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New Zealand Fly Fishing


New Zealand Fly Fishing

NZ Fly Fishing

New Zealand fly fishing offers visiting anglers new challenges. Sight fishing, a general style of fishing, although a lot of fun and supremely productive, for those unfamiliar with it, it takes some time to master. Yet once mastered, a whole new, exciting world of fishing opens up as you go fish hunting.
Fish spotting is the 1st skill, an easy task if the fish are just sitting out in water that is shallow with a background that is light colored. But such is not always the case and more often than not the fish blend in with the surrounding background and it makes it more difficult to spot the prey unless you learn to develop the eye of a hunter.


The best conditions for spotting your quarry are therefore at the time when the sun is at its highest and the best time to be at the river is during the middle of the day. Sunglasses that are Polaroid are necessary. And it is true that these big fish do stay out the entire day in bright sunshine.

Upon spotting the fish, it must be approached directly from behind as that is the fish’s blind spot. The approach must be careful and it is usually probable to get really near to the fish.

The ability to make an accurate cast from a medium to short distance will give you the chance to catch a large number of fish with great ease.


What is meant by this is that you need to have the ability to show your fly ahead of a fish in a manner that the fly will float down towards that fish in a manner which is natural.


And if you can minimize false casts and hook the fish with the presentation of the fly on your first cast, so much the better.


What’s more, if you can perform the same way on a windy day, much better since the wind will blow eventually and being able to throw a cast against it will give you great rewards.

The clarity of the water, though advantageous when it comes to spotting the fish, may work against you as the fish will become suspicious of strange colored fly lines being thrown over there heads. So the best way to avoid this is to use natural and dull colored fly lines. Also, you will require a leader which is relatively long (about 12 to 16 feet long) attached to your fly’s end because of this. Hand-tied leaders work best.
The most important cast is your first one. Present it well the first time you cast and you will most probably hook yourself a fish. For every false or unsuccessful cast you make diminishes your chances of hooking a fish by approximately fifty percent.

New Zealand Fly Fishing

Having the ability to cast your fly consistently from a short to medium distance and being able to always lay out your leader in a line that is straight increases your success rate of catching more fish in New Zealand and bringing more catch into your net.



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