Fishing Reports

November Fishing Report

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We are already into November and its looking like the weather has started to stabilize with spring like conditions finally upon us. There are already lots of airborne insects out and about and some fish are starting to look up! The larger rivers still have quite a bit of water moving and its looking like we might see some fantastic summer condition with plenty of water flow for most of the summer.

The smaller  streams in the area are fishing very well with a dry and dropper combination. A bouyant emerger pattern with a unweighted nymph seems to be working quite nicely. In the deeper water a couple of nymphs fished a little lower in the water column should do the trick.

The Thredbo river has been a little bit tougher in the lower section, with a couple of nymphs fished deep proving to be the most productive rig. The weather is warming up nicely and the fish will soon start to take flies off the surface very shortly. Parachute Adams, Kinlkhammers, and emergers will be the go-to patterns. Theupper sections of the Thredbo are fishing off the top very well, but a little insurance with a soft hackle or unweighted nymph will cover your bases.

Over the past couple of evening we have seen some ant falls taking place, so be sure to have some ant patterns in your box for these times. A black spinner pattern that is lightly hackled is a great ant alternative. When fishing an ant hatch it’s very important to manage your drifts well, as there is usually quite a lot of naturals on the surface and the trout tend to really hone in on them, so make sure your presentations are spot on. Don’t get too frustrated though, as fishing during these times can be somewhat a challenge.

The water level of lake Jindabyne is still quite high and we should start to see some nice fish cruising looking for food as the edges start to warm up. There has been quite a few bugs on the water. Caddis, Mayflies, Gum Beetles, and Damselflies are in good numbers. The lake water temperature is still quite cold from the snow melt and should start to warm sooner than later, So keep an eye out a few meters from the bank.

Lake Eucembene has been a little tougher as the wind has been something to contend with. There are plenty of midge around with the odd mayfly and caddis also getting about. The water level has been quite steady and is covering some fresh ground. I think Eucembene should really start to fire up in the coming weeks. If your planning a trip to the lakes for a fish it would pay to practice casting in some windier conditions at home so your well prepared to tackle a gust.

Things are really looking good for a great summer of fishing. From now on the fishing is just going to get better. We have a fully stocked shop with some fantastic new products at some super competitive prices, So don’t forget to call in for a chat and stock up on all the latest trout catching goodness!

Happy Fishing Folks

Ant

Foot Wear, Hiking Boots/Shoes, Shop Specials

Summer Hiking Footwear Specials.

Hiking season is just around the corner and to make way for new styles we have some fantastic specials on Hiking and Adventure footwear.

Salomon Conquest GTX mens (sizes 7.5 – 10.5)

RRP $329.95 Sale $229.95

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Salomon Citycross Aero mens (size 7.5 – 10.5)

RRP $169.95 Sale $80

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Ahnu Parkside mens (size 8.5 – 12)

RRP $239.95  Sale $99

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Scarpa Margarita womens (sizes US 6 and US 10 avail)

RRP $229.95 Sale $119

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Salomon Wings Pro womens (size US 6.5 only)

RRP $199.95 Sale $99

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Salomon Citycross Aero womens (size 4.5 – 7.5)

RRP $169.95 Sale $80

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(very limited stock, so you better get in quick)

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Wading Boots

Wading Boots.

In the market for a new pair of wading boots? Well look no further, we have a range of wading boots to suit your budget and needs.

Wading boot sole come in a variety of combinations depending on your traction requirements.

Felt Sole – Felt soled wading boots have always been the anglers “go-to” sole in the past. Felt probably offers the best traction on freestone river beds and slippery wet surfaces. Although offering the best traction it also come with its own set of shortfalls. Felt generally doesn’t wear quite as well as other soles on the market, and also being a very absorbent material it can be quite difficult to clean and has been blamed for the spread of unwanted bacteria and disease into waterways that have been previously unaffected. If you tend to fish only one area these soles can be fantastic, However if you like to explore new water at home or abroad it can contribute to unwanted nasties getting into once pristine waterways. New Zealand for one doesn’t allow the use of felt soled boots to be used, So if your thinking of a fishing trip “across the ditch” then felt soled wading boots are not an option.

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Gummi/Rubber Sole – These types of soles are a great alternative to felt soled boots. they offer quite good traction in the wet slippery conditions, and provide fantastic grip when hiking the waters edge. Rubber soles are also very hard wearing, easy to clean, and can be fitted with hard studs to provide extra grip.

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Combination Rubber/Studded Soles – These types of sole offer the angler the durability of a rubber sole with the added traction qualities of studs integrated into the rubber. Although they do make a little bit of noise when walking over hard surfaces, they provide maximum traction when wading through the river.

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Interchangeable soles – Some manufacturers have an interchangeable sole system which allows the wearer to change between felt, rubber and studded soles.

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Simms

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Simms G3 Guide wading boot sizes 9 – 13 RRP $399.95 

Vibram rubber sole.

 

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Simms Freestone wading boot  sizes 8 – 14 RRP $349.95

Vibram rubber sole.

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Simms Rivertek Boa wading boot sizes 8 -14 RRP $299.95

Vibram rubber sole.

 

Patagonia

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Patagonia Rock Grip wading boot sizes 9 – 12 RRP $254.95 $199.95

Rock Grip rubber sole.

 

Patagonia Ultralight II wading boot sizes 8 – 13 RRP $269.95

Sticky rubber sole

 

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Patagonia Foot Tractor wading boot sizes 8 -14 RRP $399.95

Foot Tractor Alu bar/ rubber sole.

 

Vision

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Vision Mako wading boot sizes 9-12 RRP $199.95

Felt sole.

 

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Vision Sprinter wading boot sizes 9 – 12 RRP $259.95

Amphibia/stud sole.

 

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Vision Loikka wading boot sizes 9 -13 RRP $369.95

Gummi/stud sole.

 

Riverworks

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Riverworks Z-series wading boot sizes 8 – 13 RRP $179.95

Felt sole.

 

Korkers

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Korker Whitehorse wading boot sizes 9 – 13 RRP $299.95

Interchangeable felt/gummi soles.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

The rivers are open!!

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We are now a couple of weeks into the river fishing season, and what a mixed start it has been!

The opening weekend saw quite a few anglers getting their river fix for the start of the season. The rivers around the area were up and moving , making it a little difficult for getting your flies down to the fish, but with a little weight and some big heavy flies (tungsten usually does the trick) anglers were able to get into the action. There was a last minute run of rainbow trout in the Thredbo river. Although there weren’t nearly as many spawning Rainbows as in previous years (a decline that is becoming more noticeable each year for the last 4/5 years) there were still some good fish being caught with the larger fish being caught in the lower section of the Thredbo from Paddy’s corner downstream. The upper parts of the Thredbo were also fishing quite well with quite a few catch numbers reported.

Quite surprisingly, considering the weather we have been having of late, the smaller streams around the area have also been fishing well, with many anglers breaking out their dry fly arsenal and catching a few off the surface.

The Eucumbene river and surrounds have been a little quiet with a majority of reports stating that the lake are still the places to hit.

Both lake Jindabyne and Eucumbene have received a little top up from the snow melt and rain run off bringing the water levels up to a more productive level.

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We have a fully stocked fly shop with everything you could possibly need for your next fishing trip, whether it be a couple of flies from our huge range (possibly the largest selection of trout flies in Australia), a new fly outfit (prices starting at $249.95 for a complete package), or even just to come in for a chat and find out where and what is happening. We are open 7 days a week from 8am. 02 64562989.

Get out there and get into it folks,

The High Country Crew

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, What's Happening

New Rods from Airflo and Scott.

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Introducing the all new Scott Flex series, rods so light, effortless, and forgiving, they let you focus on fishing better.

Flex rods generate line speed and tight loops effortlessly, helping you cast accurately and control your presentations. And, their powerful butt sections help with quick, positive hook sets and fish control.

Incorporating many of the innovations found in our award winning Radian and Meridian rods, Flex rods combine high performance with top quality components. And, each Flex rod is handcrafted, start to finish, in our shop in Montrose, Colorado.

Scott Flex is now available at High Country Outfitters from $749

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This year Airflo has introduced a new series of fly rod into the range of already great value for money rods. Backing up from last years release of the Nemesis (an exceptional rod for the money @ $249.95) we see the Creek fly rods. A little slower in the action than the Nemesis makes it a fantastic little “dry fly” rod.  The Creek series are fly rods designed for small streams, delicate fly presentation…and for fun. Open up another world of fly fishing opportunities with the Airflo Creek series.

LENGTH LINE WEIGHTS PIECES HANDLE
7’6 ft 3 4+1 Reversed Half Well
8’2 ft 4 4+1 Reversed Half Well
8’9 ft 5 4+1 Reversed Half Well

Each rod comes with a spare tip and a rod tube. You’ll struggle to find better value for money on the market today!

  • High modulus blanks built on multi tapered mandrels
  • Quality alloy reel seat
  • Silicon carbide stripper guides
  • Titanium coated single foot guides
  • Spare tip

Comes complete with cordura rod tube and cloth bags

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Airflo Creek $249.95

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, What's Happening

Our Patagonia range is bigger than ever!

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This year at High Country Outfitters we have expanded the range of Patagonia fly fishing and outdoor products into the shop.

Patagonia waders –

Rio Gallegos, The top of the line wader from Patagonia is one of the best waders on the market. Their highest-performing, most durable, feature-rich waterproof/breathable waders have been updated with a more trim upper-body fit that still layers easily; new interior daisy chains for tools and drop-in pockets for organization; more streamlined, anatomically fit booties with a poly-grid lining and gravel guards with a flat-panel construction that reduces wear. $649.95

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Skeena river, Their highly versatile, midweight, feature-rich waterproof/breathable waders for the widest range of fishing scenarios have been updated with a trimmer upper-body fit that still layers easily; new interior daisy chain for tools; more streamlined, anatomically fit booties and gravel guards with a flat-panel construction that reduces wear. H2No® Performance Standard waterproof/breathable wader. $519.95

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Rio Azul, Patagonias most lightweight and packable waterproof/breathable waders for hot weather, or the traveling angler, have been updated with our innovative SSC (single-seam construction) seaming that eliminates seams from the highest wear points on the inside of the legs; a new suspender that doubles as belt for wearing waders waist high; new interior daisy chain for tools; more streamlined, anatomically fit booties and gravel guards with a flat-panel construction that reduces wear. H2No® Performance Standard waterproof/breathable wader. $349.95

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Foot tractor wading boot, The Foot Tractor Wading Boots elevate our award-winning, patent-pending aluminium bar technology to new levels of performance. Without a doubt the best traction you can get on the river. $399.95

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Patagonia Fly Fishing accessories –

Stealth Atom Sling, A versatile sling pack that provides functional performance for anglers looking for a vest alternative. $169.95

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Hybrid vest pack, A modern performance-driven fishing vest designed for fresh and salt water.  $159.95

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Vest Front Sling, The best of a traditional fishing vest combined with a minimalist sling pack.  $109.95

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We also have a huge range of men’s and women’s outdoor clothing and accessories in store for all your adventure needs.

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk

The Sage X has landed!!!

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Not since the release of the Sage One a few years ago have we heard this much talk about a new fly rod from the leaders in fly rod manufacturing, and with the release of the new Sage X just under a month ago the word on the street is loud!!

The X rod’s all-new fast action taper built with our KonneticHD Technology delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip stop – creating tighter, more efficient loops throughout all ranges of casting styles. This taper allows you to dig deeper into the rod and access the lower sections, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation, resulting in a performance driven, forgiving fast action blank – refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.

We currently have the Sage X available in both 5 and 6 weight 9 foot sizes and are able to order all available sizes if you would like another model.

Sage X $1329.90

Gear Talk, What's Happening

New stock in store!

This season at High Country Outfitters we are seeing quite a few new product lines into the shop.

Our first Bit of exciting news is that we are welcoming ECHO Flyfishing products into the store. ECHO was started by Tim Rajeff from the USA. For those of you that have not heard of Tim, He a very well  accomplished fly caster and rod designer that wanted to introduce people to fly fishing without the expensive costs involved with quality fly-fishing gear. Tim has produced the ECHO fly fishing products with a quality and price that will certainly be an affordable option for any budget and skill level.

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The first in the line for the ECHO range to drop in store is the ECHO Base kit. The ECHO base kit is a all-in-one ready to fish kit available in 4weight through to 8weight and is priced at $249. I have had the opportunity to have a cast of the #5 9′ and all I can say is that these rods are every bit as good as they are hyped up to be. Its not everyday that you can pick up a kit with a lifetime warranty for under $250 that casts like a rod double or even triple the price.

Perfectly matched reel-rod-line combo for easy use at all casting levels.
Four piece travel design
Alignment dots for quick assembly
Translucent Deep Blue finish
Half Wells cork handle on 4-6 weight models
Full Wells cork handle and Fighting Butt on the 8wt model
Chrome Guides
Black maintenance free Reel Seat
Lightweight, durable reel
Tough, fabric covered rod and reel case
ECHO Lifetime Warranty
 You can check out Tim Casting some of his rods right here https://www.echoflyfishing.co.nz/

Over the next coming months we will see the glass models and higher specced rods and reels released into the range. We will also have demo rods available for you to try.

Fishing Reports, Uncategorized, What's Happening

Spring has sprung!!

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Spring is here! The weather has been sensational and the fishing has been very good as well.

Both Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene  have been on fire with some great fish being caught around the edges. The clear windless days have provided the fisher with some great opportunities for sight fishing on both of the lakes. The fish are right in close chasing frogs, tadpoles, and bugs that are up around the grassy edges. Actively looking for cruising fish is going to be the best way of hooking into some of these fish. Small black nymphs that could represent a tadpole, or even some larger dark green wooly buggers that have a similar size and shape to a frog would be the best pattern to use. Carefully casting your fly into the path of a cruising fish with a slow constant retrieve should get you into the game.

Lake Jindabyne has been fluctuating a little bit with the water levels, but is starting to rise again and should start to see some better sight fishing opportunities over the next few days. Casting a streamer pattern over structure and working the deeper water can often entice a nice big brown trout to eat!

Lake Eucumbene has been fishing consistently well for that last couple of weeks as the lake level has been quite steady. Many anglers are reporting some very good catches of brown trout and the odd rainbow.

This brings me to another concern! Over the past few years we have seen a significant drop in numbers of Rainbow trout in both the river and lake systems. The annual spawning run of rainbow trout has also seen a very low, and now concerning fall in recruitment, which seams to be having a very serious impact on our rainbow trout fishery. We are asking for your input and help to try and find a solution to this apparent problem. If you feel that the Rainbow trout fishery has been in decline for the past few years, we would like very much for any feedback or concerns that you may have. Just drop us a line or 2 in an email, give us a call, or just pop in to the shop for a chat, The more public support we can garner from the fishing community the more likely we are to find some funding for the solution. I must re-iterate that there is nothing wrong with the Brown trout population and in fact we are seeing some incredible numbers of recruitment from both Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne, with some extremely large trophy fish. Many of my fellow anglers are concerned about the Rainbow trout numbers and fell that now is the time to do something about it before its too late.

Please help out where you can!

The High Country Crew.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

Winter fishing Report.

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Lake Jindabyne has had a bit of a top-up and the water is right up into the grass and so are the fish!! Early season polaroiding hasn’t been this great in years. September is usually the month we start walking around the lake spotting cruising fish looking for food around the edges, but this year the sight fishing has come a little early.

There has been some terrific fish caught in the past couple of weeks we have seen lots of big browns cruising the shallow bays around Hatchery bay, Waste point, East Jindabyne, and Kalkite with the odd Rainbow trout also lurking.

Patience and stealth are the name of the game when looking for these hungry fish, as they are usually just a few feet off the bank. Taking your time and scoping out the weed beds and new water over the vegetation. With the lake level of Jindabyne up onto the grass the fish are usually only a couple of feet out from the bank, so keep your eyes peeled. When you do see a fish, don’t rush down and cast to it as it will more than likely end up “spooking” the fish. A slow and gentle approach is required here. It often pays to observe the movements and feeding pattern before you cast.

The flies that have been the most productive are small nymphs and soft hackle flies that have little impact on the water. Caddis pupua, Mayfly nymphs, and smaller Damsel fly patterns have been a few of my favourites.

When the weather starts looking dark and gloomy, its not necessarily time to pack up and leave. Working the deeper water with a wooly bugger or “killer” type fly can also have some great results.

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Now is the time to hook in to some great fish, so get out there and get into it!!!

If you need any advice or just want to grab a few flies, come on in to High Country Outfitters. We have the biggest selection of freshwater flies and fly gear in the area.

Shop 8 nuggets crossing, Jindabyne or call us on (02) 6456 2989

Happy fishing folks,

Ant.