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Queenstown Fly Fishing is good as Xmas approaches

Fly Fishing Queenstown

Queenstown fishing is good as Xmas is fast approaching. A wee fresh came thru and livened the rivers up again which was well needed as the water has been getting low. Nymphing has been the most productive still but the terrestrial action is starting with Manuka flowering and lots of blow flies appearing ….. the fish are starting to look at the surface again.

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My man from Ascot!

Make sure you check out my Facebook page Fly Fish New Zealand to keep up to date with the fishing as I am posting more regularly there than my blog.

Other news … a good friend of mine JDub has just gone into commercial beer making (ex-head wine maker for Chard Farm) with Queenstown Brewers “Steam Brew”. Very refreshing after a days Queenstown fishing. It available at the Queenstown New World supermarket and most of Queenstowns liquor stores.

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Queenstown Fly Fishing with Queenstown Brewers “Steam Brew”

 

Even in mid summer Queenstown fishing can throw some unpredictable weather at you so a Cloudburst Jacket from Sitka is a great option to keep the cold wind off you and keep you dry in the heaviest of downpours and keep you concealed from your elusive quarry with it’s amazing camo technology. Well worth getting some of this kit!

Check out Manic Tackle Projects new website and note they are now the Simms guys for New Zealand!

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Camo

Tip – some situations a nymph or a dry fly just wont cut it. The shot below was one such fish in a tricky spot on the other side of a fallen tree with tons of over hanging branches. There was no easy way to get at it from below so we snuck around to the top of the fallen tree and delivered an accurate cast across the small channel and let it swing from the far bank towards the tree ….. the fish came skipping across the surface in hot pursuit and nailed it (it looked a lot like a skipjack tuna) …… the real fun started trying to negotiate the obstacles to land the fish!

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Outside the box

Have a great Xmas and remember BOOK YOUR TRIP!

Fly Fishing Queenstown early season

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Fly Fishing Queenstown and local area over the last month has not been the easiest in regard to the weather. The typical spring weather has been bringing thru plenty of fronts delivering wind and rain making the rivers rivers go up and down like yo yos. The good news is on the 1st Nov the back country water opened and now we have our full array of fly fishing Queenstown water to hit.

Even tho the weather has not been easy the fishing has been good…..getting geared up to beat the cold stormy days and choosing the right water to fish and then hitting the good stuff in the breaks in between has certainly got us in to some good fish.

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Early season trophy rainbow

The small waters have been fishing well too on those shitty days.

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Small water fish

 

Almost with out exception the fish have been in great nick

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Great condition early season brown

Most of the time we have been getting down deep with big heavy stuff and running a small dropper rig which has been doing the real damage…….but only when we have been at depth. Making sure you can deliver the casting goods is crucial to success … here are the basic 5 essentials.

Last week I was out guiding and 3 out of the 5 days the weather was exceptional and my client had a ball with learning some new techniques and getting some cracking fish. Not only some big boys but plenty,  a conservative count would have been around 50 for the week. Amongst these was a brown trout that went 2 ounces under the magic 10lbs ….. oh so close and a big bow that went 11lbs to finish an outstanding week of fly fishing.

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Almost the magic 10lbs … not quite!

I made a mistake one day …… should have been in the waders…….freezing southerly wind and snow showers coming thru the bush line. Spent most of the day running on the spot and doing burpees to stay warm!

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Cold showers days still produce

Love the back country when you stumble across a good size brown …. this fish had a brief look at a nymph and then wouldn’t eat anything until ……… well the pic says it all.

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Dead drift streamer … big fish love em!

During this day I managed to break some ribs…..big boulder rolled and I was keen to get my legs out of crush zone and threw my body sideways in the air but being no gymnast I came down heavily side on into a small but friggin hard boulder straight into the the side of my chest……..3 hours walk out in some tough terrain to get to my supply of pain killers! This did not stop me guiding the next 2 days although we changed plans and fished some easier water with great results.

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Bar of Silver

The week finished with this bad boy ……… well done MG …….. see you again soon!

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11lbs of bow

So all up a great week of Queenstown fly fishing …… if you want some of this be sure to book your trip now!

 

New Zealand Fly Fishing 2012 season is well underway

Fly Fishing Queenstown

The New Zealand Fly Fishing 2012 season is well underway amidst the usual spring time weather patterns that the Roaring 40’s throws our way.  Its nothing that some good gear, layering up and keeping warm and dry won’t stop you getting onto some good fishing.

The temps have been up and down.  Both air and water temps, big rains and snow melt have discolored rivers and streams on and off, but when the water temps have risen above about 9 deg C there has been some pretty good fishing, even some good dry fly action. Just yesterday after a big rain storm I hit my local piece of water choose a spot and sat and waited. It didn’t take long to spot a nice brown cruise out of the willows circle around and disappear again. By the time he came back I was rigged up and tossed and nice big terrestrial into his path  and wam, bam thank you mam!

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Close to home

It just goes to show how good the fishing can be at your doorstep!

To be honest though the dry fly has been mostly mayfly occurring sometime after lunch with the odd exception.

 

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October Mayfly

Here’s an interesting series of pics showing a nice brown trout coming up to take an imitation mayfly:

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Here it comes

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Its gonna eat it

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There it goes

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wait

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wait

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wait

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WAIT

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Now tighten!

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When the mayflies have not been on, getting heavy and going deep generally produces results….I like to tow a wee emerging style light nymph in behind. The big stuff gets you down and Mr Fluff emulates the  emerging mayfly nymph which takes the fish 90% of the time.

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When the going gets tough wiping out a big streamer pattern and dead drifting down banks can be a good way to pull out some great fish …. this one actually took just as the swing started.

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Having really good line control and using slack line presentation  was the undoing of this fish …. close quarters combat in difficult pocket water.

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