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Thinking More = Catching More

Posted by chrisdore on August 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM


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...

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Options are Good

Posted by chrisdore on August 5, 2018 at 4:50 AM




Having a variety of flies, in a number of patterns and profiles, along with a variety of heads and sink tip options sure makes a difference on those slower, winter days. Add in a bit of imagination and a few different retrieves and you not only increase your options, but renew your entheusiasm with each change.

Because lifes too short to do the same old, same o...

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Fishing the Mr Glister

Posted by chrisdore on July 25, 2018 at 9:40 AM


So I’ve received a number of messages this week as to how I fish Mr Glister streamers. Do I just swing it, do I strip it? Well, it all depends on the water etc and how the fish are reacting.

In larger, deeper pools I will often fish them slow and deep across and down, letting it swing under control across the current. While the fly sports plenty of m...

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Size Matters

Posted by chrisdore on July 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM


One thing I often see in many anglers fly boxes are a plethora of different patterns but sure enough, most are of a similar size range, and usually tungsten beaded.


Now we all know that trout will most likely eat your favourite size 14 beadhead but what if they don’t? Will you switch to another 14 of a different flavour? Chances are, changi...

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Keep a Caddis Close

Posted by chrisdore on July 12, 2018 at 9:10 AM


So let’s look at caddis. The good old elk hair caddis has long been a favourite of mine as a dry / dropper fly, floating high with a wing angled upwards enough to see. But there’s another reason I fish them so much, trout will usually shun an emerger, dun or spinner that drags even to the slightest degree. However, caddis routi...

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Single Handed Spey and the Airflo Skagit Scout

Posted by chrisdore on July 7, 2018 at 8:55 AM


Recently I received a message from Rob asking if he can learn to spey cast and successfully swing flies with his everyday trout gear.


Here’s a secret: that trout rod you have in your garage will allow you to spey cast. Spey refers to a style of casting, and this can be performed with any fly rod, single or two ha...

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A bit of onstream instruction

Posted by chrisdore on July 2, 2018 at 9:25 AM



Here's a clip that illustrates the importance of perseverance and considered actions when fishing to tricky trout. A load of instructional tips right here so sit back, crack a Moa and enjoy.


Follow the link to the clip below


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Hang Around

Posted by chrisdore on June 25, 2018 at 8:15 PM


We have all been there. A long while of nothing doing and then as we near the end of our retrieve, 'WHAM!' However we have just lifted our fly away from a lunging fish and blown the chance. With a slow start to our sea run season on our estuaries so far, I'm cautious not to let even one opportunity pass by. Those final moments of the retrieve, where you prepare...

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Know Your Estuary

Posted by chrisdore on June 16, 2018 at 8:05 PM


It's common for 'big water syndrome' to overwhelm many new to fishing our larger tidal estuaries, however it's not about blind chuck and chancing it. There are reasons some anglers consistently do better than others in big water and when those guys struggle, you know it’s been a tough day.


Estuaries abound with structure, ...

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Quick Spey Tip - Fish out that Retrieve

Posted by chrisdore on June 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Stripping streamers is one of the most efective methods of flushing out fish right? So why do so many spey anglers fish out the swing, then rip the line haphazardly back upstream in preparation of the next cast.

I often take in a couple of strips then let it hang, then repeat. Maybe ‘pump’ the rod to add movement or move the tip wide to swi...

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