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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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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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Swinging Smarter for Winter 2018

Posted by chrisdore on June 3, 2018 at 4:35 AM


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 so? How deep / near the surfa...

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Stripping 101

Posted by chrisdore on August 17, 2017 at 7:15 PM


Yo! Let’s chat about a rather important aspect of swinging that most two hand tyros neglect...


Undoubtedly the sexiest part of your routine with compact head systems is seeing a tight, straight D or V loop being transitioned smoothly forward and sent off into the distance. Then comes the swing, slow and controlled working through som...

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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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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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Intermediate Skagit... Here's Why

Posted by chrisdore on November 1, 2016 at 2:45 AM




It's pretty cool to see a surge in two hand fly fishing over the past couple of years, and with hardcore groups emerging from Queenstown, the Skagit Bombers in Christchurch and the die hard Turangi crew keeping it real it gives us a chance to play with a bit of new gear to suit the conditions.


In the deep South Ive been playing with a few ...

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Review: Airflo Vibe Switch Combo

Posted by chrisdore on July 1, 2016 at 5:45 PM

The Rod: Airflo Vibe Switch 11'6" 8wt

The Reel: Lamson Liquid 4.0

The Head: Airflo Skagit Switch 450 gr

Running Line: Airflo Ridge running line




Background:

 

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