Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

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


Going The Distance - Longer Casts can Catch More Fish...

Posted by Chris Dore on May 25, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Following on from last week, and as I'm focusing heavily on thrashing the tidal zones, bigger river systems and larger, Southern Lakes myself at present, casting for distance is todays topic. It's no use having all the gear and no idea so here's a quick hit on things to consider, and how to refine your casting stroke to both increase your distance and reduce the overall effort.

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Your Guide to Shooting Heads and How to Handle Them

Posted by Chris Dore 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 ...

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Dealing with heavy flies

Posted by Chris Dore on November 15, 2016 at 1:50 AM



I often spend time watching others on the river and observing their technique. Recently while in Turangi I saw a number anglers, both visiting and local struggling to cast some pretty heavy stuff overhead style... There are easier ways, and it doesn't have to be so hard.

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2016 Sporting Life Turangi, Winter Fly Fest

Posted by Chris Dore on August 13, 2016 at 2:05 AM

Above: Chris, Rene and Tore - Q&A session

Thank to everyone that came along on Saturday for the Sporting Life Winter Fly Fest. Turn out was great even th...

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Turangi - The crew you want to see!

Posted by Chris Dore on July 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Tore Nilson, Rene Vaz, Chris Dore, Peter Carty and Matt Wilson tying, casting and talking fishing at Sporting Life Turangi... Get there!

Tracking - Fly Casting Faults

Posted by Chris Dore on June 5, 2016 at 7:15 PM

If you havent spent time on your tracking, chances are its affecting your distance, and accuracy. This is a very common issue I work on with clients.


We all know that tight, efficient loops require the rod tip to track a straight-line path (SLP). This is true not only of the horizont...

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Grip Variations

Posted by Chris Dore on June 5, 2016 at 7:05 PM

The way in which you hold your flyrod has a profound effect on your overall casting ability. It can affect the straightness of your backcast, your power application, and the overall accuracy of your cast. In short, it determines in which way you utilize your wrist, and this is important for effective r...

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Posted by Chris Dore on May 15, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Been practising your overhead cast off your opposite shoulder? No you haven't... Check this

There are multiple reasons to cast off your opposite shoulder (left shoulder for a right hander or right shoulder for a leftie):

- the wind blowing into your casting arm

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The Reach Mend for tricky trout

Posted by Chris Dore on April 14, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Having trouble presenting to those subtle rises on those long, glassy pools? Spooking fish as your leader falls to the surface? Now you wont.. Read on

Reach casts (or more correctly, reach mends) are ITA mends, in that the mend is performed while the line is In The Air rather than aft...

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Line Management

Posted by Chris Dore on April 11, 2016 at 9:05 PM

One common failure I see of many anglers I guide is when walking up the river with fly in hand, or coils of line held 'for quick casts'. Unfortunately, unless you spend a lot of river time and monitor your line well, when a fish is spotted and needs a fly in front pronto the angler is usually fumbling around, giant mess in hand with line tangled to the hilt.


Guess what? We don't get a chance to make that cast... Another chance missed...


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