Monday, 23 July 2012

New SAGE CIRCA fly rod, RIO NZ, NZ fly fishing school, RISE fly fishing film festival

Well- as most of you know- the fly shop is closed at the moment and will be re-open as usual in mid September.
Internet is not so easy to find here and power cuts are frequent. I never thought i would be able to update the blog but low & behold, a few updates and one newsletter should be with you, before the grand pre-opening of Stu's fly shop in September.
I saw this on a wall near the river. Apparently there's fish in the river the locals told me.

SAGE fly rods - i hear-  have taken best new fly rod at the big European show. Something and which they manage to do time & time again. Last year they did it with the ONE fly rod this year its a mid priced quality rod called the Circa fly rod which replaces the ZXL series.
RIO products in New Zealand have a new agent and who could be better for the job than Don Fraser - the long-time ex-SAGE agent and owner of  Guide quality NZ Ltd. In case some of you do not know SAGE for the past few years own RIO fly lines and products. So it makes total sense to be all in house in NZ, so expect better pricing and easier access to new products in New Zealand.
No doubt - some of the new rods will be in stock for the start of the season and any new RIO fly fishing products!
It's been all go most days with some huge travel days on some interesting smelly public transport. I have managed to finish a few new fly designs which in due course you'll all got to view and use.
My right arm is still troubled with pain from too much casting in the USA last winter for Musky. Having not been casting as much as i would like to, it's a pain. But still i'm chasing fish whenever i get a chance. Hopefully the photos will tell tales!

Best we double check the knots. We may only get one chance.
I'm traveling with two of the new ECHO instructor fly rods a 6wgt & a 8wgt which i'm doing my best to break on any fish. Some of you would have seen the photo that i posted on facebook with that nice big bend on the white 8wgt rod, now that was a dream day for me. The saltwater SAGE reels drag was on max and two hands were gripped to the cork handle.

Ela - who i'm traveling with- and myself have been also busy shooting lots of amazing photos for magazines and advertising
as well as some exiting interesting film footage for a future film. Working with some guides and local people has been fun and it's been very rewarding helping a few of them with their fly casting & fly fishing skills.
Keeping my hands in with casting tuition keeps me on my game even when on the road. (I hope!)
Many hours and days have been spent working with helping Ela and her quest to become a world of knowledge on fly fishing and fly casting, we hope to release footage and photos of her progress - or not!!

She's a fast learner compared to most of us men. I'm sure when you meet her again this coming season in the shop / or NZ fly fishing schools she will blow you all away again and if not, there's always a spinning rod for her! 

This hotel manager wasn't really cooperative.
If you are looking for a good non fishing book to read, then maybe try sourcing- Lance Armstrong "Every Second Counts" - i just finished it on a day of rain in my tent and it was a very enjoyable read.

If you want to get off the couch this winter get yourself along to the RISE fly fishing film festival which Stu's Superior Flies Ltd. is proud to be sponsoring along with other great brands. Here are the dates & venues: 

NEW ZEALAND SHOWS Please note that shows often sell out weeks in advance, to ensure a ticket it is safest to purchase online and guarantee a seat.
Invercargill Show 7.30-9.30pm 5th Sept 2012 Reading Cinema
Christchurch Show 8-10pm 10th Sept 2012 Hollywood 3 Cinema
Wellington Show 8-10pm 12th Sept 2012 Lighthouse Cinema
Palmerston Show 7.30-9.30pm 13th Sept 2012 Cinema Gold
Hawkes Bay Show 8.30-10.30pm 17th Sept 2012 Reading Cinema
Auckland Show 8.30-10.30pm 19th Sept 2012 Academy Cinema

AUSTRALIAN SHOWS Please note that shows often sell out weeks in advance, to ensure a ticket it is safest to purchase online and guarantee a seat.
Perth Show Wednesday, 8th August 2012 FTI Cinema
Hobart Show Monday, 13th August 2012 Eastlands Village Cinema
Launceston Show Thursday, 16th August 2012 Village Cinema
Burnie Show Wednesday, 15th August 2012 Metro Cinema
Melbourne Show Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 Classic Cinema Elsternwick
Melbourne West Show Tuesday, 21st August 2012 Sun Theatre Yarraville
Ballarat Show Saturday, 18th August 2012 Ballarat Fly Fishers Club
Wagga Show Sunday, 26th August 2012 Forum 6 Cinema  
Albury Show Friday, 24th August 2012 Albion Hotel  
Canberra Show Monday, 27th August 2012 Greater Union, Manuka  
Bowral Show Tuesday, 28th August 2012 Empire Cinema  
Sydney Show Wednesday, 29th August 2012 Chauval Paddington Cinema  
Central Coast Show Friday, 31st August 2012 Kariong Neighbourhood Centre  
Singleton Show Saturday, 1st Sept 2012 Maitland City Bowling Club  
Brisbane Show Monday, 3rd September 2012 Palace Barracks Cinema  

Have a fun time,

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