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!