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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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Mataura Nymphing Advice for April

Posted by chrisdore on April 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

* tie small: 16 & 18. Match the size of the naturals.


* if you must for weight, tie size 14's, however I just load some nymphs with lead and others with two 2mm tungsten beads


* throw in some colour... orange, pink, green beads etc all get noticed and yes, brown trout will eat them. In lieu of a bead try a coloured thread collar, col...

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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 f...

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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...

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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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