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Well we missed out on the snapper running up the Kapiti Coast but we did get into some Kawhai both on the fly and surf casting which was a bundle of fun.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf castong on the Kapiti Coa

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coa

We only picked up some small kawhai on the fly but even those were great fun on the light fly gear – they sure go like the clappers.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

With long casting rigs even young fellas can have a great time surf casting to Kawhai. It’s a technique that bundles everything up together so you don’t have bait and weights flying around separately and lets you get better distance.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

Our best luck came with the change of light (dusk) when all of a sudden whack, whack,  whack the kawhai were everwhere.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Surf casting on the Kapiti Coast

We are now going to head back down into the South Island and work our way back to Queenstown fishing the coast as we go.

When I get back to Queenstown I am off on a guided overnight safari fly fishing trip chasing trout and then another couple of single day trips before the season ends.

My friend Rene from Manic Tackle Project has released his new (and very good) online magazine Fly Fishers Inc check it out!