Over the past couple of weeks I have been “field testing” a pair of the new Patagonia Skeena River chest waders. Let me tell you these are some of the best waders I have ever worn. Not only do I look sexy and more appealing to the opposite sex, these waders actually catch me more fish!! I now have the ability to walk over hot coals and literally fly to those spots on the river that were until now inaccessible. My casting has not only improved greatly in accuracy but I am now able to cast a whole fly line and meters of backing.
On a more serious note folks, These waders from Patagonia are really quite impressive. They have thought a lot about the little things, like the easy conversion from chest to waist. Simply undoing a clip on the braces they convert from chest wader to waist and visa versa without having to remove your fly vest in just seconds. A waterproof phone/camera pouch helps keep everything nice and safe if you do happen to take a swim. Heavy duty gravel guards keep all the nasties out of your boots and keep your laces nicely out of the way of any snags. They are constructed of a very abrasion resistant, waterproof fabric that is very comfortable to wear (even on those warmer days) and supple enough for extended hikes through the scrub. These are surely good enough to give some of the other high end wader brands some serious competition. Priced from $519.95
It’s on again. The 3rd annual Fly Fishing Expo in Thredbo from the 27th Feb-1st Mar.
It’s sure to be another fantastic weekend of fly fishing goodness. Hosted by Craig Daly of Clearwater Fly Fishing Guides. This weekend will arm you with everything you need to know about fly fishing. From casting skills and tricks to tying the perfect fly. Craig and his crew will share their knowledge of many years of fly fishing so that you can confidently get into the water on your next fishing expedition with some new skills that will increase your catch . High Country Outfitters will have a stand at the expo so that you can try and buy any new gear that you may need. Our staff will be on hand to answer any questions and help you with any product . Ant will be running fly tying workshops over the weekend to help you tie that magic fly to catch your dream fish. We will also be having a few “show specials” available at the expo. So keep an eye out for those.
See you at the Expo!
What an awesome summer of fishing it’s been so far, and it can only get better from here! With the warm wet summer we have had, the insects are out in great numbers which means there has been a plentiful supply of food and the trout are taking advantage of that and literally gorging themselves. This also means that with so much natural food for them to eat it makes catching them a little more difficult, so a delicate presentation with the right fly will give you an advantage. Having said that, there are so many fish in the system ranging from easy to catch minnows right through to some hefty trophy fish that you’re sure to be able to bring one up to the fly.
The dry fly fishing on the rivers is the order of the day with all of the local rivers and streams fishing exceptionally well. Grasshoppers and beetles are out in force, so the bigger flies are doing the trick of fooling these fickle creatures, But make sure that your cast is accurate and your drifts are spot on! As I said there’s a lot of bug life out there so you have to get your fly to look as close to the natural one as possible. The picks of the moving water would be the Thredbo river, Moonbah, Gungahlin, and the upper parts of the Snowy. Our top selling flies for the river have been Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Daves Hoppers, Elk Hair Caddis and Stu’s Deadly Cicada.
The lakes on the other hand are proving to be a little more “hit or miss” for the land based angler, and the boat based fishers being rewarded just that little bit more. The trick in the major lakes is to fish the drop-offs and deeper water with smaller nymphs quite slowly, and streamers from the bottom with the “killer” style of flies probably being the best type of fly to use e.g Hammils Killer, Mrs Simpson in the smaller sizes, and Bead Head Wooly Buggers to fish the deeper water.
The early mornings and evenings are the best times to fish the lakes, and just before a thunderstorm (but don’t get caught out as fishing in these times can be very dangerous considering you’ll be waving around a highly conductive piece of equipment!!) Lake Eucembene has been out-fishing Lake Jindabyne this summer, however I have seen some great catches coming out of Jindabyne particularly around the yabby beds. Don’t forget to take advantage of the windy days, with so many hoppers about they’re sure to get blown onto the water and cause a feeding frenzy for the fish!
So get out there folks and enjoy some of the best fishing we’ve had for years. Don’t forget to check out the “What’s Happening” and “Gear Talk” pages for product reviews and upcoming events.
Happy fishing folks,
The High Country Team.
High Country Outfitters is very pleased to announce that we are now stocking the Patagonia outdoor and fly fishing range in store.
We will be expanding the range in the coming weeks to include outdoor and hiking wear, waders and wading boots, and outerwear.
Patagonia Skeena river waders rrp $519.95
Mid weight, 4 layer, Waterproof and breathable, and extremely durable wader.
Rock craft M’s pant rrp $109.95
Flying fish t-shirt rrp $49.95
Trucker cap rrp $29.95
L/S Gone again shirt rrp $79.95
S/S Fezzman shirt rrp $69.95
L/S World trout fire t-shirt $49.95