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|Posted by chrisdore on June 5, 2018 at 7:50 PM|
The Airflo Forge is the silent weapon, and a worthy addition to your stable.
With a heritage shared by the popular Platinum Chalkstream and Superdri Backcountry, the Forge is a price pointed flyline packing premium performance.
More on the aggressive side than the Elite presentation taper, the Forge delivers a non ridged, general purpose taper capable ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on June 3, 2018 at 4:35 AM|
Swinging sexy water.
Don’t just fire out random casts thinking they will work. Identify structure in the water ahead of you and think about how your fly will present to fish holding around that structure. How fast / slow will the fly pass through the bingo zone and should it accelerate, remain uniform or slow as it does so? How deep / near the surfa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on May 30, 2018 at 7:40 PM|
The Cochybondhu is a quintessential terrestrial pattern, subtle in the film but super enticing to trout. For all the newbies, the Cochy was the Kiwi anglers Blowfly, before the Blowfly, often our first up searching pattern.
The Cochy was responsible for my first ever hookup on the fly many moons ago, as I expertly worked my size 14 across the cu...Read Full Post »
|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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|Posted by chrisdore on May 23, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
I personally don’t use stoneflies a lot in the waters I guide but they allow you to really go to town on profile, accents and importantly for big, come eat me legs, let’s talk more about this...
A good stonefly imitation is my go to in deeper, rocky runs, or big pools where you need your fly to be seen. On many of my Southern waters ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on May 21, 2018 at 6:10 PM|
|Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM|
Fluoro or co-polymer? Its a question I get often and it really all depends on the water you are fishing, and the way you fish IMO. Here Matt poses the question.
On 12/07/2017, at 2:52 AM, Matt wrote:
Hope you are well.
One / a few questions if you don’t mind but what are your...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:25 PM|
Some nights on the water, movement just isn't enough, for one reason or another, be it picky fish, an abundance of food or maybe floating debris following a fresh, the fish just aren't noticing / eating your fly.
Now you can go bigger, look to inbuilt movement from Marabou and hackles etc or give them something they simply cant miss...
Personally I find...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:15 PM|
Winter fishing getting you down? With very low and clear conditions for the majority of winter thus far, your usual winter fly box might be a little too much. Big, flashy streamers, size 8 glo bugs are putting fish down and why employ that big double tungsten bomb if the river is at half it's normal winter flow?
There are still a num...Read Full Post »
|Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:05 PM|
I'm often asked by both anglers and guides the difference between zippered, and non-zippered waders and whether they’re worth it. The Simms G3 Guide Goretex wader is a champion: Guide tested, tough and the stalwart of the wader world. However sometimes you deserve a little more love so why not treat yourself? Let’s run the pros and cons of the Simms G4Z Go...Read Full Post »