February has just gone past and it was a blur for me as i was booked out everyday, which was awesome .
What was not so good was that most of my lovely repeat clients had booked me mainly for the great dry fly fishing that is associated with Feb- But the summer never came in Feb and now we are into March and it looks like we will have to wait till next year for some good Feb heat!
But on saying that, the first light of the day is coming through the darkness and the Star's are visible in the sky this morning- looks like two days at least of hot weather! cicada time- YA Beauty!!
Mind you this is officially spring , as you can see by the photo!! This morning.
|Autumn(Fall) has started- but where was summer!!|
THE SOUTHLAND RIVER CONDITIONS
Normally at this time of year i never have to go down to the Mataura river behind the shop to check the level and clarity of the river- At this time of year its normally low and gin clear!
Nearly everyday in Feb i had to go down to the river to check before guiding for my clients and to let other guides coming into the area know the best spots to go with their clients which might have clear water. I lost count of emails and texts from desperate fishers, guides looking for clear water.
Some of the rivers have been up over 200% - that means they have mainly been high and mainly dirty due to the frequent heavy showers we have been receiving this summer.
For example the Upper mataura river beside my shop has been fish able one day in the last two weeks, yesterday i thought it might be clear enough but no , it rained again.
THE FISHING & GUIDING
|The deadly blow fly does it again- this is a southland river i had never guided on before!|
So my advice is , never over look the awesome lake edge fishing that NZ has to offer. Its sight fishing and can be nearly as challenging as the river fishing. But most of all its FUN !!
STU'S DEADLY HI_VIZ CICADA'S
|The best Hi-Viz cicada pattern in NZ and Australia! On Tiemco hooks- great value as well!|
Have a close look at the design and you will see the strong quality TMC hook that has been used and chosen specially to a clear wide hook gape for solid hook Ups . Something that looks easy to do but did take a long time to figure out.
In the past few weeks my clients have been getting fish on the surface of the lakes with them and also we have been using them and deadly Hi -Viz blowflies as attractors with a nz realistic grey mayfly size 16 on a foot of fluro 5lb tippet. With great success.
I,m Pretty sure i have the size 10 left now in stock.
Anyway, back to business, happy to wait for those deadly cicadas. I'll tell
how good those cicadas are - Stu may have learnt that I caught a 3lb rainbow
in the Eglington by simply holding the fly at the top of a riffle waiting to
cast to another fish above in 20 knot winds! Arse beats class every time!
The look on the guys who hadn't caught a fish all day was precious! Those
cicadas will go good over here I reckon and not just on trout - of course on
our Aussie Bass
|A customers lovely photo of a cicada eating trout form a otago lake with the sage tcx rod that i have on special! :)|
GEORGE- Dream team nom 1!! THE BOSS - CAUGHT STEALING SONS CHOCOLATE.
The other night i was in the office late working , and in the living room next to the office i could hear some noise it sounded like someone rummaging in my secret chocolate stash in the freezer.
After a few mins there was a little yelp ! sound. so i stuck my head round the corner.
There was George(dad) siting there with a choc bar in one hand and his front tooth in the other!!
Boy did i laugh!
He is pretty upset ,so if you are in the shop please do not mention it to him :)- and don't make the miserable bugger laugh. One customer reckons he looks pretty cool with it missing as it gives him more character - he is not so sure!
NEW LINE CUTTERS
You may have seen in the last news letter the photo of my dads line cutters in my mug!
Here is an email from Gerry from Alberta,Canada asking the correct questions about the new product!!
Very impressed with the unusual line cutters advertised in your last news letter.
Have been having trouble with line cutters that do not keep and edge.
Some questions before i order!
Can they be sharpened?
Are they carried in the vest or mouth.
Do they come with a guarantee.
Are they Pre- Owned and if so do they have many Miles on them?
|One Sexy fly design !! The deadly Minnow!!|
DEADLY MINNOWS -IN STOCK
The full range of my deadly minnows are in stock now and come in the colours Deadly Barred Black, Tan ,Smelt white and olive .
These are already proving pretty deadly stripped along lake edges , they are very durable and have been designed with quite a short over hanging tail for more solid hook ups on very wide gape strong TMC hooks.
KEEP THE AWESOME COMMENTS AND FEED BACK COMING IN!
Hi Stu,I am emailing you from Melbourne in Australia. I am sick of the lack of well priced and most importantly good quality flies around here and have decided to purchase from you instead. Thanks
Greetings to you from Bend, Oregon – USA! Your web site, newsletter and especially your innovative and deadly looking fly designs are fantastic, good fun and an inspiration! I am so very glad to have found your website (though I can’t recall now just how that came about). I have been fly fishing since I was a kid in Illnois (bluegill and crappie for starters, devoted now to trout/steelhead since moving to Oregon in 1972).
Your fly designs are a marvel, and I certainly respect your proprietary design rights. Obviously, a lot of hard work and deep thinking went into these “killer” designs. Still, I have to ask if you would kindly share the name of the material you use for the legs on your Pogo, King Pogo and other small mayfly patterns. I can’t figure it out! I tie only for my own use, never commercially. If this is something you would rather not divulge, I fully understand!
The couple of days fishing Ted and I had with you were fantastic, many thanks for your hard work in putting us on to fish and sorry Ted let you down as often as he did.
The day willow grubbing with you is some of the most memorable fishing we have had in NZ, and we learnt a lot from you each day. Can't wait to get back and have another crack.
ANDY & TED (lovers)
Hi Stu - caught a Golden Mahseer off the top with one of your bionic bugs! Not had a touch since. Greetings from India. Charlie
|Some say big flies big fish!! Check them out!|
A WEE PRICE INCREASE.
You will notice on the web shop that i have had no choice but to increase the prices of the flies . For the past 6years i managed to keep the prices very low for my work and the superior quality of my flies.
Tiemco increased there hook prices again last year (i would never dream of using an inferior freshwater fly hook on my designs- ) and my fly tying helpers needed more wages,Customs wants more of a cut,advertising and all my other costs have increased over the years which is the way of the world.
You are still getting the best price for the best quality flies on the market , No one can and will be able to match my quality and designs that have taken many years to get just right.
STU' S SUPERIOR FLIES- EXCLUSIVE, TIED ONLY WITH SUPERIOR HOOKS AND MATERIALS-
after all the fly and the hook is more important than all the rest of the tackle that we all use, using my flies will give you the edge when you hook the big one!! why would not use the best flies in the world at these prices!
CHECK OUT THE NEW SUPERIOR SALT WATER FLY RANGE.
|Simply big fish appeal ! Sexy saltwater flies on the best hooks!!|
GREAT SAGE TCX FLY ROD DEAL - END OF SEASON STOCK - CASH FLOW- MARCH SPECIAL!
If you are after the top of the range sage fly rod for the same price as the sage ONE fly rod look no further- ONLY 999 for a 4 pice TCX 6wgt fly rod!! LIMITED STOCK- Contact me asap to secure one of these rods at this special price!!
NEXT WEEK A REPORT BY ELA - FROM THE GERMAN FLY FISHING FESTIVAL AND THE GROWTH OF GEORGES TOOTH!
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GREAT SUPPORT -
"MIKE NESS- FROM THE BAND SOCIAL DISTORTION, LYRICS FROM THE NEW ALBUM, TRACK 11 -YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE !! -
IT COULD BE RAINING MILLION DOLLAR BILLS, BUT YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE!
SO ALL OF YOU HAVE FUN! and Shop till you drop! :)
Remember to stock up on all your gear with me ,before the shop closes for the winter. Its not far away i am afraid.
Oh here is a link to a show(non fishing! ) i,m taking my mum and dad to tonight if you get a chance go and see these guys you will have a great night out and come out smiling even if your a grumpy sort! They are on tour so check them out, and smile and love life :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqynAAYdLW8