Reno with a wild brown trout

Good line control pays off

Reno had been practicing his casting skills before coming on a guided day with us. And with a few tips from Gary to tweak his technique, Reno’s casting really came together in an amazingly short time.

It’s all about line control with fly fishing, and when the rod tip is close to the water it makes a huge difference for many reasons. Reno kept his rod tip down and in touch with the fly, so was ready when this supremely well marked and strong wild brown trout took the emerging Antron Nymph under a Pink Lady emerger/dry fly.

Gary brags that the  pink lady is the most outstanding mayfly pattern he’s come up with so far because it’s highly visible.

Photo credit: Gary France

A big rainbow trout caught by Jordan on dry fly

A barrel of a rainbow

Jordan and dad Joe had some fly fishing experience in New Zealand over a year ago, so we spent a little time off the water refining the cast and tweaking line control techniques.

Jordan nailed this prime barrel of a rainbow trout with just a small movement of a dry fly not two rod lengths from the boat.

Why is it important to move a dry fly? Old text books say that we shouldn’t. This is true when it comes to drag, which doesn’t look natural. However if you can mimic the action of a natural trout food with the right combination of movement and stopping the fly,  you will capture the trout’s attention and awaken their basic predatory instincts. They don’t just see it, they can feel it from a few feet away.

Jordan with a rainbow trout









Photo credit: Gary France

John with a wild brown trout

Boarding school had the right idea!

The forecast was for tough weather on the last weekend of the 2018/19 brown trout season when John fished with our guide Scott.

John’s history was salt water fly fishing, having not fished for brown trout since his boarding school days in England where the school had a chalk stream and a requirement of students to catch a trout on the dry fly.

With some casting instruction, John quickly adapted to the softer trout rods and slower casting of much lighter flies and was quickly fishing well enough to give himself opportunities of hooking the elusive brown.

The weather quickly deteriorated but John persevered in trying conditions. We spotted this healthy 3 pound brownie moving up shore. We approached with caution and on the third cast it sipped down John’s fly and was soon in the net.

The beautiful colours of the wild brown trout were matched by the brightness of John’s smile and his delight.

Image: Scott Murphy

John with a wild brown trout