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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.

 

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Winter is here!

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Winter has arrived with full force and there is plenty of snow on the ground and plenty more on it’s way. But don’t let it get in the way of chasing some trout! Winter is a fantastic time to venture out on to the lakes in the area, which are still open to fish during the winter season. In between snow storms and blizzards there can be some magical days to polaroid the foreshore. In the winter months the fish really like moving in closer to shore and make sight casting to these fish a very exciting experience. A well presented nymph placed ahead of a cruising fish can see some great hook-ups. Wooly buggers and other streamer patterns such as Hamills Killers, Mrs Simpsons, and Matuka style of flies fished deep around the margins can often entice a bite from fish looking for yabbies and shrimp.

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Days Like these can see some wonderful opportunities for sight casting to cruising fish.

Evening fishing during these months is also a very productive activity, although temperatures after dark can get well below freezing, it will pay to get some good quality outerwear to keep you warm and toasty whilst fishing at night (or even during the day for that matter!) Thankfully High Country Outfitters  has everything that you need to keep you going through these colder months. Brands like Patagonia, Columbia, and Simms have some great gear that will make the experience more comfortable.

In fact all this month if you mention this post you can get yourself 10% off any Patagonia jacket or pant!!

High Country Outfitters is open 7 days a week from early til late all year around.

Call us on (02) 64562989

or

Email us highfly@acr.net.au

 

 

 

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Autumn Fishing Report

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The summer that kept on giving has finally rolled into Autumn and the Brown trout spawning run is just about to kick off!!!

The weekend saw our first substantial rainfall for the Autumn season and a few Browns have already started to move into the river system although a bit more rain should really start to move things along nicely.

The Summer dry-fly fishing this year has been quite exceptional and there’s still some surface action to be had. The upper section of the Thredbo river still has some fantastic top water activity with mayflies, caddis, and the odd grasshopper still fluttering about. Using a smaller stimulator or wulff patterns are sure to be successful on the surface. Covering your bases with a small Hare & Copper, Hares ear, or Pheasant tail nymph trailing your dries can see plenty of “hook ups”. The higher alpine streams and creeks  have also been fishing very well, and if you like fishing those tighter waters you could be rewarded with some very good fish.

With the onset of cooler days and hopefully some rain and snow thrown into the mix, we will start focussing our attention below the surface. Nymphing with some heavier flies and perhaps a trailing “glo-bug” to entice some of those larger trophy fish will be our go to rig. I like using a heavier tungsten beaded fly as my dropper with an unweighted nymph or egg pattern tied off about 30cm – 60cm trailing behind. The heavier fly gets down reasonably fast and allows for amore natural drift of the bottom fly. My favourite rig is a size 10 -14 tungsten Hare & Copper with an Manic soft egg pattern tied around 45cm off the bend of the nymph, with a dead drift this set up has been a proven winner and deadly effective. Getting your flies down to the fish is very important, so don’t forget to vary your weight to make sure that your flies are getting to the fish, a soft weight or split-shot above the first fly will enable the flies to hit the bottom. Maintaining a dead drift is also very important when fishing below the surface, so line control and management is so important when targeting those harder to catch fish.

Lake Jindabyne and Eucembene have both been struggling to fish well in the later part of the summer months with both lakes being very “hit or miss” during the day and only limited action in the evenings. The autumn like weather has managed to cool the water temperatures a bit and some fish have been seen patrolling the edges. An unweighted streamer cast into the path of a feeding trout can be its undoing, just be careful not to spook the fish!!!

With less than 8 weeks left of the river season, now is the time to head down to Jindabyne to get into some great fly fishing before the rivers close!

Don’t forget High Country Outfitters have everything you need to get you into the action both on and off the water. Our winter outerwear and adventure wear are starting to drop in store, so come on in and get yourself some fresh new threads for the winter season!!

Happy fishing folks!

The High Country Crew.

 

 

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February fishing report.

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We are getting into the last breaths of the official summer, but I think there’s still a way to go before this hotter weather is behind us.

The fishing in general has been fantastic on the rivers and streams, with the higher section fishing much better than the lower, warmer elevations. Dry flies are the order of the day with most of the fish looking up. however the larger fish tend to be in the cooler water, in the under cuts and the deeper holes. so getting a nymph under the banks or in the deeper water can be worth a try. The flies to use are Stimulator and hopper patterns, Caddis, Wulffs and beetles. Just about anything presented well will get you in the ball park! Remember that your drift has to be good, making sure that you are mending your casts and concentrating on line management. A little bit of drag on the flies will be your undoing on the slower water! The most productive times for fishing the rivers is during the early mornings and evenings, however you can still get fish during the middle of the day (don’t forget the sunscreen!!) but it can be quite warm.

The lakes are a bit “hit or miss” at the moment with the water temps in excess of 24 degrees so it would pay to get some wet flies down to some depth with a sink/intermediate line as the fish will be more than likely be seeking some cooler water. when the fish are down deep they are mostly chasing yabbies, so a bigger yabby pattern would be a good choice of fly. The evenings right through the night will see some bigger fish move into the shallows in search of a meal. Night time fishing on the lake can be very exciting with larger trout taking the fly with great gusto, so you better hold on!!

Over the next month or so we should see a drop in the temperature and the water start to cool so some early spawning brown trout will start to make their annual pilgrimage up the streams and rivers to start the spawning cycle. This time of the year can be a fantastic opportunity to get into some trophy trout!!

Happy fishing!

The Crew at High Country Outfitters

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New Year fishing Report

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Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2016.

The new year is upon us and summer is in full swing. The sun is shining and the fish are taking flies of the surface, what more could you want?

The rivers are fishing very well with most anglers reporting of large numbers of both rainbows and browns being caught and released, most fish are around the 1lb to 2lb mark with the occasional larger fish getting into the mix. A well presented Emerger or smaller Wulff pattern should do the trick quite nicely. The higher sections of the rivers are fishing quite well, although with the milder weather that we have be experiencing the water temps have remained low and comfortable for the fish right throughout the river systems. Mornings and afternoons along with the cloudy days are perfect for fishing the river during the warmer summer months.

The Grasshoppers have just started to make an appearance and should make their way onto the water very shortly (those windier days should be great along the edges of the rivers and lakes) So be sure to have a few Hopper patterns and some stimulators in your fly box for those times. Hopper fishing can be very exciting, plonking a large fly onto the surface with a big splash is the key when “Hopper fishing” forget those delicate presentations!!

The lakes are still fishing quite well as the warmer weather has usually been followed by a cooler change and some good cooling rain keeping the water at a comfortable temperature for the fish. So you can still find some active fish feeding right throughout the daylight hours. Prospecting with a wet fly around the edges during these times can be a great way of picking up some fish whilst waiting for a hatch to come on. As the daylight draws to a close and the sun is starting to set, keep an eye out for insect activity, as the fish should start eating from the surface around dusk. The “rise” at these times can last from anywhere from 10 minutes, and can sometimes go right through the night. Matching the hatch during these times can be quite interesting as there could be anything from beetles to dragonflies getting around. Flies to use on the lake are Wooly buggers, Killer Patterns and muddlers for wets, and Larger Wulffs and Terrestrial Patterns for dries.

 

If you’re in the market for a new fly rod or even just want to try something different, don’t forget about our demo range that is available in store. We have Scott, Loop, Airflo, TFO, and Redington as well as other great rods available. We also have the newest fly lines available to test from Rio,  Airflo, and Scientific Anglers as well.  You really should try the Single hand spey line from Rio its just amazing, just call in to the shop and we’ll hook you up.

We just received a new shipment of fly rods from Redington of their new Hydrogen series of rods, These rods have been selling out as soon as we get them and priced at $429.95 with a lifetime replacement warranty they are fantastic value for money and a dream to fish with. Also back in store is the ever popular Airflo Nemisis fly rods priced at $249.95. If you don’t have a back-up rod, at this price you really should get one (you will be blown away by the performance and price!!!) Along with the all the premium brands such as Sage, Scott, Loop, and many others we have everything you could possibly want.

Also, don’t forget about the Thredbo Fly Fishing Expo on the 12th to 14th of February. It’s a free event with lots of fly fishing goodness!!

Happy Fishing Folks.

The High Country Crew

 

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New Zealand fishing report.

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November in Southland had it all, very windy days, great water levels , rain in the head waters and some snow!

All Spring has been windy so for most it was very testing conditions, I cannot stress enough that you must practice when it is windy, practice into the wind, side on to the wind and learn to cast over your other shoulder.

These conditions are pretty much the norm in New Zealand as well as Australia, but if you are paying for an adventure you have to handle the conditions, I know going to the pub is a good alternative but the fishing can be great and very rewarding in the most trying conditions.

Early November had some good Hatches, some southerlies after big nor’

westers usually bring the Mayflies on so it is important to stick out the wind and wait for a change.

The rest of the month was windy, so we were always looking for areas out of the wind, sometimes 2 to 3 different spots in a day but we always found fish out feeding.

Beetles were about late in the month and the Blow Fly pattern brought fish up.

There was a good fresh late in the month that was welcome but made it tough to find clear water for a few days.

Conditions are great at the moment and there are a few early Willow Grubbers about!

 

November can be tough but the fish are in great condition and the fishing very rewarding.

The next couple of months should be great!!! Bring on summer.

Murray.

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Snowy Mountains Fishing Report.

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Hi There folks! Well haven’t we had a mixed bag of condition over the past month!! From Blistering hot days right through to sleet and freezing temperatures up on the higher slopes. But that hasn’t seem to have to had too much negative affect on the fishing.
Both lakes and rivers are fishing very well and there has been a hive of insect activity with Beetles, Mayflies, Caddis, Damsels and Dragonflies just to name a few. If your venturing out to the lake keep a close eye on the edges, especially around the weed beds as the fish are still  patrolling around in close. During the sunnier days the Damsel flies have been out in numbers, and the fish have been feeding rigorously on both the nymphs and adult Damsels (although most of the activity is below the surface). The afternoon and evenings have seen a lot of beetle activity with the fish feeding on them right through to dark. Daytime fishing during the overcast days has been a “little hit or miss” as some days there have been some great Mayfly hatches and other days not much activity at all? Prospecting the water with a Wooly Bugger or other streamer pattern during these times should produce some results, Just remember to work the water efficiently and keep moving if you’re not getting any results.

If you’re heading out on one of the many rivers and streams in the area, there is plenty of dry fly action to be had. Mayflies, Caddisflies, and Beetles are the order of the day. Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, smaller Stimulators, and Beetle patterns like Red Tags, Humpies, and Great Lakes Beetles should do the trick. On full sun days, Fishing the earlier and later parts of the day are going to be more productive, and working the edges of the banks with your fly will get better results.

The fishing right now is fantastic! So come on down to the Snowy Mountains for a visit and get into the action!!!

If you’re looking for that last minute gift idea we have plenty of goodies to fill those Santa stockings!!mms_20151214_161202  We also have a great range of Demo Rods and lines that you can try before you buy from TFO, Loop, Airflo, Rio, and Scientific Anglers just to name a few. As well as one of the biggest freshwater fly selections anywhere in Australia!!!

Happy holidays and Happy fishing,

The High Country Outfitters Crew.

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The rivers are open!

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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 www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/forms/fw-fish-tagging  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!

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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.

Ant.

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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!

Ant.