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
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.
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.
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.