The Stuff Memories Are Made Of | Fly Fish New Zealand

The Stuff Memories Are Made Of | Fly Fish New Zealand

I recently spent a day guiding father and son Hugh and William Spalding on the upper Mataura. We encountered a magic day of weather and the usual fussy brown trout that reside in the upper reaches of this beautiful stream. The first few pools we found a couple of fish nymphing in and hooked one fairly early on but unfortunately it popped off. Things were quiet for the next hour or so with limited shots at feeding fish. We stopped for lunch by the riverside and watched a nice fish feeding off the surface while we hurriedly devoured our filled rolls hoping the fish would continue as we ate !

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Denver Outfitters Rod Vault | Fly Fish New Zealand

Denver Outfitters Rod Vault | Fly Fish New Zealand

The Rod Vault can take three rods up to 10’ long and reels up to 4” diameter. The reel cover is lockable, and you can even padlock your Rod Vault to your roof rack so your gear is safe and sound. The soft plastic tube inserts are also a thoughtful touch.

Breaking rod tips in the car doors and snagging flies on the upholstery are now a thing of the past and the extra space in the vehicle is great for those multi-day trips when things can get messy.

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Inflatable Swags From Intents Outdoors | Fly Fish New Zealand

Inflatable Swags From Intents Outdoors | Fly Fish New Zealand

I recently purchased an inflatable air pole freestanding Queen swag from Intents Outdoors and am thoroughly impressed with what I received. I rang Len Goon the owner of the company on the Monday morning as I had a few questions for him regarding the inflatable swags and had one on the courier by the end of the day. It arrived 2 days later well packaged up with clear instructions on how to "season" it to make sure that it is waterproof, I was instantly impressed with quality of the product. A great combo of durability, comfort and convenience - the Orson Air Pole Swag has the all the traditional features of a tough, quality canvas swag and combines them with the benefits of the latest in air pole technology to give you the ultimate camping experience.

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Fly Fishing With My Kids | New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide

Fly Fishing With My Kids | New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide

Well its school holiday time here in New Zealand and many of our rivers have just opened for the season. Mum's at work so dads got the kids so what better way to fill in the day than take them fly fishing ! Louie has been fly fishing for about 3 years now and Charlotte had her first day today which was cool. We hit a small stream nearby and explored its lower reaches. Not lots of fish but just enough to keep us all entertained :)

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Garmin inReach SE+ | Fly Fish New Zealand

Garmin inReach SE+ | Fly Fish New Zealand

These are specially designed for those venturing out into our remoter regions, these handheld satellite communicators are designed so you can stay in touch with family and loved ones while out of range of typical cell-phone coverage, when deep in the back country or out in the ocean. You can preload it with emergency contacts and text messages or type them as required. So if your caught out over night etc you can let your loved ones know your ok and what your plans are.

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Dobson Fly Nymph or Toe-biter | New Zealand Trout Food

Dobson Fly Nymph or Toe-biter | New Zealand Trout Food

The Dobson fly (Archichauliodes diversus )or Toebiter nymph has become a very important fly pattern in my fly box early come early season. This large predatory native insect is found through out New Zealand's more hard bottomed , stony rivers and streams and can be found in their larger bouldery sections. Dobson fly larvae are typically 25-38mm mm long and have a black, flattened thorax and head. The head has a large set of serrated mandibles that it uses to catch other aquatic invertebrates which may include most species of mayfly, caddis and each other ! It has 8 tentacle like gills on each side of it's abdomen and 2 hook like legs near it's tail which it uses to attach itself to rocks etc.

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Early Season Preparation | Aspiring Fly Fishing Guides

Early Season Preparation | Aspiring Fly Fishing Guides

Early season sees many of our Central Otago rivers and streams running high and carrying some snow melt. Water temps are still low and many fish will be still recovering from the long winter, so go big with your first choice of nymph, give them a reason to move and eat your fly! Large Dobson fly patterns and big rubber legged nymphs will grab the attention of fish.

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New Zealand Fly Tying | Coloburiscus humeralis nymph

New Zealand Fly Tying | Coloburiscus humeralis nymph

This chocolate brown coloured nymph which is also know as the "spiny gill" mayfly nymph is an easy one to tie and one that should be in every fly fisherman's fly box if visiting New Zealand fly fishing. It is commonly found through out NZ in stable well oxygenated rivers and streams among the sections of river with larger stones and boulders. Its quite distinguishable from other nymphs due to its feathery gill structure along its body which it uses to extract oxygen from the fast flowing water in which it lives.

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Fly Fishing Lake Moeraki | South Westland | New Zealand

Fly Fishing Lake Moeraki | South Westland | New Zealand

The section at the South Eastern end where the Moeraki (Blue) river flows in offers a small amount of lake edge stalking over weed beds that I have done very well on the 2 previous visits to Lake Moeraki. The delta area where the Moeraki river flows into the lake offers some great flats stalking over a shingle bottom and we both sight fished to cruising brownies that drifted in from the deeper weed beds in search of bullies along the stony edges. The fish were eager to chase our flies and looked like the winter has been treating them as they are in superb condition!

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Clutha River Super Low !

Clutha River Super Low !

With the Clutha river at the lowest that I've ever seen it for this time of year, lots of new water is available to fish. A very pleasant few hours swinging flies today on new sections of water usually not accessible at this time of year. I was able to sneak up the side of a deep back water that is usually to deep to get around and get access to a fast run that had some slow softer water just off to it's side.

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Coldest Day Of The Year So Far Fishing

Coldest Day Of The Year So Far Fishing

I had a spare half day to myself with no commitments other than doing a few jobs down town such as renewing car rego's and posting some mail so I decided to head out to swing some flies on my double handed rod. The day was cool...actually it was bloody freezing ! The mercury was sitting on -1 on our weather station at home so wrapping up was going to be the name of game today.

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Fly Fishing Lake Hawea.

Fly Fishing Lake Hawea.

There are both brown and rainbow trout in the lake along with a good population of land-locked Quinnat Salmon (which by the way are excellent eating and are caught in good numbers around Xmas time). There is reasonable road access to parts of Lake Hawea for fly anglers along state highway 6 however, most access to the lake along here is quite steep and covered in dense vegetation in places .

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Fly Fishing New Zealand In The Month Of May

Fly Fishing New Zealand In The Month Of May

May is still a great month to fly fish here in New Zealand. Many people hang up their gear for the winter at the end of April but some of the best conditioned brown trout you will catch all season are on the move and making their way upstream out of our larger Southern lakes into the smaller tributaries.  To many anglers this is the beginning of the prime fishing time as large fish are targeted as they enter the rivers from the lakes. I never target a fish that is actually in the process of spawning, show a little respect for the troutwhile they are busy trying to secure the future population. These fish are already under a lot of stress, they don’t need you hooking them while they are hard at work !
 

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