Fishing with Felix

Around 20 years ago (neither of us can remember the exact date) I taught Felix to flyfish. Or more accurately, I gave him his first flyfishing lesson, since literally teaching someone to flyfish assumes an endpoint which I haven’t arrived at myself, let alone been able to pass on to someone else. Anyway, if you haven’t […]

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According to plan – Turangi, NZ

I’m just back from my annual trip based out of Turangi in NZ’s North Island. About midway through the week we’d had another good day on the famous Tongariro River (FlyStream magazine issue 2) landing 8 wonderful rainbows. So, feeling smug, we – my brother David, nephew Jamie and I – knocked off early and went to the Turangi pub for dinner. Guide […]

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Eucumbene’s Providence Aggro Browns

I was doing my best to maintain a steady drift down the old Eucumbene river bed on Providence Flats, the electric motor was excellent at nudging the boat back into the channel and the action, if not relentless was pretty consistent. The first decent fish I hooked stripped line with classic big brown lunges and […]

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South Island NZ – end of Jan 2015

I follow the weather pretty closely leading up to fishing trips especially when heading to New Zealand. More often than not I nervously watch the progress of cold fronts and rain-laden clouds and pray they miss! On this trip the complete opposite occurred. Little or no rain for the preceding 4-5 weeks saw me resorting to performing […]

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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 […]

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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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