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How to Catch Salmon – 12 Tips to get you started

Lyndsay Bishop (left), and Allan Burgess with limit bags from the Waimakariri River.

How to Catch Salmon – 12 Tips to get you started by Allan Burgess Lyndsay Bishop (left), and Allan Burgess with limit bags from the Waimakariri River. How to catch salmon comes down to knowledge and persistence. No matter how knowledgeable you are in the ways of the salmon it still takes time and sustained effort to catch them. If you have More...

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Rangitata River (Rangi) 17 lb salmon 7 January 2008. This photograph courtesy of Malcolm Bell - The Complete Angler.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, October 14th, 2018
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To catch four salmon from four different rivers during just one season

Hurunui River 14 lb salmon 31 December 2007. The four rivers were the Hurunui, Waimakariri, Rakaia and Rangitata Greg Martin’s run of good luck started on the 26th of December 2007 with a 16lb salmon from More...

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By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
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Salmon Salvage at Highbank Powerstation on the Rakaia River (updated)

Salmon Salvage at Highbank by Len Issit Len Isitt with two monster salmon at Highbank 25 March 1996. Photograph, Len Isitt. Salmon Salvage Photographs by Len Issit and Allan Burgess The salmon in the foreground More...

Three anglers examine a salmon catch. The Hunt for Houdini.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, September 28th, 2018
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Finding Salmon – The Hunt for Houdini – A Canterbury Salmon Story

Home » Salmon Finding Salmon – The Hunt for Houdini by Linley “Honestly I had one on but it got away. I have a vivid mental picture of the salmon I might just as easily have caught, and I’ve even More...

Our combined morning's catch. Not bad at all considering the horrible rain and wind.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
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Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain – Early Morning – Rakaia River Gut

Home » Salmon Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain with Charles Smith The author with a limit bag from the Rakaia River gut on a wet, windy morning. It was a rainy miserable morning for salmon fishing – but More...

The best salmon fishing rivers New Zealand map salmon Charles Smith.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, September 9th, 2018
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The Best Salmon Fishing Rivers New Zealand Map – 27 waters in all

Home » Salmon The Best Salmon Fishing Rivers in New Zealand What salmon fishing in Canterbury is all about. Charles Smith with Hurunui River mouth silver. Condition seemed to be better this year (2015-2016) with More...

Landlocked Quinnat Salmon.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
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Landlocked Quinnat Salmon – Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Home » Salmon Allan Burgess with a landlocked salmon caught trolling in Lake Coleridge, Canterbury high country. They are good fighters and will take almost any lure – though bibbed minnows seem to work the More...

Massive 38lb salmon taken in the Waimakariri River when the fishery was in much better shape than it is today. Salmon Fishery in Crisis. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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Salmon Fishery in Crisis? South Island Sea-Run Salmon Numbers Down

Home » Salmon Salmon Fishery in Crisis? by Allan Burgess Massive 38lb salmon taken in the Waimakariri River “back in the day” when the fishery was in much better shape than it is now. We haven’t More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
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Canterbury Lure Rod – for Salmon and Sea-run Trout – Video

Home » Salmon Canterbury Lure Rod Canterbury Lure Rod Short Video A short video of the Canterbury Lure Rod in action by salmon anglers fishing the Rakaia River gut. This setup is a local Canterbury innovation More...

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
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Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – Limited to Waitaki River Catchment – Video

Home » Salmon Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – only landlocked stocks are found in New Zealand Sockeye salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – Photograph courtesy of Brendon Spicer. Most More...