Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

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A collection of random thoughts, experiences, trip reports and links to cool stuff.

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Secure that box!

Posted by chrisdore on March 10, 2017 at 11:30 PM

So There have been a lot of lost flyboxes around the traps this season so far yet it doesnt have to be so. The average fly box can hold over $400 worth of flies, a real kicker if it goes astray.


Heres what you can do...


1: create a ritual of immediatly placing your box back into your pocket once a fly is selected. Make this a habit and problem solved.


However we all get exci...

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Tip from Chris - Fluff less to catch more fish

Posted by chrisdore on February 21, 2017 at 11:20 PM

Top anglers catch more fish, across a wider range of situations... They get into position, and get their fly out there in front of fish quick and without hassle. This is one of the reasons why they simply catch more fish.



Now Johnny Punter, upon being shown a feeding fish will saunter into position, after painstakingly dropping his pack and adjusting his waders, wiping his glasses clean and then proceeds t...

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Big Streamers and Missed Takes

Posted by chrisdore on February 5, 2017 at 3:30 AM

With this (ahem..) delightful summer weather of late there have been more than a few times we have reached for our streamer box with great success.


Cast, strip-strip-strip "BANG", and "oh bugger" as the fish doesn't stick. This is the point where most anglers turn and complain to their mate and whilst doing this, aren't catching fish.....

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Safety and Preperation for the NZ Outdoors

Posted by chrisdore on January 20, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Above. Not far from the truck, but without phone coverage, a long way from help.

Safety in the outdoors is something to take super seriously.


Accordingly I carry multiple first aid kits so that we are never without. There is a comprehensive travel kit in my pack,...

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See Your Beetle

Posted by chrisdore on December 30, 2016 at 10:25 PM

So from the sounds of it, the green / manuka beetle are emerging in great numbers throughout the country, and they certainly are here in the south. Smaller than the brown beetle, the manuka beetle presents a high country smorgasbord and as always, the Manic Fly Collection has you covered...


One problem however exists... how DO you see these t...

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Dealing with Dull Days

Posted by chrisdore on December 15, 2016 at 8:15 PM

On rainy, or cloudy days visibility wont be great on our wider riverbeds and on many waters in fact. With summer kicking in and fish populations dropping back to the larger waters, you really want to target your fish rather than pitching blind... Here's what you can do to keep on sighting when the weather closes in...


1: pick a...

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At The Bench - Green Caddis

Posted by chrisdore on November 29, 2016 at 11:35 PM

First step, grab a bloody good beer. Today its the Garagista IPA from Garage Project.


Now to the fly. The wee Green Caddis is always a top producer for me and handy when the fish have seen far too many mayfly patterns presented less than good enough.


Imitating the Hydropsyche, this is abundant in most rocky trout-strea...

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Dealing with heavy flies

Posted by chrisdore on November 15, 2016 at 1:50 AM



I often spend time watching others on the river and observing their technique. Recently while in Turangi I saw a number anglers, both visiting and local struggling to cast some pretty heavy stuff overhead style... There are easier ways, and it doesn't have to be so hard.


When fly casting, we are usually told that line ...

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Intermediate Skagit... Here's Why

Posted by chrisdore on November 1, 2016 at 2:45 AM

It's pretty cool to see a surge in two hand fly fishing over the past couple of years, and with hardcore groups emerging from Queenstown, the Skagit Bombers in Christchurch and the die hard Turangi crew keeping it real it gives us a chance to play with a bit of new gear to suit the conditions.

In the deep South Ive been playing with a few ...

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Tips from Chris - Springtime Sea Runners

Posted by chrisdore on October 25, 2016 at 2:25 AM

So it's October and the sea runners are really going right now around the esturies. Check out Chris's tips on Gink and Gasoline to help YOU get amongst more of them...