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Returning Guests

May 24, 2022
After a few years of a complete halt to fishing guests to NZ - It was nice to catch up and spend time with my Aussie mate! sore arm, plenty of fish, good coffee and food!...
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This season has started with a bang, I suspect the trout have enjoyed the break from overseas tourist and lockdowns to breath, spawn unhindered and add weight. Some personal fishing for me, then I start the guided season....
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The enjoyable side of guiding is taking anglers on a journey, during the journey I make a plan that consists of 99% of decisions based upon experience and gut feeling and adaptation around the changeable. So, what changes often it is the need to match the river beats with on...
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Fly Fishing Convert

January 22, 2020
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!!...
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Keeping it local

January 12, 2020
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 super...
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Hawkes Bay Adventure!

November 1, 2019
Catching up with my buddy Andrew a newly local Waipawa angler we enjoyed some excellent sight fishing and action over the last few days on one of Hawkes Bays supreme rivers. Most rivers are still running high,  yet some tribs are holding good fish with clear water. ...
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That Sinking Feeling…

September 30, 2019
Pre comp it was great to catch up with mate and energizer Queenstowns Chris Dore, expert guide and Manic Tackle Projects Promotions Ambassador. As we explored some fun lakes for a day in the Waikato Region pulling streamers. So much water to explore and not enough time!!...
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Carp on the humongous fly

August 27, 2019
Bit of fun down at the local, spotting a few carp and this baby took the fly. Winter fishing away from the usual local spawning run in Taupo, at least is casting practice....
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June 4, 2019

Crazy few days...the canals producing!

After a busy season on the water enjoying guiding clients into fish it was my turn. So, I grew up with cheesy shows like the Muppets "Pigs In Space" and the "Cannon Ball Run" yet I never thought to myself an adventure with local Hamiltonian angling mate Mark Etheridge would ...
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Spring Creek Fun

March 22, 2019
A recent guided trip with Scottish angler Rob. Testing Manics Primal rod easy turning over small dries in this  picturesque spring creek surrounding...
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