2 Aussie guys and a a week of back country fly fishing and camping in remote regions near Queenstown New Zealand was fantastic and saw many fine trout landed including 2 large fish, one weighing 10lbs and one 10.25lbs.
The hard yards getting into (and back out of) these areas when the weather was right saw most fish caught on terrestrial patterns – Cicada and Blowflies being the big winners along with one of my home tied flies we will just call the Wilkie Wonder!
Many of the fish that were caught was on the first cast. Making it count first time up makes life much easier in catching New Zealand South Island trout. Over the week we landed approximately 40 trout and lost another 15 – 20 fish – what a week! It doesn’t get much better.
These particular clients are some of my regulars who have fished with me on quite a few occasions now. They have been applying the tips and tricks I give them and better still before each trip with me they get some practice in ensuring when they get here they can do the business, after all the guy on the end of the stick has to do the job at the end of the day. The Scott rods were bent all week, the Airflo lines were making light work of the wind, my new C&F design fly patch worked great – I didn’t lose a single fly all week while crawling thru all sorts of spiky New Zealand river side foliage while trying to find unsuspecting trout.
These guys work really well as a team, both with each other and me as the guide. Between us we got some great video footage – so keep an eye out for some new videos at my You Tube channel or/and Hook TV
I’m at home for about 36 hours before I head out on my next Safari trip so it’s catch up time with my family and restock all the kit ready to hit the rivers in the lower 1/3rd of New Zealand’s South Island for another blast of trying to fool big NZ trout.