After what seamed to be a never ending winter with some epic snow conditions not seen in years the time has finally come to get back into the rivers for some trouty goodness! There is plenty of snow on the hills and that means there’ll be plenty of water in the river and creeks for the next little while with all the snow melt. The season outlook looks set to be one of the best starts in years. There are already plenty of fish in the waterways and the Hatchery have pulled the traps in the Thredbo river after getting their quota and now allowing for a greater natural recruitment into the system. The weather has definitely warmed up and we are seeing daytime temps well into the double digits (you might even see some early hatches and get some “Dry Time” very soon).
The Rivers will be open to fish from midnight tonight!!! During the first couple of months of the river season we should still see some rainbow trout still in spawning mode. Be aware that these spawning fish are the lifeblood of our fishing, so please treat these fish carefully and return them to the water as soon as possible. For best results during the early part of the season a couple of nymphs fished below the surface should get you into the action. Standard patterns like Hare & Copper, Pheasant tail nymphs, Gold ribbed hares ear, and just about any natural colored Mayfly or Caddis fly Nymphs should do the trick. Fish them under an indicator for best results. With the warmer weather it could also pay to have some dry flies in your box as well. Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wullfs, Stimulators, and Ant patterns in sizes 12 -18.
The Lakes have been fishing reasonably well albeit a little slower than previous years, with Lake Eucumbene just out fishing Jindabyne by a fraction. The sight fishing on both lakes seems to be less productive than prospecting with some streamer patterns in the deeper water. Wooly Buggers and Killer patterns are working well.
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The foreshore fishing is picking up and the trout are starting to come in nice and close to the edges. Lake Jindabyne water level is sitting at around 74%, and Lake Eucumbene is at 35%. With both lakes storage being low it makes for some great sight fishing opportunities (especially at this time of year) The polaroiding on both lake is about to go gang-busters. There have already been some great Mayfly hatches coming off the surface during the day and there have been a few browns cruising the edges taking them off the surface. Below the surface and in the deeper water there are plenty of yabbies for the fish to gorge themselves on.
lake Eucumbene is fishing a little better than Jindabyne at the moment, but Jindabyne should pick up just as soon as we get a few warmer days. The low water levels of both lakes has exposed quite a few yabby beds and the browns have been coming right in close at night with some very good quality fish being caught, especially in the evenings.
Wooly buggers slowly retrieved off the bottom seem to be working quite well, Killer patterns such as Hammils Killers and Mrs Simpsons will work very well also.
This time of year is when the sight fishing comes into its own. The cooler days are becoming warmer and the edges are starting to show signs of bug-life. A slow walk around the lake armed with a small unweighted nymph can be some of the most exciting fishing you can get. The key to successful polaroiding is not to get too excited and cast to the fish as soon as you see it. Just relax and watch the fish! The fish will generally work a beat allowing you to predict its movements and letting you cast a small fly to the unsuspecting feeding trout!! Well at least that what we hope for!!?? Small unweighted nymphs are my favorite flies for sight fishing at this time of the year, and would also pay to have a couple of smaller dry mayfly patterns handy as well.
There is still plenty of snow on the ground and some forecast, so whether your into fishing or snow sports we have you covered. Come on down to Jindabyne for some of the best snow in years and you might even get yourself a trout??
Happy Fishing Folks.
The High Country Crew.
There’s snow on the hills and frost on the ground!! The trout rivers and streams have closed after a spectacular season. Now it’s time to focus on the lakes.
Lake Jindabyne has seen a lot of water being let out into the lower Snowy river this week with some big environmental releases, with that we should see the lake level drop a little bit. Hopefully getting us a little closer to the weed beds and fish. Fishing the edges around drop-offs will be the best way to find some good fish, get your fly down deep and slowly retrieve a small Wooly Bugger or Black Nymph and hold on. The rainy windier days have proven to be the best times to get out and fish. The sunnier days have been very still and making the fishing a little tough leaving the angler very exposed to the fish making them quite wary to venture in close. evenings and mornings during these days will increase your chances of hooking up.
Lake Eucumbene has been a little quiet lately with boat anglers having a little more success than the shore based angler. Although I have heard of a few reasonable fish being caught over the past couple of days from some fly-fishers prospecting with small nymphs and smaller “killer” style flies.
Both lakes will continue to improve over the coming weeks as the edges really start cooling off. If your coming down for a snow holiday anytime soon don’t forget to pack a rod and experience winter trout fishing in one of our lakes that are open to fish all-year round.
Happy Fishing Folks!!!
After a good down pour of rain last weekend, we are starting to see the annual pilgrimage of spawning Brown trout move into the rivers around the region. It has been a little slow to start and with not much rain forecast for the next few weeks the fishing is going to be a little tricky, however if you hold your ground and persevere you will be rewarded with some very good conditioned fish.
The Thredbo has seen a greater run of fish than the Eucumbene at this stage, however things can change in a matter of moments. The next bit of rain should see a greater number move into the river system.
Whether you are a fan of this style of fishing or not there is no doubt it can be a very exciting way of catching a trophy sized fish that would normally be much harder to hook. Please remember if you are going to fish the spawn run, these big fish a the future of our fishery and should be treated with great respect and care. Minimal handling and returning them to the water as soon as you can (after a photograph of course!!) will help ensure that we have a great trout fishery in the future. Also, this season has seen the new fence/gate erected at Denisson to restrict anglers driving their cars across the spawn beds and also to ensure all anglers can enjoy this annual event. Please respect other anglers and the environment so everyone can have an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Both Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene have been fishing a little slow from the edges, with most productivity happening from the boat based anglers in the deeper water. As winter draws nearer, and the temperatures of the lake start to cool, we should see some great shore based fishing from both the lakes. Night and early mornings will be the best time to patrol the lakes edges.
We are starting to wind down the river fishing season and have some great specials on rod and reel combos. we also have one of the best ranges of flies in the area! come on in and say G’day!!
The High Country Crew.
The frosts are here and there’s a chill in the air. With just over a month left of the river fishing season, the rain has given them a long over due drink, and the brown trout are starting to show signs of some movement. The poplars have changed color and their leaves are starting to fall. The river fishing is still very good with some nice fish still being caught off the surface. There have been a few smaller beetles and the odd hopper still getting about, although with the colder weather and frosts their presence will be short lived. Its time to start looking below the surface.
The Thredbo river has had a well deserved drink thanks to mother nature and is running at a great level right now and with some more rain forecast over the next little while it should remain at good level until the end of the season. The higher section of the river (above the Ski Tube) is still fishing a little better than the lower section, although I do see this changing over the next couple of weeks as there has already been signs of some brown trout starting their spawn run. Fishing the higher section with a dry and dropper should produce some good results. A simple combination of a smaller stimulator and a pheasant tail nymph or Hare & copper should work fine. The lower section would probably be fished best with a double nymph rig with an indicator or maybe even a glo-bug.
Lake Jindabyne has picked up a little with the cooler weather and a few good fish have been spotted and caught around the edges. The deeper water is still fishing better however so getting your flies down deeper is going to be an advantage. Wooly buggers and Killer patterns are still my favorite go-to flies.
Lake Eucumbene has also picked up a little as well. The constant fluctuations of the lake have made the fishing quite erratic with one day being quite good and the next not so much. There has also been reports of browns starting to move up into the Eucumbene river as well.
Remember as we start to get into the Brown trout spawning season and the madness that ensues, we all need to have some respect for these beautiful fish and the anglers that fish for them. I’ll touch more on that next time! In the mean time get ready for some insane fishing to come. Remember to drop into the shop to stock up on all your sub-surface flies and gear. We have an incredible range of spawning patterns available.
Happy Fishing Folks
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the fishing is getting better! Its been a long hot summer and the fishing this river season has been one of the best in years!!
With the cooler weather fast approaching, we should start to see some rain falling, giving the rivers and streams a good freshening up and start to see some bigger fish moving into the river system over the next month or so. Until we see some rain things are going to slow down a little as the water levels in the streams and creeks are starting to get a little low. There have been some very good numbers of hoppers around. Casting a larger hopper or stimulator style of fly near the banks should get some interest from trout hiding under the bank in the shadows. You don’t need to be too delicate in the presentation as the bigger terrestrials really make their presence known when they get blown onto the water, so don’t be afraid to really whack that fly on the surface!!
The higher water (above 1200mtrs) is the pick of the most productive water as the water temps are a little more comfortable for the trout to feed and relax! You still need to be pretty stealth in your actions though as there are so many fish that you only need to spook one little tucker to put the rest of the fish in the run in to flight mode!
Early mornings and later in the afternoon have been the pick of the times for productivity during the warmer full sun days, however generally the middle of the day has also been producing some good hatches of caddis and some smaller mayflies. Although some days have been still quite warm and can get a bit uncomfortable for both the angler and fish. Be sure to carry plenty of water and sunscreen when fishing exploring the waterways.
Lake Jindabyne has been a little slower for shore based fishing as the water temps in the lake are still a bit high to bring the bigger fish to the edges. Night time fishing on the lake has been reasonable with some fish caught around the bays and drop offs on mudeye and streamer patterns. Daytime fishing on the lake has been very “hit or miss” with the polaroiding options being quite tough at the moment.
Lake Eucumbene has been fishing a little better although it is still a bit low and muddy around the edges. There have been reports of midge in the evening around the soaks and mudeyes have also been getting around. A slowly retrieved nymph or wooly bugger would be the flies to use.
Don’t forget that we have a fully stocked fly shop with all the latest and greatest gear to suit any budget or ability. Our Echo range of fly gear has been very well received by anglers from the novice to the seasoned pro. Prices start from an unbelievable $149.95 for the Echo Base (comes with a hard tube and lifetime warranty). We also have rods and reels from Sage, Scott, Redington, Loop, Airflo, and Vision. And everything else from rod to fly!
Come on down to Jindabyne and get in to the action!!!
Tight lines and tight loops!
Welcome to 2017!!! Its looking to be a great year so far!
If fishing was an indicator as to how the year will play out, then we’re in for an awesome year ahead! Fishing in the area has been very good. The daytime temps have been quite comfortable (compared to heatwave hitting the rest of the country!!) making river and lake daytime fishing very productive.
Beetles have been hitting the water in great numbers and the fish are ready and willing to take them off the surface. The windier days are a great oppourtunity to fish the tree lined banks and edges of the rivers and lakes. There is everything from smaller black beetles right through to gigantic christmas beetles! There have been some good reports coming from anglers fishing the lake in the evening having great success on larger surface patterns slowly retrieved into the path of a beetle feeding fish.
All the rivers and streams in the high country are fishing very well with just about all fish feeding freely of the surface. There are plenty of bugs around, with mayflies, caddis and black beetles being the dominate insects. Sizes will vary from #10 to #16. keeping a good selection of Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulffs, Foam Beetle , as well as some Klinkhammers will keep you covered for most situations.
The lakes have been fishing very well in the evenings and suprisingly well during the day, with some larger Browns still cruising the edges (probably looking for beetles?). Daytime sight fishing on the lakes can be a bit trying during the hotter times, however if you put in the time and keep your eyes peeled you may be rewarded. Wooly Buggers, Hamils killers, and Muddler Minnows during the afternoon and late into the night are some good searching patterns and often result in some fantastic fish. Also look out for late afternoon insect hatches around the edges, Damselflies, midge, mayflies, and caddis often make an appearance and can send the fish into a feeding frenzy!
We have just recieved a new shipment of Echo Fly rods and reels. The Echo Base fly rod starts at $149.00 and ready to fish kits from $249.95 with a lifetime warranty. They are going out the door faster than we can get them!! A great value fishing and casting rod that is affordable for everyone. they also have some fantastic Glass rods from $299, and I can say they are sensational casting rods!!
Its December already folks and a visit from Santa is just around the corner!
The fishing over the past month has been absolutely awesome and it only looks to get better. We have seen some great hatches of insect life with everything from Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, and beetles starting to really come out in force, and some fantastic midge fishing opportunities on both lake Jindabyne and Eucumbene in the late afternoon to evening.
Thredbo River has been fishing as good as it has in years. the upper section (from Skitube up to Dead horse) has been fishing a lot better than the lower section (Gaden Hatchery to the Lake) with plenty of fish eating off the surface all day long. Black spinners seam to be the most popular item on the menu, Although just about any smaller fly around the #12 – #16 sizes presented with a good drift will usually be the undoing of an unsuspecting fish. On the warmer days with full sunlight the fish will be seeking refuge under the banks or in the deeper holes on the river. An unweighted nymph drifted under the undercut sides of the bank can often coax out a hungry trout.
MoonBah/ Mowambah river is another little gem of a waterway with many access points for the angler to get on to the river. This smaller river fishes very well all day long on dry flies at any time of the day. Smaller emerger patterns are the way to go at the moment. #16-#18 Klinkhammer or parachute Adams being the go to flies for this water.
Lake Jindabyne has been quite high and steady at around 86% and is fishing quite well in the late afternoon right through to dark and beyond. Mudeye and Damselfly nymphs are great prospecting flies throughout the day, with midges and beetle patterns for dusk and dark.
Lake Eucumbene is sitting steady on around %52 and seeing some fantastic midge action in the evenings. A midge buzzer underneath a Griffith Gnat is a great way to entice a midge eater.
The smaller alpine creeks and streams are also worth a look! Not only are they some of the most beautiful waterways in the area they can also be the most productive waters with many anglers coming away with in excess of 30-50 fish a session. A small #2 or #3 rod can be a fun way of dry fly fishing in any of the multitude of small creeks and streams.
With summer in full swing and some of the best fishing going, its time that you came down to Jindabyne for your summer break. We have all the info on where and when to catch fish. We can also organize any guiding or tuition that you may require!!!
Happy Holidays and Merry Fishmas!
The High Country Team
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
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.
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