By Tim Nichol
I thought you might like this story about getting snapped off by a 10-pounder plus big brown trout in the LII River earlier this season. I believe these big sea-run brown trout enter the lake […]
By Martin Langlands
Fish after fish both Peter and I presented dry and nymph patterns also changing sizes with still no response. The fish were generally very large and would take-off after one […]
Allan Burgess wrote a new post, Dunedin Harbour Salmon – Luck, luck and more luck! 1 week, 1 day ago
By Jim Curline
Salmon and Sprat Fishing Story
I had given up salmon fishing in Dunedin harbour as the salmon had thinned out a bit, and you had to put in the time to get one at all. Yesterday had been quite […]
By R.M. Redfern
Dad was the Gudgeon King
“Fishing with maggots may seem odd to many Kiwi anglers but Course Fishing is becoming increasingly popular here. In the “Gudgeon King” we find there are freshwater […]
Thousands of Opening Day anglers across the country headed out before dawn this morning to start the 2021/22 sports fishing season.
The weather played its part, with fine weather for opening day across […]
Cape Saunders Rock Fishing By Brad Martin
I would like to share with Fishingmag readers about a spot just 30 minutes drive from Dunedin. It is a spot that I have been ﬁshing for years and will keep ﬁshing ther […]
Waiarapa Trout Fishing by Catherine Morrison
“These were lake trout, which upon release all headed for the nearest lake, the Pacific Ocean.”
Wairarapa rivers may not have the quality of the rainbow trout […]
Allan Burgess commented on the post, Night Time Lurking – Fishing Lake Ellesmere and its Tributaries 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hi Michael, thank you for your kind comments. I have done a lot of night fishing for sea-run trout. Mostly in the Waimakariri River near the bridges. We would arrive in the late afternoon and fish until well after dark. It was very enjoyable during the warm evenings. Mostly, we fished the Canterbury fly rod, which is a sort of cross between…[Read more]
FG knot and why you should be using it when fishing the Twizel Canals
By Allan Burgess
This article is about the FG knot. Why you need it and how to Tie it. The name FG knot as far as I can determine c […]
Raglan Harbour – Marlin, XOS Snapper and Tuna Offshore. Excellent Surfcasting. Dangerous Bar and Surf. Mullet and Flounder over Mudflats
By DJ Moresby
Fifty years ago Raglan was a small little known village […]
Handcaster – In Praise of the Humble Handcaster – Going Old School
By Steve Coote
The simplicity of a handline has always appealed to me. For years all l used was a line wound on a board with a vee in each […]
Night Time Lurking – Fishing Lake Ellesmere and its Tributaries; Harts, Irwell, Halswell, Selwyn and the LII
Night Time Lurking words and pictures courtesy of Timothy Nicol
I’ve been fishing Lake El […]
Great article. As a fly fisherman who has long enjoyed night fishing I am besides myself being unable to travel to NZ at the moment. ( Australian). Night fly fishing is a pleasure. Crashing crunching takes and thrashing fighting fish out in the darkness. Heart stopping stuff. And really good for casting techniques. My best session ever was at Twizel (of course)catching rainbows over 20lb’s on lumos in the pitch black. Will I ever get back…?
And I really like your articles on Kahawai. I use a 6wt..with lots of backing…usually off a boat. The amount of abuse they cop. We live in a place called Apollo Bay SW Victoria and Kahawai are the common catch off the beach.
Great articles you publish… Thank You.
Hi Michael, thank you for your kind comments. I have done a lot of night fishing for sea-run trout. Mostly in the Waimakariri River near the bridges. We would arrive in the late afternoon and fish until well after dark. It was very enjoyable during the warm evenings. Mostly, we fished the Canterbury fly rod, which is a sort of cross between flyfishing and spin-fishing. Amazingly, trout can locate and hit a fly, or fast-swimming silvery, in milky water at night. Undercover of darkness the big browns would come right into shallow knee-deep water swirling and slashing at these little fish. When caught, the trout were packed full of silveries, which they disgorged on the stones.
There is a wide range of exciting fishing to be had in New Zealand, much of it surprisingly accessible. I’m sure this COVID business will soon become a distant memory, and you will get back here.
French Pass Memories – Here be Dragons!
By Roy Jones
I am filled with admiration when I contemplate the incredible courage of that ﬁrst French adventurer and sailor extraordinaire, Dumont D’Urville. Did h […]
Taupo and Rotorua by Herb Spannagl
Every winter l run into at least one group of South Islanders who migrate north to fish the great rainbow spawning waters of the Taupo System. Some like Malcolm Bell and […]
Night Fishing with Lures – “Old School” – Fewer and fewer anglers lip-hook a live bully and flop its fat torpedo shape out into the current.
By Paul Corliss
Methods of fly fishing change and evolve […]
Hi Authur, it is interesting that the decline of the king salmon fishery in Alaska appears to mirror that here in New Zealand, which suggests a more universal problem like rising water temperatures. You are lucky to have more than one species of salmon with the sockeye filling some of the gap left by poor returns from the kings (Chinook).…[Read more]
Allan Burgess started the topic Fishery Disaster for King Salmon Returns to Alaska's Famed Kenai River in the forum Salmon Forum 2 months, 1 week ago
Fishery Disaster for King (Chinook)salmon Returns to Alaska’s Famed Kenai River
By Craig Medred 31 July 2021
A lucky angler with a child-size king salmon of the sort that used to be common in the Kenai River/ADF&G photo
After two years of dismal Chinook returns to the Kenai River, the state’s most famous salmon stream is this year on the way t…[Read more]
Salmon Fishers – by Linley
Irreverent, funny, but sometimes accurate observations of fellow salmon fishers by someone with a finely tuned eye!
Since indulging myself in semi-retirement and taking up s […]
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