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Since my last post we had a few good expeditions to finish the New Zealand lowland river season and some nice mayfly hatches to boot. The mayfly were turning a darker shade and the trout were taking cleanly off the surface allowing for for some nice dry fly action. Still seeing the same old addage with “God save the Queen” being forgotten in moments of heat but all in all happy clients into trout.

The trout in these systems now have 5 months of peace and quiet for spawning before we can start attacking the again in October.

I managed a quick burst down to the South Coast to prospect for some of our sea/estuary sports salt water fish, the kawhai, and managed to hook into a few – so next time it will be a more seroius affair on Salt Water Fly gear.

Also a quick mission to the West Coast fishing from a boat proved to be fun against the Kawhai again and also opportunties on Albacore Tuna were available and proved to be great fun with some hooked and lost. We are going again soon with luck.

The duck hunting season has just started with opening weekend here being crystal clear fine weather and tye ducks flying high keeping our numbers low – it would have been better to go fishing! The weather is turning for the worse today so that will help and the next couple of evenings may prove to be much better.

The still open high country rivers (close end of May) usually produce some great fishing during May for big Fat Browns that have headed up system for spawning and also rainbows that get some feasting on the eggs although the days are much colder now and the amount of daylight much shorter as well making one really make the most of each opportunity.

NZ Fly fishing Expeditions  - Happy late season client

NZ Fly fishing Expeditions - Happy late season client


NZ Fly Fishing Expeditions - Bamboo on ice