Jack’s Sprat Trout Fly

Jack's Sprat Trout Fly - An old favourite for targeting rainbow trout in the lakes and rivers of the central North Island By Allan Burgess Jack’s Sprat trout fly is an excellent New Zealand smelting pattern. It can be used to imitate common smelt, and in smaller sizes makes a good whitebait fly. It is…

Ashburton Lakes

Stopping for a rest in my motorhome at the small Maori Lakes on the road to Lake Heron, in the Ashurton Lakes district.

Maori Lakes in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region

Maori Lakes - O Tu Wharekai The Maori Lakes are a challenge for any trout angler. These lakes are shallow with perhaps little more than a metre or so of water over the weed beds. Most of the shoreline is swampy and hidden by reeds. Only a few areas around the shore are accessible…

Spin fishing on the western side of Lake Heron.

Lake Heron – at 6.3 sq kms the largest of the Ashburton Lakes

Lake Heron/Oturoto Trout & Salmon Fishing Lake Heron Map (scroll down). Lake Heron is the largest of the Ashburton lakes covering 6.3 square km. The distance around the shoreline is 19 km.…

Salmon Fishing in New Zealand

Our combined morning’s salmon catch. Not bad at all considering the horrible rain and wind.

Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain – Early Morning – Rakaia River Gut

Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain with Charles Smith It was a rainy miserable morning for salmon fishing - but the fish were there! My alarm is always set at 3:15 am during the…

My Fishing Mate Rusty. "Rusty" Russell Duncan on the left with his 25.5lb salmon at Roxburgh, Otago.

My Fishing Mate Rusty! – Clutha River Salmon

My Fishing Mate Rusty! A story from the good old days! By Frank Cartwright No, he's not losing his ability nor looking like a piece of old corroded anchor chain, it's just that Rusty is an affectionate nickname for Russell, a fishing mate of 30 years standing. Back then in the mid-60s that was mostly…

Trout Fishing

Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Corina Jordan spent two days recently helping the Taranaki and Wellington offices banding mallard and grey ducks. Counting on it.

Counting on it – Fish & Game staff checking on wildlife numbers to manage species

Counting on it - Fish & Game staff checking on wildlife numbers to manage species Fish & Game staff across the country are out of their offices catching and counting birds or kitted up in wetsuits to count fish. Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Corina Jordan spent two days recently helping the Taranaki…

Juvenile rainbows showing parr marks caught and gently released in the Hinemaiaia River, near Lake Taupo. Photograph courtesy of Dick Marquand.

Rainbow Trout – Oncorhynchus mykiss – Identification Guide New Zealand

Rainbow trout were introduced into New Zealand as early as April 1883 Oncorhynchus mykiss According to the late Bob McDowall in his book Gamekeepers for the Nation, early Auckland rainbow trout…

Fishing Tackle

The selection of fly rod and fly line depends firstly on the species of fish you intend to target.

Fly Lines, Taper, Weight, Function and Colour

Fly Lines, Taper, Weight, Function and Colour Fly lines - where do you start? The most commonly asked questions by anglers starting in the fly fishing game revolve around their best line choices. The selections depend firstly on the fish species you intend to cast for. Most fly rods should have the designated weight ratings…

Wet Fly Fishing

Quiet water where at dusk and after dark a smaller size 14 "spider" we! fly will rake sub-surface feeding trout on sedges. Little Wet Fly.

Little Wet Fly for Fussy Trout

Little Wet Fly for Fussy Trout By Tony Orman Old habits can die hard with anglers and one ancient method of flyfishing, the little wet fly, is a tactic that can be productive with selectively feeding trout, particularly at dusk. Little wet flies were probably used by Englishman Charles Cotton who in 1676, wrote of…

Surfcasting

This one ate a 5-pound kahawai, was gut hooked and couldn't be released. Landbased kingfish.

Landbased Kingfish Downunder in NZ – Scott Hollis – Johns Part-2

Landbased Kingfish Downunder in NZ - by Scott Hollis - Johns Part-2 It has been reported to me that kingfish have been sighted off the Banks Peninsula during December, much earlier than I suggested. Small numbers have also been taken in set nets off New Brighton beach at this time of year. I still think…

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Jack’s Sprat Trout Fly

Jack’s Sprat Trout Fly – An old favourite for targeting rainbow trout in the lakes.

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Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Corina Jordan spent two days recently helping the Taranaki and Wellington offices banding mallard and grey ducks. Counting on it.

Counting on it – Fish & Game staff checking on wildlife numbers to manage species

Counting on it – Fish & Game staff checking on wildlife numbers to manage species.

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The selection of fly rod and fly line depends firstly on the species of fish you intend to target.

Fly Lines, Taper, Weight, Function and Colour

Fly Lines, Taper, Weight, Function and Colour Fly lines – where do you start? The.

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Our combined morning’s salmon catch. Not bad at all considering the horrible rain and wind.

Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain – Early Morning – Rakaia River Gut

Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain with Charles Smith It was a rainy miserable morning.

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My Fishing Mate Rusty. "Rusty" Russell Duncan on the left with his 25.5lb salmon at Roxburgh, Otago.

My Fishing Mate Rusty! – Clutha River Salmon

My Fishing Mate Rusty! A story from the good old days! By Frank Cartwright No,.

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Fooled by a bead-head nymph. West Coast Trout El Dorado.

West Coast Trout El Dorado

West Coast Trout El Dorado By The Piscator History was far from my mind on.

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