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

 

 

Fishing Reports, Gear Talk, Uncategorized, What's Happening

Happy New Year!!

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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!!

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Fishing Reports, What's Happening

December Fishing Report.

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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 https://www.echoflyfishing.co.nz/

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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Spring has sprung!!

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Spring is here! The weather has been sensational and the fishing has been very good as well.

Both Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene  have been on fire with some great fish being caught around the edges. The clear windless days have provided the fisher with some great opportunities for sight fishing on both of the lakes. The fish are right in close chasing frogs, tadpoles, and bugs that are up around the grassy edges. Actively looking for cruising fish is going to be the best way of hooking into some of these fish. Small black nymphs that could represent a tadpole, or even some larger dark green wooly buggers that have a similar size and shape to a frog would be the best pattern to use. Carefully casting your fly into the path of a cruising fish with a slow constant retrieve should get you into the game.

Lake Jindabyne has been fluctuating a little bit with the water levels, but is starting to rise again and should start to see some better sight fishing opportunities over the next few days. Casting a streamer pattern over structure and working the deeper water can often entice a nice big brown trout to eat!

Lake Eucumbene has been fishing consistently well for that last couple of weeks as the lake level has been quite steady. Many anglers are reporting some very good catches of brown trout and the odd rainbow.

This brings me to another concern! Over the past few years we have seen a significant drop in numbers of Rainbow trout in both the river and lake systems. The annual spawning run of rainbow trout has also seen a very low, and now concerning fall in recruitment, which seams to be having a very serious impact on our rainbow trout fishery. We are asking for your input and help to try and find a solution to this apparent problem. If you feel that the Rainbow trout fishery has been in decline for the past few years, we would like very much for any feedback or concerns that you may have. Just drop us a line or 2 in an email, give us a call, or just pop in to the shop for a chat, The more public support we can garner from the fishing community the more likely we are to find some funding for the solution. I must re-iterate that there is nothing wrong with the Brown trout population and in fact we are seeing some incredible numbers of recruitment from both Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne, with some extremely large trophy fish. Many of my fellow anglers are concerned about the Rainbow trout numbers and fell that now is the time to do something about it before its too late.

Please help out where you can!

The High Country Crew.

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.