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.
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Have a great week Guys ‘n’ Gals
The High Country Crew.
After what seamed to be a never ending winter with some epic snow conditions not seen in years the time has finally come to get back into the rivers for some trouty goodness! There is plenty of snow on the hills and that means there’ll be plenty of water in the river and creeks for the next little while with all the snow melt. The season outlook looks set to be one of the best starts in years. There are already plenty of fish in the waterways and the Hatchery have pulled the traps in the Thredbo river after getting their quota and now allowing for a greater natural recruitment into the system. The weather has definitely warmed up and we are seeing daytime temps well into the double digits (you might even see some early hatches and get some “Dry Time” very soon).
The Rivers will be open to fish from midnight tonight!!! During the first couple of months of the river season we should still see some rainbow trout still in spawning mode. Be aware that these spawning fish are the lifeblood of our fishing, so please treat these fish carefully and return them to the water as soon as possible. For best results during the early part of the season a couple of nymphs fished below the surface should get you into the action. Standard patterns like Hare & Copper, Pheasant tail nymphs, Gold ribbed hares ear, and just about any natural colored Mayfly or Caddis fly Nymphs should do the trick. Fish them under an indicator for best results. With the warmer weather it could also pay to have some dry flies in your box as well. Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wullfs, Stimulators, and Ant patterns in sizes 12 -18.
The Lakes have been fishing reasonably well albeit a little slower than previous years, with Lake Eucumbene just out fishing Jindabyne by a fraction. The sight fishing on both lakes seems to be less productive than prospecting with some streamer patterns in the deeper water. Wooly Buggers and Killer patterns are working well.
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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
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the fishing is getting better! Its been a long hot summer and the fishing this river season has been one of the best in years!!
With the cooler weather fast approaching, we should start to see some rain falling, giving the rivers and streams a good freshening up and start to see some bigger fish moving into the river system over the next month or so. Until we see some rain things are going to slow down a little as the water levels in the streams and creeks are starting to get a little low. There have been some very good numbers of hoppers around. Casting a larger hopper or stimulator style of fly near the banks should get some interest from trout hiding under the bank in the shadows. You don’t need to be too delicate in the presentation as the bigger terrestrials really make their presence known when they get blown onto the water, so don’t be afraid to really whack that fly on the surface!!
The higher water (above 1200mtrs) is the pick of the most productive water as the water temps are a little more comfortable for the trout to feed and relax! You still need to be pretty stealth in your actions though as there are so many fish that you only need to spook one little tucker to put the rest of the fish in the run in to flight mode!
Early mornings and later in the afternoon have been the pick of the times for productivity during the warmer full sun days, however generally the middle of the day has also been producing some good hatches of caddis and some smaller mayflies. Although some days have been still quite warm and can get a bit uncomfortable for both the angler and fish. Be sure to carry plenty of water and sunscreen when fishing exploring the waterways.
Lake Jindabyne has been a little slower for shore based fishing as the water temps in the lake are still a bit high to bring the bigger fish to the edges. Night time fishing on the lake has been reasonable with some fish caught around the bays and drop offs on mudeye and streamer patterns. Daytime fishing on the lake has been very “hit or miss” with the polaroiding options being quite tough at the moment.
Lake Eucumbene has been fishing a little better although it is still a bit low and muddy around the edges. There have been reports of midge in the evening around the soaks and mudeyes have also been getting around. A slowly retrieved nymph or wooly bugger would be the flies to use.
Don’t forget that we have a fully stocked fly shop with all the latest and greatest gear to suit any budget or ability. Our Echo range of fly gear has been very well received by anglers from the novice to the seasoned pro. Prices start from an unbelievable $149.95 for the Echo Base (comes with a hard tube and lifetime warranty). We also have rods and reels from Sage, Scott, Redington, Loop, Airflo, and Vision. And everything else from rod to fly!
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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!!
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.
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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!!
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Its that time of the year again folks!! The Annual Thredbo Fly Fishing Expo is back again for its fourth year. High Country Outfitters will be at the show with a great selection of the best gear around.
Some of Australia’s most accomplished fly casters and fishers will be on hand giving casting demonstration and offering advice.
This year we see Brian Henderson (IFFF MCI, FFF THCI) Coming to the expo. Brian is one of Australia’s most accomplished fly casting instructors holding both Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor and Two Handed Casting Instructor qualifications. Brian will be showing a range of casting in both two-handed and single hand techniques.
George Forster (IFFF MCI) will also be on hand to show his casting and teaching skills. George was at the expo last year and really knows his stuff and is always happy to share his knowledge and skills.
As always this event is free and a must for any fly fisher or anyone that would like to find out more about the art of fly fishing. we hope to see you all there.
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.