Fishing Reports, What's Happening

Spring Fishing Report.

Welcome back to trout season!! With what was one of the hardest starts to any river season that I have seen it’s good to see that the trout are starting to show themselves! The weather has been fantastic the past couple of weeks and the days are certainly getting warmer. The bugs are stating to come out in numbers and the fish are starting to look up.

With a very poor rainbow run this year, the early season river fishing was tough to say the least! There were very few moving fish in the river and just a few residents were willing to come out and play. Although some nice fish were caught the numbers of overall catches was quite low. Thankfully it appears that the fishing is on the turn for the good. That doesn’t mean that you can drop your game, walking and stalking the banks and edges should be done carefully and fishing the undercuts and margins with a Dry-fly and dropper rig should be enticing enough to bring the big dogs out to play. A high riding dry fly such as a small Stimulator of Royal Wulff with a smaller lightly weighted nymph or soft hackle fly trailing around 14 to 16 inches behind the dry-fly gently drifted under the banks and through some tight pocket water usually do the trick. The middle of the day on some of the smaller streams have been producing some very reasonable fish on the Dry-fly, smaller CDC low ring flies have worked quite well, but you must ensure a drag-free drift to get good results.

The past few evenings have seen some good termite and ant falls, these should continue over the next couple of weeks, particularly the still humid evening should see some solid ant falls as well as some caddis and mayfly hatches. There is also an abundance of frogs and tadpoles getting around. when the tadpoles are on the edges of the lake the brown trout tend to come in very close to gorge themselves on both the tadpoles and frogs.

The lakes have been a fishing a little better lately, both lake Eucumbene and Jindabyne have been on the rise and is seeing some fish move closer in. Yabby patterns are proving to be the go to flies as they have been a very stable food source for the lake feeders and continue to eat them throughout the year even with massive lake level variations. A slow retrieve along the bottom with a bigger wooly bugger, Killer patterns, or one of the Yewchucks King Cray flies from manic will work great.

The fishing is only going to  get better from here on in, so come on down and get into some early season dry-fly fishing. The weather is great and the trout are coming out to play!!!

Don’t forget to drop into the shop for a chat, stock up on some new flies, grab some gear, and find out where is fishing best!

Have a great day!!

Ant.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk

Some More New Stuff From Simms!

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In Addition the the new River Camo Range Simms have expanded their line of great technical fishing clothing to look just as home on the street as it does on the water!

 

Simms Katafront Hoody (Hex Camo Carbon) $219.95

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A technical hoody with water resistant cuffs and boat-to-bar style.

Features

  • Water shedding fabrics
  • Hydrophobic cuffs
  • Adjustable hood
  • Zippered, thermolaminated chest pocket; 2 zippered hand warming pocket

 

 

Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody (Mahogany) $159.95

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The right hoody to keep you on the water from one season to the next

Features

  • Water‐resistant & UPF 50
  • 3‐panel, ergonomic hood
  • 1 zippered fly‐box compatible chest pocket with cordport
  • 2 fleece‐backed hand‐warmer pockets
  • Rib‐knit at hem & cuffs

 

 

 

Simms Coldweather L/S Shirt (Black Plaid) $159.95

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Quick dry warmth featuring micro fleece waffle-lining.

Features

  • Flannel, waffle fleece‐lined shirt to keep you warm during winter fishing
  • Two fly box compatible chest pockets with hook and loop closure
  • Off‐shoulder seams for comfort
  • Slight drop tail
Simms Midstream Insulated Jacket (Anvil) $349.95
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Send Siberian weather packing with the lightweight jacket you count on for insulated warmth.

Features

  • PrimaLoft® Gold insulation provides the highest warmth-to-weight ratio in synthetic insulation
  • Lightweight and wind-resistant Pertex® fabric
  • High-loft insulation in body and sleeves
  • Zippered chest pocket; 2 zippered hand-warmer pockets
  • Internal elastic cuff and adjustable hem
Simms Bugstopper Hoody (Timber) $119.95
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A lightweight hoody that blocks biting bugs and the sun from ruining your day on the water.

Features

  • Quick‐drying, wicking, anti‐odor & UPF 50
  • Long‐lasting insect protection
  • Flat‐seam construction for maximum comfort
  • Articulated hood
Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Uncategorized, Waders

New season Simms now in store.

 

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This Season Simms is really expanding its range both on and off the water. The highly anticipated arrival of the all new River Camo G3 wader will definitely give anglers an added advantage on the water.

​​Stealth isn’t a fashion statement. It’s a science.
River Camo distorts the fish’s ability to detect shape and movement. Utilizing patterning  created by Veil Camo, we offer you the first wader designed to keep you from being seen by fish.  Veil Camo’s patterning provides:
 Camouflage and colors found in nature that interfere with fish’s ability to see and perceive color
Shape & distortion influenced by the river environment and the way water manipulates light
Strong breakup with both large and small shape distortion that works at any distance

SIMMS RIVER CAMO: Because Fish Aren’t Blind.

​​More In River Camo:
Rogue Fleece Hoody
G3 Guide Wader – Stockingfoot
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Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody (River Camo) $159.95
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Simms Intruder Shirt (River Camo) $139.95
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Simms G3 Wader (River Camo) $899.95
  The River Camo range from Simms will help you get closer!
Fishing Reports, What's Happening

Autumn Fishing Report.

We are still waiting for some rain??? And it looks like it might be coming this weekend. According to the B.O.M. we should be getting a good downpour from Thursday night and should continue through friday, then maybe a chance of some more rain  from Monday till Wednesday (fingers crossed) if the rain does finally come, it will certainly bring some fish into the rivers and streams in the area. The past couple of weeks has seen some larger fish starting to move into both the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers, although at this stage they look to be just scoping out some good breeding grounds and are very very spooky at the moment.

 

There is still some great dry-fly fishing to be had, although the overnight temperatures have been quite cool, there has been plenty of sunshine warming up the day and we are still seeing some good hatches of smaller mayflies and midge. There are also still a few hoppers around, but I’d say there days are numbered as we are starting to get a few good frosts in the morning. It’s a good time to start thinking about getting some flies below the surface. As the weather cools there is going to be less surface activity and a lot more sub-surface action. Nymphs and Glo-bugs are going to be the go to flies once there is some more water moving down the rivers and creeks. For those looking at trying something a little different during the spawning period, try swinging some big wet flies down and across for some very exciting takes from some big aggressive fish!

Lake fishing is starting to pick up on both lakes, with some good fish cruising around the newly exposed weed beds on Lake Jindabyne and yabbie beds on Eucumbene. There has been a lot of fluctuation on levels on both lakes this summer which has made it a little difficult for any solid food to establish around the edges, The best bet for getting into the lake fish is fishing deep at around 30-40ft.

The smaller creeks around the area are still fishing quite well although are suffering from a lack of water. Just be aware that fish can die easily if not handled properly, and great care should be taken when releasing your catch.

Remember that the May 1st bag and size limits are now in effect and that only one fish over 50cm is permitted with a 2 fish possession limit for trout spawning stream and rivers.

With hopefully a bit of wet weather coming our way in the next few days the fishing should pick up and with only a few weeks left of the NSW Trout river season left, it would be a fantastic to end the season on a high after the fantastic season it was.

Don’t forget to drop by the shop to grab some flies and supplies! or just call in for a catch up and find out where the fish are biting!

happy fishing folks!!

The High Country Crew.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, Uncategorized

March Fishing Report.

 

Autumn is here!

The trees are changing colour  and the days are getting shorter. Its been a fantastic summer for trout fishing, albeit a challenging one in the later part. We have had some very warm days here in the high country with very little significant rain falling in the past couple of months making the later part of the summer fishing quite challenging for daytime fishing. There is still some very good fishing to be had with plenty of fish in the rivers and lakes. With low water conditions in most of the rivers around the region you really have to be on your game, as the fish are quite “skittish” at the moment. With a little patience and a stealthy approach will get you into some good fishing. Earlier and later parts of the day have generally been a lot more productive.

 

The hoppers are out in numbers as well, and fishing the grassy edges of the rivers and lakes during the windier times has proven to be quite successful. A hopper pattern smacked on the surface is usually too hard for a hungry trout to resist!!! There is a huge variety of shapes and colored hoppers getting around! Luckily we have just about every pattern to match them here in store. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with your patterns as there is still quite a few bugs getting about, with no dominant critters apart from the hoppers! When the going gets a little tougher during the high sun, it can pay to drop a nymph under a dry-fly, or even fishing the deeper water with a couple of nymphs.

Lake Eucumbene is starting to see a few fish move in closer to the edges chasing the bugs around the weed beds. As the weather starts to cool down some more we should start to get into some better fishing, the Browns will be looking for some food to get into some condition ready for their annual pilgrimage up stream to spawn.

Lake Jindabyne is also seeing some better fish coming in closer to shore as there a some good schools of goldfish hanging around the weed beds. The brown trout love chasing them down for a nice big meal with little effort. Larger streamers fished in the schools can usually produce some good results.

The higher streams are still the pick of the fishing at the moment. As the weather cools and we start to get some rain (hopefully!!??) the fishing will start getting a little easier and the fish will become a little more relaxed.

Happy fishing folks! The next couple of months are looking great!

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Uncategorized

Fishpond vests and accessories.

 

 

 

Fishpond have a passion for creating products that stretch the boundaries of traditional product design and set new standards for functionality. With their roots firmly planted in the core fishing market.

Fishpond is headquartered under the peaks of the Colorado Rockies, which provides them with the perfect testing ground for new product designs. The land and water in Colorado inspire them to focus on rugged construction and  to evaluate the performance they build into each and every one of their products.

Fishpond vests and accessories are now available at High Country Outfitters.

 

Wasatch Tech Pack $359.95

 

 

 

 

Gore Range Tech Pack $259.95

 

Sagebrush vest $259.95

 

Muchacha W’s Vest $259.95

Headgate Tippet Holder $39.95

Headgate Tippet Holder XL $44.95

Fishpond Gear Strap $11.95

Swift Current Thermometer $29.95

Barracuda Razor Clipper $44.95

Fishpond Vests and Accessories are built to last. We are very happy to be stocking these great quality and innovative products.

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.