Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

Your FFF Certified Fly Casting Professional, and Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association


An Afternoon with Tim

Posted by chrisdore on June 10, 2018 at 1:50 AM

A cool casting session with Tim today from the Otago Anglers Assn where I found him a very fast and accurate learner.

On the initial casting assessment I identified a number of self-taught faults however by simply moving him into a more comfortable ‘three point grip’ he relaxed immediately, fixing his death grip on the rod, punchy application of power and utilising the wrist and forearm in a more natural, relaxed way. The tracking problem he wanted to work on sim...

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Going The Distance - Longer Casts can Catch More Fish...

Posted by chrisdore on May 25, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Following on from last week, and as I'm focusing heavily on thrashing the tidal zones, bigger river systems and larger, Southern Lakes myself at present, casting for distance is todays topic. It's no use having all the gear and no idea so here's a quick hit on things to consider, and how to refine your casting stroke to both increase your distance and reduce the overall effort.

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Your Guide to Shooting Heads and How to Handle Them

Posted by chrisdore on May 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM

It’s that time again when the larger rivers, stillwaters, rivermouths and esturaries beckon as winter kicks in. Often, covering maximum water is the key to success in such places and your typical 30' cast won't get you too far at all.

Long belly fly lines offer fantastic control and distance, howeve...

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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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2016 Sporting Life Turangi, Winter Fly Fest

Posted by chrisdore on August 13, 2016 at 2:05 AM

Above: Chris, Rene and Tore - Q&A session

Thank to everyone that came along on Saturday for the Sporting Life Winter Fly Fest. Turn out was great even though the weather wasn't, already looking forward to seeing what we can do for ne...

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Turangi - The crew you want to see!

Posted by chrisdore on July 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Tore Nilson, Rene Vaz, Chris Dore, Peter Carty and Matt Wilson tying, casting and talking fishing at Sporting Life Turangi... Get there!

Tracking - Fly Casting Faults

Posted by chrisdore on June 5, 2016 at 7:15 PM

If you havent spent time on your tracking, chances are its affecting your distance, and accuracy. This is a very common issue I work on with clients.


We all know that tight, efficient loops require the rod tip to track a straight-line path (SLP). This is true not only of the horizontal plane, but also of the vertical (i.e.; from the birds eye view).


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Grip Variations

Posted by chrisdore on June 5, 2016 at 7:05 PM

The way in which you hold your flyrod has a profound effect on your overall casting ability. It can affect the straightness of your backcast, your power application, and the overall accuracy of your cast. In short, it determines in which way you utilize your wrist, and this is important for effective rotation, maximum flex and obtaining an abrupt stop. Lets now play with a co...

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Posted by chrisdore on May 15, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Been practising your overhead cast off your opposite shoulder? No you haven't... Check this

There are multiple reasons to cast off your opposite shoulder (left shoulder for a right hander or right shoulder for a leftie):

- the wind blowing into your casting arm

- to avoid backcast obstructions

- when ...

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The Reach Mend for tricky trout

Posted by chrisdore on April 14, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Having trouble presenting to those subtle rises on those long, glassy pools? Spooking fish as your leader falls to the surface? Now you wont.. Read on

Reach casts (or more correctly, reach mends) are ITA mends, in that the mend is performed while the line is In The Air rather than after it lands On The Water (OTW), ensuring your cast lands 'ready to fish' wit...

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