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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CDC Emergers On The Mataura River

CDC Emergers On The Mataura River

f fishing this fly in faster moving water and in the foam line I tie it behind a Hi Viz #12-16 Parachute style fly so as you can see it easier. If fish are in the slower moving -slicker-glassier pools and you don't want to spook fish with the bigger indicator fly I generally fish it on its own with a long fine leader of around 12-15 feet. The fish in the below picture was my last fish for the 2016-17 season taken in super calm - glassy conditions, this fish was cruising around the pool sipping down emergers.

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Autumn Fly Fishing In Southland

Autumn Fly Fishing In Southland

After a pretty ordinary summer we are having a belter of an Autumn thus far ! The past few weeks have been very settled with cooler starts to the day with things warming up nicely by midday. I have spent the past few weeks guiding clients in the Southland region, basing ourselves near Lumsden and fishing the nearby rivers. Fish that clients have been landing have been in superb condition and all the 3-6lb range with the occasional bigger one making it to the net.

 

 

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A Week Fly Fishing New Zealand With AL

A Week Fly Fishing New Zealand With AL

Al fished with me several years ago and we did a Multi Day Trip exploring some out of the way rivers and streams in the Central South Island region. We ventured into some of the more remote rivers and streams catching some cracking brown and rainbow trout over the 5 days. HE contacted me earlier this year to say he was coming out again and bringing his new girlfriend Jeanhei and wanted to head into the same area as he had a few scores to settle with a couple of big fish that had smoked him the previous trip ! We made a rough plan as to where would head but left it a little open as the summer weather we were experiencing this year was very up and down to say the least !!

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Fly Fishing New Zealand : January Report

Fly Fishing New Zealand : January Report

Well summer seems to have skipped us here in New Zealand this year ! We are still experiencing spring like conditions with strong winds, lots of rain and cooler day time temps way off what they should be. Just last week several local rivers throughout the Southland and Otago regions reached record flood levels and are still recovering now. I had to cancel one day (for the first time in 10 season)as there was just no where to go other than the lakes of which my clients were not interested in fishing.

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Back Country Fly Fishing With My Son - Part 1

Back Country Fly Fishing With My Son - Part 1

I recently had a 2 day camp out fly fishing / hunting trip away with my son Louie .
 I arrived home from a days guiding and we packed my truck and headed for the back country for some fly fishing and a spot of rabbit shooting ! The first day we hit a small tributary of larger South Island back country stream one that held both Brown trout and rainbow trout in the 3-6lb range.

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The Ghantous Boys From Sydney Australia

The Ghantous Boys From Sydney Australia

This is the 4th trip Bassam and his 2 sons Simon and JP have booked with me, and its one I really look forward to each season ! We decided to head away from our usual base in Southland and head further North this time. We based ourselves in the small tourist town of Twizel in the Mckenzie region this trip,  from which we could drive to several world class rivers each day. Again the weather was up and down with plenty of wind , overcast rainy days and good a dusting of snow even one night ! The rivers were all high but clear in the region and holding some great rainbow and brown trout which were all in fantastic condition !

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Fly Fish New Zealand : Bucket List Trip For David and Jim

Fly Fish New Zealand : Bucket List Trip For David and Jim

I recently guided father and son team Jim and David for 4 days in the Central Otago region.
 Jim had just recently recovered for major surgery and decided it was now or never for he and his son David to book their bucket list dream trip of fly fishing around New Zealand. I met the guys at a designated meeting spot and we headed off our NZ fly fishing road trip. The weather for the 4 days was a mixed bag of the usual spring time conditions we get here in the South Island of New Zealand in late November with wind and the odd showery day. The guys wanted to fish some smaller streams so we headed into the headwaters of a couple of streams that held both brown and rainbow trout in the 3-6lb mark with the occasional bigger fish some years !

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Fly Fish New Zealand Road Trip With Mark & Tom

Fly Fish New Zealand Road Trip With Mark & Tom

Tom and Mark arrived in New Zealand after have spent the past 2 months filming in Antarctica for an upcoming wildlife doco. They had a stop over here in NZ on the way home to the UK and decided to stay for a 2 week fly fishing road trip around the lower the South Island. We arranged to meet in location "X" and spend a couple of days exploring some local streams and also to get the guys up to speed with our style of fishing here in New Zealand so as they could fish on there own for the rest of their stay.

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Guided Fly Fishing In Southland With Matt And Danny

Guided Fly Fishing In Southland With Matt And Danny

We progressed up stream slowly , carefully fishing all the likely water paying special attention to the drop offs and seams. Matt dropped a big fish a couple of pools up , he had too much slack in his line,when the fish ate his nymph and his indicator shot down he had to much line to pick up before he could get a good hook set in the trouts jaw. After some ribbing and banter from Pudge we moved on and came to a big pool with a shallow tail out , there was a good fish swinging in the current , a quick fly change to a dry- dropper set up was made so as to not spook the fish with a bulky indicator and double nymph rig. Manics guide chute has become my number one dry-dropper fly as it will suspend a small or well weighted nymph under neath and is very visible as and indicator in faster water. Matt got into position and cast ahead of the fish by a meter or so , the fish moved across slightly and took his small suspended nymph ...game on ! After a 5 min tug of war we had a beautiful 6.5lb brown trout in the net.

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A Day Fly Fishing With My Son

A Day Fly Fishing With My Son

Despite some recent rain and a little snow which had fallen recently the river was in pretty good shape , high but clear. Some usually deep holes that held fish were filled in so we had to walk a little until we found some fish. We eventually came to a deep pool that held a good fish and with a little help from Dad, Louie managed to cast his fly well up ahead of a nice Rainbow Trout that was swinging in the current which didn't hesitate to lift slightly and eat his nymph.

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Fly Fish New Zealand Opening Day 2016

Fly Fish New Zealand Opening Day 2016

The river was clear when I arrived but as the day passed it coloured up slightly due to the melting snow in the surrounding mountains which is not uncommon on this wee stream. Fish were mainly holding in the pools and were a bit sluggish and not really feeding , I managed to fool a couple early on then it was pretty slow from then on in until I came across a good brown trout in a deep pool that was hanging off to the side in some slower water which didn't hesitate to eat my nymph on the first drift.

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Spooky Trout On Lake Wanaka

Spooky Trout On Lake Wanaka

We spotted good numbers of fish foraging along the stoney bottom sections of lake edge in search of bullies , the trick was to cast well ahead of the trout with long fine leaders so as to not disturb the surface too close to the fish and allow your bully pattern to sink and rest on the bottom. As the fish neared your fly a couple of short- sharp retrieves to imitate the natural movement of a bully was usually enough to get the attention of most fish, being mindful to not over do it with stripping the fly too quickly and making the fish suspicious to have them turn, chase and then refuse at the last minute.

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Fishing The Pools

Fishing The Pools

Pools are the deep water areas of a river and usually form where a river or stream's gradient levels out and slows down the water flow resulting in a slower-deeper body of water forming that then widens out into a pool. Reading the water is a matter of recognizing the different types of water in a river or stream and where trout will generally be in each type of water. A trout will always seek out it's basic requirements of safety from predators , shelter from strong currents-flows and food, all of which are provided in a deep pool. Pools can be broken down into 3 sections , these are the head of the pool , the belly of the pool and finally the tail of the pool .

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Flexing the Flex-Review Of The New Scott 690/4 Flex Rod

Flexing the Flex-Review Of The New Scott 690/4 Flex Rod

It’s a mid-price point fly rod that delivers all the bells and whistles for under the $1000 mark. The FLEX incorporates many of the new innovative  design and technology aspects that are found in the award winning Scott Radian and Meridan rods. Each rod is hand made from start to finish in their shop in Montrose Colorado so no short cuts have been taken in the making of this quality new rod series.

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