Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop

New Year Fishing Report

Happy New Year.

Wow! What a great start to the year it has been. The weather has been fantastic, and the fishing has been even better. The rivers and streams around the region have been fishing very well and we are starting to hear a few good reports from the lake fishermen as well.

The Thredbo river is looking great at the moment. Although we have had some very warm days up here in the high country, we have had some cooler temps over the past couple of days keeping the water temperature nice and comfortable for the trout and the odd little rainfall  in the catchment has managed to keep the river flowing at  great summer level. The abundance of insect life at the moment is making fly selection a little easier! Caddis Flies, Beetles (both black and brown in all sizes), Mayflies, and some smaller hoppers and crickets are getting about, A well drifted dry fly pattern with no drag should be the undoing of a wary trout sipping food from the surface. The upper part of the Thredbo is fishing best with many anglers doing very well from the skitube right through to Dead Horse gap. Best fishing on the rivers is usually early morning and later in the afternoon, but good catches can occur anytime of the day. Just be sure to fish slowly and methodically during full sunlight hours as the fish can be a little spooky at these times. Sometimes it would pay to hang a smaller nymph pattern under a larger dry and fish under the banks during the warmer full sun days, the fish like to stay cool and not expose themselves to any potential predators.

The Mowamba river has also been fishing very well, Humpies and caddis patterns are the go-to flies as the beetles and caddis have been prolific. Size 12 beetles and size 14-18 caddis patterns.

The Monaro streams are still fishing quite well, although with the heat and little rainfall its probably a good time to leave the smaller Monaro streams alone and let the resident fish have a little repreive from the warmer conditions. If you are tempted to fish for these lovely local fish, please be sure to revive the fish properly when releasing to ensure a healthy survival.

It may be tempting to have a cast at these guys, but sometimes it’s best to take photograph and leave them for a cooler day!

 

Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne have been fishing reasonably well, as we have seen both lakes water level rise over some new grass in the previous weeks and there have been reports of some nice browns and rainbows cruising the edges in search of a feed. It has been quite inconsistent from day to day, so persistence and perseverance should pay off. Lake fishing from the shore during the warmer months are usually best during the evening hours right through the night. Mudeyes and shrimp patterns are the go-to patterns right now, There have also been some larger Bogong moths making an appearance, A muddler minnow pattern “popped” across the surface can be deadly effective when the moths are about.

The higher altitude streams and creeks are my pick of the water to fish right now. With cooler temperatures and still good flows the fish are less likely to suffer any adverse affects when released during these warmer times. Perisher creek, Betts creek, and Spencers are all fishing very well.

With everything looking good for a cracker of a trout season, there is no better time to get on down to the Snowy Mountains for a break! Come on down, drop in for a chat, and get into some of the best dry-fly fishing in recent years!!

Happy New Year and Happy Fishing!!

The High Country Outfitters Crew.

Murray, Glen, Kirst, Kaz, Jimmy, and Ant.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

December Fishing Update.

Just when you thought it was safe to get in the water!!

The last few days has been a little wet to say the least! But there is a light on the horizon! The weather should start to settle down in the next few days and hopefully summer will come back in full force!!! Even though the rivers and streams are running high, there are still some nice fish to be had! A little fine tuning of technique can get some good results. Down and across streamer fishing can get you into some action on the moving water, and there’s nothing quite like a take from an aggressively feeding fish!! Wooly buggers and heavy flies are you go to patterns for this technique, and if the water is running a little faster, a sink tip on the end of your fly line can help get the flies down to the fish!!! Another way of fishing high water on streams and creek is to fish the margins with a dry and dropper, placing a short cast into the slower moving water by the banks can entice a feeding fish from under the bank! Big dry flies that float well like Stimulators and big Wulff patterns with weighted nymph suspended  couple of feet underneath can be deadly effective.  The Thredbo river is probably the pick of the rivers and streams when the water is running high and heavy as the smaller creeks can be a little harder to fish during these times, But remember that the fish have to eat! So try all options and work hard and slow to get the best results.

With all the water flowing, the lakes are definitely getting a bit of a top up and they are looking like a very good option to fish at the moment as the water is way up onto the grass (especially Lake Jindabyne!) which should encourage some big fish to move in closer looking for some new food in the grassy areas. Damsel flies, Dragon flies, Midge and Mayflies should be your go to patterns when fishing the lake at this time of year. Nighttime is the best time for fishing the lake in summer. Muddler minnows splashed and dragged through the surface can produce some great hook-ups at night (especially on those darker nights!!)

Hopefully summer will make a return very shortly and we will be back into the dry-fly action again? Until then just think a little outside the box and you should still pick up a fish or two!

Our fly shop is fully stocked and we have just about anything you need for a high country adventure! Drop in for a chat and pick up some flies and supplies! We’ll “hook you up” with whats fishing hot!

Happy fishing!! and Happy holidays

The High Country Crew.

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Shop Specials, What's Happening

Crazy Combos!!

In a market previously dominated by premium priced product for many years. Fly fishing is no longer the realm for the wealthy and elite. There was once a time when if the gear you were using didn’t cost as much as your car you just weren’t getting anything enjoyable to use. Well all that has changed. Echo, Airflo, and Vision are just some of the manufacturers that are making fly fishing fun much more affordable. Gone are the days when you had to spend $1000 on the rod alone. Now we can get high end performance, components, and looks all in a complete ready to fish package for less than the price of a mid range reel!!

Here are a few of our favorites.

 Airflo Blade Combo.

$499 with a Lamson Liquid reel and Airflo Superdri line (#5 and #6)

The Airflo Blade is the latest and greatest offering from the guys at Manic tackle projects. A couple of years ago they brought us the Nemesis, a rod that I personally have been using for the last little while and thought couldnt get much better, that was until the introduction of the Blade!!!! This package is simply AMAZING it has everything you would expect from a combo that is priced 3 times as much. From the moment you hold the rod in your hand to the moment you reel in the line on the Lamson Liquid (which I’m sure the click of the reel has been finely tuned to make the audible sound as appealing to humans as possible??) this outfit is all class. light in the hand with a beautiful swing weight. A smooth crisp blank with a lovely tip section that allows the angler to send out some deadly accurate tight loops with ease.  lined with an Airflo Super Dri Elite taper fly line and packaged in a hard rod tube. It even comes with a spare tip and a “No Fuss” $50 section replacement warranty so you can purchase the Blade knowing that you’ll have this treasure for years to come!! 

 

 

Echo Base Kit.
$249 – $269 with an Echo Base reel and matched line (#4, #5, #6, #8)

 

The Echo Base Kit is everything I wish we had available when I first started my fly fishing journey. A very affordable, easy to use, honest to goodness casting and fishing rod that is happy in the hand of a newcomer to the sport or a seasoned angler with many seasons under their belt. Never before has a fly kit with this much bang for your buck been available. Available in #4 thru to #8 in sizes 8′ to 9′ you can now own a complete quiver of rods to suit just about any fishing situation for less than the price of one mid ranged set-up!!!  The Base comes packaged as a combo with a Base reel, matched line, backing, and leader all in a rod and reel tube. Also has a lifetime warranty which gives you peace of mind.

 

 

Vision Fisu combo

$299 with Vision Fisu reel and matched line

Vision have been doing great things for a while now, and with the introduction of the new Fisu combo into their range, they are another manufacturer that are making a very affordable product also. The Fisu is available in #4, #5, #6, and #8 outfits. Its is a medium to fast action rod that is fun and easy to cast. The blank has quality components and great quality cork handle and reel seat. The Fisu is a great rod to have permanently stashed in the car for those just in case moments, or would make the perfect gift for the new fly angler. Grab a combo to fill the gap in your rod collection!!

 

These are just some of the fantastic combos that we have in store this year, all of which any of us here in the shop would be more than happy to fish and cast on a regular basis. Come on in and have a cast of these price pointed gems that are as good as the best!!!

 

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop

Snowy Mountains Fishing Report.

What a season so far!! With so much snow up in the mountains, and all this warm weather, we are experiencing some of the biggest snow-melts in years, and with that brings some tough conditions for fly fishing some of the larger rivers and streams in the snow country, the Thredbo is running very high and has a lot of water coming down, and it doesn’t look like settling any time soon. The trick to fishing the big flows is either to use a fair bit of weight when nymphing and placing your casts a fair way up-stream to get down to the fish or fish the margins of the river with a dry fly and nymph dropper. A well placed cast into the slower water right up against the bank can be deadly effective. A larger Stimulator or Wulffs are great attractor fly patterns to fish above a tungsten nymph. The longer you can put the nymph under the dry fly the better the result as a lot of these fish are still quite deep. Flies to use should be heavily weighted Hare and Copper, PTN’s, Sawyers nymphs, are getting good results.

The smaller creeks and streams in the lower lying areas are proving to be the go to places at the moment. A little local knowledge and some leg-work can get you into some amazing fishing right now. There have been some great hatches of Mayflies during the day and some epic termite and ant falls in the evening. Fishing these waters requires some stealth and patience, but if you persevere you will be rewarded. There has been a lot of pressure on these fish in recent weeks so bring your A-game.

Both Lake Jindabyne and Eucumbene have been a little slow for shore based fishing, although both lakes are on the rise and the weather is warming so it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing some fish move in closer to the edges for some sight fishing?

Lake Jindabyne is currently at 81%

Lake Eucumbene is currently at 43%

Both lakes should continue to rise as the snowmelt continues.

This years range of fly fishing gear is our biggest ever!!! We have searched all over for some of the best value, greatest performing, can’t live gear around!!!! Come on in for a chat and grab some flies before you head out on the water. Dont forget to follow us on instagram @highcountry_outfitters and @flycandy007 for our latest adventures and up to date fishing conditions.

Have a great week Guys ‘n’ Gals

The High Country Crew.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

Trout Season Opens.

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.

Our Fly Shop is now open and we have been very busy this winter searching for the latest and greatest fly fishing gear at some of the best prices ever!!!! With fantastic new products from Simms, Patagonia, Airflo, Scott, Redington, Sage, Lamson, Vision, and many many more.

Get into High Country Outfitters for everything you need for your next fly fishing trip.

Service, Sales, and Advice on everything Fly!!!

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.

 

 

Patagonia

 

 

 

 

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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 Loikka wading boot sizes 9 -13 RRP $369.95

Gummi/stud sole.

 

Riverworks

 

 

Korkers

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Korker Whitehorse wading boot sizes 9 – 13 RRP $299.95

Interchangeable felt/gummi soles.