Fly fishing in New Zealand is just like fishing in Scotland except the trout and landscape is on steroids my clients of the last 4 days exclaimed – apart from the differences in actual fly fishing techniques.
4 days camping out in quite remote back country proved very successful for these visitors to New Zealand who landed some good fish each day and lost a few too. Most of the fish were caught on Cicadas or similar terrestrial patterns.
Once again apart from one fish it came down to making the first cast count. If we got it right first time, right line and right drag free presentation the fish were into it – if not hey presto the magic disappearing trout. The only time this was not the case we worked a fish for 1 hr and had it swing over to the fly and look several times but refuse. Many, many fly changes later the fish finally took the fly and client forgot to say ” God save the Queen”, probably only got the G in God out before setting and nothing there but the fish stayed in its feeding position and kept feeding. About 20 minutes later a “random” fly choice got another response from the fish and this time all went to plan with a great 6.5 lb trout to the bank. This sort of scenario is quite rare but the client never made a bad cast and the perseverance paid off.
I’m off again tomorrow on another Safari trip for 8 days and will in search of some more majestic scenery and big trout – watch for the next post.