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Tech Session - Fixing pinhole leaks in waders

Posted by chrisdore on May 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

So it's winter and chances are by now, your waders have been given a hammering over the past season. While goretex is the most breathable, 'durably waterproof' wader material on the market, it's time to give your Simms a health check.


First, clean them... this will unclog the pores and improve breathability. Not to mention, dissappear the funk.


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Getting eggy for winter

Posted by chrisdore on May 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM


It’s that time of the year when the browns are on the move and winter edges closer to the front of everyone’s mind. Flies get heavier as fish move less to feed and louder in design to catch the eye and egg patterns begin to get more attention.


Imitating the roe of spawning fish, or an 'emerging trout', for the purist, egg patte...

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Dealing with Late Season Glare

Posted by chrisdore on May 8, 2017 at 2:00 AM



While the main freshwater season here in the S.I. has ended many of our top backcountry lake tributaries remain open for another month, offering often great opportunities to nab a large, migrating brown or fighting fit rainbow. However with shorter days and a very low sun angle, not to mention the incoming winter weather, glare / poor visibility will most days be an issue.

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2017 / 18 Guide Bookings - Come Fish with Chris

Posted by chrisdore on April 29, 2017 at 6:10 PM



Its booking up strong so if you want to tick one off your bucket list, and fish with Chris, contact him now!


  • Guided Fly Fishing (NZPFGA)
  • Qualified, IFFF Certified Casting Instruction (IFFFCCI)
  • Wilderness Heli Fishing
  • Queenstown Day Trips
  • Mul...
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Targeting 'Oncers'

Posted by chrisdore on April 28, 2017 at 4:50 PM



The other day on the river we experienced a common occurrence on the Mataura, and something I’ve seen many anglers mentioning / lamenting in their posts of late... The hatch is on, however the fish aren’t really locked into the surface, occasionally rising and moving position thereafter, making it hard to nail them down for a dry fly presentation. While this behaviou...

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Autumn Tip 5... Go Big

Posted by chrisdore on April 22, 2017 at 8:25 PM


By now we will all have noticed subtle changes in brown trout behaviour as autumn gets on - new fish in the upper reaches, territorial / aggressive behaviour or fish just sitting there, dormant, impervious to our offerings. Some throw a cast or two and move on when the fish fails to react. Some understand how to key in on, and take advantage of this behaviour.


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Autumn Tip 4: Go Unweighted

Posted by chrisdore on April 19, 2017 at 8:30 PM


As the waters cool and the mayfly activity increases, fish will often move up higher into the riffles than usual. That ankle - calf deep water right up the head, or along the very edge of the riffly water now becomes my target area and anyone who fishes the famous, Mataura river knows: it's the shallowest of the rocky riffles that offer the best nymphing.


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Autumn Tip 3: Fishing the film

Posted by chrisdore on April 16, 2017 at 8:15 PM


As the days grow short and temperatures drop, the trout begin to lift to the plethora of mayflies hatching out while conditions are optimal. A glance at most anglers fly patches usually reveals a preference towards hackled dry flies, those which sit on top of the surface. They are easily seen, and will catch a few fish but there are flies which will catch a lot mor...

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Autumn Tip 2: Understanding the spinnerfall

Posted by chrisdore on April 12, 2017 at 8:05 PM


Autumn's kicking it up a gear and lately we have experienced some cracking spinner falls here in the South, but many struggle to identify the difference between a rise to a spinner, and a rise to a dun, which is essential for success. Quickest advice is to wade out and see what’s drifting in the film and take note of the hurriedness, and type of rise. Is it a full no...

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Autumn Tips

Posted by chrisdore on April 7, 2017 at 7:55 PM


So autumn’s upon us and change is in the air. So too must you consider a change in your approach. Your favourite February sight fishing water may now be awash with glare, or lighter on fish numbers as they migrate upstream and into the tributaries. Here are a few tips to keep you amongst them this autumn.


Consider the light: low angle light will create...

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