Monday, 25 February 2013

New Fly Fishing Film, Rise Fly Fishing Festival, Midcurrent, Trout Diaries Radio, NZ Fishing Flies

14 years of study and development - then Stu's Deadly NZ Cicada fly design materialized.
I hope you all enjoyed the recent newsletter with the new film announcement.

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To view the short new film about Stu's Superior flies - click HERE.

Remember you can enlarge the screen to watch it. Please let us know your thoughts and comments - it all helps.

The Fishing

The fishing has been on fire all season with record amounts of fish being landed. Many clients have managed to catch their personal best size brown trout.
For the past month it has nearly been all dry fly action and many clients joining the Grub Club - that is landing their first fish on the mighty wee size 20 Willow Grub.

Fat and very healthy was this just under 5lb hen fish fooled with a size 10 Deadly NZ Cicada 
A combination of Grubs, Blowflies and Cicadas seems to be the normal diet of many of the trout at this time of year in the river systems.
 Find a good piece of stable water, work out the feed lane and proceed carefully casting up the feed lane with a Deadly Cicada / Deadly Blowfly with a NZ Floating Willow Grub tied off the back seems to be the best rig for catching fish for customers and clients.
When recently guiding, we have ignored most sighted fish in the deep pools as it can be harder to fool them with heavy nymphs etc. at this time of year. 
 Fish sighted in the faster riffles have been keen on size 18 King Pogo Nymphs tied off a nz mayfly bomb as a trailer nymph.
Over the last 3 days guiding 51 trout have been fooled into taking the flies, though not all have been landed, as it's fishing not catching :) 
But imagine if we caught everyone? 

Fish Feeding times in NZ

Unlike most countries in the world in NZ the fish seem to feed through out the day and the most productive time seems to always be when the temp is at its hottest. This probably is due because of the amount of insects that hatch and get active when it's hot, thus bring on the trout to feed especially on the surface.

Having no real natural predators like eagles and bears fish will easily move into clear shallow water if especially left undisturbed for a few days where they can be much easier to spot.
Clear blue sky with high warm temperatures are my favorite guiding days by far with the most fish being caught between 11am - 4pm. 
So here in NZ it's not unusual to arrive at your spot late and have the best chance of hooking up.
 For some there is no need to even set the alarm for that early start?

The River Conditions

All the rivers are now getting quite low. They are all gin clear. Hopefully we get a wee bit rain to top them all up a bit, but it's not looking likely.
This is also the time of the year that Fish & Game do their drift dives. This involves a team of guys with wet suits and masks floating down certain river systems and visually counting fish numbers. 
Recently on they did a drift dive on the Mararora River which was the first river to have the dreaded Didymo and have since for years been troubled with it. 
This year the drift dive had some great news. The river was now sporting a good population of trout again and looks like it's starting to recover.
 I wonder if it's just a natural cycle of fish stocks and breeding or if all the recent floods had something to do with it, by flushing out allot of Didymo and clearing the stones so that the aquatic live and trout can go about their business in the normal way.

Getting all the triggers in a fly design is very important for a very successful fly 

New Trout Diares Radio

Every morning during my 50 min exercise regime, I listen to Youtube interviews about fishing and learn allot. Recently The Trout Diaries author Derek Grzelewski has launched his own radio show that - you never know - may go international if enough people like it. Like all things time will tell and it will only get better and better the longer it's on air. The great thing is you can listen to it when tying flies, stretching your body or driving to your favorite fishing spot. To listen click here.

 Mid Current - fishing news.

There is one web site that sometimes I have advertised on called midcurrent. It's a great source of new up to date fishing and product news from around the world and worth visiting, they also send out very regular news letters which you also may find interesting. Check it out here.

Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival Europe 2013

It will not be until august or around that time that the RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival will hit your local big city. At the moment it has kicked off in France for the first time and being well received with shows selling out in most of the big cites, 200 + people at a show. The German side of the tour has also kicked off and all we have had from many people is that they had a great night of fish porn with like minded people, again sell out shows. When the pre-sale starts for NZ and Australia, you best get your TICKETS quick.

Fly Fishing shop in Italy stocks Stu's Superior Flies.

Recently we have started to supply a specialist fly shop in Italy. The feedback from the owner is that his customers are loving the designs and quality. As the years go by, I hope to add more and more specialist fly shops in different countries to my list of supporters.

You just never know what you may find. This lovely lass Vivi was found hanging and rope dancing under the Oreti bridge. She is a circus performer from Germany - one of Ela's friends. 

NEW smaller Sizes of Stu's Deadly NZ Cicada are in stock.

Back in are the size 10 Cicadas and newly released are the green size 10 Deadly NZ Cicadas. Great searching flies - order here.

Catch us also on Facebook and like our page. Upload your photos of fish caught on Stu's Superior Flies and have some fun.

Thank you for the support.
Stu & Ela    " Inspired by nature and driven by passion"

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