Fly Fishing with Chris Dore

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


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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Review: Airflo Vibe Switch Combo

Posted by Chris Dore 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

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Hot Flies for Cold Winter Days

Posted by Chris Dore on June 20, 2016 at 5:40 PM

So a bloody icy morning on a local lake yesterday here in Queenstown, -2c as I arrived without many expectations at all. That soon changed once I mixed it up a touch...


In cold temperatures, trout go into slow-mode, their metabolism slows and they tend to hug the bottom, not r...

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Winter Opportunities

Posted by Chris Dore on May 4, 2016 at 4:40 PM

While there were always trout to be caught, the South never really fired this Autumn with sparse hatches on the Mataura, possibly due to things still being too warm. There were still plenty of fish nymphing deep in the riffles and spinnerfalls kept the surface action alive but not many of the explosive...

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Things you NEED to know - Dealing with longer leaders

Posted by Chris Dore on April 7, 2016 at 5:45 AM

One of the biggest things clients fail to come to terms with is the necessity to fish longer leaders on our clear rivers here in NZ. Now I'm not talking the 18' + rigs we sometimes employ ourselves, but even the standard 12'- 15' leader / tippet combos we fish here daily far surpass what many visitors ...

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