Hey Up! I hope you are all well,
The sun has been
blasting down the last few days, and its been the hottest
days of the year, getting into the 30's.
busy this last week with casting instruction and guiding,
its been such a pleasure to help others become more
efficient in casting.
Last week with Tam my client
,we had a good we hatch of mayflies on the middle section
of the Mataura river, It was awesome to see the trout's
white mouths opening on the surface, Tam managed a few
using a size 16
extra hi-VIZ mayfly. We also had a few hook ups over the
next few days mainly on size 16 killer nymphs.
On one river we came across a huge fish
(well into double figures) we decided to call big Charlie,
on the way up the river Tam had a go at him, but he was
very wary and spooked at the first few casts, on the way
back down Tam had another crack at him and this time got
the perfect cast over him and Charlie engulfed the size 18
king pogo nymph ,tied off a size 14
NZ mayfly bomb. Charlie was as big as I've seen in
these areas and soon Tam was running up the river ,then
down then across, but in the end Big Charlie spat the hook,
and Tam was left out of breath and devastated! A shame but
a memory he and myself will never forget - Long live Big
I've been getting up at 5am so I can at last mange a wee
fish before work, this ones on a wee
NZ brown mayfly
I've been sneaking out early at 5.30am
with my camera and 4wgt, before work, and having some fun
mainly using my
NZ creeper fly
. Its amazing that I had never used it
much before on the Mataura river , after all these years we
all learn something new every season, that's what I love
about this game.
Fish love my NZ creeper imitation!
I've also been having a blast trying to catch a fish
right beside the local bridge, to prove you don't need a
helicopter to catch fish! It is amazing to study and watch
how these trout in NZ behave and learn so quick, when
something is not right!
Day 1- tried to find him
,after some one told me he saw a trout in the wee pool,
next to the bridge where I have never seen a trout before-
so I thought - I've got to catch him! -saw him ,but too
late spooked him.
Day 2- - He took the fly but I failed
to set the hook!
Day 3- I hooked him ,but broke off when
he went straight into the willows.
Day 4 - He spooked at
the sight of the very small indicator.
Day 5- No
indicator, thinnest tippet, a size 16 killer nymph, but he
spooked at the tiny plop of the nymph landing.
Day 6 -
I stayed in bed and let him win .
Day 7 - Never saw him
again in that pool, but caught his mate, who must have been
heading back to the main river after spawning as now the
creek is starting to dry up, on a size 14 NZ brown mayfly
Sometimes you don't need a helicopter to catch good fish!
You have all been asking for
I've got them printed for you! You can't go wrong
with a Stu's fly shop gift voucher
for your loved ones or enemy! You can order them direct off
the front page of the site .
Just into the shop is a
Net Holder by the NZ company Smith's Creek, Its a little
adjustable holder on a alloy plate that fits onto any belt.
It saves you having a net swinging about on your back and
is sure to be a winner.
Some new hard bite
Tungsten Star Cleats
that fit into the star grip spaces on the soles, are now
available for your Simms, Streamtread & Vibram soled boots that will give you heaps more grip and save your soles of
your boots at wear points. I've just put 5 on each of my
boots and instantly noticed the better grip, being tungsten
as well they will probably out-last the boots.
Source Iceland DVD is now in
stock, I liked this film , its got some good camera work
and footage in it. Iceland ! yes, I never thought about
fishing there, but after watching the film, I would not
mind going there, the film follows some keen anglers
exploring the fishing and types of fish to be caught in
Iceland - Char, Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon, yes they are
all in this film.
Fishpond order should be here any day now ,and yes the 2 new
style backcountry packs, will be in the shop . So check
them out in the store. I will have limited stock so best
you be quick before Xmas if you want one.
Brown beetles have been the go too fly down on the lower
Mataura in the riffles , tied beside a hi-VIZ mayfly on a
short piece of tippet - as soon as the sight fly goes down
lift the rod and there will be a trout on the beetle. Even
though you may see no beetles on the water the fish will
come up for them as they have been feeding on them
throughout the night.
Today is gravel day, hopefully
about 40 tons of the stuff will be dumped in the carpark and
once its spread over the car park it will stop you all
having muddy boots when you visit the shop, plus its going
to make the car park look pure dead sexy.
my neighbor also managed to help me get rid of the last
tree root off the property which I think may have been a
wee bit too big for his new truck!
Have a great day and keep smiling :)
you all for your Support.
Yes, I always use a orange fly line! and I catch huge trout
this one was on
my creeper fly tied on a strong Tiemco