Gear Talk, What's Happening

New stock in store!

This season at High Country Outfitters we are seeing quite a few new product lines into the shop.

Our first Bit of exciting news is that we are welcoming ECHO Flyfishing products into the store. ECHO was started by Tim Rajeff from the USA. For those of you that have not heard of Tim, He a very well  accomplished fly caster and rod designer that wanted to introduce people to fly fishing without the expensive costs involved with quality fly-fishing gear. Tim has produced the ECHO fly fishing products with a quality and price that will certainly be an affordable option for any budget and skill level.


The first in the line for the ECHO range to drop in store is the ECHO Base kit. The ECHO base kit is a all-in-one ready to fish kit available in 4weight through to 8weight and is priced at $249. I have had the opportunity to have a cast of the #5 9′ and all I can say is that these rods are every bit as good as they are hyped up to be. Its not everyday that you can pick up a kit with a lifetime warranty for under $250 that casts like a rod double or even triple the price.

Perfectly matched reel-rod-line combo for easy use at all casting levels.
Four piece travel design
Alignment dots for quick assembly
Translucent Deep Blue finish
Half Wells cork handle on 4-6 weight models
Full Wells cork handle and Fighting Butt on the 8wt model
Chrome Guides
Black maintenance free Reel Seat
Lightweight, durable reel
Tough, fabric covered rod and reel case
ECHO Lifetime Warranty
 You can check out Tim Casting some of his rods right here

Over the next coming months we will see the glass models and higher specced rods and reels released into the range. We will also have demo rods available for you to try.

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SAGE has just announced a new rod to their great lines of fly rods!!!

Announcing the X series fly rod.

“Tighter loops. It’s what we all strive for. A tight loop is accurate, efficient,

easily controlled, and a way to command the water in front of you.

Ushering in a new era of performance fast action fly rods, the X will

dramatically enhance the way you fish through superior loop control.

With our innovative KonneticHD Technology came new inspiration and

opportunities in rod design. The X rod’s all-new fast action taper 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 ”


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.

• KonneticHD Technology®

• Black Spruce blank color

• Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps

• Fuji ceramic stripper guides

• Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top

• Freshwater 3 – 6 weights:

• Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat

• Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle

• Saltwater 5-10 weights:

• Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat

• Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat

• Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt

• Laser etched line weight on slide band

• Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag

• Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

• Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA


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Fly of the month.

DSC_0714This months fly is the Elk Hair Caddis.

Probably one of the most popular caddis patterns ever tied and used. Created in 1957 by Al Troth from Pennsylvania, USA. The Elk Hair Caddis is relatively easy to tie and should be in every fly anglers fly box. Although tied as a Caddis imitation it can be used in a suitable colour and size to present at just about any fish that is taking dry flies of the surface. A high riding fly that floats very well and is easy to see. One of the deadliest flies in my fly collection, I would never be caught out on the water without at least 2 in my box.

Hook – TMC 100

Wing – Bleached or natural Elk hair

Body – fine dubbing in suitable colour (green, grey, brown etc.)

Ribbing – very fine copper wire

Hackle – Light brown

This can be tied from size 10 to 18. My preferred sizes for our local waters are 12 – 16.

Happy Tying, and have a great New Year!!!!

The High Country Crew.


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TFO Impact.


Its been a while in the making but the new addition to the Temple Fork Outfitters range of fly rods is sure to make an IMPACT!! Not since the introduction of the BVK has a mid price-point rod looked or felt so good. Although priced a little higher than the BVK @$429 this little beauty has everything that you want out of a premium fly rod without the price tag!! A little softer in feel than the BVK but a lot faster in the recovery, the IMPACT has both feel and power. Available in #4 thru to #10 weight  . Their action, in conjunction with a unique combination of the latest materials, merges the attributes of all your favorite rods in such a way that there’s no trace of any of the familiar limitations you’ve had to put up with.  IMPACT rods are designed to exceed every angler’s expectations with a level of excellence that will set new industry standards.  That’s making an Impact.

Get in and make an IMPACT on your fly fishing!!!

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Reddington Path Kit.


Are you looking for a high quality fly rod and reel combo that won’t break the budget and has a lifetime warranty? Well look no further, the Reddington Path combo has all bases covered, and all for less than $300!! ($299.95) Available in 8′ 4weight and 9′ 5weight they come with a matched Path reel, matched weight forward floating line, and all packaged in a rod and reel case.  All this for just $299.95 with a lifetime warranty!! A great mid-fast action package suitable for the beginner or advanced fisher folk!!

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Loop Optistream fly Rod Review.



Have you ever been in a situation on the river or lake when your back cast space was minimal or non-existent! Well fear not that situation any longer. With the new Loop Optistream fly rod and matched Optistream #5 line you will be the king of the roll cast!!!!

For many years the Europeans have been at the forefront with the “under-hand” style of casting and now with a Loop Optistream rod matched with the Loop Optistream #5 line you can have the power to “underhand” cast in just about any tight situation. The Loop Optistream rod has a lovely smooth feel and a medium to fast action, and when strung with the Loop Optistream #5line becomes a roll casting weapon beyond any expectation. Performing its best from 15ft to 40ft underhand casting has never been this easy or rewarding. If overhead casting is more your style then fear not, when a more traditional line is strung through this rod it shines as a short to medium distance presentation rod. At $679 the Loop Optistream is packaged in a cloth pouch and rod tube. As with all Loop fly rods it comes with a lifetime warranty!! If you’re looking for a great reel to match this line and rod combo, look no further than the Evotec G4 FW 4/6 @$549.00 and will balance out this combination perfectly!

Join the Loop Army today!!

Happy fishing,


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Fly Of The Month.

18329_1022948391052112_2098311029783676226_n Our first fly in a regular addition to our page is “The Green Sparkulator”

This is a variant of the good old fashioned “Stimulator” a great attractor fly for just about any place that the fish are feeding on the surface. The Sparkulator was designed and tied for fishing as a hopper pattern, however, like the Stimulator it can be used as a searching pattern,for fishing larger terrestrials, and is great as an indicator fly if fishing a nymph dropper.

Hook – TMC 200

Wing and tail – Bleached Elk Hair

Body and head – Hends Spectra dubbing (green)

Rib -Fine red copper wire

Hackle – Fine Dun

This can be tied in a variety of sizes from 8 to 16.

my favourite size to tie and fish this pattern is 12 – 16.

Happy Tying!


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Beat the price rise on Simms and Scott.




Due to the falling value of the Australian dollar there will be an unfortunate price rise across the product line of both Simms and Scott products. This rise will be up to 20% in some cases. At high Country Outfitters we always aim to give our customers the best prices and service we can. So, for the next week we will put a hold on any price rise that will be incurred!!!! For the next week only you will still be able to get your hands on a Scott radian for $950.00 before the price goes up to $1249.00

Scott Radian

We will also be holding any price increases on the Simms range of clothing, waders, and wading boots for the next 7 days!!

Simms G3 wader $749.95 (will increase to $849)

Simms Freestone wader $399 (will increase to $499)

Simms G3 guide vest $299.95 (increase to $399)

So if you’re in the market for waders, Boots, vests, and fly rods get on in before the November 17th price rise!!!!!!



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The rivers are open!


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  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!


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.


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New Additions To The SAGE Fly Rod Family.


This year sees a few new additions to the SAGE rod family with the introduction of 3 new rods into their already quite concise range. These new rods fit very nicely into the current rod line-up,


rrp $970



Driving winds and long distances call for high line speed and quick recovery. Enter the BOLT, joining our Generation 5 technology family to compliment last year’s award-winning medium-fast action ACCEL. The ultra-fast action of the BOLT makes high line speeds and tight loops easier, giving you confidence in your cast in the most demanding conditions.


rrp $690



Designed from scratch by our world-class R&D team and tested on the water around the globe, the PULSE is Sage’s newest fast action family of fly rods. Graphite IIIe technology ensures power and durability, providing fast action performance and a connected feel. Handcrafted right here on Bainbridge Island, the PULSE is finished with custom-designed componentry and eye-catching cosmetic details. The PULSE will be your workhorse—from freshwater to saltwater, single-hand, switch, or Spey, there’s a rod in the PULSE family for every application.


rrp $1260

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Just like you wouldn’t pull out your driver when you need your 7 iron, the MOD is optimized for the distances and scenarios most often encountered by the trout angler. Thoughtfully crafted with contemporary line designs, fly patterns, and angling styles in mind, the MOD is a modern interpretation of a moderate action specific for trout fisheries. Designed between the deep loading CIRCA and fast action ONE, the MOD excels at measured distances to the short game, delivering delicate presentations with pin-point accuracy. 

Designed and handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, the MOD features all the lightweight, strength, responsiveness, and accuracy benefits of our proprietary Konnetic Technology®.