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Man-Flu...

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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DIY Sink Tips. The Low-down

Posted by chrisdore on August 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM


When it comes to sink tips for two hand fly fishing we really are spoilt for choice. Flo tips and Salmon / steelhead weight polyleaders cover a wide range of angling conditions and are designed to be very angler friendly, however it is the nature of fly fishermen to tinker and customise our rig to better suit our style, the water, and sit...

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Need Boots?

Posted by chrisdore on June 22, 2017 at 7:50 PM


Looking to replace your boots after a hardcore season? Check out my advice here...

http://www.manictackleproject.com/techy-thursday-chris-boots-are-made-for-walking/

Spey Tip - Easy Loops in Airflo Miracle Braid

Posted by chrisdore on June 2, 2017 at 2:10 AM


We've been selling a lot of Airflo Miracle Braid of late as the local spey scene look for an easy to use, super long shooting running line for lighter / shorter heads. A question we often get asked is 'how do we loop this to our backing & head?'


Splices are often fidgety and nail knots aren't the smoothest movers through the rings of your r...

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Tech Session - Fixing pinhole leaks in waders

Posted by chrisdore on May 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

So it's winter and chances are by now, your waders have been given a hammering over the past season. While goretex is the most breathable, 'durably waterproof' wader material on the market, it's time to give your Simms a health check.


First, clean them... this will unclog the pores and improve breathability. Not to mention, dissappear the funk.


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Getting eggy for winter

Posted by chrisdore on May 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM


It’s that time of the year when the browns are on the move and winter edges closer to the front of everyone’s mind. Flies get heavier as fish move less to feed and louder in design to catch the eye and egg patterns begin to get more attention.


Imitating the roe of spawning fish, or an 'emerging trout', for the purist, egg patte...

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Dealing with Late Season Glare

Posted by chrisdore on May 8, 2017 at 2:00 AM



While the main freshwater season here in the S.I. has ended many of our top backcountry lake tributaries remain open for another month, offering often great opportunities to nab a large, migrating brown or fighting fit rainbow. However with shorter days and a very low sun angle, not to mention the incoming winter weather, glare / poor visibility will most days be an issue.

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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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