Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

Your FFF Certified Fly Casting Professional, and Member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association


Lowland River Fly Selection

Posted by Chris Dore on January 4, 2022 at 9:10 PM

Learn what trout feed on and how to imitate them.

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"It was one of the best days in my life" Avid Kiwi angler, Richelle reporting in...

Posted by Chris Dore on August 28, 2021 at 10:00 PM


“9th April 2021

Today is an important day in my fishing career.

Chris Dore, one of the best (not exaggerating to say he is the best) fishing guides in NZ, took me searching for lunkers in one of the most gorgeous river valleys in the South.

Zeus was on our side, it was a perfect day. A nice stroll to the riverbank across dancing tussocks, we ...

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Quick stillwater tip - Winter stream mouths and adjacent beaches

Posted by Chris Dore on August 27, 2021 at 2:55 PM

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Quick (ish ) thouights on finding wintertime trout around stream mouths and associated beaches.

Quick stillwater tip - Shallow bays

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2021 at 2:45 PM

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Quick thoughts on how to sneak away from the wind chop and approach a shallow bay in our larger, Southern Lakes.

Winter midging

Posted by Chris Dore on August 24, 2021 at 2:30 PM

As we move into winter proper you might be thinking that’s it’s all about eggs, heavy nymphs, and big streamers to fool fish that have something other than feeding on their minds.


Trout still need to eat over winter, and not all switch into spawning mode, so it’s important to still keep observing what type of food is on offer ...

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Quick Nymphing Tip

Posted by Chris Dore on August 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Consider each and every drift when nymphing. Pick two targets: where you think the fish will be, and where you need to land your nymph to get down to that target, without dragging through it. In pocket water this will mean a shorter drift so land your fly closer and use more weight as required to get immediately down. In smoother water you’ll w...

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All you need to know about Glo Bugs

Posted by Chris Dore on August 12, 2021 at 6:40 PM


There are many ways we can have our eggs and don’t we enjoy them all.


Scrambled with bacon, poached with bacon, fried with bacon, bacon eggs benedict, the list goes on! As much as our preferences change week by week, it’s the same as our approach to winter fishing each year and the variety of ways we fish and select our patterns improves each season with experience and as new materials come to light.


So this is far fro...

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Winter 2021 - You should be here!

Posted by Chris Dore on August 12, 2021 at 6:25 PM

Its been a cracker here in the South this winter and while it hasnt been easy with flows well up, with the right gear, the right techniques and the right guide by your side, there are fish to be found.

Touch base with Chris to get into some Southern winter, and ...

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Windy Day Tactics

Posted by Chris Dore on July 10, 2021 at 6:15 PM

Always worth a revisit..

After spending many, many guide days on the water I have observed countless styles and attempts to combat the wind. The following are a few tid bits to assist you in windy days on the river.


* Minimise, or better still, eliminate false casting. The mor...

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Dealing with low light conditions

Posted by Chris Dore on June 13, 2021 at 8:25 PM

It’s never too glary to find a few fish, you just have to adapt your strategy.


First up, look for a solid backdrop and then look for a height advantage. As hard as it might be to put into practice just forget about that stuff that you can’t see into and put all your focus on the water t...

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