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Fly Fishing Season

Fly Fishing Queenstown

Wow, the winter has flown past and the Queenstown fly fishing season is only a few weeks out with the opening on Oct 1st. In fact the whole of New Zealand new fly fishing season starts but make sure you know the regulations.

Here is a wee vid of some Queenstown Fly Fishing action from last season to get you fired up:

Queenstown Fly Fishing – An Anglers Paradise

If you haven’t done so it’s time to get your house in order. Re-read a previous article I  posted about getting your fly fishing gear ready to go.

It’s far more than just your gear, you need to get your head in the right place to be effective on the water come opening day/week. Knowing that your gear is all ready to go and is well maintained for the new fly fishing season is a great start to getting the top six inches engaged for action.

fly fishing Season

When was the last time you picked up your rod. Practice…get on the grass and do some bloody practice casting. Knowing that you have your casting up to speed before you hit the water will make you feel a great deal more of real confidence to deliver the goods as opportunities offer themselves. Get a casting DVD such as the Manic Guide to Fly Casting or Cast that Catch Fish.


Spend some time chatting with friends who fish about your fly fishing expectations or goals for the season and different ways to achieve them. Yep, having a goal is a good thing …. exploring some new water, using a new  fly fishing technique,  catching a fish, catching more fish, catching a big fish, spending time with friends … whatever it is actually having a goal will help you get your head into a better space and get even more enjoyment of the Queenstown Fly Fishing mecca or wherever it is you are going to be hitting the water.

Fly Fishing Season

NZ Fly Fishing Expeditions – friends

Here is a good excerpt about what to expect during the different times of our New Zealand fly fishing season.

Stay posted as updates to the blog will be a little more regular from now thru the summer but make sure to keep a close eye on my Facebook page Fly Fish New Zealand as this will be updated as much as possible starting Oct 1st.


Look forward to seeing you on the water.

Tight Lines,



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.

Queenstown Fishing

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.

Queenstown Fishing

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!

Queenstown Fishing


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!

Queenstown Fishing

Outside the box

Have a great Xmas and remember BOOK YOUR TRIP!

Fly Fishing New Zealand Southern Lakes

Fly fishing New Zealand Southern Lakes with a week to go is a good warm up session for the New Zealand season opening in a weeks time. We drove up to where one of New Zealand premier fly fishing rivers joins Lake Wakatipu and hit the mouth of the Greenstone river.

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Fly Fishing New Zealand

A morning spent getting casting up to speed was well worth it as the afternoon presented a few fish with the best being a 7.5 lbs brown caught on a Airflo Di 5 Sixth Sense line with a small bugger. Depth was required on the side of the rip as the upper water columns was not providing much sport and a count of 45 seconds was dropping the line to around 20 feet before using a slow retrieve……due to the depth and the size of the fish a good typical brown trout battle ensued and after about 8 mins we were able to beach this beautiful New Zealand brown trout.

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Fly Fishing New Zealand

It was released and swam away happily back into the depths to give another angler and opportunity to catch a fine trout while fly fishing New Zealand.

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Fly Fishing New Zealand

If you want to really give your self the best chance to catch fish like fly fishing New Zealand be sure to get some practice in…..get that casting sorted, practice, practice, practice …. it does pay off when it comes time for your big trip or even just your one or two weekends away, your rod will be bent more often and you will become one of the 10% who catch 90% of the fish.

Book your Fly Fishing New Zealand Expedition now and get in on some of this great action.



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