December 2, 2010

Fishing in Fiordaland

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , — Henare @ 2:45 pm

Gordy Watson and myself took a crew of mates into Preservation Inlet, the most southern fiord where we met a charter boat. The Jewel skippered by Rob Swale and his crew were on hand to bait hooks clean the catch and prepare the catch for the pot.

Flying down from Queenstown was a experience on it’s own and cruising around the sound was breath taking to say the least.

If you and your friends are looking for something out of the box give us a shout because that is what we do, we like to take you to places where the only people you will see are who you choose. The rest will be some of NZ’s most pristine landscape.

You will get to have a pretty good feed along the way as well as fresh as it comes out of the cold pure waters of southern New Zealand.

Fying down over what we consider to be one of the most pristine places on the planet, our backyard.


May 15, 2010

Exploring Fiordland and the West Coast New Zealand

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , — Henare @ 1:18 am

Gordy Watson was looking after Randy O’connor and his family on a Heli scenic exploration/fishing trip that would take us from Milford Sound up the coast to Haast and back to Queenstown via some back country rivers.

You haven’t seen rain until you see what it can do in Fiordland!! Milford Sound has been called the 8th wonder of the world and when you see the place after its been raining for a few days you will see why!!

Randy & Family had walked the Milford Track. Actually they had to be helicoptered out on the last day because of severe flooding and along with Brendan Thow we were the transfer back to Queenstown via a few special spots along the way.

Gordy, the wild west coast.


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.


March 16, 2010

The Heli Scenic Fly Fishing Adventure.

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , — Henare @ 8:50 pm

I hate making excuses, but since xmas 09 we have been flat out busy!!

The Fishing Dairy has lacked evidence of our busyness,  I’ll let the pictures tell a few of the stories of some of the adventures we have been getting into.

This one in particular was with Bob Payne and his family from California. A heli-scenic into Milford Sound and some Fly Fishing on the way. Not a bad way to finish 2009 off and see 2010 in..


February 7, 2010

The last month of Fishing and some..

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Henare @ 3:15 am

Take a look at some of the places we have been going..

Some of the people we have been showing around..

And some of the fish we have been meeting..


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!


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


April 18, 2009

The Brocks go fishing..

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Another family passing the passion of fly fishing on..

We flew to a special high country river that presents a challenge to any fisherman. Flying out across the southern alps is something special that has to be experienced while you are in N.Z. And to land beside a river that is full of rainbow trout is a dream come true.

That is what we did with the brock family from Toronto.. See for yourself what the pictures say..

Lake Hawea N.Z


February 14, 2009

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

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

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 4, 2009

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound……

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , — Henare @ 12:22 pm

We like to call it ‘OUR BACK YARD’ things are closer then you think once you get aboard a helicopter. The images will tell you the story. But there is nothing like being there yourself…………