Dry fly double hook up galore!

Little photo essay from our last overnighter! 

Marek's back again from Yukon after another busy season of guiding at Dalton trail lodge, and what a first trip we had to kick it off for him! Blue sky, no wind and fish back to being keen again after much needed heavy rain! Exploring new water, blue sky, zero wind... no wonder we pulled out pretty much 14 hrs session on day one and day two got me into trouble coming home very late after I promised early return.... but you just can't leave the river when multiple dry fly double hookups are on the menu.

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Tribs and Tackles

Not your usual New Zealand fishing photos! J Kels and myself decided to explore some tiny tributaries in search of brook trout. We didn't manage to catch any brook trout, but holy shit those little creeks were fun to fish. Left us absolutely amazed by the quality and quantity of these little juvenile trout.

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B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Just got back from another BANGER trip with my mate Matt Butler. I think we need to team up more often because in the words of Gwen Stefani This shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S! We got extremely great weather with temperatures peaking at 30 degrees, and the fish just loved it too. They were actively feeding and changing flies pretty much with every fish was  the HIT! We got some Epic dry fly eats, fish on nymphs and of course streamers. Even the worm came out of the flybox!

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DRY FLY EATER FROM A SKINNY WATER

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This beauty took Matt for a solid run

Bow casted Dore`s Glister into a tricky spot got it done!

Look at those spots!!!!

Epic Start!

Epic Memories - It has been a great opening week of fishing here in NZ with some decent weather and even better fish, but today was one we'll never forget. We hit a notoriously tough river on a red letter day, with the fish just mowing down everything we threw at them without much effort! Then came the moment we got a double hook up on a pair of serious fish from opposite sides of the river, making every step of the 15km walk worth it, not to mention the other 30 or so hookups!! 

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© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

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© Lockie Sutherland

© Lockie Sutherland

Tight Lines!

Winter vibes!

It`s been warming up lately and everything is coming back to life again! There is plenty of water to be fished over the winter months in lower South Island, so if you feel anxious this would be the best time to get out and get into it again. Smaller lakes which remain open the whole year round would be my place to go. You don`t have to rush as the mornings are still cold and there is not much competition. But on the other hand it`s quite impressive to see how everything changes as the day progresses! Fish are patrolling shallows again looking for food. It`s important to get their attention without spooking them. If you struggle with your presentation, or fish simply follow but never take, here is my advice:  Cast well ahead of the moving fish and let the streamer sink all the way to the bottom. Twitch as the fish are about a meter away, your streamer will most likely get smashed straight when the mud swirles and if not, a few strips should do the job. Fish drop offs, across weed beds, along tree logs or any obstacles in the water. Don`t forget the river mouths as there will always be fish lurking around and it`s also a great place to try different techniques and practise casting. Get out, explore, get the fishing going or just go on a walk (don`t forget to bring the rod though, always bring the rod)!

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ADIEU!!

"One thing you can count on with flyfishing is that no day is the same...even though there is some insight gained through time spent on the water...rain, hail and shine are just a few variables that make a days fishing something new and surprising...One thing that has never changed with flyfishing for me has been the fun and excitement of going on a trip with my fishing buddies...it is the one thing that always makes the fishing enjoyable and this backcountry trip...probably the last for the season...is no different. In a world of constant change it is cool to know that a fishing buddy, a flyrod and a bit of water will always provide a flybox full of fun and memories..."

Watch this video to satisfy your senses! Mayfly feeders on 23rd of May 2017

5 * DAY DOWN SOUTH

Today we had an absolutely cracking day on the water! We had quite a bit of rain overnight which continued through the early morning, but as soon as the clock hit 10am the clouds were gone and the sun started to blaze. The fish were out today, actively feeding. However, it wasn`t an easy job as the water level was extremely low and fish selective as hell, but with the weather conditions absolutely on point, the hard work brought some in the net. Willow grubs, green beetles and mayfly emergers were on the menu!

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Exploring NEW SOUTH WALES

First off all I had to get my hands on some new gear so I hit up Chris Sharland from Manic with a a little email explaining what I was gonna be getting up to... 15 days non-fishing specific trip through New South Wales in Australia with my girlfriend, but this time I would like to bring some fly fishing gear with me :-) I made the biggest mistake last year when we headed to Cook Islands and thought that there won`t be time for fishing because I wanted to enjoy the time away with my girlfriend, even though Chris Dore (and my girlfriend) told me to take the gear and have a little flick on the beach while she enjoys cocktails at the bar... I was like NAH MATE I will be alright. Big mistake!... Since then I have brought my rod on every vacation :-) !!

Our trip took us 2937 kms driving through New South Wales and I tried to wet the line most evenings or early mornings in all the different places we stayed. I knew it`s going to be quite challenging as I had no previous salt water experience and minimum research done. First couple of days were basically spent running up and down the beach trying to spot a fish and blind fishing a few estuaries but with no luck whatsoever. But I took it more as trying to learn different casting techniques, and practising double hauling with heavier equipment then normally.. 

I had my hands on a Scott Tidal #8 paired with Lamson Speedster and Airflo FlatMaster fly line, and as It was my first ever saltwater combo to fish with I have nothing to compare it with. But as an owner of a freshwater Scott Radian my expectations were quite high. It can take some time on the water to get good at handling your rod at different fishing scenarios, but with freshwater experience and Scott Tidal in hand, it was much easier to get things done. This #8 weight lightweight combo opened a whole new level of casting ability to me, especially when double hauling. Casting out heavier and bigger flies with easy load and able to land them to the places I wanted was just a pure joy! Of course a couple end up getting snagged on the branches overhanging the estuary banks but in general I was amazed by the accuracy of the rod. Scott Tidal is good value for money and should satisfy a beginner or experienced angler.

One evening I finally came across some bigger size fish, which were more then just a couple of curious fly followers and my first Australian Salmon (kahawai) was hooked. The first fish came out of nowhere.. what followed was an erupted take with the fish quickly disappearing into the deep. The fish made a solid bend into the rod, but was landed after couple of minutes... Unfortunately that was the only Kahawai as all the others broke off just seconds after hook up. But with our next destination in sight, I knew I was heading back to my natural habitat as we headed onwards to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains, to visit great friends and explore some of Australia's best freshwater fishing.

The Thredbo river, one of the most beautiful trout rivers I had ever fished. Amazingly peaceful place to spent some time around, with plenty of easy access. The tranquil water of Thredbo river is surrounded by beautiful sub-alpine flora and that ever present smell of eucalyptus. Fly fishing this river reminded me of many years ago when I was a kid, catching very high numbers of fish on my local river in Czech Republic..  It does not happen too often that you rock into a spot pretty late in a day and catch more fish in 15 minutes then you have fingers on both hands. Knees deep water and trout willing to rise to dry fly on every occasion. This is definitely a place that I will be returning to! 

We spent the rest of our trip on a coast where I had few more chances to hook some fish. The most fun and pretty much only to mention would be coming across Australian Snook fish. These funny looking fish are very energetic and aggressive and would take any kind of shiny fly.. I went through way to many in my fly box due the very large sharp teeth in their mouth. Once the fly hits the water the fish go absolutely ballistic, snapping after it until one is hooked. I spent couple hours fishing of the rock hooking one after another, pretty much until I had no flies left :-)

 This was an amazing experience but now I am back in New Zealand all excited about some trout fishing. The car is packed and the ALARM is going to start ringing in 5 hrs......

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Summer Newsletter

Hold on a second..... Summer has not truly arrived yet and looking at the long term weather forecast, it does not seem to be coming anytime soon! Temperature hardly getting over 16 degrees celsius, rain, clouds and of course the always present wind from all directions. It`s been tough lately but in the end, it`s all about being out there enjoying yourself.

New places were explored over the past month, old rivers revisited , some fish caught, some fish lost, many just spooked but we also came across our first TROPHY brown trout! 

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Christmas day was one of the warmer days so we decided to jump on our bikes and peddle to a local remote lake. Fish were very active as rising water temperature brought out swarms of damselflies and dragonflies.


TRIP 1

Browns and rainbows smashing streamers all day as soon as they touch the water... I say YES! DORE`S MISTER GLISTER got chased a lot! But the best thing about this trip was that we explored absolutely new place to us, which ended up being a sweet surprise!


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On our last trip we fished three rivers, two of those well known to us but some sections were still to be explored.. We came across quite a few fish but most of them were really spooky and gone before we had a chance to cast. This had been happening for hours and I was really close to calling it... We had a quick chat over a beer and decided to push it a bit more and give it another half an hour..... WHAT A GREAT DECISION THAT WAS! As we were walking upstream I spotted a fish sitting still in the head of a pool.... I quickly yelled at Chris to slow down and passed the fish onto him as he was in a better position on the opposite bank. First cast and the fish was hooked, he fought hard and tried to hide under the bank but Chris kept holding him tight  on a 4X tippet..... We knew it`s a big boy but had no idea how big....  In the end we could not quite fit him in the net but the scale dropped straight to 14 pounds which is the maximum range of it! Chris`s personal best brown trout and one that is not going to be easy to beat :-) WELL DONE BROTHER


Willow grubs...some people hate them but some people love them! Great fun on a little stream full of fish snacking hard on these little guys!

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Farewell Spring - Bring on the Summer

Over two months have passed since our Opening trip and that is also about the same time it has been since I have seen Chris......! It`s been the same way every year as he moves out of town for half the year to manage the Glade house Lodge deep in Fiordland, but of course from time to time he gets out and we try to make the most of it. Today was the day and we had a blast! But let`s have a look first what were we up to last month..

Most of my days off - Rain, Rain, Rain!...and when it finally got nice out, some kind of stomach bug totally messed me up and the trip was over. But over the weeks we still managed to get out a few times and catch some fish! 

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Power naps! © Jason Kelly

Great start to the day! Rain which never stopped

© Jason Kelly

© Jason Kelly

© Jason Kelly

The right selection of fly is crucial on this creek.

The right selection of fly is crucial on this creek.

Leave no gaps....                                    ©Jason Kelly

Leave no gaps....                                    ©Jason Kelly

 

 DAY TRIP WITH CHRIS

It`s Monday and it's supposed to be a really warm day, or at least according to the forecast. We arrive at the spot and as usual for us, there is noone else there. we whip up a quick breakfast, rig up and head towards the river. Within the first couple minutes the first fish is in the net, and every pool and hideaway we fish from there on in, continues to delight us with the goods. Today all flies and techniques seemed to work in our favour, and even though it was just a single day of fishing, it was a fruitful one. The forecast did not lie either. By the end of the day, my bare legs show the true power of the New Zealand sun!

Maybe next time I catch up with Chris it will be in his territory. Stay tuned.

Frosty morning brought 24+ C day

Frosty morning brought 24+ C day

Airflo Super DRI Elite vs Backcountry

Airflo Super DRI Elite vs Backcountry

Chris knows how to bend a rod

Early morning fish

Early morning fish

And again.......

The fish of the day

DAWN TILL DUSK

DAWN TILL DUSK