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.

 

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.

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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.

Fishing Reports, Uncategorized, What's Happening

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.

 

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, Shop Specials, What's Happening

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

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, What's Happening

X X X

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NEWSFLASH!!!

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 ”

FAST ACTION

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

 

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

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.

 

 

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

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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