Posted on Nov 2, 2009
kia Ora and welcome. As i write snow is falling heavily on the Southern Alps, this is good news of course as good snow cover will help to keep the waters cool through to mid summer.
It has been a long and cold winter and to say i am looking to spring and the opening of the fishing season is an understatement. Although our rivers do not open until October there is great still water fishing to be had in September especially on Lake Benmore which is open all year round. This large lake is justly recognised as one of New Zealands finest fly fishing lakes. Sighting and stalking large numbers of browns along the margins is one of the best and skillful fly fishing experiences, not unlike Bone fishing except these fish take a dry and jump. The fish are not large 2-4 lbs being the average with the odd 5 pounder but in superb condition they do perform. I rarely guide on this lake as most clients do not have the skill levels. When we can find the time I will fish this lake with my good friend and well known Wanaka guide Ian Cole nicknamed the still water guru with some justification. Rarely will we leave the waters without catching and releasing less than 20 good browns each, now if thats not great fishing i do not know what is.
Early season for me means guiding a lot on the smaller streams as some of these can drop in water levels quite dramatically mid summer resulting in trout beating a hasty retreat to the cooler waters of the lakes. I love the intimacy of small streams, the trout are generally resident and in the confined spaces are generally very wary and switched on to their surroundings they know where trouble is likely to come from, just the place to test the skills of anglers. This is very visual fishing, strictly sighting and stalking and if anyone can think of a better way to fish let me know as i have yet to find it. Dry flies work well in these stream none better than the Bluebottle and Parachute Adams, and beatles around Xmas as well.New Zealand fly fishing at its best.
For those planning to come fly fishing to New Zealand this year a word of advice get in some casting practice before you arrive especially in the accuracy department. New Zealand may have the best fly fishing on offer, but it is also the most skillful. don't give yourself or your guide ulsers, put in some casting practice before leaving home it will pay off.As good friend and fellow guide Dean Bell replied when ask by a client what the fish were feeding on he replied ''ACCURACY''.
I will out checking all the rivers in the next few weeks and will post reports.
If anyone would like to send me a fishing report of their experiences of fishing in New Zealand good or bad, please email me and will place on these pages.
Anyone wishing to bring thir own flies to NZ below is a list of musts.
Dad’s Favorite #12-18
Kakahi Queen #12-16
Parachute Adams #10-18
CDC emerger (upright) #14-20
CDC emerger (down wing) #12-18
Blue-bottle Humpy #12-16
Various Humpies (green, yellow, brown, Royal) #10-16
Goddard Caddis #12-16
Stimulators (brown, green, yellow, dun and Royal) #10-14
Willow Grub #16-18
Green foam beetle 14-16
Royal Wulff #10-18
Pheasant tail #12-18
Green free-swimming caddis #10-14
Olinga or horn-cased caddis #12-16
Brown Stonefly #10-14
Green Stonefly #8-12
Beaded versions of all nymphs, in black, copper or other variants, including tungsten.
I would definetly bring some size 16 pheasant tails, green caddis and hares ear tied up with tungsden beads copper and black include some lead to make them as heavy as possible.
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