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The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals by Allan Burgess

The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals

E-book Published January 2018

ISBN 978-0-9582933-8-9. Published by Allan Burgess. Copyright © Allan Burgess 2018. First Published in 2018

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  1. How the experts catch big fish in the Twizel Canals!
  2. Where the best spots are to fish.
  3. Which tackle you need to target big rainbow and brown trout.
  4. Which soft-baits to use.
  5. When is the best time of year to fish the canals?
  6. A look at tying and fishing very effective dressed jigs.
  7. For beginners and the more experienced angler alike.
  8. This book is the bible on how to fish the Twizel Canals.
After weighing and taking some quick photographs this big rainbow is released back into the Ohau Canal.
Fishing the Ohau A Canal intake in the snow.

The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals Contains 148 pages, 25,000 words, and 185 photographs and is a much larger and more detailed work than the earlier Fishing the Twizel Canals by the same author released four years and five months ago back in August 2013.

I greatly appreciate the assistance given by many top anglers who fish the canals on a regular basis. Sometimes the fish are easy to catch and sometimes not so much. Knowing the best approach, when, where and how to fish makes a world of difference when it comes to targeting big trout and salmon in this wonderful world-class fishery. 

The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals includes an updated and expanded hi-definition map guide to the best fishing spots.

This book was a big job to produce. Contributors to The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals include Logan Ahfelt, Charles Smith, Paul Spicer, Rasmus Gabrielsson, Lilik Abdul Hamid, Sam Reach, Jamie Blair, John Collins, and Malcolm Bell.


Introduction 8

1 Trout & Salmon in the Twizel Canals 24
2 Getting Started 34
3 Salmon Farming the Twizel Canals 48
4 Fishing the Ohau A Wall 58
5 Rods, Reels and Lines 90
6 Soft-Bait Fishing 106
7 Natural Bait Fishing 120
8 Dressed Jigs 132
9 Releasing Fish – Seven Tips 140
10 Useful Addresses 146

Fishing the canal intake walls. Heaps of tips and advice on rigs, lures, flies and methods, plus how and when to fish them. Along with what to do to improve your chances of landing the really big fish when you do hook them – most of the big ones get off if you don’t know the right way to do it!

Exclusive content not published elsewhere. Learn about the importance of flow rate in deciding which jig heads to use for soft-baiting. We also give you a list of which soft-baits to buy to start you off in the right direction. Which rods and reels you need to fish the canals. A list and links to camping grounds in the Twizel area.

Bait anglers are not neglected. Advice on baits, rigs, fishing spots and methods.

Interesting pictures and stories about the salmon farms.

Benmore Salmon Limited The second salmon farm set up in the Mackenzie Basin was Benmore Salmon Limited located on the Ohau B/C canal. It has a different raft configuration and no doubt benefitted from the lessons learnt early on by Southern Sockeye Salmon. Richard Logan was also involved. Benmore Salmon also tried the pesky sockeye until they too discovered they were a difficult fish to contain. With even a small hole in the net, they would all squeeze through and escape. The last straw came when 10,000 fish from a consignment of 14,000 escaped into the Ohau B/C canal.”

Catching good fish in the canals isn’t just a matter of luck. The top anglers consistently hook and land way more fish than most. We’ll tell you how they do it, and get you headed in the right direction.

Here is just a fraction of what’s inside…

Dressed jigs work at least as well as soft-baits. They are well worth the effort to make up. Paul Spicer has used dressed jigs to land over 100 trophy-sized fish in the Twizel Canals. We show you everything you need to know about them.

Why is the trout and salmon fishing in the Twizel Canals so good? Why are there so many big fish in the canals? The reason may not be that obvious! What do the big monster trout eat? Sockeye Salmon. Salmon Farming in the Canals. What are the best knots and terminal rigs for the canals? Why tying super-strong rigs is so important. The best tried and tested rig for the Ohau A wall.

Fishing streamers and nymphs on spinning gear for huge trout. Featured lures and the adapted Tongariro style rig. Setting the correct drag pressure. Why you need to use Mustad Fastach ball bearing swivels and clips. What to do when you have hooked a big trout. A lot of big fish are lost unnecessarily – how to prevent it from happening to you.

Selecting soft-bait rods for the canals. Why I like to extend the rod butt. Rod length decisions. How to choose the correct size reel to match your rod. Choosing spinning reels and braided lines. Different types of soft-baits including scented and unscented and why it is important to have a good selection. The effectiveness of egg patterns – even on really large trout. Where to find and how to store live huhu grubs. The best spots to fish natural bait rigs. Huge rainbow trout caught on a prawn.

Enormous 35lb Rainbow Jack Trout – Twizel Canals.

Tying Dressed Jig Patterns, are they worth trying, why they work so well in the age of the “soft-bait.” Why I paint my jig heads to match my soft-baits and dressed jigs. The importance of eyes on your lures. I’ve been told that many of the big trout caught and released may not survive the experience. Seven tips to help your fish make it through catch and release.  Plus heaps more!

Knowing which rigs, line and knots to use make a huge difference to your hook-up and landing rate. We let you in on the secrets of the top anglers.

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Please note – you are buying an ebook which enables you to gain instant access to the information without having to wait for delivery or pay shipping and handling costs – we do not ship a physical book, you can easily print the book out on your own printer at your convenience. Fishing the Twizel Canals by Allan Burgess comes as a high-resolution pdf file with 185 colour pictures. The pdf is just under 14mb in size. The ebook will open on phones, tablets and computers. Great for taking with you to the canals on your next trip. 


Plus you get a Free Bonus copy of Fishing the Twizel Canals first published in 2013.  All colour 71 pages. This is our first e-book on how to fish the hydro canals around the South Canterbury town of Twizel with tackle, techniques and map. ISBN 978-0-9582933-7-2.

Though the techniques and methods used to fish the hydro canals of the Mackenzie Country have evolved and improved over the last five years since our first e-book was written, it still contains plenty of great advice on tackle, fishing methods, and more. There are many unique photographs on different aspects of fishing the canals. When you purchase the fully revised, updated and greatly expanded The Complete Guide to Fishing the Twizel Canals ISBN 978-0-9582933-8-9 (2018) we’ll also include a bonus link so you can download the earlier version as well.   

You know its cold when you catch a salmon and there is thick snow on the ground. Photograph courtesy of John Collins.

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