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Stunning fly fishing weather and conditions near Queenstown New Zealand

Since my last post the weather has been stunning, the rivers in great nick and the trout have been there for the taking. With all the water open down our way the is plenty of choice of where to fish on any given day and we have seen plenty of rainbows and browns to the bank. Even some on the dry fly.

The fish of the week was this great 11.25 lbs rainbow trout which my new Scott S4 6wt dealt to with ease.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions 11.25lb NZ Rainbow trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions 11.25lb NZ Rainbow trout

The fish was released by the way.

Happy clients have finished the day with some great tales to tell about the largest trout they have ever caught. Although fairly average by NZ standards it reminds me that many foreign anglers are used to catching much smaller fish than our average 3 – 5 lbs trout here in NZ.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Big Smiles

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Big Smiles

As it gets closer to the time you are coming out to NZ be sure to get in some decent practice session with the fly rod, as we get deeper into our season here it becomes more and more important to make sure you can be accurate with that first cast, you might not get a second chance which is especially the case on our big browns. The rainbows being a bit more aggressive may give you more opportunities but still a good first up presentation will take you a long way.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - good times on the bow's

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - good times on the bow's

People practice for golf and skiing and most of the other sports they enjoy so why not get some practice in with the fly rod before your big trip to New Zealand (or anywhere). A few sessions on the grass and casting into the wind  (we do a lot of that here) will benefit you. Doing a casting clinic suited to your level of experience is a great way to get the right technique down but you still have to practice after it.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - yeah baby

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - yeah baby

The weather looks like we are going to see a bit of a change over the weekend with some precipitation and the next week looks like a slightly disturbed westerly flow will bring the odd bit of rain and wind but there will be some little gaps in there for those who can’t cast into the wind!

Book an expedition with me and make the most of your time here.

New Zealand back country fly fishing waters now open

October has been and gone with some awesome fishing. Yesterday was the opening  of the NZ back country rivers with the odd exception in the Central South Island region which don’t open until early December.  The weather was amazing with a blue bird day and light southerly winds (on your tail) and I am sure anybody who got into the back country waters had a great time.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - green and brown

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - green and brown

I certainly did even though I arrived late and there were several other parties of anglers ahead of me on the water, not that I saw any of them. I fished slowly for about 4hrs using both blind and sight fishing techniques and managed 15 to net with a few long line releases, nothing big all ranged between about 2lbs and 7lbs with a nice mix of rainbows trout and brown trout.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - early season high country rainbow

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - early season high country rainbow

The weather continues to be fabulous although it looks like some rain on Thursday but should clear quite quickly and another large high is ridging in. The warm weather has been producing some snow melt and keeping the flows quite high and some rivers are seeing slight discoloration as the day goes on.

Tip – get deep fast – make sure your choice of fly is in the fishes feeding zone.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - early season high country brown

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - early season high country brown

I have been putting my Scott S4 6wt rod thru its paces and it’s a bloody great rod. Makes light work of head winds, can carry really heavy gear yet remains delicate for presenting small dry’s and fights fish almost like bamboo with a deep flex thru the rod. If you are in the market for what I suggest is possibly the best rod for NZ conditions get yourself the Scott S4.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - spots on brown

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - spots on brown

Anybody wanting to get some fishing in during November be sure to get in touch as it will be awesome fishing and I have some space available.

Early season Queenstown fly fishing going off

The last week near Queenstown New Zealand has seen some great fly fishing even though the weather has not been easy with fronts coming thru every day or so carrying cold rain and snow to quite low levels.

Using some local knowledge of how to work the weather and what the fish are doing has paid dividends with some very happy clients catching some bloody awesome trout. Both brown and rainbow trout have been par for the course. Getting down fast and deep has been the winner for us with the odd exception coming to the dry fly.

Here’s a couple of shots of some of the pearlers over the last week.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - fun times

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Chunky rainbow trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Chunky rainbow trout

And to cap it all of a great 13lb New Zealand trophy trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - 13lbs of NZ trophy brown trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - 13lbs of NZ trophy brown trout

So when are you coming to fish? Now’s good.  Check out the options available and make your booking with me.

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