Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

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


Autumn Tip 4: Go Unweighted

Posted by Chris Dore 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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Autumn Tip 3: Fishing the film

Posted by Chris Dore on April 16, 2017 at 8:15 PM

As the days grow short and temperatures drop, the trout begin to lift to the plethora of mayflies hatching out while conditions are optimal. A glance at most anglers fly patches usually reveals a preference towards hackled dry flies, those which sit on top of the surface. They are easily seen, and will catch a few fish but there are flies which will catch a lot mor...

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Autumn Tip 2: Understanding the spinnerfall

Posted by Chris Dore on April 12, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Autumn's kicking it up a gear and lately we have experienced some cracking spinner falls here in the South, but many struggle to identify the difference between a rise to a spinner, and a rise to a dun, which is essential for success. Quickest advice is to wade out and see what’s drifting in the film and take note of the hurriedness, and type of rise. Is it a full no...

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Secure that box!

Posted by Chris Dore on March 10, 2017 at 11:30 PM

So there have been a lot of lost flyboxes around the traps this season so far yet it doesnt have to be so. The average fly box can hold over $400 worth of flies, a real kicker if it goes astray.


Heres what you can do...


1: create a ritual of immediatly placing your box back into your pocket once a f...

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See Your Beetle

Posted by Chris Dore on December 30, 2016 at 10:25 PM

So from the sounds of it, the green / manuka beetle are emerging in great numbers throughout the country, and they certainly are here in the south. Smaller than the brown beetle, the manuka beetle presents a high country smorgasbord and as always, the Manic Fly Collection has you covered...


One problem however exists... how DO you see these t...

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At The Bench - Green Caddis

Posted by Chris Dore on November 29, 2016 at 11:35 PM

First step, grab a bloody good beer. Today its the Garagista IPA from Garage Project.


Now to the fly. The wee Green Caddis is always a top producer for me and handy when the fish have seen far too many mayfly patterns presented less than good enough.


Imitating the Hydropsyche, this is abundant in most rocky trout-strea...

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Stalking September Cruisers - Bully Chasers of the South

Posted by Chris Dore on September 15, 2016 at 2:35 AM

September is a time when our Southern Lakes come alive. Following winter spawning activity the browns have returned to the lake shores and are feeding avidly around the lake margin as springtime conditions bring everything to life.


This year, following a very warm, mild winter, these browns are pres...

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Tying for October - Contrast

Posted by Chris Dore on September 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

So whats the point in fishing something you cant see? In Octobers often glarey, low light conditions the typical white post parachute flies are next to useless. Im not a fan of white posts at the best of times but they are a definite no-go on the river in most early, and late season conditions.

As you can see in this pic, a black wing makes for a strong silouhet...

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Sea Runners... Its time!

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The NZ Whitebait season is now open and many excitable people are flocking to our estuaries. I too will be visiting an estuary or several over the coming few weeks but not for the 'bait.


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Spring Ties: Simple Smelt

Posted by Chris Dore on August 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

So things are starting to warm and the famous South Island whitebait run is about to kick off and will see many of us chasing the voracious estury browns gorging themselves on these tiny morsals as they enter our Southern Rivers from the sea.

Many patterns are simply too overdressed when the natural is but a small, slim whisp of a creature. Heres my solution....

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