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
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.
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.
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This 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.
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!!
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
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!!!!!!