Fly fishing New Zealand – ‘CHASING RAINBOWS’
An invitation to fish for Rainbows in a small North Island stream late season, provided myself (Mike Kirkpatrick) and good mate Anton Donaldson an opportunity we couldn’t refuse. We winged our way up and were met by my friend Doug Stevens (owner of NZFISHING.COM).
It was a unique, and at times, breathtaking rafting trip into some simply stunning country. We had the challenge of fishing to some good sized trout at times but were often frustrated by unseen smaller fish constantly hitting our flies intended for the larger ones. We began to refer to these young and incredibly hard fighting fish as ‘blockers’ as they seemed to run interference for their bigger cousins. It was just the best fun and we finally started to get into some very nice fish before having to head out.
Music kindly supplied by Jay Kennedy of ‘The River Project’ from the album ‘Solar Controller’
Mike is available for guided fly fishing based in the south islands nelson district …
Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote,
“I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flys. Enjoyed the video in helping with my casting errors.”
In this lesson, Peter explains that most tangles are caused by “tailing loops,” in which the top leg of the casting loop falls below the bottom leg. This causes the two legs to cross, which is a recipe for disaster. The main causes of tailing loops are overpowering, the forward cast, using too short a casting stroke, or trying too hard to “punch” the final cast for more distance. Peter explains what you need to do to fix these problems to create a smooth loop and reduce tangles. Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to put Pete’s lessons to work by practicing on your own lawn.…