New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Rumble in the jungle

This January has been the hottest ever recorded in New Zealand and many of the rivers have recently been running low on water. Therefore, I set out on a journey of discovery, with the intent of finding those areas and rivers with watersheds not so affected by the scorching heatwave. This is something I often…

Jealous, grumpy old men. And how not to become one

I am writing this to my older self, so that in the future I might be able to handle the possible frustrations an aging fly-fisherman can experience, with as much grace as possible. And yes, I also write this to some individuals who have already become jealous and grumpy old men, possibly the worst kind…

New Zealand 2018 – North Island – Tiny jungle creek

I had been fishing some of the magnificent central plateau lakes for a couple of weeks, and had caught plenty of stunning fish, with impressive average sizes. Mostly rainbows, but also some big brownies had ended up in my net. These fisheries are primarily focused on the plentiful damsel nymphs, although I had started to…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 2

There had been little in the way of rain coming down on New Zealand for quite some time, but now a lot of it was on its way, accompanied by very strong winds. I thought it might be a good idea to hunker down for some days, but my friend Andrew, who had just escaped…

New Zealand 2017-18 – North Island stillwaters – Part 1

After a great year of fly fishing both home and abroad I decided to take a bit of a break after the fall season up north in Norway. After dealing with more mundane issues at home and spending the Christmas holidays with my family, I decided to leave for New Zealand on December 27th. I…

Top 10 trout of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close I can look back at what has been an absolutely incredible year of fly fishing adventures. I have probably fished more this year than in all my previous years combined. There have been many memorable moments from different parts of the world and some spectacular fish caught &…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 5

After the rain comes the sun. According to the weather forecast the sun would be shining on the South Island for the next 3 days and I decided to spend them on the West Coast. I had visited the area previously to check out the various spring creeks in the area, but bad weather intervened…

New Zealand – South Island – Part 4

After fishing the backwaters and lagoons of the central highlands I moved about a bit, exploring new valleys and rivers all over the South Island. I was on the hunt for hatches and hopefully rising fish, but weather and other malignant forces conspired against me as usual. After a while I did find some waterways…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 3

The central highland backwater lagoons seemed to hold a good number of decent sized fish. After the wind settled down it was possible to spot several of them cruising about. Catching them would not be so easy, as the fish became quite vary in the clear water. I tried to sneak into casting position several…

New Zealand 2017 – South Island – Part 2

The weather improved as I made my way down the South Island, but most of the rivers I passed were still swollen with dark tinted water. I also checked out some spring creeks, but they also had too much and cold water without any action. While traveling around I met several other anglers, and nobody…