Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Enjoy The Simple Things

With the season fully under way now and summer trying it's best not to show its hand too early, it is very easy to head straight for the big water as soon as there is a break in the weather. This is so tempting as there are likely to be (bigger) fish that haven't seen too many anglers in recent times and the thought of them hitting flies with a totally reckless attitude makes it the seemingly obvious decision. Just like everyone else too...

Don't get me wrong, fishing these great big waters with potentially larger fish is possibly the pinnacle of fishing here in New Zealand, especially when the fish are looking up and feeding off the surface. It can also be very challenging! Gotta love it! This is going off on a bit of a tangent but what I'm trying to get at is that you shouldn't forget the small streams! Going out with a 3 or 4wt rod and throwing dries at maniacal little rainbows that are full of spirit and act as if they have just snorted something potent is easily as good as catching big mooching fish. Definitely not being selective in my fishing but if the option is there then take it! There just seems to be something special about being in really personal waters that not many people seem to give much thought or credit to. Just enjoy keeping it all simple and let everything else going on in the world fade.

This was all proven on the weekend with a visit to a local small stream where I managed to land a few really fat and feisty rainbows along with a really nice brown in the 4lb size range. A very successful day I thought!

One of the crazy little rainbows that smashed the dry!

Anyway, a side note to all this and definitely something to be excited about is the release of FlyFishers Inc. The boys up at Manic have worked really hard (we think) to bring this wicked magazine out. Full of good stuff from tips to cool fishing shit and a bit of info on a few of the people in the industry. A bit of an insight into the happenings in the Fly Fishing scene in NZ. Anyway, here is a link to the newest volume of FlyFishers Inc.

Have a good read and let us know what you reckon! There is even a guest apperance from the FlyGuys on there!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Making Hay

I was fortunate enough to have a day off coincide with some reasonable weather and managed to sneak out for a fish down National Park way on the weekend. I was down there to guide on the Saturday so went down Friday to ... uh ... ensure that the rivers were fishing well for my clients. I had an epic afternoon with plenty of FAT fish eager to eat a multitude of flies.

Typical National Park fatty
The guiding day was equally as good with clients who were brand spanking new to fly fishing getting a few fish (and getting dusted by a few more!). The guys were really surprised at the ability of the trout to fight by using the current to their advantage and had a really enjoyable days fishing.

Alvaro with his first ever trout

I also managed to get down to Rotorua last night to see how the stream mouths are going as the water is starting to warm up. We encountered a few really good conditioned fish however the cold current was a bit all over the place so we had to work for them. Really encouraging signs though.

These guys formed a bit of a gallery for me

It looks like some more average weather is on the way but there will be the odd good one in between so take advantage of the good days when they come along.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Let It Be Summer!

It has been a little while since my last visit to the blogosphere and unfortunately it hasn't been because I have been lost in the wilderness on all sorts of fishing adventures... I have been, as quite a few of us have been, stuck at work or unimaginably frustrated at the lack of fair weather to fish in. Don't get me wrong, I don't just fish bluebird days without a fart of wind but the seemingly ever present winds that are hanging around are doing my head in. But summer is almost officially here!

The last fish I managed to get out on was in marginal 20 Knot winds and the only rivers in the area were nice and murky coloured and not much use for fishing. Being me however, I tied on a wooly bugger and tried for all it was worth. It resulted in a single strike that left me with a snapped leader and a sweet new piercing courtesy of a size 12 cone headed wooly bugger. Successful day really! 

Wind back to mid last week and Cameron and myself ventured up a new stretch of water that google earth helped us scope out. We packed our gear and excitement and charged out to the river. The water was as good as we had hoped it would be, but the fish were proving difficult in every way. The very few fish that we did manage to hook had ideas other than co operating with our plans. They fought hard and used all sorts of dirty tricks which was very pleasant to find out indeed. Although the numbers were not plentiful, the whole experience was worth it tenfold.

All in all the new water exploration was definitely worth the time away from our usual fishing waters. Sometimes it is much better to shake the familiar waterways and go out blind and test out new skills. Coming in to summer is going to make this even more exciting and not quite as difficult as the waters will be clear and the fish on the rise. Bear in mind though, that these fish will also be very wary so be on your toes!

Here are a couple of trailers to some top notch short films. Those of you who attended the rise film festival will recognise a couple of these but thought it was time to jog the memory. Enjoy!

Blood Knot [Trailer] from TwoFisted Heart Productions on Vimeo.

7 degrees south - Alphonse Island - official trailer from alphonsefilm on Vimeo.

Go check out the full story behind all of these sweet trailers and share it amongst your mates!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Weather Woes and Videos

It's nearly summertime right? Well you wouldn't really know it and I blame the lack of posts on here on the lack of suitable fishing weather. We have some pretty gnarly trips in the pipes, it's just a matter of finding a weather window and jumping on it. This said, if the rivers do clear, it can be worth braving the conditions as the fishing can be pretty good.

Until such weather presents itself, all I can offer is some more video treats. Everyone who knows me is pretty well aware I have major problems with rampant hydro electric power as it can suck the life out of perfectly good rivers. This is another inspiring video from the US which shows that it is never too late to change the way in which we approach the environment and power generation in particular. 

This video is put together by well known trout artist Derek DeYoung and is a reminder of how beautiful trout are and what a good subject for art they are as a result. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Staying Sane

When the weather is crap and the rivers are blown out or you have one of those job things that prevents you from getting out fishing, the best way to keep in a reasonable mental state is to sample the fine array of Fish Porn that the internet has to offer.

We at Fly Guys recognise that finding such videos can be an arduous task (haha) and that is why we have decided to compile a small list of some decent videos we have found recently. It is hard to blog about fishing when you haven't been doing any, so thankfully there are some people out there who are willing to share in their adventures.

So sit back, grab a brew and go fishing vicariously through the lens of some other blokes camera.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gear Up

I hope everyone has been making the most of the of the reasonably settled weather we have been enjoying. Although overcast, the muggy afternoons have seen some pretty prolific Mayfly hatches on our local streams. If you find yourself in amongst one of these, fish small dries or unweighted nymphs and you might be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Josh and I have not been able to do as much fishing as we would like recently as we have been trying to save up some coin for out next adventure. You will find us at Fish City most days, scheming about where to go next and what gear we can purchase to add to the already out of control selection.

We have recently been focussing on upgrading out camping gear, to make our trips into the backcountry more enjoyable and practical. Ampro is a NZ distributor of some great brands, including Thermarest and MSR. Check out their website here and come and see us or any of the other lads at Fish City for some quality outdoor equipment at great prices.

While some of the stuff may seem a little expensive, in this case you really do get what you pay for. Some of this stuff can mean the difference between lugging a 20kg pack or a 15kg one. Anyone who has done any hiking will tell you that 5kg extra on your back feels like 50!

On an unrelated note, I found this cool video during my internet travels. It's kind of like looking into the future when I have kids, although ideally that won't be for a while yet! Enjoy.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

It's All Go

With the new season well underway, I hope most have managed to sneak out for a fish at some stage. The weather around opening was pretty average which seemed to put the fish down a bit and the fishing became tough. The Mangatutu was particularly tough on opening weekend and we heard that from a few different sources. Well done if you managed to snare a few during that time.

In the last few days though, we have had some weather that is getting us excited for summer! We have also noticed a few improvements in the fishing. On most small streams, plenty of bugs are hatching and the fish are not hesitating to come up to the top for them. With this said, the fishing is not quite back into full swing. We tend to find that you have bursts of success throughout a days fishing at the moment, the 12-2pm period has been particularly good.

Typical Waikato small stream fishing

Standard hares ear and pheasant tail patterns are working well as per usual and a bit of flash in the fly has been very effective. Fish are still holding pretty deep as well so it is worth having a fair bit of weight in the fly to get through the deeper pools. As the weather gets hotter and the flows get lower, we will see the fish start to move into the more oxygenated riffles, making them much easier targets.

The highlight of the season so far has been the fact that several fish have been more than willing to come up for the stimulators we are using as indicators. Although I love all fly fishing, it does not get any better than seeing a fish come up and sip a dry fly off the surface.

Watched this guy come all the way up for a size 10 stimulator

The weather should only get more and more stable from now on. Also, the Lake Rotorua temperature is rising so we will be hanging out at the stream mouths at night very soon. Get out and get in amongst it.