Video - 2012 short film telling the story of Stu’s Superior Fly designs
Video - Stu’s Willow Grub has been featured in the Gin-Clear film “Hatch”
Video - Stu’s Fly Shop has been featured in Gambit Stone’s film “The Waters Of Greenstone”
Video - 2013 Trout Diaries interview with Stu Tripney
1976 - At the age of 9, Stu won his first competition - Schoolboys Championship
1977 - At the age of 10, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 2nd year in a row
1978 - At the age of 11, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 3rd year in a row
1979 - At the age of 12, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 4th time!
1981 - At the age of 14, Stu with more trophies won at another angling club
1982 - At the age of 15, Stu became Junior Fishing Champion in Queenzieburn
1983 - At the age of 16, Stu with his biggest ever caught Scottish wild brown trout
1985 - Fishing in Scotland article by old fishing/poaching friend
1988 - Stu travelled, studied and worked throughout the world as a safari driver in Africa, spin and fly fishing - photo with Talapia
1990 - Stu registered his first fishing company in Uganda - “Uganda Sportfishing Safaris Limited”
1991 - Some of Stu’s flies have been featured in the USA Fly Tying book “Fly Patterns: Tie Thousands Of Flies” by Randall & Mary Kaufman
2001 - Stu’s NZ Guided Fly Fishing adventures began - Born To Fish
2002 - Queenstown Fly Fishing School
2004 - Stu became a Royalty Fly Tier for the Umqua Feather Merchants fly tying pro team who produced 17 of Stu’s fly designs. Stu had no control over his designs so he dropped out of the program.
2005 - Stu became a Royalty Fly Tier and member of Rainy USA fly tying program. He was the first fly tier outside of America ever to sign a contract by a large American fly tying company.
2005 - Stu was commissioned to design and tie flies by an Auckland Real Estate company for the promotion for the selling of some NZ prime real estate life style properties. The fly designed and tied was called the Bendemeer Beauty.
2006 - Stu won the 1st gold medal for fly tying in Australasia – the People’s Choice Award in an international fly tying competition with his fly the Bionic Bug
2006 - Stu’s fly designs are featured in the book NZ best trout flies - 6 pages of flies
2006 - Stu became a certified IFFF Fly Casting Instructor
2007 - Stu released his cutting edge fly tying film, A Foam Odyssey
2007 - 'High flyer born to fish in NZ' - Southland Express, Oct 11, 2007
2007 - Stu went to the USA and became the 1st FFF certified master fly casting instructor in Australasia
2007 - Stu with the legend and inspiration Mel Krieger and other FFF Masters
2007 - Stu represented NZ Southland as a guest fly tier at the 22nd FFF conclave in Livingston, Montana, USA
2007 - Fly-fisherman Stu masters his goals Otago Daily Times
2007 - Rise Article in Trout Fisher magazine, August 2007
2008 - Article by Rob Sloane from FlyLife
2008 - Article in NewsLink Oct 2, 2008
2008 - Article In Troutfisher, February/March 2008 'Chasing your dreams or goals'
2009 - The Complete Flyfisherman - article about Stu bringing the foam back into the world of fly tying
2009 - Stu as a saltwater guide in Northern Australia, Cape York
2010 - Front cover of Flyfisher magazine, flies and article
2010 - Article 'Flash Flies' in 'Be Guided' Winter 2010 issue
2010 - The Southland Times article, Oct 29, 2010 'The Artistry of Fly-tying'
2010 - The Waters Of Greenstone featuring Stu
2010 - New York Times featuring Stu fishing the Mataura river - Jan 31, 2010
2010 - FlyLife Article, Autumn 2010 'Review - Stu's Superior Flies'
2011 - Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fall 2011 – 'Neutral Buoyancy Nymphs' article
2011 - Stu’s fly designs are featured in the top selling fly fishing book The Trout Diaries
2011 - Stu’s flies were painted for the month October in the NZ fly fishing calendar
2011 - The Complete Fly Fisherman, Nov 2011 - Stu appeared besides well-known other fly fishing legends, authors and industry players e.g. Lefty Kreh
2011 - Election newspaper article, The Southland Times, Nov 2, 2011
2011 - SAGE advert featuring Stu's Fly Shop
2012 - Stu’s saltwater crab fly got a mention in The Western Australia Fishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2012, Issue 6
2012 - Stu was interviewed and filmed for the Willow Grub section of the award winning Fly Fishing Film 'Hatch'
2012 - Trout Fisherman article 'Foam? Subtle? Some mistake surely...'
2012 - 'The Essence Of Fly Casting', Derek Grzelewski
2012 - Article in Fliegenfischen (Germany’s biggest fly fishing magazine), Issue 1/13, Dec, 2012
2013 - FlyLife Magazine Article 'Shop Locally'
2012 - FlyLife Advert, Edition 69, Spring 2012
2013 - Front Cover of NZ Trout Fisher magazine, Feb/March 2013
2013 - Stu’s advertising and cutting edge marketing campaigns inspired professional Australian photographer Jesse Whyte
2013 - Some of Stu’s Superior Flies have been painted by Wanaka artist Stella Eve Senior for the NZ Trout Bohemia book
2013 - Stu's Fly Shop is listed at Landandsee.com
2014 - Stu is featured at 'Around The Mountains'
2014 - 'Fisherman Content in His Niche', Otago Daily Times
2014 - FlyLife Advert, Edition 75, Autumn 2014
2014 - Stonefly Magazine Advert
2014 - Trout Unlimited Advert, Summer 2014
2014 - Stu's Fly Shop and New Zealand Fly Fishing School are listed at www.newzealand.com
2014 - Field & Stream Review by Kirk Deeter, July 2014
2014 - Stu fly tying at Sage factory usa
2015 - Field and Stream Blog Q & A with Stu on the NZ Mouse 'Hatch'
2015 - TROUT Spring 2015 article
2015 - The Last Word in Denizen Magazine
2015 - Drake Fly Fishing magazine story
2015 - NZ fly school buys land
2015 - Australian fly fishing club talks
2015 - World's first trout truck
2016 - Stu's adventures, so many .
2017 - Stu's world famous fly shop - closes its doors
2017 - Stu starts on the new, NZ Fly School building and fish tank home
2018- The fly school /house takes shape
2018 - NZ Fly School, creative area & home is complete
2019- Trout Diaries books & Stu
2019 - Stu visits Nepal & India yet again - Two books
2019 - NZ fly fishing school, Stu opens new building and casting area.
2019 - Queenstown Writers Festial- Stu gives book talk
2020 - NZ fly fishing school History - 18 + years
2020 - Stu & fly fishing history
2020 - Jungle Blues book nearly finished
2020 - JUNGLE BLUES BOOK - Crowd funding launch
2020 -The Best Fly Fishing Book in Years - FROM ANGLING TRADE MAGAZINE
2017 - Stu's world famous fly shop - closes its doors
Having completed what he wished to do which was no mean feet in such a small town and country .
" To own and create the coolest fly shop in the world"
Stu had no choice to close it even though it actually did became world famous, featuring in untold media, print and films through out the world.
It struggled survive and did not make enough money to employ staff and Stu was being run into the ground trying to do all the jobs.
The next step was to sadly close its doors and go online with his fly designs and get stuck into some other goals and dreams.