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.

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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!

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.

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.

Fishing Reports, Fly Fishing Shop, What's Happening

Trout Season Opens.

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.

Our Fly Shop is now open and we have been very busy this winter searching for the latest and greatest fly fishing gear at some of the best prices ever!!!! With fantastic new products from Simms, Patagonia, Airflo, Scott, Redington, Sage, Lamson, Vision, and many many more.

Get into High Country Outfitters for everything you need for your next fly fishing trip.

Service, Sales, and Advice on everything Fly!!!

Fishing Reports, What's Happening

Jindabyne Fishing Report

The foreshore fishing is picking up and the trout are starting to come in nice and close to the edges. Lake Jindabyne water level is sitting at around 74%, and Lake Eucumbene is at 35%. With both lakes storage being low it makes for some great sight fishing opportunities (especially at this time of year) The polaroiding on both lake is about to go gang-busters. There have already been some great Mayfly hatches coming off the surface during the day and there have been a few browns cruising the edges taking them off the surface. Below the surface and in the deeper water there are plenty of yabbies for the fish to gorge themselves on.

lake Eucumbene is fishing a little better than Jindabyne at the moment, but Jindabyne should pick up just as soon as we get a few warmer days. The low water levels of both lakes has exposed quite a few yabby beds and the browns have been coming right in close at night with some very good quality fish being caught, especially in the evenings.

Wooly buggers slowly retrieved off the bottom seem to be working quite well, Killer patterns such as Hammils Killers and Mrs Simpsons will work very well also.

This time of year is when the sight fishing comes into its own. The cooler days are becoming warmer and the edges are starting to show signs of bug-life. A slow walk around the lake armed with a small unweighted nymph can be some of the most exciting fishing you can get. The key to successful polaroiding is not to get too excited and cast to the fish as soon as you see it. Just relax and watch the fish! The fish will  generally work a beat allowing you to predict its movements and letting you cast a small fly to the unsuspecting feeding trout!! Well at least that what we hope for!!?? Small unweighted nymphs are my favorite flies for sight fishing at this time of the year, and would also pay to have a couple of smaller dry mayfly patterns handy as well.

There is still plenty of snow on the ground and some forecast, so whether your into fishing or snow sports we have you covered. Come on down to Jindabyne for some of the best snow in years and you might even get yourself a trout??

Happy Fishing Folks.

The High Country Crew.

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

 

 

Fly Fishing Shop, Gear Talk, Shop Specials

Bang For Your Buck!! Fly Rod Packages.

Over the past few years we have seen a few brands enter the fly fishing market with some fantastic products at some unbelievable prices. Here are a few fly fishing combos that we think are worth their weight in gold!!

Airflo Nemesis.

The Airflo Nemesis is available in #5, #6, and #8 weights all 9ft in length. A moderate to fast action rod that delivers line smoothly and accurately, with plenty of strength in the butt section to comfortably play out bigger aggressive fish, and a nice subtle tip that send out some very tight loops. The Nemesis (rod only) has a rrp $249.94 and we have packaged it together with the Fly Lab Torque reel and Airflo Velocity line (inc backing and leader) for $399.95. The Nemesis even comes with a spare tip and a hard tube. A great valued kit the I have personally been using for the past couple of seasons (in the #5 weight) The Airflo Nemesis is one of my favorite rods under $700 and only costs a mere fraction.

Airflo Creek.

The Airflo Creek series of fly rod are the more delicate, slower, and shorter brother to the Nemesis series of fly rod. Both the slower action and shorter lengths make these rods a fantastic dry fly and small water fly rod. The Creek series come in 7’3″ #3 weight, 8’2″ #4 weight, and 8’9″ #5 weight. All rods come with a spare tip and hard tube. We have packaged them together with a Fly Lab Ultra reel and suitable line (backing and leader inc.) for $399. These rods are a affordable alternative if you’re looking for a small stream rod at a reasonable price.

 

Tim Rajeffs Echo line of fly fishing product has had a huge impact on the fly fishing world over the past few years with a product that is not only very affordable, but also exceptionally great to cast and fish with.

Echo Base Kits.

The Echo Base Kit is a complete “ready to fish” combo (just add flies and water!) available in 8′ #4 weight, 9′ #5 weight, 9′ #6 weight and 9′ #8 weight. These kits are packaged with an Echo Base reel, matched line, leader and backing , and comes with a combo rod and reel tube. All Echo rods come with a lifetime warranty. The Base is a moderate action rod that is easy to cast and great fun to fish with. The echo Base Kits start at $249.95.

Echo Carbon XL.

The Echo Carbon XL is a faster, beautifully finished fly rod that is available in 9′ #4, #5, and #6 weights. It is a faster action than the Base, which is great for tackling the wind or throwing larger heavier flies. We have packaged the Carbon XL with an Echo base Reel and an Airflo Velocity line (backing and leader inc) packaged in a hard tube and comes with a lifetime warranty. The Carbon XL combo is priced from $335.00 and the rod is available on its own for $229.00. A fantastic value high performance rod at an unbelievable price.

They are just a few of our packages that we have here at High Country Outfitters that are below $400, and we reckon that they are some of the best value for money fly fishing packages available.

The rivers and streams are fishing very well down here at the moment. So now is as good a time as any to get on down to Jindabyne and grab yourself a new fly outfit and get into the action!!

Have fun guys ‘n’ gals!!

Ant.