Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Winter Isn't All Bad

Well apart from not doing much on here in the past few days, unfortunately we haven't doing much fishing either.  A lot of local rivers are closed and the ones that aren't are water logged and blow out with the slightest amount of rain so that doesn't help much at all.

This being said, most lakes are open to shore fishing and the Taupo fishery has fired over summer so should be looking good for the winter spawning runs. Best thing to do before heading for a fish is to check the river levels and how much they have fluctuated over the past few days to week (depending on the river). The best place to check this is on the local council website for the area. They generally have a link to river level monitors in the area.

Once you can be sure that the river will be at least fishable, jump in the car and fang it to the river. Fish every run and riffle you can find and use brighter flies if the water is at all coloured up, orange being the most popular this time of year. Nymphing will be the most popular method for most people but be sure to have a few streamer patterns in the fly box to lure those big trout out of the depths. Either take weighted streamers or use a sinking leader/end of line of some sort.

While the lack of fishing has kept me inside, I have tied a ton of flies of all shapes and sizes and hopefully one of these hideous creations manages to hook a nice big fatty! Also there has been a fair bit of unused footage to pour through so I have chucked together a little mash-up clip of our last trip out for the regular season.
Just a bunch of mucking around and we managed a few fish so it was tops.

It's not much but it makes me feel better than leaving the footage sitting on my hard drive doing feck all. Enjoy!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Waste Not, Want Not

Josh and I were brought up under the 'you kill it, you cook it' mantra. It is vitally important that in our increasingly wasteful society, animals are not seen as commodities but rather beings that provide us an important service.

We have done a bit of small game hunting in the past few days, with possums, rabbits, hares and goats being the quarry. None of these animals have gone to waste. The possums are promptly plucked for their fur to be sold as well as providing food for the dogs. The rabbits and hares were eaten by us, as were the goats. Josh also skinned a goat and is currently in the process of tanning it.

The boys plucking one of the several unlucky possums
Personally and I know that Josh feels the same way, trophy hunting or killing big fish doesn't really sit right with us. I don't know whether is the way we were raised but we would sooner have a nice fat spiker or hind or a 4 pound hen trout than a massive stag or 10lb jack to be mounted. There is something really majestic about an animal at the apex of its species and it doesn't seem quite right to take it just because you can.

Josh's cousin Will with a well earned bowhunted goat
With all animals (fish included) it is also important to only harvest what you need and we could all at times give a little more respect and empathy to our animal friends. This also ensures that our resources are protected for future generations and if our children and their children get the same message, they will be able to responsibly enjoy the spoils of nature as we have for many years to come.

Josh's Dad is a butcher by trade, so Josh knows a thing or two about cutting stuff up

Sorry to get a little bit preachy, its just that some folks out there give the vast majority of hunter-gatherers that are responsible a bit of a bad name.

On a less serious note, the lads up at Manic have found a way to use this average weather to make informative videos...

Monday, 30 June 2014

Weekend Warriors (New Video)

We normally try to avoid fishing on weekends. That's because we are spoiled brats and get time off during the week to fish when everyone else is at work. When the long weekend came around and the weather looked good, we decided to bite the bullet and chance our arm.

What we came across was a river teeming with good sized fish and no one else to be seen for miles. Stoked. Here is a short clip of our adventures on that weekend, wading boot beer chugging included! Enjoy.

Make sure to open it in Vimeo for some Full HD goodness.

Weekend Warriors from Fly Guys NZ on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Last Hurrah

I have finally got my shit together to write a post... So what have we been up to? Nothing really! The weather has been awful and the couple of times we get a weather window there is work to be done. First world problems I know, but when things start getting in the way of your precious little fishing time it really does start to get to you! The best thing to do in the dying days of the season when the wind is howling and the rain is pumping the rivers brown is to look back on the season gone by. Sitting down at the vice with a cold beer handy and whipping up some of the seasons finest flies is pretty darn good.
Our last hurrah for the 2013/14 season was down the Rotorua lakes. We were hoping to time it right with one of the small spawning runs that the creeks experience in the area and hopefully land a big fatty that had been gorging itself over the past few weeks. Although a huge array of flies were thrown at fish we could see stacking up in the currents, none of the monsters we were hoping for could be enticed to bite. Though this sounds like a bit of a dud trip it was a good blow out away from the city and was good as always to soak up the serenity of the area.
So now that our season has ended (for most areas that is) it is always good to browse back through the archives and relive a few of the finer moments, give your mates shit for the good fish they lost and the ensuing tantrums they threw from losing said fish. It is these fond memories that fuel the trips to come and help us slog through the winter.
Here are a few of ours that hopefully can make a few nights by the fire a bit better...

One of the flies of the season

                                Pretty good specimen! Good colours and went like a steam train!

                    One of the many special places we were privileged enough to fish this season

But hey, its not all doom and gloom. There is still plenty of fishing to be done over winter. Get yourself a nice warm get up and get amongst it! Don't let the fishing gear gather dust!
There should be a bit of footage making its way out of hiding soon so watch this space!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Last Chance Larry

And so again we come upon the time of year when we are forced to say goodbye to our faithful small streams that close on the 30th of June. If you get the chance, make sure you get out and give the small streams a crack over the next few weeks. They are generally full of fish that are busy putting on condition for spawning and so will eat just about anything you put in front of them. With this rain you will need to make sure your flies are bright enough to compensate for the dirtier water. DO NOT write off a steam with a brownish tinge to it. This is exactly what you want, shiny nymphs and woolly buggers can be devastating and you can get a lot closer to fish without them spooking.

The close of the season also makes me reflect on the season just gone and all the fun I have had in our fantastic country. I also find myself hanging out for October...

It is now time to turn the attention to the bigger rivers and winter lake fisheries. It is worth remembering that if you are goig to fish the Taupo region, new licences come into effect at the start of July so make sure you stay legit.

Awfully sorry, couldn't help but share this one.


On a more fishy note, this style of fishing  (on a smaller scale) is worth a go on your local small streams in the last few weeks of the season. Who knows, you may bump into a good looking Simms clad girl on the river yourself...

Down & Across from scumliner media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Get amongst it!

Nothing beats catching fish right? Right, so I think that it is equally important to help others get amongst it.
Over the long Queens Birthday weekend, Cameron and myself took off to really get amongst the fish. Saturday and Sunday saw us land some very nice fat rainbow trout which fought like they were on amphetamines. Absolutely berserk! Even the 2 pound fish were tearing line off our reels like we had not a single bit of drag. Definitely made for some awesome fishing.
We returned to some water we hadn't fished for a year or so and were rewarded with good numbers of larger than usual fish. Amongst the average 3 and a half to four pound fish we landed were a few of between five and six pound, and dotted in with them one or two that kicked our asses. Gotta hand it to them, they go like bloody steam trains! Here are a couple of these rainbow crack addicts...

On the Monday however, we had two of the lads from Fish City meet us to try and catch their first trout. Both of them (Gordo and Josh H) had been once before and met the cruel unfair side of trout fishing. The side that shows you the fish, but wont give them up. Big ups to them for wanting to give it another crack!
The morning started off cold, foggy and shitty but within the first hour both of the boys had broken the hudu and landed their first trout.
To say the day went totally to plan would be pretty close, as both boys came away with a grin and Josh H even managed a couple of swims. Just had to add that for you buddy. Anyway, along with catching the fly fishing bug, Gordy got some pretty cool footage and chucked a little edit together which is pretty cool.
So enjoy the clip and remember to pass the feeling on whenever you get the chance. You could make more of a difference than you realise. Get amongst it!!

Cheers for the edit Gordo! Good job mate!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Exploring New Water

When you get a chance to go fishing, you generally want to get the biggest bang for your buck. You will often want to catch plenty of fish and this usually means fishing a water you know like the back of your hand and catching fish you have given names to. While fishing your tried and true rivers and lakes can be a nice nostalgic experience, there is nothing like the reward of catching a fish on water you have never fished before.

So how does one find new water? For a start, it is highly improbable that you have fished every single stream or lake that is listed in the Fish and Game regulations booklet. Give a new one of these a try, especially the lesser known ones. You may not catch as many fish as you would on your reliable, regular waters but you may just find you stumble across an underfished goldmine!

Then there are the streams that aren't even listed by Fish and Game. These streams are usually very small with tight forest coverage and very remote but can actually provide some really awesome fishing. With advances in technology like Google Maps, finding these streams has become a whole lot easier.

On Tuesday, Josh and I hit up a western King Country stream we hadn't fished before. What we found was a beautiful stream surrounded by typical New Zealand bush and plenty of rainbow trout in the 1 to 3 pound range. We didn't catch as many fish as we would fishing a stream we know really well like the Mangatutu but we did learn a whole heap and had a really rewarding experience.

New water success!

I understand that most people don't get to go fishing as much as we do, we are pretty lucky like that. Because of this, when most people do manage to get out, they want to head somewhere that will net them some pretty good results, which is fair enough too. However, as Josh mentioned in the last post, fly fishing is not just about catching as many fish as possible but enjoying yourself and finding enjoyment in the little things. There are few things more satisfying in fly fishing than discovering a new area that may become one of your favourite spots.

Josh leaning into one

So I challenge you to go beyond what you know next time you head out and find something new, you may be pleasantly surprised!