have fared very well with what can only be described as an absolute horror for the east coast of Australia. We dodged a bullet!! Other areas close to us have not been so lucky and our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastating fires this summer. Homes and lives were lost, businesses have suffered, Native animals and stock have been lost. Now we must move forward and rebuild.

Although Jindabyne was not directly affected by the fires, we have lost a lot of tourist dollars and most businesses are really struggling. Now is the time to plan your next holiday, weekend away, or over night trip to the high country.

Lets put the past behind us and work on the future!! Over the last couple of weeks we have seen some very good rainfalls around the region, and some more forecast for the coming week. this is great news for the rivers, streams, and lakes in the area. The Thredbo river is fishing quite well and will only improve as autumn approaches. the Upper section of the river is fishing better than the lower parts, but we should see more fish move up from the lake in coming weeks as the weather cools some more. The good news is that the trout are readily taking bugs off the surface and there is lots of insect life about. Smaller beetles, Damselflies, mayflies, and of course grasshoppers are the order of the day, and anglers should have good selection of these patterns in their fly box (along with a handful of nymphs and sub-surface flies) to be in the game.

The fish are still a little “spooky” after the low flow and heat of the summer, so a slow and stealth approach is still needed to fool the fish. Longer leaders and accurate casts will certainly be an advantage. Although when “Hopper” fishing a more aggressive presentation will attract the attention of a feeding fish. Stimulators and dedicated hopper patterns like a Knobby hopper or Snowy mountains hopper are fantastic flies, and we have plenty of variety and stock in store.

The upper Snowy river above Island bend is another area that is well worth a look. This part of the river has only just re-opened after the bushfire threat and has had very little pressure on it this season. The pondage is a great starting point and working your way up to Guthega and beyond will provide with some very good and challenging fishing options. Spencers creek, Betts Creek, Diggers and Perisher creeks are also worth looking at.

Lake Jindabyne has really been a bit of a hard one lately? I’m thinking with the massive fluctuation that we have seen lately with the lake level is really playing havoc for the shore based fisher. The fish seem to be down deeper eating yabbies and enjoying the cooler water, this will change however when the edges become cooler and the fish start looking for insects closer to the shoreline. Killer patterns like Mrs Simpson and Hammils killers are a great mudeye imitation, and the good old wooly bugger is a fly that is perfect for searching out some hungry trout. Mornings and later in the afternoon/evening will be the best time to try and pick up a fish or two on the lake.

The coming weeks and months we will start to see the fishing improve and hopefully things will start to get back to “normal”. In the mean time come on down to Jindabyne and support the local community and #shakehandswiththesnowies

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend 15th and 16th January. The annual Thredbo fly fishing expo is happening once again and is sure to be a great weekend. As always this is a free event filled with fly fishing goodness hosted by Craig Daly of Clearwater flyfishing guides.

We hope to see you all again very soon.

Ant, Kirsten, and Murray.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop

December Fishing Report.

 

Welcome to our last report of the year. So far this season has shown just how fickle our fishery can be? One day the weather is perfect, the bugs are out, and the fish are eating what you throw at them. Other days the weather is cold, there are no bugs in sight, and the fishing ………. Well lets call it challenging. The good news is that things are starting to get better!!! All reports from the local rivers are showing signs of improvement, with the trout starting to take food readily of the surface and more numbers of fish being caught.

After a fair bit of rain over the past few weeks the rivers have been given a much needed flush and the local lakes are seeing some new water over some fresh ground, Hopefully a bit more water into Lake Jindabyne will encourage the bigger fish to come into the shallows looking for some fresh food. Lake Eucumbene is still very low and muddy around the edges, but we are seeing the fishing picking up.

The Monaro streams have seen plenty of action and pressure since the opening of the trout season and are still fishing okay, although its best to leave these streams alone during peak summer times as the water can get quite warm and the fish can take a bit of time to recover. Minimizing the time out of the water and making sure that fish has recovered before releasing will reduce any fatalities.

The best method for river fishing at the moment is still a dry and dropper rig. A low sitting dry fly like a Parachute Adams or one of Manic Tackles CDC dry flies like  a Muz’s Messy Wullf or cdc Crippled emerger are perfect flies for fickle trout as they sit right in the film and look like an insect trapped on the surface. These flies also have the ability to hold  a lightly weighted nymph underneath and fish very well in tandem.

The higher elevations are starting to fish quite well (albeit the fish are a bit smaller, but the numbers are higher. The Mowambah river has had moments of glory but it has bit a bit hit or miss. Island bend is definetely worth a look, and I am hearing some great fishing reports from the other side of the range, with Swampy Plains, The upper Murray both looking good.

Don’t Forget that we have a free casting clinic on the 9th of January, so please register your interest ASAP so we can guarantee your place.

There is plenty of new stock in store and some bargains to boot, so come on down and say G’day and have a chat.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at High Country Outfitters!!!

All Photographs in this report were supplied by local fly fisher Adam Cathor. Adam has been having a fantastic season so far and is a good friend of ours at the shop!

 

Fishing Reports, What's Happening

Spring Fishing Report.

Welcome back to trout season!! With what was one of the hardest starts to any river season that I have seen it’s good to see that the trout are starting to show themselves! The weather has been fantastic the past couple of weeks and the days are certainly getting warmer. The bugs are stating to come out in numbers and the fish are starting to look up.

With a very poor rainbow run this year, the early season river fishing was tough to say the least! There were very few moving fish in the river and just a few residents were willing to come out and play. Although some nice fish were caught the numbers of overall catches was quite low. Thankfully it appears that the fishing is on the turn for the good. That doesn’t mean that you can drop your game, walking and stalking the banks and edges should be done carefully and fishing the undercuts and margins with a Dry-fly and dropper rig should be enticing enough to bring the big dogs out to play. A high riding dry fly such as a small Stimulator of Royal Wulff with a smaller lightly weighted nymph or soft hackle fly trailing around 14 to 16 inches behind the dry-fly gently drifted under the banks and through some tight pocket water usually do the trick. The middle of the day on some of the smaller streams have been producing some very reasonable fish on the Dry-fly, smaller CDC low ring flies have worked quite well, but you must ensure a drag-free drift to get good results.

The past few evenings have seen some good termite and ant falls, these should continue over the next couple of weeks, particularly the still humid evening should see some solid ant falls as well as some caddis and mayfly hatches. There is also an abundance of frogs and tadpoles getting around. when the tadpoles are on the edges of the lake the brown trout tend to come in very close to gorge themselves on both the tadpoles and frogs.

The lakes have been a fishing a little better lately, both lake Eucumbene and Jindabyne have been on the rise and is seeing some fish move closer in. Yabby patterns are proving to be the go to flies as they have been a very stable food source for the lake feeders and continue to eat them throughout the year even with massive lake level variations. A slow retrieve along the bottom with a bigger wooly bugger, Killer patterns, or one of the Yewchucks King Cray flies from manic will work great.

The fishing is only going to  get better from here on in, so come on down and get into some early season dry-fly fishing. The weather is great and the trout are coming out to play!!!

Don’t forget to drop into the shop for a chat, stock up on some new flies, grab some gear, and find out where is fishing best!

Have a great day!!

Ant.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk

Some More New Stuff From Simms!

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In Addition the the new River Camo Range Simms have expanded their line of great technical fishing clothing to look just as home on the street as it does on the water!

 

Simms Katafront Hoody (Hex Camo Carbon) $219.95

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A technical hoody with water resistant cuffs and boat-to-bar style.

Features

  • Water shedding fabrics
  • Hydrophobic cuffs
  • Adjustable hood
  • Zippered, thermolaminated chest pocket; 2 zippered hand warming pocket

 

 

Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody (Mahogany) $159.95

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The right hoody to keep you on the water from one season to the next

Features

  • Water‐resistant & UPF 50
  • 3‐panel, ergonomic hood
  • 1 zippered fly‐box compatible chest pocket with cordport
  • 2 fleece‐backed hand‐warmer pockets
  • Rib‐knit at hem & cuffs

 

 

 

Simms Coldweather L/S Shirt (Black Plaid) $159.95

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Quick dry warmth featuring micro fleece waffle-lining.

Features

  • Flannel, waffle fleece‐lined shirt to keep you warm during winter fishing
  • Two fly box compatible chest pockets with hook and loop closure
  • Off‐shoulder seams for comfort
  • Slight drop tail
Simms Midstream Insulated Jacket (Anvil) $349.95
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Send Siberian weather packing with the lightweight jacket you count on for insulated warmth.

Features

  • PrimaLoft® Gold insulation provides the highest warmth-to-weight ratio in synthetic insulation
  • Lightweight and wind-resistant Pertex® fabric
  • High-loft insulation in body and sleeves
  • Zippered chest pocket; 2 zippered hand-warmer pockets
  • Internal elastic cuff and adjustable hem
Simms Bugstopper Hoody (Timber) $119.95
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A lightweight hoody that blocks biting bugs and the sun from ruining your day on the water.

Features

  • Quick‐drying, wicking, anti‐odor & UPF 50
  • Long‐lasting insect protection
  • Flat‐seam construction for maximum comfort
  • Articulated hood
Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Uncategorized, Waders

New season Simms now in store.

 

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This Season Simms is really expanding its range both on and off the water. The highly anticipated arrival of the all new River Camo G3 wader will definitely give anglers an added advantage on the water.

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River Camo distorts the fish’s ability to detect shape and movement. Utilizing patterning  created by Veil Camo, we offer you the first wader designed to keep you from being seen by fish.  Veil Camo’s patterning provides:
 Camouflage and colors found in nature that interfere with fish’s ability to see and perceive color
Shape & distortion influenced by the river environment and the way water manipulates light
Strong breakup with both large and small shape distortion that works at any distance

SIMMS RIVER CAMO: Because Fish Aren’t Blind.

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Rogue Fleece Hoody
G3 Guide Wader – Stockingfoot
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Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody (River Camo) $159.95
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Simms Intruder Shirt (River Camo) $139.95
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Simms G3 Wader (River Camo) $899.95
  The River Camo range from Simms will help you get closer!
Fishing Reports, What's Happening

Autumn Fishing Report.

We are still waiting for some rain??? And it looks like it might be coming this weekend. According to the B.O.M. we should be getting a good downpour from Thursday night and should continue through friday, then maybe a chance of some more rain  from Monday till Wednesday (fingers crossed) if the rain does finally come, it will certainly bring some fish into the rivers and streams in the area. The past couple of weeks has seen some larger fish starting to move into both the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers, although at this stage they look to be just scoping out some good breeding grounds and are very very spooky at the moment.

 

There is still some great dry-fly fishing to be had, although the overnight temperatures have been quite cool, there has been plenty of sunshine warming up the day and we are still seeing some good hatches of smaller mayflies and midge. There are also still a few hoppers around, but I’d say there days are numbered as we are starting to get a few good frosts in the morning. It’s a good time to start thinking about getting some flies below the surface. As the weather cools there is going to be less surface activity and a lot more sub-surface action. Nymphs and Glo-bugs are going to be the go to flies once there is some more water moving down the rivers and creeks. For those looking at trying something a little different during the spawning period, try swinging some big wet flies down and across for some very exciting takes from some big aggressive fish!

Lake fishing is starting to pick up on both lakes, with some good fish cruising around the newly exposed weed beds on Lake Jindabyne and yabbie beds on Eucumbene. There has been a lot of fluctuation on levels on both lakes this summer which has made it a little difficult for any solid food to establish around the edges, The best bet for getting into the lake fish is fishing deep at around 30-40ft.

The smaller creeks around the area are still fishing quite well although are suffering from a lack of water. Just be aware that fish can die easily if not handled properly, and great care should be taken when releasing your catch.

Remember that the May 1st bag and size limits are now in effect and that only one fish over 50cm is permitted with a 2 fish possession limit for trout spawning stream and rivers.

With hopefully a bit of wet weather coming our way in the next few days the fishing should pick up and with only a few weeks left of the NSW Trout river season left, it would be a fantastic to end the season on a high after the fantastic season it was.

Don’t forget to drop by the shop to grab some flies and supplies! or just call in for a catch up and find out where the fish are biting!

happy fishing folks!!

The High Country Crew.

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March Fishing Report.

 

Autumn is here!

The trees are changing colour  and the days are getting shorter. Its been a fantastic summer for trout fishing, albeit a challenging one in the later part. We have had some very warm days here in the high country with very little significant rain falling in the past couple of months making the later part of the summer fishing quite challenging for daytime fishing. There is still some very good fishing to be had with plenty of fish in the rivers and lakes. With low water conditions in most of the rivers around the region you really have to be on your game, as the fish are quite “skittish” at the moment. With a little patience and a stealthy approach will get you into some good fishing. Earlier and later parts of the day have generally been a lot more productive.

 

The hoppers are out in numbers as well, and fishing the grassy edges of the rivers and lakes during the windier times has proven to be quite successful. A hopper pattern smacked on the surface is usually too hard for a hungry trout to resist!!! There is a huge variety of shapes and colored hoppers getting around! Luckily we have just about every pattern to match them here in store. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with your patterns as there is still quite a few bugs getting about, with no dominant critters apart from the hoppers! When the going gets a little tougher during the high sun, it can pay to drop a nymph under a dry-fly, or even fishing the deeper water with a couple of nymphs.

Lake Eucumbene is starting to see a few fish move in closer to the edges chasing the bugs around the weed beds. As the weather starts to cool down some more we should start to get into some better fishing, the Browns will be looking for some food to get into some condition ready for their annual pilgrimage up stream to spawn.

Lake Jindabyne is also seeing some better fish coming in closer to shore as there a some good schools of goldfish hanging around the weed beds. The brown trout love chasing them down for a nice big meal with little effort. Larger streamers fished in the schools can usually produce some good results.

The higher streams are still the pick of the fishing at the moment. As the weather cools and we start to get some rain (hopefully!!??) the fishing will start getting a little easier and the fish will become a little more relaxed.

Happy fishing folks! The next couple of months are looking great!

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Lifestraw

Lifestraw Go-Bottle and Lifestraw are now available at High Country Outfitters.

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Such an easy and affordable way to ensure safe drinking water just about anywhere you find yourself, and every purchase of Lifestraw that you make a child in Africa will be provided with safe drinking water for an entire school year. Visit Followtheliters.com to see ow you are making an impact.

Lifestraw Go-Bottle $59.95 and the Original Lifestraw $39.95 (just a small price to pay for peace of mind.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Uncategorized

Fishpond vests and accessories.

 

 

 

Fishpond have a passion for creating products that stretch the boundaries of traditional product design and set new standards for functionality. With their roots firmly planted in the core fishing market.

Fishpond is headquartered under the peaks of the Colorado Rockies, which provides them with the perfect testing ground for new product designs. The land and water in Colorado inspire them to focus on rugged construction and  to evaluate the performance they build into each and every one of their products.

Fishpond vests and accessories are now available at High Country Outfitters.

 

Wasatch Tech Pack $359.95

 

 

 

 

Gore Range Tech Pack $259.95

 

Sagebrush vest $259.95

 

Muchacha W’s Vest $259.95

Headgate Tippet Holder $39.95

Headgate Tippet Holder XL $44.95

Fishpond Gear Strap $11.95

Swift Current Thermometer $29.95

Barracuda Razor Clipper $44.95

Fishpond Vests and Accessories are built to last. We are very happy to be stocking these great quality and innovative products.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop

New Year Fishing Report

Happy New Year.

Wow! What a great start to the year it has been. The weather has been fantastic, and the fishing has been even better. The rivers and streams around the region have been fishing very well and we are starting to hear a few good reports from the lake fishermen as well.

The Thredbo river is looking great at the moment. Although we have had some very warm days up here in the high country, we have had some cooler temps over the past couple of days keeping the water temperature nice and comfortable for the trout and the odd little rainfall  in the catchment has managed to keep the river flowing at  great summer level. The abundance of insect life at the moment is making fly selection a little easier! Caddis Flies, Beetles (both black and brown in all sizes), Mayflies, and some smaller hoppers and crickets are getting about, A well drifted dry fly pattern with no drag should be the undoing of a wary trout sipping food from the surface. The upper part of the Thredbo is fishing best with many anglers doing very well from the skitube right through to Dead Horse gap. Best fishing on the rivers is usually early morning and later in the afternoon, but good catches can occur anytime of the day. Just be sure to fish slowly and methodically during full sunlight hours as the fish can be a little spooky at these times. Sometimes it would pay to hang a smaller nymph pattern under a larger dry and fish under the banks during the warmer full sun days, the fish like to stay cool and not expose themselves to any potential predators.

The Mowamba river has also been fishing very well, Humpies and caddis patterns are the go-to flies as the beetles and caddis have been prolific. Size 12 beetles and size 14-18 caddis patterns.

The Monaro streams are still fishing quite well, although with the heat and little rainfall its probably a good time to leave the smaller Monaro streams alone and let the resident fish have a little repreive from the warmer conditions. If you are tempted to fish for these lovely local fish, please be sure to revive the fish properly when releasing to ensure a healthy survival.

It may be tempting to have a cast at these guys, but sometimes it’s best to take photograph and leave them for a cooler day!

 

Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne have been fishing reasonably well, as we have seen both lakes water level rise over some new grass in the previous weeks and there have been reports of some nice browns and rainbows cruising the edges in search of a feed. It has been quite inconsistent from day to day, so persistence and perseverance should pay off. Lake fishing from the shore during the warmer months are usually best during the evening hours right through the night. Mudeyes and shrimp patterns are the go-to patterns right now, There have also been some larger Bogong moths making an appearance, A muddler minnow pattern “popped” across the surface can be deadly effective when the moths are about.

The higher altitude streams and creeks are my pick of the water to fish right now. With cooler temperatures and still good flows the fish are less likely to suffer any adverse affects when released during these warmer times. Perisher creek, Betts creek, and Spencers are all fishing very well.

With everything looking good for a cracker of a trout season, there is no better time to get on down to the Snowy Mountains for a break! Come on down, drop in for a chat, and get into some of the best dry-fly fishing in recent years!!

Happy New Year and Happy Fishing!!

The High Country Outfitters Crew.

Murray, Glen, Kirst, Kaz, Jimmy, and Ant.