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Well it’s been awhile since my last post and there is only a day to go and the open fishing season comes to a close here in Southen New Zealand. I would love to say that I have been out busy on the water but a nasty injury slowed me down somewhat. A massive fish  did a huge, super fast run and the line just sliced my finger to ribbons. Almost wish that was true but instead it was my wedding ring getting caught on a roof stud and trying to deglove my finger as I slid off the roof to be saved by serious injury by my rope and climbing harness!

NZ Fly Fishing Expeditions


My last trip out was with a couple of very good clients who spent a week with me travelling to a few different locations and we enjoyed some Safari camp out and a bit of Homestay  hospitality along the way.

The weather was pretty decent and the fishing was too. We had some great rainbows on some water and on other everything ranging from a confidence building day on wee 2lb to 3lb brownies

NZ Fly Fishing Expeditions

Lake view Sir?

to a unbelievable day where the lads got 2 fish each that went 10+. Yep, 4 on one day along with another that went super close and a couple lost that would have be in the same kind of weight range.

It’s one of those day that I want to have myself but also being the guide I am super happy the clients were just thrilled …. a day they will not forget.

Well thats what the fishing can be like in April, many anglers have given up for the seaon so pressure on the water has dropped off considerably, the trout are fat, fat, fat and the days are a wee bit shorter as the sun is lower in the sky. The end of our season is often one of the premium times to be out here fishing in southern New Zealand. As is the begining of the season too for other reasons (Oct 1st) so start seriously thinking about your time for next season and make sure you get your booking in early to secure that time with me.

For the next few months I am standing on snow at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand, teaching skiing and if you are headed this way or know anybody that is feel free to get them to give me a buzz and I will help them out with their on snow technique. I will up date the fishing blog a bit over the winter so keep reading but feel free to read the ski blog too!

Tight lines,