Saturday, 9 February 2013


Yes - without my consent they put me on the cover - mind you - I'm not complaining :) as it's a great shot - by Nick Reygaert from the Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival and that rainbow is dam sexy looking, sorry Ela.


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I just returned from guiding and a good friend Paul, a fly fishing guide from Wanaka, was in the shop and on a road trip with his client Brandon who had been having some NZ fishing fun - he could not resist such a good  fishing cap.  Oh and yes, we are nearly always that happy even Paul.

Just in are even more damn sexy fishing caps of the highest quality - Flexfit USA caps that are made to last.

Some great new colors - blue camo, green camo, tartan, brown, aqua, pink, black, camp mesh truckers in green and brown camo.

Look sexy this summer with these unique caps, not many shops in the world carry fly shop caps for women and men, Oh! We have a few kids sizes as well!!



Every year unlike some countries that have to wait 15 yrs between cicada hatches! 

The NZ cicadas hatch every year and it's an awesome time to be here.

There are many different species of cicadas from large to very small, they all pretty much have the same silhouette that the fish see from below. 

They tend to take to the wing in search of sex when it's a calm windless very hot day. Many fall or fly clumsily onto the water. When they hit the water, they do so with a little plop. 

As soon as they hit the water and become stuck in the surface, they panic and struggle for a short while creating little vibrating wakes of water in the film.

 Kevin Thompson from NZ bought some Deadly NZ Cicadas to try and caught this cracking brown ! 
This only lasts for seconds normally and then they just sit quietly on the surface waiting to washed to shore where they can climb back onto land. 
Many do not make it and become trout food. It normally takes about 3 weeks from when I hear and see the first cicadas of the season for the trout to start to feed on them.

Once the trout start to feed on them for us fly fishers it can be so much fun casting large cicada dry flies out and watching fish move considerable distances to engulf them.

A few years ago one of my clients wanted to chase only large trout and after a full day of searching without even casting at any large fish, we managed to find one.
The fish was in the middle of the pool and looking like he was in cicada mode.
My client cast his fly out 20ft short and 20ft to the left of the fish, nowhere near it. As soon as the cicada fly landed the fish must of heard it and turned and came down stream like a missile. I screamed at my client to leave his fly and the fish slowly came up to suck it down.

THE TIP! If you are fishing a cicada to a sighted fish - or blind fishing - no matter where it lands as the plop can trigger them from afar. GET READY!

The full NZ Cicada Range - Check out the awesome review of this design in the latest Fish & Game NZ Magazine - Reviews do not get better ! The Nom 1- go to NZ cicada Design!

Last year I released the Hi-Viz NZ Deadly Cicada and it's turning into the go to fly of choice at this time of year for most customers. Every other day guides from though out NZ are on the phone or emailing looking for some and it's a good feeling to have after many years perfecting an easy to see cicada fly, that is now recognized and in demand through out NZ and Australia. 

26 inches long getting up there! With the big boys! 

Having it on the best strongest fly hook with the largest gape also helps anglers hook and land the big trout of a life time, that at this time of year come from the deep in search of these double cheese burgers with mayo.

TIP- When using this design: no tippet is needed, tie it straight onto a 12ft RIO Tapered Leader and hang on and have a some fun.

It looks like I will eventually run out of this design this month due to demand, so best be quick if you wish some as I have no time to get onto my vice and tie up more.

 Now - back in stock !


This time of year is pretty full on, with the odd day still available at the end of the month and next. Contact me today if you are interested in any of my services. Fly casting lessons, NZ Fly Fishing Schools and back to back guiding for the past weeks means very long working days.

But each day the hours fly by and I realize this is because I'm doing something I'm so passionate about. 

Years ago when I have worked in other jobs some of them I would be looking at my watch as to when I could finish and go home nearly every day.

Working on the water, it is actually very hard to call it a day and return to base camp and I can think of no other job that I could wish to do.
fat, spotty and sexy!

Everyday I have been netting good solid fat trout, due to the coolness of the water after the recent showers of rain and cooler water temps. The trout have been very frisky with many of them jumping at least 3 times during the fight. Thinking they are rainbow trout!


Ela - queen of Stu's fly shop ,social media  has been busy adding even more knowledge / skills to help you all .
Remember to take off the tags :) They rattle a bit in the wind.
Recently Ela has been spooling up fly reels with backing and line for happy customers and in the past weeks learning how to attach the leader with a needle knot and finishing it off with UV glue. 

Demonstrating the new strike indicator is her favorite thing though as there are so many people who have sell not seen this easy to use Strike Indicator

There is now not much Ela does not know about all the gear and flies. So if you have an order or question regarding gear / guiding / casting / NZ Fly School just give her a call on 03 2488890 or contact her by email - click here.


The people I meet are amazing people and also very passionate. 

This past week I have been working with returning members of Sydney's two largest fly fishing clubs. Everyone of them has no huge expectations of fly fishing here in the South Island and are here for the challenge and big wild trout.

It's a yearly escape from the city life and these guys know how to enjoy the pleasures of the countryside and the fishing.In the next Blog or news letter , i should have some great photos of the large trout they managed to land with me. Shame i do not have any photos of the ones that got away! :)

If you are in Sydney, Australia or in any city in the world, look up your local fly fishing cub and go along and have some fun, male or female, young or old it's the best way to meet fellow fishers, learn new skills and have some fun trips away.


Some people are hard to buy a present for - here is the perfect gift.

The Jaws of Death! Fooled on a Stu's Deadly NZ hi-viz blowfly .


All the waterways are fishing great and are all low and clear. Expect to start to find trout in the fast shallow riffles as water temperature rises and they seek more cooler oxygenated water. Lakes, as usual the fish will be patrolling the lake edges, so short casts are all thats needed. A Hi-Viz Deadly Cicada on the surface just off the drop off will do the trick.


A few of you have been asking about the great underwater shot in last weeks news letter.
Here is the link to the dude that takes the time and effort to get the shots we drool over.

A Place to Stay in NZ - near the shop

Here is the link to the Naylor House - a great place to stay nearby the shop. Many of my returing clients stay here in this free standing historic country house - it's cosy, modern, self contained and you can get meals at the farm house - which everybody loves. The lovely hosts Avis and real fisherman John leave you alone and you have your own space in the country. It's two fields walk to the Upper Mataura and only a 5 min drive from the World Famous Fly Shop. What more could you ask for?
Some of the locals are a bit  fluffy

Oh! be warned you will get more than enough food if you chose the meal option and you will put on a kilo in a week:)
There is the odd ghost in the house and killer sheep patrol the perimeter. But overall you can ask for a better place or price - can sleep heaps. Click here to view.


At last I have found some pretty cool pink fly reels and have two models in stock - though they are in stock and for sale, to be honest if I can not sell them, they will look awesome in photos with my instructor rods and orange line, so watch out for some cool photos.

Thank you for your awesome support guys.
Stu & Ela

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