MOUNTAIN HOP

I had two weeks off for the holidays and decided to take full advantage of it.  I had my new Taylor Phenom to try out on more demanding rivers and a fly box bursting at the seams with back country patterns. There is a long list of rivers I’ve been meaning to explore and with […]

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TAYLOR PHENOM REVIEW

I’ve had my eye on Taylor Fly Fishing for some time.  I didn’t get in on the ground-floor when they started a Kickstarter campaign for their reels, but when I heard they were coming out with a rod, I was all over it.  I ordered a completed 9ft, 5wt Phenom rod as part of their […]

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SOUTH ISLAND WEEKEND

I was down in Christchurch for work meetings on Thursday last week and, since Friday was public holiday, I decided to stay and tag along with Zee and Kevin on a trip down to central Otago.  I had never fished this far south so it was all new to me.  Zee is a very keen […]

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SOUTH ISLAND REPORT

Now that Zee is guiding down south with Mike from Latitude Guiding, he’s got some great fish photos.  Unfortunately he’s super secretive about where he’s going.  I can tell you that he’s fishing a different rig than what we have been using up here.  He’s now using a 9m leader.  That’s not a typo and […]

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WANTED: FISHING PARTNER

Faithful readers will have noticed that it’s been a while since my last post.  Well, we just bought a house, and things have been pretty busy so no fishing for me.  This weekend was the first holiday weekend in many months, and I did manage to sneak away Sunday afternoon for a short, overnight trip. I […]

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FIRSTS

October 1st marks the start of a new season on many rivers in New Zealand.  Zee talked me into heading down south for the first weekend.  Normally my favorite thing to do is chase rainbows on the North Island but it’s always good to mix things up.  Visiting the South Island usually reminds me of […]

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SOFT SPOT

I was down on the West Coast of the South Island for work last week and decided to stay for the weekend to fish.  Since it’s still the winter season, there are limited options for open rivers.  It didn’t help that there was over 200mm of rain on Thursday and Friday.  Most rivers were up, […]

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