December 23, 2010

Fly fishing New Zealand, seeing what it is all about.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , — Henare @ 6:49 pm

Bruce and i teamed up for the day, mission – Steve, David and Darcy, wanted to check out what fly fishing was all about??

Of course it is fishing but, quite different to other forms of fishing, what we do is 90% sight fishing, yip we don’t even make a cast until we see a fish.

This changes the game and turns us into more of a hunter fisherman, then just a chuck and chance fisherman.

The weather of late had been rainy to say the least and most of our rivers were high and coloured. Taking a boat to the mouth of a nearby river was the best option, and look for some lake edge cruisers.

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October 27, 2010

Winter of 2010, Exploration and Back country Rivers NZ

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , — Henare @ 6:21 pm

It all seems to come around pretty quickly, winter, summer, spring…

Photo seem to tell a good story of whats been going on around here lately.

Put yourself in some of these picture… if you can imagine it we can make it happen..

Winter time means heliski time for me, i reckon its pretty cool to ski in the snow that will fuel the rivers we fish juring the summer.

Fresh powder, NZ.

Big Mountains aye, our back yard Queenstown NZ

Put yourself right here??

Fly Fishing in the Southernlakes Region is all go!!!

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , — Henare @ 5:58 pm

Another winter has passed and another summer about to roll out. There is still plenty of snow in the high country which will keep the rivers in good flow for the early part of the summer. Even over the winter we managed to get out onto the west coast where some rivers are open all year round.

Here are some photos of the last few weeks of exploration as well as days with clients and also some winter action on the mountains surrounding the Wakatipu.

November 1st and our high country rivers are open, these are the places we love and are pretty excited about getting out back country and seeing what is going on out there!!!

As far as the season goes we have steady bookings and are already getting enquiry for next year during the World cup of Rugby.

Get in touch if you are planning on getting out to New Zealand…. We can show you some of the secrets that lie in the back of beyond..

Peter Gomm with a nice brown, opening day 2010

Spring fed Water, New Zealand

Peters new rod with the first of many trout that will fall victim. Sage Z-axis #6 very nice set up!!

Another opening day Brown, taken on a #16 paracute adams.

Opening day was pretty good, actually was better then pretty good. Peter is on his 3rd time out with a fly rod the difference is that he went home to Perth Western Australia and got casting tuition and practices on the back lawn.

He has fast tracked his way into a great caster and these are the results!! He will be back in december of this year and we are planning to go back country by helicopter. All i can say is that no fish will be safe!!

The release


May 13, 2010

Fishing with your boy…

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , , — Henare @ 5:18 pm

This has to be one of life’s treats, going fishing with your son. Doesn’t really matter wheather you are on a boat, a jetty or a lake really, it’s all about being there when a fish is on!!

Paul and Barney Fairbanks were in New Zealand for thier first time and a trip into the back country was the first of many to come.

We flew with Brendan from Alpine Choppers and had an amazing time with both rainbows and browns coming up to dry flies. The boys got a taste of what things can be like when everything comes together just right.



Barney and Paul, hanging out in the hanger before lift off.




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November 13, 2009

Fly Fishing N.Z a Dream come true…

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 1:15 am


Tim Pope-Ellis from Cape Town South Africa, was in Queenstown for 3 days and had 1 day to go fishing. We went out towards Glenorchy and spent a day hiking and fishing a beautiful valley that holds nice Browns and Rainbows.

If you are travelling to N.Z and want to catch fish, give us a call. If we are unavailable then we can put you on to somebody who can help. Point is if you love to fly fish for trout you need a professional fishing guide, all things being equal we will put you into the business end of your fly rod and have you casting at fish and making your dreams come true.

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu, on the way to Glenorchy. Just driving to  and from our rivers is amazing.

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October 6, 2009

First Day of the Season 2009

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 4:30 pm

Bruce and I went for a drive south of Queenstown and went exploring in some head waters of one of our favourite rivers. The weather could not be matched with blue sky and a slight tail breeze, perfect to help roll out our 15ft leeders.

We spotted a few fish and even though it was the first day of the season, they were not making it easy for us!! The stretch of river we chose is known for large fish, but also for the fact that there are not big numbers.

For us as always it is about being there!! And the valley we were in was looking at its best. Lunch and a nice cup of tea or coffee riverside is always a pleasure.

We did get to meet some locals up close and personal and a bonus with one fish happy to take a dry fly. All in all a nice day out in our back yard. Bring on the rest of the fishing season!!!Bruce with a nice back country Brown

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August 21, 2009

The Search for powder. Mt Larkins

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 12:03 am

6 mill of rain on the ground in Glenorchy was enough for us to expect some powder up on Mt Larkins?  Call it an educated guess? At the end of the day we had to go to find out for ourselves.

The result was 1 load of Japanese Snowboarders doing a photo shoot for Burton, and 2 loads of skiers and riders who had the best days riding of their life.

Landing at around 2200m and getting picked up at 1550m gave us some powder and fresh lines to yahoo about until next season…

Alpine heli, Mt Larkins

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August 8, 2009

A day in the mountains.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 8:03 am

Untracked powder snow, Great snow boarders, a helicopter with a great pilot and this is the result…..Alpine heliski Queenstown

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July 9, 2009

Fishing in the morning, Skiing in the Afternoon.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Henare @ 11:58 pm

Joe, Beth, Katie & Joe jr, were here in Queenstown visiting from Alabama. Winter will often see the lakes glassy calm with scenes you could make a calender out of. I teamed up with Gordy Watson and we had a good look around the top of the lake. We spotted some good fish and had some opportunity but i think the scenery got in the way!!

Lake wakatipu, mid winter

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March 1, 2009

The most Beautiful High Country River…SAVE THE NEVIS FROM BEING DAMMED!!!

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , — Henare @ 12:45 am

The proposed plan to Dam the Nevis is a scary thought especially if you understand the History and have seen how beautiful this valley really is.

Mike Cornu (Park City, Utah) a buddy from the states hooked up with Bruce and i to check  it out. Just the drive into the Nevis is amazing, with a landscape that could have cowboys and indians riding around on horses to the surface of Mars or the moon.

The river itself offers a challenge that will keep the most stealth angler on their toes, and teach lessons on casting, presentation, spotting, hooking and landing fish.

Long leaders 15ft min are required to entice these fish to take. This day we spotted 3 fish that would have gone over 10 pound. We know where they are and will return to have a go another day………………….

This river offers the ultimate challange that on a good day will present maybe 5 shots at fish for the whole day. If the stars are in line and you happen to be there with us, then chances are that you could hook the largest Brown Trout in your life……………… Drop us an e-mail or call Bruce or Myself and lets go fishing………..

Check out www.savethenevis.co.nz

dream-waters

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