Coleridge, Lake – Best Fishing Spots – 39 Place Names – Picture Galleries

Hauling a boat onto a trailer at the head of Lake Coleridge on Opening Day.

Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country - Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing Map with Allan Burgess Plus a New Fishing Map with 39 Place Names Up until a few decades ago Lake Coleridge and the surrounding mountains were regarded as "the back of beyond." In…

Feathered Trout Streamer Flies

Fuzzy Wuzzy Trout Lure by Fred Fletcher, Waitahanui Lodge, Lake Taupo

Fuzzy Wuzzy trout fly.

Fuzzy Wuzzy is a trout egg imitation fly The Fuzzy Wuzzy was created by the late Fred Fletcher to imitate freshwater crayfish (koura) in Lake Taupo. Fletcher was the original builder and owner of the Waitahanui Lodge he started way back in 1932. The simple bach-like lodge situated next to the Waitahanui River, which flows into the eastern…

Black Phantom Trout Night Fly is tied using feathers from the Pukeko

Black Phantom Trout Fly

Black Phantom Trout Fly The Black Phantom is the most handsome of night flies, particularly…

Kilwell No.1 – Killer Pattern Trout Lure – a great bully imitation

Kilwell no-1

Kilwell No.1 Originally created by Frank Lord of Rotorua, and known as the Tarawera Killer. It was later tied commercially by Kilwell Sports in Rotorua, and its name changed to Kilwell No.1 Perhaps surprisingly the Kilwell No.1…

How-to Advice, Fishing Tips, Projects

Making a shadow-box to display your trout flies is simply and inexpensive.

Shadow-Box Trout Flies – How to make your own shadow-box project

by Allan Burgess Making a shadow-box to display your trout flies by hanging them on the wall is a great little project. They look super cool in your office, lounge, or "man cave". They are easy to make provided you take your time and don't rush it. Keep in mind the old builders' motto of…

Taxidermy Fish – Mounting the Whopper – Preparation Matters

Taxidermy Fish with Monty Wright Photo (1) Denis Brundell’s 16.5lb (7.5kg) brown trout. Each time we head out fishing we all dream of capturing that large fish but in many cases are poorly prepared if it does happen. What should you carry with you to be prepared? One of the first things should be a…

West Coast – Westland

Catch and Release – Exquisite Moment at Larry’s Creek

Graeme Smith with his 5lb rainbow from Larry's Creek (near Reefton). Catch and Release.

Catch and Release - Exquisite Moment at Larry's Creek - also known as the Awarau River, Near Reefton by Graeme Smith It happens in that one exquisite moment, that moment we wait for, are watching for, yet usually miss. One instant it's there, the next instant it's not. Catch and Release. Like watching a magician,…

Whitebait Streamer Fly – Make your whitebait stand out in a crowd

Whitebait Streamer Fly.

Whitebait Streamer Fly for Sea-Run Trout Fishing by Chris Tonkin The first of the smelt runs appear in South Westland rivers about mid-October, adding a further dimension to some very interesting tidal fishing. River mouths with adjacent shallow tidal areas have provided great sport for the few anglers exploiting them. There is really nothing to…

Twizel Canals

Bikini Trout Twizel Canals Fishing Story

Bikini trout weighing 14.4 pounds landed at the confluence of the Pukaki and Ohau Canals.

by Roland Brunner and Nantyia Boontong Determined anglers Nantiya and partner Roland have been travelling around New Zealand in their campervan since November 2016. In their travels, Nantiya was impressed with some of the great catches posted on tackle-shop walls. She also noted how somberly the anglers were dressed and promised that, should she catch…

Otago Fishing

Makarora and Wilkin Rivers Lake Wanaka Otago

Jack Sprat trout fly. Makarora River.

By Monty Wright Being on holiday Colleen and I woke at a respectable hour. We had stayed overnight at Makarora House which is a farm stay facility in the Makarora Valley. From our bedroom, we could look right up the Wilkin River Valley - a beautiful sight for anyone to behold first thing in the…

Harling Lake Dunstan – Best Fly Colours, Line Setups and Harling Tips

by Peter Lemin - Harling Lake Dunstan Part 1 The main angling methods in Lake Dunstan have been trolling as well as fly fishing and thread-lining from the shore. During January, the fishing slowed down considerably, no doubt partly due to the angling pressure the lake received over the Christmas holiday period. I felt sure…

An eye for the Water – A Study of Trout and Where to Find Them

By Monty Wright The habits of various kinds of trout differ considerably. Even though transplanted to new surroundings they still maintain their individual ways. The majority fish which we angle for in the South Island are now in their own individual right a wild strain. These fish were introduced originally by the old Acclimatisation Societies…

Freshwater Fishes

Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – Limited to Waitaki River Catchment – Video

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka - only landlocked stocks are found in New Zealand Most New Zealand freshwater anglers will have never seen a sockeye salmon. They are only found in the Waitaki River catchment, especially in lakes Ohau and…

Central North Island

A typical "fresh" rainbow trout from the Whitikau Pool. Tongariro River trout.

Tongariro River Trout – Fly Bombs on the “Big T” – A Mainland Perspective

By Tom Fraser The Tongariro can be an intimidating river and sitting in the pre-dawn gloom with the frost settling on me, it dawned upon me just how easily someone could approach this river, be overawed and have very little success. We were excited to be finally fishing the world-famous Tongariro River Trout fishery that…

Bay of Plenty

Marlin. Doug Payton (right) with his 60th birthday 105 kg striped marlin caught near Astrolabe Reef

Marlin – Mt Maunganui – Astrolabe Reef – Happy 60th Birthday

Marlin - Mt Maunganui - Astrolabe Reef - Happy 60th Birthday by Andrew Padlie What do most people do for their 60th Birthday? Well, have a party of course. You get heaps of presents from loved…

Tekapo Canal Trout Tagging 24 July 2020 – CSI Fish & Game – The tagging project will assess how adult trout that migrate to the Tekapo Canal from Lake Tekapo contribute to the canal fishery.

If you catch a tagged trout in the canals, could you please record its four-digit number, weight and size (length) as best you can, approximate location, and if you kept it or released it and send those details to: csi@fishandgame.org.nz or call us on 03 615-8400

Ohau A Canal Rainbow Trout Fishing

Catching big rainbow trout, along with some browns, mostly by drift fishing nymphs from the top of the Ohau A intake wall. This is exciting trout fishing – although it is somewhat unusual to be fishing in such close proximity with other anglers.

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Catch and Release – Exquisite Moment at Larry’s Creek

Graeme Smith with his 5lb rainbow from Larry's Creek (near Reefton). Catch and Release.

Catch and Release - Exquisite Moment at Larry's Creek - also known as the Awarau River, Near Reefton by Graeme Smith It happens in that one exquisite moment, that moment we wait for, are watching for, yet usually miss. One instant it's there, the next instant it's not. Catch and Release. Like watching a magician,…

Catch and Release or Catch and Kill – By Dick Marquand

"A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once." Lee Wulff Advice on Catch and Release to give your big trout the best chance of survival   The coolness of the approaching evening signalled the end of another glorious day in paradise. I had covered many kilometres of the Caples River, a…

An eye for the Water – A Study of Trout and Where to Find Them

By Monty Wright The habits of various kinds of trout differ considerably. Even though transplanted to new surroundings they still maintain their individual ways. The majority fish which we angle for in the South Island are now in their own individual right a wild strain. These fish were introduced originally by the old Acclimatisation Societies…

Auckland-Waikato

This fish was Neville Neal's biggest marlin caught that summer. A striped marlin weighing 137 kg.

Marlin Fishing – Trailer Boat Marlin Fishing – Raglan Harbour South

West Coast Marlin with DJ Moresby The coast to the west of Te Kuiti is genuine New Zealand "West Coast". The Tasman sea rolls in as two-metre high waves on a calm day to…