Recently I have been exploring some different ways to catch New Zealand trout. I had some saltwater flies sitting around that I use for offerings to kawhai and decided on a recent foray to a couple of local rivers to try using them.
I was using a switch rod with a skagit head with about 11ft of fast sinking leader and then my very bright green and white kawhai fly. It wasn’t long until I had a hit which gave me some hope. A short while later I felt a good solid tug and I tugged back – yehaa fish on. A few more fish have succumbed to this set up so I figure yes you can catch New Zealand trout on saltwater flies.
At the end of the day if you put an offering in front of a hungry trout that is fished appropriately chances are it will have a crack at eating it. There are a few variables with water colour, light conditions, moon phase etc but really if the trout is eating and you present to it correctly yehaa fish on!
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