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Hawkes Bay Action

It's been a few years since I ventured to the Hawkes Bay So, with an opportunity to travel over during Labour weekend and visit family, I added a day on the water to check out a few local rivers and a few spots that I have fished in previous years. I was not disappointed. The usual spots still held good numbers of fish and the river looked amazing, clean and clear. I walked up river and sight fished, managing to catch fish close to the bank, in deeper runs I fished longer and found fish lik...

November 9, 2020

Kiwi Nymphing

Recently I have been promoting Euro/Czech Nymphing not because it is the only method however it is another string to the anglers bow, very effective in catching fish and a whole new way to get excited about fly fishing while re-discovering water that you may have found void of fish. These techniques now form a longer list of names Modern nymphing, Spanish, French and I’ve coined this personally in my backyard Kiwi Nymphing and why not! As a previous competition angler representing NZ, I have s...

October 30, 2020

AND FINALLY OPENING DAY! 2020-21

It's one thing feeling like and old dog and never learning new tricks in the world of angling, On the flip side one thing I must say that is really refreshing as my job as a guide to help others learn and achieve their goals as an angler. (whatever the level or age) So, I was very happy to spend two days taking my nephew Ben fly-fishing during opening day 2020-21 so he could catch his very first trout on fly. It was one thing catching some great fish myself.....but an absolute pleasure seeing th...

October 5, 2020

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September 26, 2020

Guided Turangi Trips Made Easy

We are still experiencing very low and clear river conditions in the Taupo fishery however sensational fishing. I was fortunate enough last week to guide two outstanding gentlemen, both with different grades of experience, both with the (hunt) factor!!. They were wanting to absorb and learn from the guided experience with me. Its never about just catching but learning during a lifelong fly fishing journey, fortunate both clients came away with a large number of fish, timing the run very well! Se...

September 16, 2020

Turangi Action Down Under

Its been super cool to chill out and have a few days catching up with a good crew in Turangi. I fished with Chris Dore https://www.chrisdore.com/ and Matt Dobson from https://blackpearlcharters.co.nz/ Covering a few venues we fished to some of North Islands most well conditioned Rainbow Trout. Appreciative for the second day of the trip where Steve Yerex from Kereu Lodge http://www.flyfishingtauponz.com/lodge. Steve let us through for a spell up river of the T.T, followed by a BBQ and beers...

August 19, 2020

Experience a day out learning from Rob Vaz

Come and experience a day of tuition yourself book with me now email: robfishnz@gmail.com Just some of my latest tips on You Tube that you can experience in person ...

July 31, 2020

Action Among The Kereru

I recently enjoyed fishing the upper reaches of one of LakeTaupo's pristine rivers with friends, some action shots among the native Kereru. Superb fishing with some quality specimens. ...

July 31, 2020

Check out some new video footage

Produced by Luke from Hamilton filming for his school project on one of my sweet little local waters. We followed another angler...despite this picked out some tricky but active rainbow trout....

June 25, 2020

A few trips after lockdown!

Its been crash and bang back into the remains of the season locally. Some great fish to be had. I have run both guided and social trips. Recent catches as below with some happy faces. Certainly I appreciate when we (guides) are supported locally!!...

June 25, 2020

That time of the year!

Finally its nice to be able to fish and many are making up for lost time after Covid. Super nice to catch a few recently and capture a few action shots. I have trips available through winterrobfishnz@gmail.com...

May 19, 2020

Waste not want not!

With plenty of time over Covid lockdown many of us have had time to stock up out fly boxes. A few of my favorite flies below, and some I want to give a wirl during the winter....

May 12, 2020

Its been a long haul but super cool to get out again post Covid

Super happy to get my head into a better space and catch a few fish in stunning pocket water after a few hours on my local stream near Pirongia, fish were not huge but a good chance to go light both in tippet and in rod selection. ...

May 12, 2020

Some sort of normality as travel restrictions lift this Thursday

Still weeks left in the season to get into some cracking fish, I have dates free so drop me an email to book in a trip or tuition. Additionally options available for winter fishing. Email: robfishnz@gmail.com or visit...

May 12, 2020

COVID-19 ...giving em fish a break

With the sudden travel restrictions of March 14th putting a halt to my bookings and giving em fish a break. It is with sadness I miss out on reconnecting with some great clients peak season 2020. However, I reflect on what a stunning season it has been with superb dry fly action, great company meeting globally minded fly fisherman wanting to experience New Zealand at its finest. I firmly believe COVID-19 will not keep the avid adventurer away from our beautiful land for long...Kia...

March 18, 2020

Trout caught near and far

The last month has been real busy guiding locally in the Waikato and further away. A wonderful mix of lovely clients from around the globe Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and America to name a few. A real array of ability and angling experience has not stopped clients getting into superb Central North Island trout. I am prepared to travel to where the fish are and teach anyone with any ability as fly fishing is as much about the scenery as catching......however catching i...

February 27, 2020

Mixing up your fly fishing experience!

New Zealand not only offers great back country fishing but many other ways to experience a great day out on the water. It was lovely to recently meet Mark from the USA and show him an array of different fishing opportunities and ways to catch NZ trout. From Rafting to back country small streams the North Island Fly Fishing experience delivered!...

February 7, 2020

Fly Fishing Convert

Another successful round trip for new fly fishing convert Scott from Sydney. Putting in the effort with me to earn these great Central North Island fish. Well done Scott!!...

January 22, 2020

Hand tied flies to catch fish

While shop bought flies are a great source and work well there is nothing more satisfying on catching fish on your own hand made patterns. The 2019-2020 break allowed me some time to re stock on a few of my favorites for guiding to try on the lakes and Central North Island rivers. A few fish caught in tight spots as below. (Photo credit Kiyoshi Nakagawa)...

January 12, 2020

Keeping it local

The Waikato and Rotorua region has been experiencing some consistent heat bringing on dry fly fishing. As trout move into cooler water small cdc and elk hair caddis and rubber leg flies come into there own!! the results are outstanding.  As below Johnny catching a superb fish in very slim water....

January 12, 2020

Catching up with fellow guides and mates

The North Island fisheries once again prove to be unrated as many tourists head to South Island. The Central North Island and Rotorua, Waikato has had some exceptional fly fishing and it has been a pleasure catching up with fellow guide mates for a fun fish between guiding days. One thing is we are always learning on the fly-fishing journey. Every angler I fish with I come away with some new ideas such was the last month on a few day trips. That's why guides can get us into great fish and take a...

January 12, 2020

Texan Trouter Finds Gold and Rainbow

After a challenging start for my American,Texas client and farmer we finally struck gold and rainbow, super stoked for his patience and persistence all day. An audience among a few of the local hoods also. A few things we worked on for the day were maintaining contact, reducing slack line and targeting fast oxygenated water. After switching between both barbless and barbed hooks my conclusion was it was more about a good hook set. A quick hook set with either type hooks is the key to a good land...

December 9, 2019

Good Paddy Tom coached on Czech Nymphing Techniques

A few quality days guiding and coaching my good Paddy Tom, Irishman living in Australia. We worked on Czech Nymphing techniques, line control and some great fish coming on the down stream swing. Tom with more Simms kit than myself! Well fished Tom!!...

December 2, 2019

River fishing at its best!

What a pleasure guiding Kapiti Anglers Club member and funny man Tony J. proud Liverpool scouse, casting extraordinaire and fit on the river. His casting a wonderful site to behold and the results good times and these great catches. Thanks referral from Johnny @altitudeflyfishing. Guided by @robfishnz #flyfishingnz #northislandflyfishing #guideslife #browntrout #forgettheforecast #manictackleproject #simmsfishing #trout #newzealand ...

November 22, 2019

Early Season Action for Aussie Client

Finishing off a great few days guiding and teaching Scotty from Sydney. Super fun ticking off the browns and bows during his second fly fishing experience with me. Always good when all goes to plan despite working around the weather. Pushing it hard using new techniques and quality gear! Good on ya Scott! #newzealand #flyfishing #robfishnz #northisland #backcountry #forgettheforecast #simmsfishing #scottflyrods #manictackleproject #airflofishing #simms #manicmates #aussienangler #browntrout @rob...

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