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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Destinations The tip of my fly rod flicks back and forth in neat arcs. A silvery loop of lengthening line whispers through the air. I have my eye on a cluster of reeds, a few metres off the lake shore. The invisible tip of the leader settles gently on the misty surface of the water, close to the reeds. Will a w ily Lake Jindabyne trout rise to my cast? It’s very unlikely – because this is a first-time beginner’s lesson and there’s no fly tied to the end of the line. I’m lear ning the absolute basics of the sport from an expert – Steve Williamson has been a professional trout fishing guide in the Snow y Mountains region for more than 20 years. His business is based in the Snowline Service Centre, adjacent to Discovery Holiday Parks-Jindabyne, at the gateway to the Snow ys. As well as introducing novices like me to fly fishing, Steve runs clinics and competitions, guides experienced anglers and is the only licensed charter boat operator on Lake Jindabyne. Many of his customers are guests at the alpine tow n’s Discovery Holiday Park, an ideal base in any season of the year from which to discover the many activities in the Jindabyne region. Part of the national Big4 group, Discovery Holiday Parks-Jindabyne has a variety of deluxe/superior villas and standard/ economy cabins, as well as powered and unpowered sites for caravans and camper Journeys in Jindabyne Chris Viney vans. Janette and Peter Raedel have managed and developed the park for the past two years and their hard work has been acknowledged with Awards for Excellence from the NSW Caravan & Camping Industry in 2010 and 2011. We stay in a self-contained, two-bedroom villa that is very comfor table and well-equipped – a welcoming place to return home to after a day on the ski slopes nearby, for a soothing hot shower and a frosty G&T on the balcony in the late afternoon sunshine. The whole park is well-planned and neatly- presented, with landscaped gardens and lawns that slope down to the lake shore, where catamarans and canoes are lined up ready for hire. The amenities centre has an outstanding array of facilities – two guest lounges and a spacious kitchen, a games room with the lot, two spas and a sauna, internet access and a drying room for ski gear – although we don’t need to use it, because dur ing our visit in early September this year, there’s not a cloud in the sky. For three balmy days, the sun blazes down on Perisher’s uncrowded midweek slopes and we enjoy spring skiing at its best. 18 August / September 2011
MNJ Aug Sep 2011