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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December 15, 2010

The Wilderness Fly Fishing experience, FIORDLAND

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , , — Henare @ 11:25 am

Robb Meyers from Colorado Springs came out to NZ and was looking for a fishing experience that would see us camping on the side of a river somewhere and casting to fish in some of the clearest water i have ever seen.

Fiordland offers a wilderness experience that will leave you speechless to say the least…


Clear water that offers the fly fisherman the dream of casting to sighted fish.

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May 14, 2010

Rainbows and Browns and more Rainbows and Browns..

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , — Henare @ 12:02 am

Rainbow and Brown trout were introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800’s and just like every other introduced species have thrived since their arrival.

New Zealand in my eyes is the ultimate paradise and when those first fish got released into our waterways at that time, i’m pretty sure they thought it was heaven!!

We have the most pristine rivers and lakes in the world, but we also have a number of rivers around the country that are not what they used to be.

This makes the places we go even more special..


Healthy Rainbow Trout, about 8lb


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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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February 10, 2010

Familys and Fishing

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , — Henare @ 10:16 pm

Jesse and his family having fun on the river!! The wind was blowing hard on the nose and had quite a chill with it.They were well prepared for what the great outdoors can throw at you, and had a great day of fishing, shared and enjoyed by all!!

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February 7, 2010

January 2010, John & Peter from Australia go back country.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , — Henare @ 10:54 pm

John and Peter were into some exploration of our high country rivers. The weather in the west was rough so we hit central Otago. This place is Cowboy and Indian country that offers some challenging fishing and will give your skills a test. We mixed up the accommodation with Local Pubs, and a overnight Tent camp.

Managed to fish the Greenstone for a day, flying with Brendan at Alpine Choppers. Over all we had some great fishing with a few shots at some good fish. My personal definition of a good fish is 7 pound + and we had shots and hook ups on more then a couple of good fish. One fish up in the Nevis would have been 10 pound + easily!

Cheers Peter and John, looking forward to the next mission code” FIORDLAND”



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December 21, 2009

Chasing Browns and Rainbows

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 10:20 pm

Richard Armarti joined 2 of his buddy’s for 3 days of fishing around Queenstown. The weather allowed us to get 2 great days before the rain set in and put most of the local rivers up high and coloured. Richard was an expert with his casting skills and on 1 of our days hooked well over 30 fish, well that’s a guess because we lost count after 20.

Trust me that is not a usual day by any means, but everything lined up on the day and when you understand about casting, presentation and getting the right drift things can work out just right!

A great brown Trout

After about an hour and making about 7 good casts this beautiful brown finally took a small pheasant tail (#18)  and we reckon he also had a go at the dry. What an amazing fish!

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December 10, 2009

Research and Development

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

Gordy Watson (Trout Stalkers), Bruce and myself went Back Country for some R & D

The pictures will tell the story..

Double hook up.

Couldn’t help ourselves, these are healthy fish that run and jump, so much fun!!

Wind on the Nose.

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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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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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