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NZ 2013: Day 6 – 16 Fiordland Fish Raging Part 2

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Featured, Fly Fishing, New Zealand | 6 comments

NZ 2013: Day 6 – 16 Fiordland Fish Raging Part 2

I came out from the previous river and rested for a day as a rain storm passed through. In my mind I was completely undecided on where to fish next. On the one hand I had a river that I had fished before and knew it was good fishing and on the other I had new options to explore. The familiar choice won and what I witnessed was one of the best fishing trips I’ve ever had out here. There was a 4 or 5 day weather window where winds were sensible and blue stuff overhead was forecast. For all the remote Fiordland rivers it is compulsory to get your gear cleaned at DOC and pick up a clean...

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NZ 2013: Day 6 – 16 – Fiordland Fish Raging Part 1

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Fly Fishing, New Zealand | 0 comments

NZ 2013: Day 6 – 16 – Fiordland Fish Raging Part 1

If there’s one place I have a soft spot for, more than any other in New Zealand, it’s got to be Fiordland. The Fiordland National Park area in the South West corner of the South Island is one of those places that just intrigues you more and more the further you explore it. It rains a lot, 6 or 7m annually or thereabouts, the sandflies are absolutely vicious, the bush is incredibly dense and there are huge mountains everywhere to make the going pretty hard. Sounds great, eh? Aside from these slight downsides, it has absolutely pristine water and a huge number of rivers where many...

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NZ 2013: Day 4 – 5 – Tough Rivers

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Fly Fishing, New Zealand | 4 comments

NZ 2013: Day 4 – 5 – Tough Rivers

The last 2 days have seen me on two different rivers. The first was the same as mentioned in the last post but a bit further upstream and yesterday was on another gorgeous, clear water mystery river. The going’s been tough, there’s been a lot of walking with limited rewards although some of the blame lies firmly with me this time as opposed to the flies as I have had my chances. Both rivers have seen some spooked fish, you know, those you don’t see until you are standing on top of them. It’s about that moment that every inch of your body wells up into a little rage and...

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First few days NZ 2013

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Fly Fishing, New Zealand | 4 comments

First few days NZ 2013

It’s been an interesting few days, that’s for sure. Here’s the opening image, I’ll let you have a guess to see if you know where this is going… In the past 3 days I’ve fished three different rivers, all of completely different character. The first was a deep, slow moving, peat stained water where I had to cast to rising fish as my guide. The second was a fast flowing river, coming through a gorge, with a mix of pools so deep you couldn’t see the bottom and nice runs and glides. The water here was fairly clear but not clear enough to spot fish...

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Help protect NZ wilderness

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in New Zealand | 0 comments

Currently there is planning underway in New Zealand to construct a tunnel from Queenstown to Milford Sound to allow faster travel for tourists. Not only is this going to be going straight through some of the finest pristine wilderness in the country, you won’t even get to use it unless you are booked on a coach with one of the operators! Having fished in this area quite extensively during my time in NZ, something really should be done to stop this. Help by signing the petition, every signature counts! Link to...

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Last day fishing in NZ…

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Fly Fishing, New Zealand | 0 comments

… for now! The end of my year in NZ naturally took the form of saying goodbye to the many great people I had met in that country. My final weekend saw me at lunch in Dunedin’s octagon with a good friend and two friends from work – Will and Megan. It was during this lunch that the question was put, what are you doing this afternoon and tomorrow (saturday and sunday)? “Nothing, well… packing as I leave on Monday!” “We are heading fishing if you want to join? Drive up tonight, few beers in the pub, out fishing tomorrow?” There’s no need to go...

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