My trip with Bert was a good example of what my winter project was all about. He had many years of fly fishing for Trout and also doing a range of conventional saltwater fishing. Waiheke and the surrounding Islands of the Hauraki gulf have many interesting and productive sheltered corners where normal fisher folk … Continue reading He liked it so much he bought the …..
After chatting for a while with Joshua Hutchins (www.aussieflyfisher) about some kiwi saltfly projects we decided to go to the B side and explore an unlikely hero of our local scene. Catching small snapper (Red Bream) on fly does not sound like the sort of thing a ground breaking global flyfisher would get out of bed … Continue reading Jumping the ditch
Good friend of SaltFlyFish David Fanning has officially retired after decades of leading ground breaking story telling of the big issues at Frontline. Tonite we get to view on line one of the select projects he continues to produce, lets hope to see him do some more fish related projects as there is a lot … Continue reading The fish on my plate
James knew I had packed my usual quality sandwiches from Franco bakery. After an action packed morning catching countless rod bending Kahawai that were herding anchovy into bays on the Northern side of Waiheke, he enquired as to wether there was a more creative "waiheke " lunch option. James was a very competent and experienced angler, his … Continue reading Lunch matters
I like to start each trip with a few minutes on the lawn going over a few basic's of casting a fly line. You cannot actually "cast" a fly line,in the same way as you cannot throw a piece of string (thanks James for that analogy), but you can pull a piece of string. Fly casting … Continue reading Smoothly does it!
After a while it is not about catching the fish its all about solving the puzzles. Most of the experienced fly fishers I know and meet love the challenge when fish turn away from a fly, or can be seen feeding in some previously unseen way. The fish that are seen but are difficult to catch are the ones … Continue reading Putting it all together
This was a trip that should have never have happened, the forecast looked lousy and the wind was blowing from all the wrong angles. However it was perfectly safe and armed with good rain gear who was going to say it was a bad day to go fishing. Did I also say that the tides were wrong … Continue reading Expect the unexpected