Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

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The Age Old Question...

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:

Hi Chris,

Hope you are well.

One / a few questions if you don’t mind but what are your...

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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...

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Top 3 Manic Flies for Winter 2018

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...

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Waders - It's G4Z for Me!

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...

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Layer up and fish better this winter

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Winter's about to hit and even the hardiest of anglers put away their wet wading kit in favour of a good pair of waders, and never is it so important to consider your clothing system to remain warm and dry on the water. Your waders are only as breathable as what you wear beneath them, and your entire layering system works together to keep you comfortable a...

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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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Chasing Late Season Browns

Posted by chrisdore on May 14, 2018 at 10:20 PM

So there are a couple of weeks to go to go on our Southern Lakes backcountry tributaries and with temperatures cooling the browns are on the move. However many anglers are struggling to entice these recent additions to our rivers as they hold tight on the bottom of the pools and runs showing little interest in conventional tactics.

Never fear, I'...

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Stream Mouth Intel

Posted by chrisdore on August 17, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Picture your typical lake stream mouth. These can fish well at this time of year but are not as easy to fish as some think. On a clear day you may hit one or two fish, but they will be finicky and few and far between as clear, bright conditions leave them rather exposed. Youre better off hunting out a weedbed. If starting at the creek mouth I would prob...

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Stripping 101

Posted by chrisdore on August 17, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Yo! Let’s chat about a rather important aspect of swinging that most two hand tyros neglect...

Undoubtedly the sexiest part of your routine with compact head systems is seeing a tight, straight D or V loop being transitioned smoothly forward and sent off into the distance. Then comes the swing, slow and controlled working through som...

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Posted by chrisdore on August 17, 2017 at 7:10 PM

It's that time folks when summertime energy levels have gone and the mid winter chills creep in. For many that means the dreaded Man-Flu. We are a sympathetic bunch and understand what you may be going through, so here's a fast three to get you up and fishing again in no time...

  • Wrap up in your Simms Waderwick thermal base...
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