One of the nicer fish from the Whakapapa

North Island Rivers

After a magic day fishing Auckland harbour for kingfish, it was time to focus on the trout. We had a few ideas and with the help of ex flyfishing guide Lindsay Lyons we were able to finalise our itinerary. Lindsay is our go-to flyfishing resource in the North Island and these days, he and his […]


Matt and Rene preparing a Kingfish for release.

Auckland Kingfish

New Zealand’s trout fishing is undoubtedly world class, and for this reason I try to plan a trip there once a year. My latest visit was meant to be only slightly different to the last, joining four good mates to check out a few rivers in the North Island we hadn’t fished before. One of our major suppliers at The […]


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Of rats and trout

Well, if you ever doubted the propensity of big trout to eat rodents, doubt no more. Guest Howell was fishing with Pete on a nearby stream and things were going nicely. Some lovely browns had already been caught when this beauty took a little nymph. Looking at this trout’s size and condition, you can only imagine the fight but at […]


Everywhere we fished was drive to, with no more than a short walk to the water.

South Island November 4th-10th

I think that I have come to the realisation that it may be futile trying to plan a trip to NZ based on weather predictions or expectation. Leading up to my early November trip I was little apprehensive that I may be pushing my luck a bit and I would encounter cold, rain and  high-fast flowing […]



Rain Dodging – New Zealand Backcountry

Friend Jon Clewlow just sent me these pics of his adventure last week with my brother Mark and mate Nick on some rivers in the north of the South Island (when I tried to ask which ones he mumbled something about the Nunya and the Whatsits.) Apparently the trip was threatened from the start by heavy rain warnings from the NZ […]


We probably covered more distance chasing hooked fish than finding them in the first place!

A new season begins in the north of the South Island

After 5 months of ‘look but don’t touch’, on Wednesday the 2014/15 river season opened and I was finally able to fish my local rivers again. Good mate and guide Craig joined me and around mid morning we headed to a stream just a few minutes’ drive from the lodge. It didn’t take long to […]


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North Island of New Zealand, early June 2014.

What a great way to finish the stream season, across the ditch. The long drive from Auckland Airport to the Bay of Plenty area in the early hours of the morning was well worth the effort and with all the plotting and scheming between me and mate Al, it went like a flash. I don’t think […]


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Stonefly Lodge

The multi award winning Stonefly Lodge is situated on 156 acres of private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, only 50 minutes drive from Nelson.  The luxury 5 star Lodge is centrally located between 3 spectacular National Parks  (Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Park)  making the Lodge an ideal base from […]


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NZ Season goes out in style

After our adventurous start, Felix and I have stuck to more familiar waters for the rest of my trip at Owen River Lodge. Yesterday we fished the mighty Maruia. After the scree slope scrambles and clifftop dead-ends of Saturday, it seemed almost too easy to park the car beside the all-weather gravel road and stroll across green […]


Hmmm, how do we get back down?

Big walk, big rainbows

You don’t often associate the north of the South Island with rainbow trout, but today was the exception. I’m staying with my good friend Felix Borenstein at Owen River Lodge, as I’ve done as often as I can (but not as often as I’d like) over the last 10 years. Usually we sight fish for […]