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.


The Faces and Places, Flyfishing New Zealand.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 11:50 am

When you think fly fishing for trout, i would have to say NZ is near the top of the list as an ultimate destination for Rainbow and Brown Trout.

The best excuse to go back country i reckon is a fishing rod, camera and even a rifle for some venison! Just being in the places we go is special, and to catch a sighted trout on a fly and then release it however big or small is an experience to be remembered.

I love showing people what is sitting on our doorstep and sharing a few stories that go with the place. NZ is a small island at the bottom of the world and at the bottom of that island is the place that i like to hang out in..

Our fly fishing season is nearing an end as the trout prepare to start spawning up into the head waters of what i reckon are the most beautiful rivers in the world!!

Here are a few images of the summer of 2009/10..

Billy Gates with a baby brown trout.


February 24, 2009

Call it Paradise….call it unbelievable…call it amazing…….we love where we live….

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , — Henare @ 10:43 pm

Leo and Marcy, love the great outdoors and made a special trip to New Zealand to fulfill a life long dream to see what it really is like?

We made a flight into one of the most beautiful valleys you could imagine, chasing deer, landing on top of a mountain peak along the way, and then landing beside a dream-river to spend the day sighting and fishing to wild rainbow and brown trout.

I have a funny feeling that this was the first of many visits to Queenstown and N.Z, and am looking forward to sharing it all again…………………….. Henare 



February 20, 2009

Dancing with COWS……..Backcountry Audience watching the action….

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , — Henare @ 11:04 am

We were fishing in a place with an audience of cows that is in the back of beyond. You would think you were in the wild west of the states somewhere, but no we were on some dream-waters not far from Queenstown. (By Helicoter)

An amazing Fishery that on the day can offer dry fly fishing that fly- fisherman the world over dream of………… 



February 17, 2009

Guess the DREAM-WATER……………and you could win a days fishing with us….

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , — Henare @ 10:47 pm

We went for a search, Gordy Watson (TroutStalkers) and I found a stash of awesome water out there??. There were’nt many fish, but you know what they are BIG.

We know where they live, and if they happen to be home when we go calling and everything goes to plan the rewards could be great if you are a fisherman, not so much if you are the BIG FISH………. 

If you think you know these places?? or would like to know these places get in touch with us……….



February 14, 2009

Valentines Day 2009, Nev & Jenny revisit Milford Sound, and catch some Rainbow & Brown Trout on the way Home.

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The Weather could not have been better, we lifted off at 8.15am from Alpine choppers and headed into Milford Sound via some magic spots, a scenic over dose really!! After a 2 hour boat cruise we flew over lots of dream-water, parked on a mountain over looking Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu and had some lunch, played some guitar, enjoyed the magic views then dopped down onto a river and cast and caught some local trout. First time on a fly Rod for both Nev & Jenny and they both got fish to the net!! That is awesome!!! Flew back to Queenstown and had a speights on the way and landed at 6.15pm.

That was Valentines Day 2009, a day to remember for sure!! Take a look at the photos and see for yourself, every day is a valentines day we reckon………….




February 5, 2009

The Electric Shock of the STRIKE of my first Rainbow was Incredible..

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But did not prepare me for fish two, three, four, five, six and seven…… an epic of epoch days on some dream-water, back country, Queenstown.  Tony from N.Y



January 2, 2009

The Fishers go fishing!

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What a way to start the New Year! The first day of 2009 was spent with the Fisher family from San Fransisco. The weather all around Queenstown was Dark, Windy and Wet!!! We managed to find some Dreamwater that kept the whole family entertained. Some great fish were caught and released, it was a pleasure for both Bruce and i to guide not only a family of passionate fisher peolple but also very technically skilled at casting and dealing with the strong head winds that greeted us for the New Year. That day will be long remembered……



November 11, 2008

Mike and Noels check out some local water and meet the locals……

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We climbed aboard Alpine choppers with Stefan and headed across the lake to see what was going on. The weather was about perfect for doing anything outdoors.

 With a river that was crystal clear and trout that were willing to take a dry fly with the right presentation, we had an entertaining day to remember. Noels even found time to take a wee knap on the path beside the river.

That is a pretty priceless day to be having, i’m sure we will be giving it another go sometime soon………….