Aotearoa Angling Etiquette (Or, how not to be a dick in New Zealand)

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By Chris Dore Angling ethics and on-stream behaviour are a big deal here in NZ due to the unique qualities of our fishery. Gin clear water hosting sometimes less than several fish per mile mean that if you walk past, there’s a good chance they will...

Don’t Let Yourself Get Numb to the Reward

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IS THAT COOKIE CUTTER RAINBOW TROUT MAKING YOU FEEL NUMB INSIDE? ARE YOU LOSING THE FEELING OF REWARD LATELY ON THE WATER? Two decades have passed since I caught my first trout on a fly rod, and even with all those years that have gone by,...

Fly Fishing Lights at Night

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It's long been known by fishermen, that bright lights shining on the water at night create fishing hotspots. The lights attract plankton, which in turn, attracts the baitfish and other food sources that feed on them. Once you've got a good concentration of forage food hanging...

Wood is Good

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Anytime I come across any sort of wood on the water trout fishing, I always take the time to fish around it. Whether it's a log jam, isolated root ball, or low overhanging tree, wood offers trout cover and safety which are two very important elements...

Flat Water Nymphing

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The past few years, Louis and I have grown very fond of one specific pool tucked up in mountains of the southern appalachia. We visit it regularly because of the bounties of trout that it sustains and nurtures year round. We nicknamed it the "lazy...