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.


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??

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.


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”


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!


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.


November 26, 2009

“The Golden Girls” go Back country..

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , — Henare @ 11:26 pm

Terrie, Theresa, & Liz Golden escaped the approaching winter of Chicago (usa) to New Zealand for some Adventure and especially to celebrate Terri’s birthday. (What a GREAT idea!!)

Turns out they left their husbands behind to fend for themselves, while the the Golden girls Hit the West Coast with some heli-hiking, Milford Sound, Canyoning in Glenorchy, TeAnau, and Queenstown.

Also turns out that the boys back home love Fly Fishing. Research and Development was the order of the day, and it wasn’t long before we were somewhere up the Head of Lake Wakatipu.

The Caples and Greenstone Valley's


November 12, 2009

The search for the most pristine water in the world…

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Pictures paint a thousand words they say, and for Gordy Watson and myself  well we reckon the place where we went was worth more than a thousand words, much more!!

Myself,Gordy Watson, Craig, Wendy & Shane Cole, Just being there is special. If there was ever a place to go fly fishing in your wildest dreams?? This could be it!!


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


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