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Valued time on the water...

I can't complain with the freedom to explore and fish locally especially when I hear from my overseas friends, family whom are suffering lockdown especially Australia, U.K and the U.S. A lot to be thankful for in NZ some great fishing recently between unpredictable weather. Here below sharing some of my recent catches and good times with my family and friends (highlight taking my daughter fishing). May 2021 be positive. ...

January 25, 2021

Test driving the new Scott Centric

Very happy to get my hands on a quality rod. The new Scott Centric delivers it all. I was apprehensive to start as I'm pretty hard on fish and used to a "non delicate" approach. At first glace the centric has all the classic looks as the Radian, cosmetically it has some super features red highlights, an easy angle in, wind up bolt to the reel seat, light and super responsive to cast. Easy to roll cast and handles large back country fish to a breeze. Jim Bartschi’s goals in designing ...

December 20, 2020

One fish at a time

A recent trip with fellow local Angler Karl has taught me again that more than one type of set up catches fish, from dry dropper or indicator nymph the key is drag free drifts and maintaining even contact. It's always good to fish with other good anglers like Karl, I learnt a few things fishing with him.  Away from my days of competition angling, I now much prefer to experience a social day off working a river with a mate, enjoying the scenery and taking our chances one fish at a time.....A...

December 20, 2020

Brushing up on skills or starting from scatch

Recent guided trips have gone really well with weather conditions starting to stabilize and fish on the chomp, From brushing up on a few technical skills on the river or a family day out I'm happy to cater for both. ...

December 20, 2020

Kiwi Nymphing Clinic Success, Whanganui River

Saturday 21st November warmed up with a quick meet and greet near the Turangi Coffee Kart then a fly over the saddle to “T” town for our first Kiwi Nymphing clinic held on the Whanganui river, the aim to help anglers better understand the methods involved in what we call Kiwi Nymphing or as you may have heard it Czech or Euro nymphing. The basic principles were demonstrated firstly by Johnny Gummer, previous NZ Team Member and then myself covering everything from the pickup lobbing the ...

November 24, 2020

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

Join our Euro "KIWI" Nymphing Clinics

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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....

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