Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

Winter is here.

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!!!

Ant.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

Jindabyne Fishing Report

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

Ant

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Shop Specials

Bang For Your Buck!! Fly Rod Packages.

Over the past few years we have seen a few brands enter the fly fishing market with some fantastic products at some unbelievable prices. Here are a few fly fishing combos that we think are worth their weight in gold!!

Airflo Nemesis.

The Airflo Nemesis is available in #5, #6, and #8 weights all 9ft in length. A moderate to fast action rod that delivers line smoothly and accurately, with plenty of strength in the butt section to comfortably play out bigger aggressive fish, and a nice subtle tip that send out some very tight loops. The Nemesis (rod only) has a rrp $249.94 and we have packaged it together with the Fly Lab Torque reel and Airflo Velocity line (inc backing and leader) for $399.95. The Nemesis even comes with a spare tip and a hard tube. A great valued kit the I have personally been using for the past couple of seasons (in the #5 weight) The Airflo Nemesis is one of my favorite rods under $700 and only costs a mere fraction.

Airflo Creek.

The Airflo Creek series of fly rod are the more delicate, slower, and shorter brother to the Nemesis series of fly rod. Both the slower action and shorter lengths make these rods a fantastic dry fly and small water fly rod. The Creek series come in 7’3″ #3 weight, 8’2″ #4 weight, and 8’9″ #5 weight. All rods come with a spare tip and hard tube. We have packaged them together with a Fly Lab Ultra reel and suitable line (backing and leader inc.) for $399. These rods are a affordable alternative if you’re looking for a small stream rod at a reasonable price.

 

Tim Rajeffs Echo line of fly fishing product has had a huge impact on the fly fishing world over the past few years with a product that is not only very affordable, but also exceptionally great to cast and fish with.

Echo Base Kits.

The Echo Base Kit is a complete “ready to fish” combo (just add flies and water!) available in 8′ #4 weight, 9′ #5 weight, 9′ #6 weight and 9′ #8 weight. These kits are packaged with an Echo Base reel, matched line, leader and backing , and comes with a combo rod and reel tube. All Echo rods come with a lifetime warranty. The Base is a moderate action rod that is easy to cast and great fun to fish with. The echo Base Kits start at $249.95.

Echo Carbon XL.

The Echo Carbon XL is a faster, beautifully finished fly rod that is available in 9′ #4, #5, and #6 weights. It is a faster action than the Base, which is great for tackling the wind or throwing larger heavier flies. We have packaged the Carbon XL with an Echo base Reel and an Airflo Velocity line (backing and leader inc) packaged in a hard tube and comes with a lifetime warranty. The Carbon XL combo is priced from $335.00 and the rod is available on its own for $229.00. A fantastic value high performance rod at an unbelievable price.

They are just a few of our packages that we have here at High Country Outfitters that are below $400, and we reckon that they are some of the best value for money fly fishing packages available.

The rivers and streams are fishing very well down here at the moment. So now is as good a time as any to get on down to Jindabyne and grab yourself a new fly outfit and get into the action!!

Have fun guys ‘n’ gals!!

Ant.

 

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, Uncategorized

Happy Autumn Everyone!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Ant!

 

 

 

 

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

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.