Clutha River Trophy Rainbow Trout | Wanaka Fly Fishing

Clutha River Trophy Rainbow Trout | Wanaka Fly Fishing

So after 30 years of fishing on the Clutha river I finally caught my first Clutha river trophy rainbow trout ! A cold grey old day with fog shrouding the river greeted me as I pulled into a favourite stretch of the Clutha river, just outside of my home town of Wanaka . A stretch where I've seen several big fish sitting on a drop off over the winter months for the past 20 + years, but have never managed to entice one to eat my flies !

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Getting Into the Swing Of Things | Fly Fish New Zealand

Getting Into the Swing Of Things | Fly Fish New Zealand

Im still relatively new to the double hander fly fishing scene and am learning more and more each time I venture out. I have really begun to realise the importance of the speed of the fly as it swings across the current and into the view of a fish. Fishing over the winter months here in Central Otago region on the bigger rivers such as the Clutha and Makarora usually means targeting migratory fish, fish that aren't usually actively searching for food. For this reason it is important to get the flies in their faces and most hits are more out of aggression than hunger, so getting your fly down and having it swing at the correct speed becomes very important. Below are a few ways in which you can slow down the swing of the fly making it look more appealing and keep it in there faces for longer !

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Tacky Fly Boxes | Fly Fish New Zealand

Tacky Fly Boxes | Fly Fish New Zealand

Below are a few of the reasons why I think they are quite possibly the best fly box on the market at present and nothing really comes close in my opinion. Its silicone slit storage system holds flies like no other fly box I have ever owned , no more open your fly box to find all the heavier tungsten weighted nymphs rolling around inside only to drop out when you open the box.

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Going With The Flow -Fly Fish New Zealand

Going With The Flow -Fly Fish New Zealand

We don’t always get to fly fish the rivers and streams we want here in New Zealand when the weather gods throw a curve ball at us , sometimes we have to fall back on plans A,B,C and D. Still waters are always a great option when all seems lost and are over looked by many anglers. I thoroughly enjoy stalking fish along the lake margins and try to get out as often as possible throughout the season.

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Tips For Handling-Releasing And Photographing Trout

Tips For Handling-Releasing And Photographing Trout

We all want that shot of our New Zealand trophy trout right ? But the welfare of the fish should always be the first thing on our minds once we have hooked, played and netted it. Here are a few tips for handling trout, getting a quick photo then carefully releasing them. The shorter the time they are a out of the water the better ! Using a lager soft mesh or rubber net helps prevent fin/gill damage as the fish isn't jammed in as you net it and also protects the skin of fish once netted. I use a McLean short handle Large net that easily attaches to my Simms fly fishing vest.

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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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