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May 2016 Part 2
Greetings again from Brown Trout Heaven, New Zealand. This is Part II of our recent newsletter series showcasing what we've been up to over April and May 2016.

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We're getting ready for another big season ahead. Bookings are strong and New Zealand Inc will be cranking again come springtime. We're always searching for quality customers to take to quality locations - so give us a call if New Zealand is on your agenda for 2016 /2017. Being a year-round guiding service we have epic outdoor adventures for you to access and enjoy year-round. Our central base is Nelson City, and while fly fishing for trout runs October - April inclusive, we have year-round hunting for goats, pigs, red deer, chamois, and thar. Year-round saltwater fishing is excellent in Tasman Bay and the Marlborough Sounds for dozens of fish species including blue cod, red gurnard, snapper, tarakihi, kahawai, flounder, barracouta, albacore tuna, yellowtail kingfish and more...
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In a modern world, New Zealand is changing like the rest of the planet, and not always for the better. Resources and opportunities are ever-evolving but Strike Adventure Guiding always has it's finger on the pulse of the NZ fishing and hunting resource. We'll always have great places to go and epic wilderness experiences to enjoy. The key to success into the future will be the quality and experience of the guide, who has the connections and knowledge to access the best places at the best times. You're in safe hands with Zane, who is always pioneering new places, new products and new experiences, and has the best outdoor repertoire in the business.
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New Gear for 2016 - We're always updating our gear and equipment to assist our customers have a safe, enjoyable, and comfortable experience. This year we've added a new 10wt flyrod for flats fishing for Kingfish/ New tents for multi-day camp-out trips / tons of terminal tackle and other essentials.
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What's already booked for next fishing season? Wilderness multi-day campouts / Saltwater Flats Fishing for Kingfish in Golden Bay / Helicopter Adventure daytrips across the northern half of the South Island / Trophy Max - Chasing large double-digit trout with helicopters in the last best places / South Island Lakes & Tributaries Road Trips over whole South Island / St. Arnaud - Nelson Lakes Based Fishing/ Plus more of our traditional fly fishing trips we've developed over the past 30 years of service to our anglers. Where would you like us to take you?
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The best fly fishing catching months are October, November and December, with the most popular months for northern Hemisphere anglers coinciding with the northern Hemisphere winter in January, February, March. Whenever you want to come to New Zealand, Strike Adventure Fishing will have a special adventure all ready for you.
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Best Regards & Talk Soon, Zane & Aimee, May 2016

May 2016 Part 1

Greetings From 'Brown Trout Heaven', New Zealand.

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Wilderness Magic: Master angler Skip Herman, IL, USA, enjoys success with Zane in March 2016. Skip & Zane must have been fishing together for close on thirty years.

It's been another action-packed fishing season and that's why you haven't heard from us for awhile! We really enjoyed the company of our anglers, and as usual, had plenty of great fishing action and adventures.
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We were everywhere January - May with too many success photos to ever put in one newsletter. So we're doing Part I now (January - March) and Part II (April - May) later in the month. We hope you enjoy the images.
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Next year is looking like being another big season too, with world tourism on the up and up, assisted by a favourable exchange rate. We're a year-round guiding operation, with year-round opportunities throughout New Zealand: October, November, and December are always the best trout catching months, with January, February, and March being the most popular months with our northern Hemisphere anglers. April - September we have plenty of wonderful saltwater fishing action in Tasman Bay and the Marlborough Sounds, plus great alpine hunting & waterfowling on public wild lands, and private properties alike.
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We'd really like to thank our anglers who have already locked in their dates for the 2016-2017 season and beyond. We very much appreciate the confidence and faith you continue to show in our experience, knowledge, connections, equipment and technical expertise after thirty years of professional service. It's true that the NZ fishery is always changing but we sincerely appreciate your vote of thanks in our ability to continue to produce premium results for you. With many big 7-15 day bookings already, we're looking forward to getting you back amongst the best fishing and outdoor experiences available.
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Guiding is way more than just a job to us, and we genuinely care about your success, enjoyment and safety. In a modern world, results are everything and maybe that is why we continue to enjoy such strong repeat bookings. This season we've also been busy out pioneering new and exciting locations, with many new fishing experiences to delight our anglers with.  We've developed relationships with new landowners, new suppliers, new helicopter companies, and new accommodation providers, as well as strengthening relationships with old friends and customer favourites. We'll be sure to feature these new opportunities over upcoming newsletters.
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Making a booking with us has always been easy. We just do direct bookings these days and can advise on all logistics and arrangements. As a result we can craft special experiences for each and every customer and ensure that you get to the best fishing, at the best times. You're always our number one priority, and we'll put you on the best water every day.
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It's been great to spend some time around home lately, attending to the many tasks that got left behind while we were flat out fishing and hunting. The Mirfin family is in good shape and we're now back in the office to prepare for the season ahead...

December 2015

Happy Holidays from New Zealand
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Longtime NZ fly fishing aficionado Dale Kinsella of California enjoys December success.

Hope life is good and the trout are rising! Like us, you’re probably wondering where another year went but hey time flies when you’re out fishing.
We’ve had a great fishing season so far with plenty more to go. We’d really like to take this opportunity to thank our valued return anglers f

December 2015

Happy Holidays from New Zealand
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Longtime NZ fly fishing aficionado Dale Kinsella of California enjoys December success.

Hope life is good and the trout are rising! Like us, you’re probably wondering where another year went but hey time flies when you’re out fishing.
We’ve had a great fishing season so far with plenty more to go. We’d really like to take this opportunity to thank our valued return anglers for their company and loyalty. Without our valued anglers returning year after year to fish with us we wouldn’t be in business.

Here’s some of what we got up to in November / December…

Chris Topovsek and Mates enjoyed an overnight campout fishing the headwater rivers of Nelson Lakes National Park:

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“Just like Plato and his world of ideals, I had a picture in my mind of what my ideal fishing trip would be like. Unlike Plato, on this trip, my ideal world and the material world would turn out to be essentially identical. A serendipitous chain of good fortune allowed me and two friends to enjoy two spectacular wilderness fishing days. Sure, we had good luck on a number of fronts but I have to thank Zane for his energy and trust. Thanks Mate for all your hard work and I know we will return again!”
Dr Chris Topovsek, Queensland, Australia, November 2015

Paul Brower and Selwyn Shanks enjoyed a Top of the South Road Trip:

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“Zane, I can’t thank you enough for another wonderful fishing adventure. As you know I love the “early season” fishing which gives you some shots at fish you might not have after they have been fished over for months. Your access to stretches of river are wonderful. We had great days of fishing and caught beautiful trout. When I’ve shown photos to my buddies, their response is ‘I guess you’re done as you can’t possibly do any better’. Of course I’m sure next year will be better still.
Having fished annually in NZ for over a decade I appreciate how good you are: great eyes for spotting fish and patience with my mediocre casting. I also appreciate your meticulous planning. If you have anyone who wants to talk about South Island New Zealand Fishing with Zane, please don’t hesitate to have them contact me at See you next year.”

Dr Paul Brower, California, USA, November 2015

Dale Kinsella and Corey Ratner enjoyed daily helicopter fly-outs to the Holy Grail of New Zealand Wilderness Fishing:

We were ably assisted by guide friend Peter Carty. Corey nicknamed the two guides OB1 & Yoda!

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“Zanus…You were fantastic. Had a terrific time. See you next year.”
Dale Kinsella, California, December 2015

Click on blue to see latest ZM Wildside Newspaper Stories – Thirty years of Guiding & Dry Fly Magic

What's coming up?


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Bookings are looking up and up. We’ve still got some dates in January 2016 available for fly fishing and saltwater action. February is totally sold out. And we’ve still got prime-time March 6-11th and 23-24th inclusive available. We’ve got some great trips planned in coming months with our anglers including fishing Nelson Lakes National Park, daily and overnight helicopter wilderness campouts, even a lower South Island roadtrip…
We’re now taking fishing bookings for next season 2016-2017 with strong demand. So if there are any preferred advance dates you’re after give us a call soon. Thanks for telling your friends – we’ll take good care of them too!

Hunting Season

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Top Taxidermist: Warren Plum, Nelson, busy at work.

BBQ Venison: Really good on the new Weber BBQ!

Hunting season isn’t far away with April, May, June, and July being the prime month for trophy hunting during the rut. We offer red stag, fallow buck, Himalayan tahr, Chamois, pig, goat, and ram hunts both on private and public lands. With a lifetime of hunting experience, all the gear and access connections, we can get you to where the big animals roam. Please give us a call at +64-3-544 2100 to discuss all the options and hunting adventures we can offer.

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Christmas Dinner 2015 with the Mirfin Family.

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a good time with family and friends over the festive season.  Best Wishes, and see you next year in 2016.

Zane & Aimee
December 26th, 2015

November 2015
We've had a great October / November opening to our Fly Fishing Season being busy guiding our valued anglers and catching great trout along the way...

Fishing Down Under…18 Years Later!

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Lance Severson is a great friend of ours who has fished with Zane many times before, but not in New Zealand for the past 18 years. Here’s Lance describing his 2015 adventure in his own words…

“Dear Aimee & Zane, Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality these past 10 days. It was special to meet your family and spend time with you again. You are blessed with great kids who obviously bring much happiness to your home. Enjoy every minute of it.
It was so nice to see that in the 18 years since my last visit that little had changed, except for the addition of a few grey hairs. I enjoyed the 8 days of fishing tremendously. The variety of fishable waters, from small tributary streams to larger rivers allowed a great variety of fishing opportunities. I had never experienced a larger average fish size in any of my previous six trips to the South Island. Catching a sighted 9 pound brownie on a dry fly is a moment I will never forget, although landing a larger 9 pound plus fish on a nymph was also a highlight. The fish quality and quantity was exceptional in my opinion.
Coming to New Zealand to go fly fishing is a truly multifaceted holiday. The sight fishing itself, the camaraderie on the river, the spectacular scenery, and the local culture made it a truly special trip. Thank you Zane & Aimee for making this my best New Zealand trip ever. It could never have been so good without all your efforts. I definitely won’t wait so long before my next visit.”
  Lance Severson, CA, USA, November 2015
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Lance wanted to tell other anglers more about his experience:
“Our trip was awesome in many ways. We chose to stay at several different locations and accommodation types along the way. It varied between Nelson City, an alpine cabin in St. Arnaud, a small family owned accommodation near Lewis pass, and a small town motel right out of generations past. This method allowed us to be spot on to lots of quality water at the most productive times, which for us was typically afternoon and early evening. We weren’t on a specific schedule. We visited local pubs, explored local beaches, interacted with local folks, and were really able to be part of the local culture. The landowners, business owners, and local people we were able to meet along the way were a very positive addition to the trip. This could only have happened on a trip of this format and it was so much more than just a fishing trip.
From a guiding standpoint, Zane is unparalleled. Not only does he have a “Plan A” for the day, he is always thinking several steps ahead with regards to finding the best fishing options. His ability to see the hard to spot trout is uncanny. He takes his job seriously, always going the extra mile. Having no opportunities was never an option. The fact that Zane also has a commercially registered boat is a big positive as it allowed us to reach headwater streams not easily accessed on foot.
Of the seven trips to the South Island over the last 24 years, this one was definitely the most special. Great fishing, boating, easy travel, and local culture. I don’t think this could have happened in any other format. Thank you again Zane & Aimee for making it all happen.”

Lance Severson, Los Angeles, CA, November 2015

Return Anglers Enjoy Success

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Our other recent anglers and hunters also enjoyed a good time. Thanks to return anglers Pete Conley NZ (who bought his brother Dave along), Lorenzo Lodge, Australia, and to the Team at King Salmon, Nelson (and Canada). Our saltwater anglers had a great time too.
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Hunting News

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We enjoyed a challenging alpine hunt with Ash Beeby of Auckland in October. We worked hard on public lands but chamois success was sweet.
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This past weekend we were in Fairlie, South Canterbury for the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association (NZPHGA). The AGM went well but the real fun was socialising and networking with members and their partners after the formalities were over. On the second day, NZPHGA members were privileged to have Safari Club International (SCI) representatives John Boretsky and Chris Emery of the USA conduct an Official SCI Head Measuring Course and exam that can usually only be taken in the United States.

El Nino

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It's official - it's an El Nino year, but we'll be out fishing regardless. MetService monthly outlook October 2015 described the situation as "the strongest El Nino seen since 1997/98. The 30-day Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) remains strongly negative at -1.8,....The atmosphere and the ocean are reinforcing one another, meaning this El Nino is locked in and likely to persist through into autumn 2016". Scientists also say that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded on Earth.

How does this effect fishing? Well, we've always found El Nino years to have higher catch rates because of highly variable river flows which give more and varied fishing options. Other anglers may also choose to stay away over summer which again gives more and better opportunities. Local scientists are predicting some South Island areas to have more rain than usual, and some areas much less. In summary western areas are likely to be wetter and eastern areas likely to be drier or in drought. Because we are a highly experienced and mobile guiding operation with a huge repertoire of rivers we can always position you on good water whatever the conditions. Simply put, when it is wet we will go east, when it is dry we will go west.

Thirty Years of Guiding

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Retro Shot: Greg Fay of Montana recently sent us this early photo of Greg and Zane onstream in NZ. As their mutual friend Skip Herman commented "Even the fish looks young". Hungry Work: Lance Severson and Zane enjoy a streamside lunch break in October 2015.
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October Selfie: Lance Severson and Zane have fished extensively together in both hemispheres over 24 years. Adventures include NZ, California, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon & British Columbia. Last Guides Standing: Our great guiding mate Peter Carty of Murchison with Zane in October 2015. Both are veteran 30 year guides.

It's hard to believe, but this month Zane turned 48 years old and also celebrates 30 years since he first strapped on his guiding boots in 1985. There have been many changes over 30 years both to the environment and the economy. Technology, travel, and society have irrevocably changed but we're still out there enjoying success. For us it's business as usual, and you can be assured that the same passion and attention to detail that got us to where we are now is alive and well. We genuinely care about our customers and the experiences we offer. You're in safe hands when you fish or hunt with us.

What's Up this Month?

Over the next month or so we’ll be out fishing, both wilderness fly fishing and saltwater angling. On days off we’ll be continuing to scout out exciting new private hunting properties for the coming hunting season (March – August).

If you’re in the market for a trophy red stag hunt, fallow buck, chamois, tahr, ram, goat or boar, please give us a call and we can advise on all the options. We also have some wonderful winter waterfowling for various ducks, geese and black swan too.

If you’re interested in summer fishing (November – early March) we still have some available dates if you’re fast but we’re also taking advance bookings for the  2016 / 2017 season as well.

Kind Regards,

Aimee & Zane

PS. Our new look, mobile-device friendly website isn't too far away from launch at

September 2015

Only 5 more sleeps until Opening Day...

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Opening Season Magic: Pete Conley, NZ, with an October 2014 Brown Trout.  Pete is booked in again for early October 2015.

Fly fishing season is almost here. October 1st heralds the opening of the general New Zealand trout fishing season when all our upcountry and wilderness rivers open to fishing, and we just can't wait!
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Mountain High: Ash Beeby, NZ, hunts the Marlborough high country at 5000ft above worry level, September 2015. Top Guide: Friend Clayton Nicholl helped Zane get into some urban trout in September. Zane is guiding opening day so was getting a line in early.

Being about the only guide service in the northern South Island we know that operates year-round has been really handy for keeping our fingers on the pulse of the outdoor scene. This past calendar year we guided anglers and hunters every single month of the year, and we can tell you that there are some great trout out there to catch come October 1st.
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Fish On!: Chris McLaughlin, USA, in action, September 2015 In the Bag: Chris McLaughlin enjoyed the clear waters, bright skies and no boot prints.

Here's a few photos from September on our winter fishing waters - where our trout eat angler's flies year-round! October is shaping up to be a busy month for us with predominantly fly fishing but also some saltwater fishing and alpine hunting. We'll be sure to keep you informed with what's happening in our next more comprehensive October update.
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We've still got availability throughout the coming calendar year for whatever adventure you're up for, and we welcome your call ( PH: + 64 3 544 2100 ).

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind Regards, Zane & Aimee

August 2015
After a great USA summer trip to California & Utah (alas only 23 days), we're back in New Zealand. Spring is not too far away so we're busy taking bookings, working on our website (  and getting ready for the fishing season ahead.

Our USA visit was an awesome experience and our fly fishing presentation "Affordable Fly Fishing in New Zealand" to seven fly fishing clubs went really well. We had a great time meeting many new people and catching up with old friends.

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved who made our visit so special and memorable.  It's impossible to list everyone here but we appreciate the kindness and hospitality shown to us by so many. We'd particularly like to acknowledge the seven Californian clubs and their members; Santa Barbara Flyfishers, Fly Fishing Club of Orange County, Pasadena Casting Club, Golden State Flycasters, Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, Wilderness Flyfishers, and Sespe Fly Fishers; Also our valued friends Jeff Pill, Chuck & Michelle Waterman, Craig & Joanna Adamson, Lynne Howard & Brett Reed, and Ben Taylor. Plus all the fabulous fly shop owners and staff who gave us such a warm welcome and great advice.

America is a wonderful country and Americans are wonderful people. For anyone interested, here are a few photos of our adventures in California and Utah...

Southern Californian Club Circuit

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The Show Must Go On: Aimee sets up for our 55 minute presentation "Affordable Fly Fishing in New Zealand" before everyone arrives for club night in Encino. Top Table: Great food, company, and conversation before our fly fishing presentation in the second half of the evening at Encino.
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Ventura Highway: The highways were busy but Southern California is a beautiful place and the land of opportunity. Here we are above the coastal town of Ventura before our evening presentation to Sespe Fly Fishers. Meet the Locals: Adrian Cid Uribe (L) picked us up from our hotel and led us through the evening at Pasadena Casting Club. We were particularly touched by fundraising efforts to help wounded veterans learn to fly fish and were in awe of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
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Hot Chilli-Dog: Jeff Pill (L) introduced Zane to Chicago-style Hot Dogs for lunch in Burbank. Casting Championship: Zane and Marshall Bissett (R), Club President of Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers , have a friendly casting session on the Pasadena Casting Pond. Zane Grey, famous author of paperback westerns and the 1926 book "Tales of the Anglers Eldorado - New Zealand" once lived nearby in Pasadena.
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Big Box Stores: If you're into shopping then California is a great place to visit. We experienced shopping malls and venues on a scale unprecedented within New Zealand. Here's Aimee checking out Basspro. Cool Down: It wasn't all work and we enjoyed swimming wherever and whenever we could.

San Diego R&R

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Four Have Fun in San Diego: Michelle and Chuck Waterman (L) showed us the time of a lifetime at Mission Beach, San Diego. We explored, shopped, dined, and most importantly, fished. Sweet Treat: We enjoyed some great USA dining experiences.
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Early Start: Launching the boat at Glorietta Bay, San Diego Harbour. Fly Fishing Freeway: Chuck Waterman heads out into the Bay with the Coronado Freeway Bridge as a fishing backdrop.
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Pacific Ocean Guru: Chuck Waterman showing how it is done near the La Jolla Trench, Pacific Ocean. Double Header: Chuck Waterman catches two Spotted Bay Bass on the same cast.
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Different Species: This US trip Zane caught 8 new species of fish. This one is a Mackerel caught amongst giant floating kelp beds. Braving the California Surf: Aimee swims in the Pacific Ocean at Mission Beach, San Diego.

High Sierra Nevada

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High Altitude Wilderness: The Golden Trout Wilderness is a magic alpine wonderland. Gazetted by President Theodore Roosevelt, it is the fly fishing equivalent of the Galapagos Islands with the evolution of three unique trout species within the Kern River Complex. Little Kern River Magic: Our first challenge on Sierra day one was to drive from Ventura to Porterville, drop our gear, then drive deep into the mountains to Lewis Camp trailhead and hike four miles into the Little Kern Bridge area.
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Little Kern River Golden Trout: The fish of the Little Kern look much like rainbows but are classified as Little Kern Goldens (Oncorhynchus mykiss whitei). They are highly adapted trout to a harsh alpine environment. Dry Fly Only: Little Kern Goldens ate small dries that imitated midges with gusto. It was a short but special afternoon session before a four mile hike back uphill to the trailhead.
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Fly Shop Report: We enjoyed Flyshops throughout California and Utah meeting many fine people and getting much great advice. Local flyshops and top guides are always the experts on any fishery. Showdown at High Noon: Kimberley and Guy Jeans own & operate the Kern River Flyshop and Guide Service in Kernville, CA. Guy is a statewide fishing personality and is also a talented musician.
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Kern River Diversity: The Kern river fishery offers everything from alpine trout to smallmouth bass. As we drove up the river system we listened to a Guy Jeans aka 'The Stoneflys' Music CD on the car stereo. Forks of the Kern Trail: Sierra day two we had the afternoon to get to the trailhead, hike down into the forks, fish, and climb 1.5 hours back up.
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Upper Kern River: The Kern river was sure inviting but we were fishing at all the wrong times. Kern River Flyshop recommended fishing 5-11am before the water warmed in the drought flows but Zane fished 4-5pm! Descent to the Kern: Steep and hot, dehydration and altitude sickness are always possible. Don't forget about bears and snakes.
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Fish On: The effort was worth it when trout started to hit small dries and soft hackle wets. The Prize: Mission accomplished with Kern River rainbows (Oncorhynchus mykiss gilberti) in a variety of sizes. They don't have to be big to be trophies.

Eastern Sierra - Lone Pine & Death Valley

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The Joshua Tree: It may have been the title of an album for rock superband U2, but Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) are superbly adapted to hot, dry, desert climates. High Sierra Under the American Flag: Aimee at Lone Pine Visitor Center with the high Sierra behind. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain on the continental USA, outside of Alaska, at 14,505 ft asl.
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Sierra Nevada: Imposing and everything Zane had ever dreamed about. The words of American pioneer environmentalist John Muir ring true when he wrote "Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike." Climb High for Goldens: Sierra day three afternoon at Horseshoe Meadow. The first stream had dried up, a rainstorm began with thunder and lightning, and time was running out to achieve the three trout trifecta in three days...
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Ask the Locals: Park Rangers always have some good advice. Secret Stream: A trout rose to a natural fly and it was game on.
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Lifelong Goal: California Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aquabonita) were carmine-splashed golden creatures with red, white, and spotted features. Truly fish of paradise at about 11,000ft. There's Golden's In Them Thar Hills: The catching was great and a #18 Lambroughton black hatchmaster dry fly on 6x tippet and three weight rod was deadly in small plunge-pools and riffles alike.
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Gold Nuggets of the Sierra: The water is gin clear and many of the golden trout can be sight fished by spotting and casting to individual trout. Achieving the Sierra Kern trifecta was a bucket-list wish - we'll have to come back someday to add Sierra Paiute Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris). No Water is Bad Water: Between Lone Pine and Burbank lies @10 hours driving across unforgiving desert. Badwater basin is the hottest, driest, and lowest point in North America.
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Photo-Op At Zabriskie Point: Death Valley National Park was unlike anything we'd ever seen before. No water = no trout. Baked or Fried: Whatever way you like it, the desert climate of Death Valley is swelteringly hot at about 45 degrees Celcius plus.

Salt Lake City

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Great Salt Lake: One of the great natural wonders of the world awaits visitors to Utah. This huge natural basin has no outlet besides evaporation and is surrounded by high desert. Wasatch Brew Pub: Lunchtime with valued friends Craig & Joanna Adamson of SLC. The Pub had plenty of local beer brew varieties and Zane enjoyed a taste of 'polygamy'.
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Antelope Island: The largest island in the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island is also a State Park and home to Buffalo, Mule Deer, Big Horn Sheep and Antelope. Swimming In The Great Salt Lake: The locals thought we were nuts but with water more than six times saltier than sea water floating in the lake was an epic experience.
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Uinta Mountain Escape: National Forests are everywhere in the USA and the Uintah Mountains are less than an hour out of Salt Lake City. Wild Waters: The mountain waters of the North Fork Provo River are an angler's delight.
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Mountain Treasure: Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) are a beautiful char species from out East that thrive in the alpine and mountain streams of the West. They are angler-friendly and eat dry flies with a vengeance. We used Mirfz BLT #16 dry flies (commercially available from Manic Tackle in NZ) with great success. Guide's Holiday: When Zane isn't guiding anglers and hunters, he loves fishing or hunting new places himself. Especially for wild fish in wild places.
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All American Journey: Craig Adamson was one of Zane's earliest fishing customers in the mid- 1980's and has been a great friend and mentor ever since. This fishing lunch at a small store in rural Utah symbolises (to Zane) everything great about America. Wild Rainbows: The Utah rainbows (Oncorhynchus mykiss) of the Uintah Mountains loved NZ trout flies too. Gotta love those Mirfz BLT (Black Little Thing) dry flies.
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Provo River Tailwater: The Mid- Provo is one of the West's most famous tailwater fisheries and close to SLC. We caught plenty of brown trout fishing 6x fluorocarbon tippet and #22 midge nymphs, with split shot and indicator. How the West Was Won: Movie Icon John Wayne was never far away during our travels out West.
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Freestyle: Zane tests out his ski skills (not) at Park City Winter Olympic Center in Utah. Leadlight Window: The USA is full of fine art but this is one of the best fishing pieces we've ever seen.

San Francisco

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Wear Flowers in Your Hair: San Francisco was somewhere that Aimee always wanted to visit. Stars & Stripes: The USA flag brackets San Francisco City across the Harbour from Alcatraz Island.
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Cable Car City: Riding the cable cars of San Francisco's hilly streets was loads of fun. Fish Man Of Alcatraz: Zane checks out a prison cell and plans his escape from Alcatraz.
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Golden Gate Walkabout: After strolling across the famed Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, it was a 3 mile walk to Sausalitio for fine icecream and to catch the ferry boat back to the city. Old Friends Catch Up: At 81 years old, Ben Taylor has fished with us in New Zealand many times. Here we enjoy lunch together and celebrate Ben's book "I Know Bill Schaadt: Portrait of a Fly Fishing Legend".
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Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club: We were privileged to visit this iconic club and venue in Golden Gate Park - the training ground and competition venue of many of the world's finest fly casters. Here the club holds a memorial service for a valued member. No Fishing in San Francisco: At least not for us, but fish art, influence, and inspiration were everywhere so we had plenty of ideas to bring home to New Zealand with us...

Prospects for the Upcoming NZ Fishing Season

Coming off the back of a big fish mouse year and with the New Zealand dollar continuing to fall against the $USD (to levels unseen for at least a decade) means the South Island should be in for a big year ahead. We'd encourage anyone contemplating a trip down-under in 2015 - 2016 to lock in their fishing and hunting dates with us soon. Our trout season starts October 1st thru April 30th with excellent opportunities throughout. After guiding across four decades (80's, 90's, 2000's and 2010's) we know where to go and how to give you the best chances of success.Give us a call at +64-3-544 2100 or send us a note and we can advise available dates and adventure opportunities to suit your preferences.

In August and September we're out guiding saltwater anglers, spring chamois hunts, and even some late winter fly fishing on lowland rivers. We've got an outdoor adventure for every week of the year and invite you to join us soon.

Kind Regards & Tightlines,

Aimee & Zane Mirfin 

P.S. For our local anglers nearby, there is excellent saltwater fishing over coming months from our MNZ registered boat 'Strike Adventure'. Fish with lightweight sporting tackle for red gurnard, blue cod, tarakihi, and kahawai as the fish move inshore to gorge on baitfish. Our saltwater fishing special is NZ$600 incl.GST for 3 anglers. Pick a glorious sunny spring day and let's head ocean-side!

P.P.S. In November 2015, Zane celebrates 30 years or three decades of professional guiding. There are two weeks available in November and we invite you to share this milestone with us. We'll be sure to fish the St. Arnaud area, Nelson Lakes National Park where it all began...


July 2015 Update

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We had great summer / fall fly fishing for big trout. Mouse fever was certainly lots of fun for our overseas anglers. Bookings for next fishing season October – April are shaping up well especially with the Kiwi dollar (NZD$) continuing to slide against the USD$ and AUD$ making New Zealand fly fishing  the most affordable it has been for years. We already have bookings for every month of the 2015 -2016 season and encourage anglers to inquire soon for available prime dates.
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In May & June we were out guiding saltwater fishing trips with local anglers. Tasman Bay is a year round fishery and we’ve had some epic fishing with beautifully sunny calm days. Best of all, it is excellent value at only NZ$600 including GST for the winter fishing special that runs through until the end of September.
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Winter waterfowling has been excellent too, with generous bag limits for mallards, grey, and paradise ducks. We hunted some exciting new areas with good potential for next winter's hunting season. In one place, there were trout rising in amongst our decoys!
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Today, we’re off on a big overseas adventure to Southern California by invitation from seven fly fishing clubs between Santa Barbara and San Diego. It’s the world circuit of fly fishing presentations and we’re excited to be invited back (our last speaking tour was in 2008). Here's what they are saying about us.../site/strikeadventure/files/ZaneMirfinPresentationUSA.pdf
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We’ll be presenting an image-rich show titled “Affordable Fly Fishing in New Zealand” concentrating on how to best fish the northern half of the South Island. It’ll be lots of fun and any anyone in California is welcome to attend. We'd love to catch up if you're in the neighborhood.  Here’s the schedule for anyone interested...

July 7th: Santa Barbara Fly Fishers -
contact: Diane Honaker 805/432-1064

July 8th: Fly Fishing Club of Orange County -
Contact: Andy Frumento 714/996-8655

July 9th: Pasadena Casting Club -
Contact: Seymour Singer 323/445-5936

July 13th: Golden State Flycasters -
Contact: Mike McClain 760/591-0700

July 14th: Wildness Fly Fishers -
Contact: Jeffrey Pill 818/504-9171

July 14th: Sierra Pacific Flyfishers -
Contact: Marshall Bissett 818/259-1551

July 15th: Sespe Fly Fishers -
Contact: Gary Bulla 805/340-6624

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March & April 2015 Fishing Photos


It's been a while since our last newsletter in February but we've been busy fishing....
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"One week out from my 3 day heli-fishing trip and everything was sorted, the brief was to catch myself and my US based mate a big brown trout each. Zane had it all planned and we were set.

Fast foward 24hrs and it all unravells. Colleague grounded due to ill health and the finance director is not going to approve a solo heli-mission. I am pretty deflated.

'No problem!!!' beams Zane down the line between Brisbane and Nelson, 'bring comfortable boots, a sense of humour and whatever extra fitness you can build and we'll hike in for your 10lb shot. Won't promise you a fish but we will see them'.

Well, 3 days and 15 fish later, I managed 8, 8lb or bigger, and achieved my 10lb goal with an 11.5lb pig.

Zane works hard, fishes to the conditions dealt up on the day which may mean a wholesale change to Plan A from yesterday's briefing session to maximise the chance of active and catchable fish. Always with an array of "Mirfz Special" flies he customises to the environment that just work.

The hook pulling out of a couple well over 12lb at the net is all the impetus I need to get back next year."

Steve Lennard, Brisbane, Australia, 21st March 2015
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"Zane, thanks for another memorable and enjoyable fishing trip. You will always be the innovator (an inspiration we have embraced) and you always work hard for us without question. Many, many laughs are always a feature, as well as a bit of two way comparison and reflections on life's experiences and lessons. No matter what the outcome of the day, nothing beats having an adventure with a great mate as you have become to us..."
Nathan Dickens, ACT, Australia 15th April 2015
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We've been all over the northern South Island in search of big trout during March & April. The fishing wasn't always easy but guide and anglers rose to the challenge and caught beautiful trout along the way.
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Summer was quite dry but low water conditions created some wonderful fishing opportunities, especially fishing over trout that had been feeding on mice.
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Thanks to those anglers who have already booked their slots with Zane for the upcoming 2015-2016 fly fishing season starting October 1st. It's already looking like a big season ahead.
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Everyone knows that the New Zealand fishery has changed and that you need the best help available to get premium results. This year we fished many new locations and continued to innovate with new techniques and strategies. We look forward to sharing this knowledge with you.
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Saltwater fishing has been going well, with lots of demand - particularly from local anglers. Here in Tasman Bay we are fortunate to have a year-round fishery with epic winter sun so pick a nice day and let's go. We can supply all equipment, including goretex waders & boots, if you like to stay toasty warm and dry.
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We're excited about winter, with lots of projects already underway, but we're never too busy to go fishing or hunting and we welcome your call or email.
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February 2015 Fishing Photos & News


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Beastmaster: 14 year old BT Walker and his Dad Brooks enjoy dry fly success.

"Zane, Thank you for 3 wonderful days on the rivers in NZ. We had a great time fishing with you and it was really nice to catch up after all these years. Guaranteed to not let so much time pass before our return. BT is really keen to hunt deer & tahr with you on our next trip!" Brooks Walker, San Francisco, USA
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February has been a busy month for fly fishing. We've been all over the northern South Island on both sides of the Alps. Helicopter wilderness trips are always the highlight but we've been fishing local access drive-to rivers as well. These are recent photographs of what we have been up to in February.
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As we write the days are getting shorter & cooler, and every day into March sees the fishing turn up a notch. Best of all, rain is forecast in some areas which will alleviate the drought conditions we have faced over the summer period. We've still got some availability in April for those anglers who want to see the best of the fishery with trout in maximum size, condition, and colour. These trout start moving upstream re-colonising open water and feeding heavily after the summer doldrums.
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If you're a local, the saltwater fishing in Tasman Bay for snapper, tuna, tarakihi, cod, kahawai, and gurnard goes into overdrive during March, April , and May. The late autumn / fall weather results in beautiful sunny days, no wind, and flat seas which turn on excellent fishing results. We're always keen to show you our bountiful year-round saltwater fishery, so give us a call for a great day out.
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We're currently getting a lot of  fly fishing inquiries for the 2015-2016 season and it looks like being a big year for us. We'd encourage anyone who is looking for prime dates to get in touch with us soon to secure your fishing slot for next season and know you have the best options in place.
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If you are interested in a fall / winter hunting trip (April, May, June, July, August) for red stag, himalayan tahr, chamois, fallow buck, goat, ram or waterfowl please give us a call. We do hunts on public and private lands, and game estates, using 4WD, boat, and helicopter access. We've got all the connections, equipment, and safety gear to make your hunt a success (we can even add in some trout and saltwater fishing if you wish!).
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March is looking like a busy fishing month too so we'll be sure to keep you updated in our next photo newsletter.
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January 2015 Fishing Photos & News

The fishing is great - wish you were here...
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" Zane - Thank you for two awesome days. What a fish that was!"
Skip Herman, Chicago, USA, February 1st, 2015

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"Having never been to New Zealand before and being given some money towards a flight as a 50th birthday present, I talked my fishing-partner-in-crime Damien into a trip over from Australia. I wanted to make sure we had some time with a local guide who could point us in the right direction and show us the ropes. Zane Mirfin came highly recommended and certainly delivered all you could hope for in a guide. He showed us spectacular scenery, big fish in an awesome setting, great hospitality (thanks also to his lovely wife Aimee) and hey, he even carried our lunch for us. Damien and I both managed to catch our record biggest fish and despite my best efforts to scare away some trophy fish, he kept his cool and did a stella job locating the next ones and giving us the best chance to land them. It was a great experience and I learnt heaps which was what we'd asked for and without Zane's knowledge and ability, we could easily have come home with a blank. Huge fish in crystal clear, skinny water are always difficult to catch. We all got on like a house on fire and will be sure to keep in touch. We'll be back to explore NZ again for sure and Zane will be my first call in organizing the next trip. A great guide and a top bloke.."
Adrian Hannan, Melbourne, Australia, January 30th, 2015

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Happy Man: Anders Heimdahl, Sweden, January 10, 2015

Summer has arrived with hot sunny weather and low river flows. We've had some great dry fly fishing and caught some remarkable trout. We're really dialling-in on where the big fish are and looking forward to February & March fishing with big terrestrial dry flies.
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In February we're guiding lots of repeat customers and we're targeting some truly exciting locations. Unlike lodge-type operations that have to pound the same waters days after day, we are flexible, innovative, and highly mobile. We have a simple philosophy that our customers understand - We go where the fish are!
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We still have some availability in March - April so if you want to catch a big trout this is the year to do it. Give us a call and we can help you or your friends.
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Saltwater fishing has been fun and we've had couples and families out in Tasman Bay with great success. If you want a wild adventure close to Nelson City, we can show you great fishing for multiple species on light sporting tackle. Trolling for kingfish and albacore tuna is good for the next couple of months too. Tasman Bay is a year-round fishery and some of the best fishing is during the winter when the seas are calm and the fish are hungry.
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Alas, our hosted trip with Far North Sports Fishing in Northern Queensland, Australia has had to be postponed until next year. But FNSF ( still have some spots available to anyone who wants to experience some of the finest saltwater fishing available on the planet. They've been pioneering some awesome new saltwater fly fishing destinations too - sight fishing on both flats and reefs.
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Hunting season isn't too far away. The stags are close to having hard antler and the tahr, chamois, goats and pigs have headwear year-round. We've already got our winter firewood cut and we've got some exciting new properties to hunt too. We do helicopter wilderness campouts for wild free-range stags, tahr, and chamois, and have the full range of options and equipment. We hunt private lands and game estates too. Tell us what you hope to achieve and we can organise it.
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We'll be sure to keep you updated with new photos as the season progresses.

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December 2014 Fishing Photos & News
We've been out catching more great trout in December 2014...
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“A wonderful finale to our day of wilderness heli-fishing. My largest brown ever, caught on a small dry fly in the lashing rain. A great adventure. Thanks Zane for your expertise, support and friendship” Peter Dimbylow, UK, 7 December 2014.

Fly Fishing Success - December 2014

Our anglers Peter Hansson, Andreas Lundqvist (Sweden), Peter Dimbylow (UK), Mathias & Jorgen Hausberger (Austria), and Scott Crawford (USA), were an inspiration to us and awesome company onstream. We fished Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast regions. Here’s a few photos of what we got up to…
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 Here's some more December photos...
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Big Trout Year
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Valued Customers: Jorgen & Matti Hausberger, have done a lot of fishing with Zane already this season and have caught some great trout along the way...

There are some grand trout around this summer, nicely fattening on rodents, thanks to beech tree seeding last summer. We’re dialled in on the best places to go and are seeking anglers who can walk far, cast well, be flexible in fishing options, and maybe use helicopter access to get to the hot spots fast.

Who knows - You may catch the trophy brown trout of a lifetime. We’re always keen and still have availability 11-18th and 24-25th January, 12-15th and 25-26th February, 2-13th and 25-26th March. April is a good month to combine fishing and hunting too. We’d love to talk fishing options with anyone interested at phone +64-3-544 2100 or

We haven’t been out in Tasman Bay much lately (lots of trout fishing!), but the fishing at sea is always good. The snapper are out there in good numbers and size, with lots of red gurnard, trevally, kahawai, kingfish, tarakihi, blue cod etc to make an impressive selection of fish to target. Our premier species, albacore tuna, are due in the Bay any day and usually hang around until May. Last year these hard fighters were @ 20lb, and are fabulous sport trolling big surface lures. We now do multi-day saltwater trips based from the Marlborough Sounds too.
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Nelson City Fishing: Blake, Neville, and Scott enjoyed saltwater success in December 2014 - catching 8 species for the day. Snapper City: Tasman Bay snapper are readily accessible from Nelson City, Richmond & Mapua. We have wild, rugged & isolated coastline, golden sand beaches, and estuary fishing options.
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Versatile Sportsfish: We catch snapper on bait & berley, jigging, casting lures, livebaits, flies, even trolling - it's fun! Alberts Galore: Nicknamed 'Alberts' Albacore Tuna are great sport on light tackle, sounding deep and really pulling some string. With pearlescent shades of loveliness, they are a real trophy fish of Tasman Bay.

Professional Hunter Academy (PHA)
After 29 years of guiding experience (since 1985), It’s always good to go back to school…
The New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association ( takes hunter safety and guide training seriously, and every member is expected to complete the Professional Hunter Academy (PHA) Course.
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West Coast Solitude: The long drive South was as beautiful as ever. Zane stopped for a burger and fries at Hokitika, enroute to Whataroa, South Westland. Magnificent Otago: Lake Wanaka is a shining jewel on the way to Lake Hawea. Both lakes are big, full of fish, and have legendary fly fishing tributaries.
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Big Classroom: The NZPHGA Professional Hunter Academy was held in the Glen Dene Station woolshed, Lake Hawea, Otago. Big Stags: Glen Dene Station produces some marvellous red stag trophies each hunting season. Here Zane Mirfin holds a beauty scoring 420 SCI.
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Home on the Range: Testing rifle technique and accuracy is all part of hunting and guiding. The Glen Dene rifle range scenery isn't ugly either. Leader of the Pack: Course Tutor James Cagney (green earmuffs)) is one of New Zealand's finest hunting guides and his experience and professionalism set the standard for the PHA.

The five day course (15-19th December) was held at Glen Dene Station, Lake Hawea, Otago, with course tutor being Masterguide James Cagney of Canterbury. We had classroom and practical sessions with plenty of input from experienced course participants. The course covered 23 topics from river crossing and firearms safety, to taxidermy and client considerations. It wasn’t all work though and we had a lot of fun learning about lodge etiquette, private game estates, and Aerial Assisted Trophy Hunting (AATH). The course venue was a great place to meet new people, make new connections, and be inducted into the inner sanctum of the hunting industry.
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Helicopter Training: Safety around helicopters is paramount and all course participants got practical training in and around helicopters. Would you like Tines with that?: Some of these trophy stag heads are truly incredible.
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Chief Butcher: NZPHGA Member, Dan Rossiter of Hawea is a highly skilled man with a knife. Dan impressed everyone with his ability to teach meat skills and how to get the best cuts off an animal. Talented Taxidermist: David Jacobs of Queenstown ( is the standard against which all other New Zealand taxidermists are measured. Here David demonstrates the correct way to salt a headskin.
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At Day's End: It wasn't all hard work. Here tutor James Cagney (L) shares a beer with T. Liavaa, Gordy Watson, Duncan Stewart, and Barry Dodds. Helicopter Practice: Hill pick-up and drop-off is an important skill for pilots and guides, as is animal retrieval and transport.
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Lodge Hosting Skills: Making sure guests are comfortable and have a great time is important on a hunt. Here Richard Burdon, owner of Glen Dene Station (far end of table) proposes a toast to the hunt. On the left in Blue, is Sue Telford of Richard & Sarah Burdon ( were gracious hosts over the 5 day course, worked tirelessly, and the food was awesome! Does Yours Measure Up?: Barry Dodd of Hawea (L) ( and James Cagney measure a big Glen Dene Stag by the Safari Club International scoring method.
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Big Crossing: River skills are important in a country like New Zealand and working together can make the big crossings manageable. From Left is Gordy Watson, James Cagney, Stacey, Olly Burke ( and Zane Mirfin. Stacey was the sole female guide on the PHA and she was awesome. Emergency Rope Skills: Hauling guides across the Hawea river, with and without packs was a fun emergency tactic to learn. Angelo G. was on the end of the rope on this "crossing".
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Laird of the Loch: Richard Burdon of Glen Dene Station points out some stags in the half light of morning, with Lake Hawea in the background. Successful Glen Dene Hunt: "Client" Gordy Watson of Minaret Outfitters ( with his "Trophy" (red deer spiker) and "Guide" Zane Mirfin ( Thanks to Richard Burdon for the deer.
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Political Mastermind: Roger Duxfield (L) of Putaruru, North Island, is a life member of the NZPHGA. He is a key member of the NZPHGA executive committee and also a Government appointee on the NZ Game Animal Council. His vision has shaped the NZPHGA to what it is today. Here Gordy Watson and Zane Mirfin enjoy a break on the hill with Roger. All Legal: New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association Certificate 2015. Thanks to Membership Secretary Chris McCarthy of Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris ( for advice and mentoring. John Berry, Treasurer NZPHGA ( was awesome too.
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Guru Guide: Gary Joll of Fairlie, South Canterbury is one of New Zealand's greatest hunting guides. Pioneer, innovator, and original co-owner of Lilybank Station, Gary Joll is rightly regarded as the man who set high professional standards within the industry. Interestingly, Gary trained iconic fishing guide Tony Entwistle at Lilybank in the early 1970's, and years later in 1985, Tony trained Zane Mirfin. Here we are in Gary's personal trophy room, where he signed Zane's copy of his recent book "Fifty Years of Trophy Hunting".

Hunting season starts soon with stags in hard antler from late February. Come and hunt red stags, fallow bucks, thar, and chamois with Zane over the rut (between March – July depending on species). We hunt both public and private lands, with or without helicopter access. Other species available include goats, pigs, rams, and waterfowl. We can combine fishing and hunting trips year-round too (
Give Zane a call to discuss all the options for a great 2015 New Zealand hunt.

Fishing Northern Queensland, Australia, March 28th – April 2nd

Co-Owner of Far North Sports Fishing (, Tony Fyfe, just sent us the latest photos from a week filming with Australian TV fishing star, Mark Berg, of Mark Berg's Fishing Addiction.
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Help!! – We need more anglers to come on this fabulous Australian trip-of-a-lifetime, hosted by Zane. Zane has been on the mothership ‘Blue Martini’ with Far North Sports Fishing ( twice now and can vouch for how good the fishing is. You’ll visit some of the remotest water in Australia between Cape York and Cape Melville, in the northern most extremity of the world famous great barrier reef. The variety of fish types and species is incredible, as is the fishing operation - including mothership, state of the art fishing dories, service, cuisine, and top quality guides. All fishing gear is supplied and you just need to meet up with us in Cairns to start this epic journey utilising helicopters to access ‘Blue Martini’ mothership in remote Princess Charlotte Bay. Zane knows the owners and staff well and no corners have been cut to make this one of fishing’s last great adventures.
If you’d like to know more about this trip give Zane a call at +64-3-544-2100 to hear more…Only AUD$9150.00 pp ex. Cairns, Australia for 6 days / 5 nights / includes return long distance helicopter transport - an absolutely incredible and un-rivaled fishing journey!
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Happy New Year for 2015!
All the Best for a wonderful 2015. We wish you, your family, and your friends, happiness and prosperity.
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'Twas The Morning of Christmas: Many of our valued friends and customers ask about the kids. Here they are early on Christmas morning 25th December 2014. From left, Izaak (Ike) 12, Charlotte (Charli) 9, Rosanna (Rosie) 11, and Jacob (Jake) 14. These Boots Are Made For Walking: There are many miles to walk yet this fishing season and we'll be doing it in Riverworks X Series Wading boots ( Designed here in NZ with a one piece moulded sole these state-of-the-art boots are the finest we have ever worn on-stream. Our overseas customers think so too. You can buy yours from Strike Adventure for NZ$299.00

November 2014 Newsletter

We're out there catching fish...

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"Another fantastic day here in New Zealand, with Zane as a guide.  A perfect day, perfect guiding, it's fantastic!" Jorgen Hausberger, Austria. 18th November 2014

Our fishing stars in this November newsletter are Juerg Nagel (Switzerland), Nathan Blackburne & Jason Munce (Australia), Peter Conley & Mike Craig (NZ), Mike Fitzgerald (USA), and Jorgen Hausberger (Austria).
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We've still got availability throughout the season till the end of April 2015 so give us a call and we can advise on dates.

Kind Regards, Aimee & Zane Mirfin,, or home phone +64-3-544 2100

PS:  Cancellation Special: We've now got a gap in prime time 11-18th January. This is great dry fly slot and we'd love to go fishing. Make us an offer we can't refuse!

PPS: Send this newsletter to your friends. We can help them too!


October 2014 Newsletter

The onslaught has started…and we’re declaring war on the trout population.
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"I had a fantastic two days with Zane in October.  Zane is a pleasure to fish with, given his unparalleled knowledge of New Zealand rivers, conditions and fishing techniques.  Plus his patience, personality and ability to spot wild trout!  The next trip is already planned". Peter Conley, NZ

 The general fishing season opened on October 1st and the fishing is great!
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First Trout in NZ: Jorgen Hausberger of Austria in action October Magic: Jorgen Hausberger in Marlborough.
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Lowland Rivers: Early season action on the Rai River. Rainbow Connection: Bright feisty trout.
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Power Finish: Last brownie of the day for Pete Conley, NZ. Took us downstream through 5 pools in a small, fast flowing, snag-filled stream. Wilderness Stream: Pete Conley with yet another brownie, stalked, sighted, and caught on a small nymph.
We’ve had some awesome weather with high sun, light winds, and clear sparkling waters.
September fishing on lowland waters went well too. Now that we’re full on fishing we’ll be sure to give you regular reports about where we’ve been and what we are catching...

Our website is: or email:
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First South Island Brownie: Andrew Vanner, North Island, NZ, in September on the lower Motueka River First Fly Rod Trout: Maria Rzoska proudly holds her first South Island trout, and first on fly, with Andrew Vanner looking on.
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Rainbow Man: Stevie Bell, Australia, loved the September rainbow trout Woolly Buggery: Pink buggers worked well.
From a saltwater perspective, red gurnard and blue cod are close inshore and hungry and the snapper have been heading south from deeper winter waters and are coming closer to land by the day. There’s always some great year-round fishing in the salt and Tasman Bay is probably fishing the best it has in forty years according to the old timers out there. A great day out whether you are local or from out of town.
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Exotic fish: Red Gurnard look good and taste great. Gurnard City: Edie Stevenson (L) got hooked on fishing.
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Family Time: Greg Buckingham (R) enjoyed some quality father / son time chasing blue cod. Homeward Bound: Tasman Bay was like a mill pond as we sped for home.
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Double Header: Tarakihi are an abundant and tasty reef fish Delaware Bay: Bountiful coastline ripe for the fishing. Not a boat in sight - just how we usually find it.
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Beast Master: Scott Mirfin with a great winter Kingfish Fly Time: We use flies to catch many of our saltwater species.
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Abel Tasman National Park Fishing: Samantha Chisholm, UK, with her first fish of the day - a spiny dogfish. Hole-in-the-Rock: Brother Scott Mirfin took Zane for a fun day to D'Urville Island in his 3 metre inflatable.
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Wild Coast: The rugged coastline of Tasman Bay offers great fishing for up to 40 species of fish Great Ride: Homeward bound with a boat load of fish.

The Spring / Summer season is a great time to hunt with animals coming out in the open onto all the fresh growth after a long winter in the forest. No trophy stags because they are all growing velvet antlers which will harden in late February - but lots of good hunting. Our other animals like goats, pigs, rams and chamois keep their headgear year-round. This is a fabulous time to take a heli-access / fly-camping /hunting trip into our remote alpine valleys and mountains. Peak trophy hunting season is during the red deer / fallow buck / chamois buck / Bull Thar rut in April, May, June. Zane is now a member of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association.
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Red Stag: No antlers but tasty burgers and great memories. Outdoor Hero: National President of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Bill O'Leary has done much to advance the interests of all New Zealand hunters. Here we are at the Taupo Sika Show, North Island, 28th September.
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Fabulous Trophies: The Sika Show in Taupo had wonderful Sika Deer trophy antlers on display(above). Also great sambar, red, rusafallow, ram. goat, and boar trophies taken in the past year from around NZ. Evolve Outdoors Team: CEO Rob Wilson (L) with Alex Broad & Steve Doughty at the Sika Show. Zane Mirfin (R) is on the pro-staff hunting team and endorses both Hunters Element and Riverworks brands.
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Guiding Icons: It's amazing who you run into at the Sika Show. Here's guru North Island fishing guides Simon Dickie and Alan Simmons. First Hunt: Todd Ballance ,13, NZ, with his first goat on a hunt with Zane.
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Paradise Found: high alpine basins accessed by helicopter are prime summer places to hunt and camp. St. Arnaud Hunting Lodge: Come and stay at the Mirfin's Lake view lodge at Nelson Lakes National park

Northern Queensland Hosted Trip with Zane
Just a quick plug for our hosted trip to remote northern Queensland March 28-April 2nd. ( 6 days fishing, 5 nights, ex Cairns) This is a once-in-a-lifetime tropical adventure where you will catch a large variety of estuarine and marine fish species like barramundi, queenfish, giant trevally, nannygai, sharks, fingermark, cobia, you name it! We’ll be staying onboard the 70ft luxury mothership ‘Blue Martini’ operated by a top skipper, top chef, and top guides. This trip (Zane's third) we’ll be going straight to the honeypot – Princess Charlotte Bay, one of the remotest fisheries in Australia and on the planet. We’ll fly in and out by helicopter to a wilderness white-sand beach pick-up, but what a fishing adventure. It’s not cheap at AUD$9200 per rod but an investment in the fishing experience of a lifetime. What will you be doing on March 28 – April 2nd ?
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Central North Island Fishing
We’ve also had a two week exploratory trip up to the central North Island in September / October. The Mirfin family had a blast. We towed the boat up north, crossing the Cook Strait by ferry, checking out some famous river, lake and delta fisheries and catching trout in the heart of rainbow trout country. This is a great place for a North Island fishing roadtrip with Zane if anyone wants to see something different on their next visit.
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World Famous in Turangi: The Tongariro River was made famous by American paperback western writer Zane Grey in 1926 with his book 'Tales of the Angling Eldorado - New Zealand' Great Access: Drive right to the mouth of the famous Tauranga-Taupo River where the rip enters Lake Taupo.
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Volcanic Trout: The Mirfin boys in action on Maori owned Lake Rotoaira under a smoking Mt. Tongariro Volcano Girl Power: Rosie & Charli Mirfin with a beautiful rainbow from Lake Kuratau, Taupo District.
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Expert Guidance: Top Murchison Guide, Peter Carty points out trout and a prime pool on the Hinemaiaia River, Taupo District. Hinemaiaia Success: Ike Mirfin, 12, enjoys success while Ivan Fisher works on catching the next rainbow.
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Spring Creek: The Waitahanui is a world class rainbow trout fishery. The Big O: Lake Otamangakau is a stunning lake fishery for trophy rainbows under the shadow of 3 volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu
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Rotorua Lakes: Lake Tarawera is a sceniallyc beautiful place with a rich volcanic history and big rainbow trout. Need a break from fishing? We'll soak in the natural geo-thermal hot pools! Tongariro Calling: Ike & Jake Mirfin with a Tongariro River rainbow trout caught in the lower river.

Available Fishing Dates for 2014-2015
Interest in fishing trips has certainly picked up. Thanks to those of you who have already confirmed your slots for the coming South Island season and for the 2015-2016 season too.There’s still plenty of opportunity if you’re considering making a fly fishing pilgrimage. Give us a call.
We can help you with available dates and opportunities.
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Tight Lines & Kind Regards, Zane & Aimee

July 2014 Newsletter
Mouse Year?
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Mouse Trout: Bill Jeans & Mark Parker, Australia, with a double figure 'toad' from 2010

Will 2014 - 2015 be another season of the mouse? Who knows? The Minister of Conservation described a "plague of biblical proportions " in the media recently, but we'd rather wait and see.

It's true that when mouse years occur they can turbo-charge a trout fishery, although all the stars need to align. Last summer did see a massive beech flowering and seeding (mast year) in native forests throughout the northern South Island, but it's also a fact that it has been a very wet winter which may effect the seed fall and the rodents that follow.
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Beastmaster: Jim Stievater, USA, and friend in 2010.

Nature always has a way of balancing things up and we won't know what's really happening out there until our fishery opens on October 1st. Whatever happens we will always have our fingers on the pulse of the fishery and we'll be sure to keep you updated...

Winter Fishing

It may be mid-winter here in NZ but we’re still out fishing…..
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We’ve had the home fire burning brightly too, but the good news is that we’re closing in on spring, the trout have finished spawning, and we’ve been getting organised for the 2014-2015 fishing season ahead…
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Re-certification: Sorting out all the paperwork and coping with bureaucrats behind the scenes. Fly Tying: Good guides always have good flies tied on top quality chemically sharpened hooks.
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Escaping the office: You can't beat a good mid-winter day out fishing. Mirfin Family WWI History: Read about Zane's grandfather and his three brothers who feature on new NZ Post stamps, 100 years since WWI began.

Gone Hunting

Expanding hunting opportunities on public and private lands continue to excite us... On a political level, the advent of the Game Animal Council offers an exciting future for the management of valued big game animals on public lands.
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Wildside Column: Read Zane's article about NZDA  national conference & rifle range. First Deer: Read Zane's article about taking son Izaak, 12, hunting.

Queensland - Australia - Fishing

The Australian invasion has begun! In late March, Zane went ‘troppo’ and returned to Northern Queensland to fish with Far North Sports Fishing again, aboard the luxury mothership ‘Blue Martini’. The cuisine, service, guiding, and fishing equipment supplied was just incredible and our group had so much fun.
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This is an awesome tropical fishing adventure amongst some of Australia’s most remote and productive barrier reef fisheries. Our group caught a great variety of fish species including barramundi, mangrove jack, nannygai, fingermark, giant trevally, sharks, queenfish, cobia etc. We plan to make this an annual part of the Strike Adventure offering and invite you to join us on our next hosted trips in March – April 2015, ex Cairns. We’re inviting expressions of interest now so we can lock in our team and dates. Come and join us - it’s the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Read Zane's newspaper stories - Living it up on the Great Barrier Reef  and Taking sides for the great barra quest
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Back to New Zealand…

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It’s only two months to the opening of the 2014 -2015 fishing season and we can’t wait. Thanks again, to those anglers who have already booked their adventure with us. Those big trout have had five months free from anglers and will be happy and hungry.

See you soon!

Kind Regards, Aimee & Zane Mirfin

PS. It's never too late if you're considering a fishing trip down-under. We can help you and your friends too at or phone +64-3-544 2100.


June 2014 Newsletter

We had a great 2013-2014 fishing season! Our fly anglers were busy fishing special rivers during February, March, and April…
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Brian Whitestone, Calgary, Canada, Feb 2014: "Simply put, Zane is an outstanding guide.  His years of experience are obvious when it comes to finding and spotting fish, knowing the waters and putting the client in the best possible position to catch beautiful fish.  I really appreciated the fishing options offered, including ocean, lake and river trips.  Fishing with Zane is a real pleasure."

Things have quietened down now over winter. We’ve had some fabulous weather and are still out there fishing and hunting…
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Thank you to all of you who have already booked your fishing trip for the upcoming general trout season October thru April 2015.
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If you’re contemplating a fishing trip down-under in 2014-2015 please give us a call and we can help you too.
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30 January 2014 #2 Newsletter

The search for fish never ends...

We’ve had some great fishing moments this month, January 2014.
Fred Young and his daughter Mindy were a pleasure to guide. Mindy, being a professional photographer, took some awesome images, including some of trusty guide Zane. Photos courtesy of Mindy Joy Photography, Roscoe, Illinois, USA.
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Zane even wrote a newspaper story about Fred & Mindy’s fishing. Here's a link to the Fairfax Media website for anyone interested.
The Search for fish never ends.

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It’s hard to get good help these days…

  Our first January newsletter went out Wednesday on autopilot. Alas, it was a draft and didn’t include the links with all the information about our upcoming Barramundi / Bluewater trip to remote northern Queensland onboard luxury mothership ‘Blue Martini’.
Hosted Barramundi / Bluewater Fishing with Zane Mirfin.
Princess Charlotte Bay, Northern Queensland, Australia. Fishing dates 25-30th March 2014.

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Thanks to those of you who have inquired already without the links but for anyone else interested in this epic adventure offering, here are even more good reasons to join us on 25-30th March 2014. See Barra Trip   Remote Barra Expedition  Tour Facts  Discount Offer
Please let us know asap if you’re interested, as we need to move fast.  With 40% discounted off the usual luxury rate, this is a one-off, not to be repeated opportunity that requires immediate attention. It’ll be the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Summer Prospects in NZ...

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We’re hitting the height of summer now and the terrestrial fishing is coming on strong. We’ve still got three months of the fly fishing season, fishing in Oz, and then saltwater fishing, waterfowl season and alpine hunting over autumn and winter. We’ve always got a great adventure for you here in New Zealand.
Tightlines & Best Regards, Zane & Aimee.   31st Jan 2014

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January 2014 Report

It’s Fishing Time...

It’s high season and we’re out fishing. Here’s what we’ve been up to since our last newsletter…
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We’ve still got fly fishing dates available in February, March, and April and welcome your call.
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Don’t forget we operate year-round with saltwater fishing adventures and helicopter-access free range hunting too, so we’ve always got a great adventure for you to enjoy whenever you can make it to NZ.
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Barramundi / Blue Water Fishing Adventure 25-30th March 2014

Princess Charlotte Bay, Northern Queensland, Australia.
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Join Zane back in Oz in late March to fish the rivers and reefs of Northern Queensland. Like Star Trek, we’ll be going to the edge of the fishing galaxy where we’ll catch barramundi during the premier run-off season and also go bluewater fishing out deep for all sorts of ocean-going beasties.

See these links for more info...

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The pricing is heavily discounted at 40% off normal luxury charters so you’ll never get a better opportunity than this. Check out the following attachments (including some of Zane’s piccies from October) to read all about this fabulous offer fishing with Zane which is limited to 5 anglers only. You’ll need to move fast because this offer won’t last long so give Zane a call at +64-3-544 2100 to register your interest in this awesome adventure.
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Meanwhile Back in New Zealand...

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We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our latest adventures over coming months.

December 2013 Newsletter

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you peace, joy, and prosperity in 2014.

...and plentiful fish along the way.
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'Twas the week before Christmas 2013: No snow in sight, rivers are low and clear, and the trout are biting.  Australian anglers James Yerbury & Kimberly Price-Dawson in action.

November and December are always awesome months to fly fish New Zealand and we’ve had some great summer conditions with optimum river levels and no other anglers in sight.
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 Saltwater fishing is hot too, and the snapper have moved into Tasman Bay for the summer and autumn. We’ve always got great year-round reef fishing and the albacore tuna are out in force over summer.
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Tasman Bay Snapper. December 2013 Double Header: Brian Elvy, UK, catches two red gurnard with one cast.
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Maitai Memories: Zane fished his boyhood river, the Maitai , in December for Auld Lang Syne. Rare Beast: Groper are often caught in 200m of water.  this surprise turned up in 30m inshore waters within sight of Nelson City.

 'Gone Troppo' in Queensland
In October Zane had a fabulous time in northern Queensland, Australia scoping out a new fishing product that will be simply amazing. Far North Sport Fishing is developing one of the world’s great fishing adventures in the tropical waters of Queensland for reef and blue water fish, with the added bonus of wonderful inland freshwater barramundi fishing. Accommodation is aboard the luxury ‘mothership” Blue Martini and fishing is from three first class fishing dories and separate gamefishing boat. We’re seeking expressions of interest from our anglers who are interested in joining a hosted trip with Zane in April / May 2014. We’ll see the bright lights of Brisbane, fly north to Lizard Island, sample the delights of the Great Barrier Reef, explore ultra-remote exciting fishing venues around Cape Melville and catch multiple species of exotic fish – as well as enjoy top food and creature comforts aboard ‘Blue Martini’
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 Meanwhile back in New Zealand….
We’re a year-round fishing company and have the South Island’s best range of fishing opportunities for you to experience and enjoy. We’ve always got an awesome fishing or hunting adventure available for you, whenever you can travel.

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We wish you and your family Happy Holidays.
See you soon. Kind Regards, Zane & Aimee



October 2013 Newsletter

Only three more sleeps to go 'til Opening Day.

1st October and the world is your oyster...

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Opening day of the fishing season is always a reason to celebrate and we’re looking forward to getting out there over coming days, weeks, and months. All those rivers and streams that have had a five month break from anglers will be ripe for the fishing and we just can’t wait.

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We’ve been busy over winter getting ready for the fly fishing season but also guiding anglers too. We’re a year-round guiding operation with saltwater fishing and hunting options to cover a wide range of experiences for our diverse global customer base.
Saltwater fishing has been awesome in the hallowed waters of Tasman Bay and the Marlborough Sounds. Bird hunting and bigger game are great fun too. Here’s a sample of what we’ve been up to over recent months…
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Shu & Chisora Hada, NZ, July 2013 Red Gurnard & Barracouta. Rachel Oldham & Heather Cole, NZ, August 2013 Red Gurnard etc.
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Steve & Andy Black, UK, September 2013, Helicopter Access for Wild Goats. Rachel Reese, Nelson, NZ, September 2013, Fishing Tasman Bay.

Aimee Mirfin has been out trout fishing this month too, on a local lowland river open for year-round fishing. Aimee hooked a few, lost a few, and landed four brown trout in less than 2 hours of fishing. She must be married to the right guide (Zane).

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It’s still not too late to book your dates for the coming summer and autumn months. 
If you’re considering a fly fishing trip down-under in 2013-2014 please give us a call @ +64 3 544 2100
We’ll be sure to update you on the fishing as the season progresses.


August 2013  Fly Fishing Newsletter

Spring is here in New Zealand! The sun is shining, birds are singing, lambs are frolicking, and the trout are hungry….
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Our trout fishing season opens October 1st and we’re getting excited. The rivers are in great shape after a mild winter and we’ve been preparing for those magical seven months between October and April where you get to sight fish one of the world’s great brown trout fisheries.
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Thank you to those who have already booked their slot for the coming season. If you’re contemplating a New Zealand fly fishing adventure this year we can help you too.

We’re here and we’re ready to go.
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 #Customer.FirstName#, are the rivers of New Zealand calling your name too?

Give us a call (+64 3 544 2100) or Skype us @strikeadventure to discuss the best fishing options and dates for the up-coming fly fishing season.


July 2013 Fly Fishing Newsletter

Greetings from Zane & Aimee at Strike Adventure Fishing. It's the middle of our winter right now but we're still out there catching fish....

We had a great summer fly fishing season for big brown trout with many exciting highlights.

A big thank-you to those of you who have already booked for next trout season starting October 1st - we appreciate it and look forward to seeing you. If you're contemplating a NZ fishing trip in 2013-2014 we'd love to help you too.
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Here's an overview of the fishing for the 2012-2013 season: Generally it was a mixed bag of weather which was positive overall, although we had extremely low river flows over late summer, interspersed with a few periods of extreme weather. We coped with it all and caught plenty of good trout along the way. As guides, we enjoy the variety of weather and riverflows as it allows us to fish a variety of waters and increase our skills and knowlege. We also continue to pioneer new places and new river fishing techniques. Our Maritime NZ registered boat 'Strike Adventure' was extremely useful in times of high flows allowing us to access fly fishing places others couldn't get to. Some of our less mobile anglers also enjoyed the boat to lessen walking distances and avoid boulders, sometimes even fishing from the boat - sightfishing & stalking the edges of stillwaters for trout we called 'freshwater bonefish'.
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As usual we concentrated on what most of our anglers dream about which is sight-fishing wilderness waters for large brown trout. We had some great helicopter adventures, overnight campouts, road trips to Hanmer and Reefton, and lots more. Many beautiful trout were landed with some fine dry fly action at times. On the local scene, our home river the Motueka was probably the best in the District this past season, with excellent hatches and fish numbers, concentrated in the low flows of late summer...

Everyone knows the world has changed and at Strike Adventure we've noticed big economic changes over the past decade. Full-time guides have had to broaden their fishing base to appeal to a wider range of anglers and our marine fishing adventures have been lots of fun. We've made some great discoveries, cracked the saltwater code, and caught epic numbers of fish, even over winter. The Tasman Bay snapper fishery is probably the best it has been in 40 years. Many of our flyfishermen enjoyed a day out in the salt with great success too.
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On the economic front, the NZD$ has weakened significantly against overseas currencies, principally the USD$, making New Zealand a more attractive international destination. On the flip side of the coin though, local businesses are dealing with petrol & diesel prices at record highs. Our guide rates have remained the same again this year.

If you're considering making the pilgrimage down-under this coming fly fishing season, please give us a call or drop us a line. We have awesome fishing options and will work long hours to make sure your fly fishing trip is a success. We love talking fishing and can advise you of the best options and available dates.

We're adding exciting NEW fly fishing adventure options weekly on our website or you can keep up to date on our facebook page

Tightlines and Talk Soon, Zane & Aimee

PS. Book a fly fishing trip, or nominate your dates, before the end of July and every angler will get a complimentary copy of Zane's fishing photographic book 'The Last Best Place' (worth NZ$50) and you'll also pay no extra boat fees per day (NZ$50) or concession fees to our special access areas (NZ$50). Now that's a great deal.

December 2012 Fishing Newsletter

Merry Christmas from Strike Adventure Fishing.  We wish you a great festive season and a prosperous New Year.
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Trout of the Month: Peter Rossi of California caught his dream brown trout of 10 1/2 lb off the side of the road on December 16th 2012. Guides of the Future?: The Mirfin cousins learn the fine art of fly fishing supervised by their Dads, Scott and Zane Mirfin.  Lake Brunner, West Coast, 24th December 2012

Fishing has been great.  Still lots of opportunities if you are planning on coming over January - April inclusive.  See you soon.

September 2012 Fishing Newsletter

One More Sleep 'til Trout Fishing Season Opens!

 We're looking forward to getting out fly fishing on the river tomorrow - wish you were here...
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Time to Fish!: Our trout season runs 1st October 2012 thru 30th April 2013 and there is good fishing throughout.  (Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate) Photo: Cathy & Barry Beck. Angler: Zane Mirfin Cathay Pacific Airline Discovery Magazine: We made it into the Cathay Pacific In-flight Magazine for September 2012.  The article by journalist Richard Shaw is called "Come Fly With Me - The world's best fly-fishing spots" Read about Zane, Strike Adventure, and Nelson Lakes on this link  We are towards the back end of the article, use your keyboard arrows to scroll down.
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Strike Adventure is on FACEBOOK: We've come out of the dark ages and joined Facebook! You'll now be able to share our fishing highlights like never before. Like us on Facebook.  We appreciate your help getting started. Winter Tasks: We've been working all winter to be ready for you when fly-fishing season rolls around.  Bureaucracy never sleeps...but our gear and systems are ready, and so are we.
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Carrots Galore: We had some great winter saltwater fishing while we were giving the trout a holiday... a Red Gurnard above. Zane & Tony are ready: Looking forward to being out fly fishing on a Kiwi trout stream with you soon.


August 24th 2012 Fishing Newsletter

Winter here in New Zealand is over.  With warmer weather and sunny skies ahead, we're thinking about fishing...

This is our first newsletter for a while but we've been busy and active making sure it's all systems go for the upcoming trout fishing season, which opens October 1st.

Here goes with a selection of images of what's been happening over the past few months.
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April Fishing: Craig Henderson of Melbourne, Australia, in action. Heli-Pickup: See more photos from this Wilderness Fishing Trip.
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Aussie Magic: Hugh Foxcroft with friend. See Photos Blue Moon: Read Zane's article. See Pete's testimonial.
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Red Stag and the Senior: Read Zane's June Article  
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West Coast Success: Read Zane's Sandfly Article
See more photos of this trip.
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Great Mates, Great Times: See more photos from two fishing trips last summer. New Species: Tim Vining, USA, pioneers a new species with Strike Adventure - Flounder!
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  Zane Mirfin & Rob Wilson of Evolve Outdoors NZ: Read Zane's campout article.
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July Duck Hunt: Gerald Beattie, NZ, scores a good bag of Grey, Mallard and Paradise Ducks. Small Stream Brown:  Trevor Fowler, UK, enjoys a special moment.
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Late Season on the Motueka: Good hatches and beautiful weather close to Nelson City. Loyal Friend:  Read about Zane's mid-winter hunt wth Clayton Nicholl of Blenheim.
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  Casting for Recovery:  NZ Celebrity Lynda Topp wth guide Bill McKenzie of Nelson. Read about CFR.
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Snapper Fishing:  Check out more photo files at New Adventure. Backcountry Hut:  Baxter & Joe Roberson, USA, at home away from home. Read Zane's Hut article.

2012-2013 Fly Fishing Options
A big thank you to those anglers who have already booked their slots with Zane & Tony for the upcoming 2012-2013 fly- fishing season ( October -April inclusive) - we appreciate it.  Please feel free to forward this email newsletter to your fishing friends. 

If you are considering making the pilgrimage down-under this fishing season, please give us a call.  We love talking fishing and can advise you of the best options and available dates.

Or go direct to our Fishing Options   or our Website homepage


June 2012 Fishing Report

Late season fishing was fun.  May was a busier month than usual for us with good results fly fishing on the Motueka River.  We have great off-peak saltwater fishing action on offer June-Sept, fishing for gurnard, tarakihi, kahawai, blue cod etc

February 2012 Newsletter

Happy New Year from Strike Adventure Fishing!
Fishing has been great!  Zane & Tony have been busy guiding anglers to every point of the compass and dry fly season is upon us...

Late season prospects are looking excellent.  The trout are big and colourful and you'll usually have the rivers all to yourself.  We've still got availability in late Feb, March and April so it's still not too late to make sure you get your unfair share of the fishing.  Give us a call and we can advise available dates for YOUR fishing adventure.

Here's a few photos to show you what our anglers got up to in January 2012.
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December 2011 Newsletter

Seasons Greetings from Strike Adventure.  We hope you have wonderful holidays and a prosperous New Year.

At Strike Adventure we're busy fishing but will have Christmas with Aimee's family in Blenheim before heading to Nelson Lakes National Park to catch up with Zane's family and for Zane to be back into the fishing on 27th December.

December has been a busy month fishing with some good trout caught despite some variable river flows.  The summer is beginning to warm up now and the trout are rising to the fly.  Here's a few photos to show what our anglers have been up to this month.

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October 2011 Fishing Newsletter

Greetings from Strike Adventure Country….

We had a great winter here in the northern South Island with mild sunny weather and only a few cold blasts along the way. Spring is here now and river conditions are looking really good. Thanks to all our anglers who have already booked their fishing trip(s) for 2011-2012 with Zane, Tony and the Strike Adventure Guide Team.
Happiness is a Honeymoon with Trout: Janie Howe and Paul Dickson Jr, from southern USA, enjoy Janie's first ever trout on the fly. Lower Motueka River, September 21st 2011

The general fishing season opened on October 1st, right as the rain came down so the trout have had a little protection for the first few days but fine weather is predicted this week…so watch out trout! We’ll be sure to keep you updated on how the fishing is going and what opportunities are on offer over the next few months.

We’ve been out and about over the winter, with a few successful fishing and hunting trips under our belts.
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Late Season Ducks: Gerald Beattie, NZ, after a successful day. Read ZM Wildside Newspaper Column: Nature saves her best for late season hunters. Mid-Winter Trout: Rod Duke catches his first Motueka brown trout on August 1st 2011, while Lloyd McGlew looks on.  Read ZM Wildside Newspaper Column: Fishing for hardy souls.
Rugby Cup fever is full-on here in New Zealand at present with some magnificent world class rugby played so far. We’ve had 3 games here in Nelson (Italy vs Russia / USA vs Italy / Australia vs Russia) which were a great success and a lot of fun. The big games are still ahead as we move forward into the quarter and semi-finals of this huge international event. 

We've been out enjoying the rugby and having some great recreational saltwater fishing, ahead of another trout season.
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Your Country Needs You: The Mirfin Family (and Uncle Sam clones) enroute to Trafalgar Park, Nelson to support the USA Eagles Rugby Team vs Italy, 27th September 2011 Recycled Metal: Zane caught this Sea Perch on a recent recreational fishing trip to D'Urville Island, with a special lure recycled from a plate that had been in his ankle for the past three years. Read ZM Wildside Column - Fish lured with aid of spare parts
We’ll have plenty of great trout photos to show you soon.  The general fishing season is now open and the world is your oyster. Are you coming fishing with us this year?

There are still plenty of opportunities for anglers considering coming fishing over the 2011-2012 season and we’d love to hear from you. 

April 2011 Fishing Newsletter

Greetings from Strike Adventure Fishing Country! We’ve been busy and the fishing has been great.
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Magic Time: Steve Lennard, Brisbane, Australia, March 2011 Wilderness Adventurers: Christian Wurzinger and Christa Wuethrich, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2011
You may have heard of the February 22nd Christchurch Earthquake. While it was a real tragedy with significant loss of life, we’ve been very fortunate that our family and friends down South are all OK.  Ours thoughts are with all of those whose lives, properties and businesses have been affected.  It's probably fair to say that the two Christchurch earthquakes (September and February) didn't help South Island tourism this season. 
But life here goes on and nothing has changed in the northern South Island. We never felt the quake, there is no damage or disruption to our lives and it’s business as usual.  Virtually all our anglers fly into Nelson airport direct from Wellington and Auckland, and those who have come through Christchurch have experienced no disruption.  In fact, Christchurch friends tell us you wouldn't even know anything had happened out on that side of town.

The dry fly fishing here has been great in the northern South Island, with low, clear rivers and not many other anglers around. The trout have been taking terrestrial bugs with gusto over recent months. Cicada fishing has been good on wilderness streams and on local waters trout have been keying on willow grubs and passion vine hoppers.
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Big Dries:  Late Summer trout can be suckers for big terrestrial dry flies. Golden Brown: Another speckled beauty on its way home.
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Local Dry Fly Action:  Kathy Wilkins hooks up on a shallow water Brownie, husband Mark enjoys the moment. Wedded Bliss: Heidi Schambra and Adam Griesemer enjoying their honeymoon with a spot of fishing.
We’ve included a few photos of recent success and invite you to join us for some great late season fishing or to book your dates for the 2011-2012 fishing season starting October 1st. Don’t be put off by media coverage showcasing the Christchurch CBD because the trout don’t watch TV!  Please feel free to forward this email on to your fishing friends.
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The A Team: Old friends Graham McDermid (L) of Christchurch and Graeme Kennerley (R) of Wellington with Graham's boys Cam and Matt, enjoy a special moment. Quality Time:  The McDermids enjoy some father / son bonding. Cam (with fish) was only 10years old when he appeared in Zane's book Brown Trout Heaven - Fly Fishing New Zealand's South Island in 2000.
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Star Angler: Patti Moore tames another wilderness beast.  Team Effort: Tony Entwistle films Patti and Dave Moore 25 years after being filmed by Dave and Patti's father Bus Entsminger.  Patti on rod, Dave on net.
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Beauty...: Christa Wuethrich with a small stream prize. ...and the Beasts!: Christian Wurzinger has always enjoyed hunting and has enjoyed many fishing trips in the back country with Zane.
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Drive-to-River: K.C. Bishop and Mark Nordheim experienced an 'Epic Roadtrip' catching some nice trout along the way. Wilderness-Heli-Stream:  Mark and K.C. took the opportunity to fly into a remote stream for a day trip with Zane. The fish were on! Mark with a backcountry beauty.
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Aussie Mates: Matt Wheadon and Nathan Dickens had a great 'Brown Trout Heaven' experience.  Strike Adventure has a base at St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes, with full access concessions to maximise your fishing opportunities. Molesworth Tarns: Not many people realise we have legal guiding access to Molesworth Station, an area of approx. 600,000 acres.  We are one of only two fishing companies with a special DOC access concession.  As well as rivers, there is some first rate stillwater fishing for cruising browns in shallow water.  Nathan Dickens enjoys the alpine waters.
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Pot of Gold:  Our local river, the Motueka, is a nationally significant year-round fishery.  With great riffles, runs and pools, it holds one of the greatest densities of fish of any NZ river. In Fall - Autumn, we get some great mayfly hatches.  September fishing is good too. Stairway to Heaven:  Back country fishing is a great way to experience the best of NZ fishing.  We are experts at organising these adventures, with hundreds of awesome trips over the past 25 years.
You can read more at our website:

We have the latest fishing adventures on offer, comprehensive articles and newspaper columns written by Zane and Tony, new fishing photos and information about planning your next trip.  We will be working to improve and update our website over the winter so check us out from time to time.

A successful trip is not just fishing.  Here are a few non-fishing moments from the past summer:
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Days End: Our accommodation options offer privacy from the madding crowd, off the main tourist routes.  We have a wide variety of options to suit the best fishing at the time.  Best of all the price is right. Praise: Nathan reflects on a great adventure while Matt ejoys the ride home.  Sometimes getting to and from the rivers can be half the fun.
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Pub Time:  Explore fun local character where you'll be the only one with an accent.  The locals are friendly and you'll have a true Kiwi experience. First Light: Reefton was the first town in New Zealand to get electricity - and not much has changed since... Our road trips take you to unique areas without breaking the bank.
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Fine Dining: Richmond and nearby Nelson City have many fine restaurants and cafes, including Richmond's Bouterey's Restaurant, Winner of Cuisine magazine's NZ Restaurant of the Year 2010 -Best Smart Dining.  Sharon and Tony Entwistle dine with Patti and Dave Moore at Bouterey's. While...:  Aimee catches up with valued Strike Adventure anglers, Linda and David Richards, at Bouterey's, who always fish with guide Cameron Reid.

We've been doing some late season recreational fishing ourselves.  The kids have been guiding Dad lately...
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Triple Success: Ike Mirfin,9, with his friends Hannah and Greta Clark of Richmond. Crack of Dawn: You don't have to be up so early to see the sun rise in late season. 
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Teamwork: Rosie, Ike and Jake catch another rainbow on a recent family trip to the Cobb Reservoir, Kahurangi National Park, April 2011 Rainbow Connection: Jake Mirfin,10, with his first ever rainbow trout, assisted by Uncle Scott Mirfin, and sister Rosie,7.
Fishing is all go here at Strike Adventure Fishing and we just wanted to make sure our anglers know we're all fired up about next season and looking forward to talking to you, #Customer.FirstName#, about your next fishing trip with us.


January 2011 Fishing Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR from ! It's hard to believe 2011 is here already.  We've been busy fishing and we'd like to share our fishing success with you.

First Double Digit Brownie of 2011


Happy New Year: Jon Pepper, UK 28"long, 18" girth, 10 1/4 lb brown 4th January 2011

Jon struck major snow and ice at Heathrow Airport and encountered rain and big water early in his NZ fishing sojourn but didn't let it stop him.  Skill and luck came together when he landed his biggest trout in multiple trips to NZ over the years - Well done Jon!

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Blue Sky Fishing: Jon got to fish some totally new rivers this trip Nice Brown: Jon caught trout in the 6-8lb range as well.

The Cicadas are Popping

It's official, the trout are on the cicadas!  there's just nothing like large brown trout slurping down big terrestrial dry flies to get your heart pumping.  Fishing in February, March & April should be HOT!

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Cicada Time: Jon took this great photo of a typical brownie with a ZM cicada still intact. Hot New Dry Fly: NZ's Manic Tackle markets some great trout flies.  this Mirfz BLT (Black Little Thing) #16 worked well on East Coast waters.  There are other ZM patterns in the Manic Tackle range that you can buy from us here at Strike Adventure.

Fishing Before Christmas

We've had some great fishing trips since the last newsletter...Here's an adventure selection:

Dale is one of the most experienced anglers to visit NZ waters annually.  We had some great heli-wilderness fishing on both sides of the Southern Alps, fishing the dry fly.

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Exciting Heli-Pickup: Landing on boulders is all part of the fun. Magic Kahurangi: Kahurangi National Park has some great rivers running through it.
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Awesome West Coast Day: Blue Sky, clear waters, large trout! Awesome West Coast Brownie: See...Large Trout
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Guides-eye View: A little morning fog obscures our river. Dale's in the front seat of the helicopter. Nice One Dale: Another big West Coast brown is tamed.

Murray is a New Zealander who lives in the North Island - This was Murray's second trip with us this season.  We fished the western rivers on an epic road trip including a great overnight heli-campout on a remote river.

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Leopard Spotted Browns: West coast fish can be beautifully coloured trout.  Murray holds a representative specimen. Gunsight Pass: Murray navigates a few boulders and catches trout en route to our campsite.
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Fish-eye View: Trout are beautiful creatures that live in pristine waters. Tent camp: Nice soft moss made for s great camping spot.
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Roadside Trout: Murray with a more accessible trout. Staring at the Embers: Murray contemplates the day of fishing with a cup of red wine.

Bill Classon of the Australian fishing Network, publisher of Freshwater Fishing, Sportfishing Australia, Yak Fisher, Flyfisher, Fishing Gear Guide and Sportfish DVD Magazine is a great guy to spend time with.  We rafted big rivers, fished a lake, and made a DVD magazine clip with cameraman and top-angler, Chris Parkinson

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Raft time: Zane Mirfin and Bill Classon at Lake Haupiri.  Thanks for the photo Chris.
Christmas Venison: Steve Young and friend.

Blenheim GP Steve Young is a busy man.  We had a drive-to overnight campout on a wilderness river.  Steve caught some nice trout and obtained some Christmas venison.

Walt & Paul were fishing the length of the South Island with our guide buddy Otago's Selwyn Shanks, but had time for a few days fishing St James & Molesworth Stations with Strike Adventure.

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Magnificent: The East Coast has some fabulous trout water. East Coast Success: Walt with another brownie.

Ted treated himself to some fishing after a tour of NZ Academia.  We fished the rivers of Nelson Lakes at Brown Trout Heaven during some inclement weather.  Ted's best trout was an 8lb'er from the Owen River.

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Molesworth Magic: Paul hooks up on the Acheron River. Ted's Most Excellent trout: Ted enjoys an Owen moment.

February, March & April 2011 Fishing?

It's not too late to plan your February, March or April fishing trip to NZ!  If you're still thinking of fishing NZ in 2011 -we still have availability over the coming months and can advise the best trip options based on the latest river intelligence.

There is no need to stay at expensive accommodation when we can take you to the best places for the best trout in the northern half of the South Island.  Our fishing trips are a unique offering.  Give us a call and we'll guarantee you a great adventure.

Please feel free to email this newsletter to your friends or get them to subscribe on our website for future newsletters.  All our contact details are on our website


November 2010 Fishing Newsletter

Fishing Season opened on 1st October to high rivers from recent rains.  Joe Roberson from Northern California was our first fishing customer starting his week's fishing on 4th October.
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Big Water Magic Restaurant Empty: Joe & Zane toast a great fishing trip
Since then we've had some great days out. November and December fishing booking have picked up nicely and there are some excellent trout around.  This bodes well for fishing January-April.  If you're thinking of coming over fishing this year, we still have availability and can advise the best trip options based on the latest river intelligence.  Give us a call and we'll guarantee a great adventure.
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First Fish: Murray Creighton's season opener. Every Angler's Dream: Murray in action again.
At this stage of the season we've guided our anglers on Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, and North Canterbury trout streams and rivers.  We've landed fish to 9 1/2 lb but are expecting bigger as the season progresses.  Our local rivers like the Motueka are fishing well and there are exciting roadside fishing opportunities if anglers are looking to keep the cost down and by-pass heli-fishing.  Best of all, we've had the run of the rivers having hardly seen another angler!
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Fish On: Murray Creighton hooks up yet again. Emerald Pool: Joe Roberson in action.
As it's Zane's and Tony's birthday month, and Zane's 25th Anniversary of guiding anglers in the Northern South Island, we have a special offer. For all new bookings before 30th November 2010 there will be no charge for hire equipment required by anglers. 

Our fly selection offer was popular last time too, so any new booking of three of more days before the end of November also receives our special silver anniversary selection of Zane Mirfin's & Tony Entwistle's favourite dozen trout flies.

September 2010 Newsletter

Are You Fly Fishing New Zealand’s South Island in 2010-2011?
Greetings from Zane, Aimee, Tony & the Strike Adventure Guide Team.

Thanks to all of you who emailed to see if we were OK after the Earthquake on Saturday 4th September.  We're all fine and the earthquake fortunately didn't affect our area.  We wish our customers and friends in Canterbury all the best in getting back to normal and are glad that everyone is safe.

Talking Fishing...we thought you’d be really interested to see what our fishing customers were catching last season…

2009-2010 Fishing Highlights

Last season was fabulous – we caught more large trout than ever before. Mouse-fed trout put exciting bends in rods and pulled scales down to maximum weights. We caught plenty of normal NZ fish too!
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Jim Stievater, USA – Great bloke with a great attitude who caught great fish up to 13 ½ lb.
Bill Jeans & Mark Parker, Australia – Bill broke his rod in half fighting his big 12 ½ lb trout in heavy water, but we landed it anyway.
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Mary & Keith Crane, Australia, have been fishing NZ for decades but Tony Entwistle guided them both onto their record NZ trout.
As Mary told Zane in her email "Just a couple of small ones - half an hour and 2O metres apart, both exactly 11.75lbs and both on our last cast of the day".

New Look Website

Aimee has been working hard on our new look website at Our 'Articles & Videos' section is full of fun and educational fishing articles written by Zane Mirfin & Tony Entwistle over the past decade, with more being added every week for your reading enjoyment.

Read about Tony 'the Red baron' (remember Zane wrote this story before Tony guided the Cranes to their big trout)
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Guide Tony Entwistle: The 'Red Baron' of New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide Cameron Reid: A busy day at the office.
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Strike Adventure Award for Excellence 2010: Zane presents guide Bill McKenzie with his trophy. Last Cast: Brian Chambers, Australia, and guide Martin de Ruyter with an 11lb friend.

Our guide team had many highlights too, Cameron Reid won most of the trophies at the Nelson Trout Fishing Club annual awards, Bill McKenzie won the Strike Adventure Award for Excellence 2010 and Martin de Ruyter’s highlight – last cast of the trip and first double-figure trout as a guide!

Spring News

It’s been all go here at Strike Adventure! We’ve been training, tying flies, renewing commercial access concessions,permits & insurances; updating first aid certificates and a thousand other essential tasks to make your fishing trip look easy. We’re ready for the start of the fishing season come October 1st.

Fishing Prospects 2010-2011

It’s been the mildest winter for years with a light snowpack meaning rivers will be low and clear right from the start of the season. Mouse populations should have over-wintered well and we’re expecting more big trout again this season. We still have availability on a first-come basis so give us a call now to check out available dates and best 2010-2011 moon-phases.

New Tony Entwistle Videos

Tony has transformed himself into a master fly fishing cinematographer and we are pleased to have four of his latest video clips on the Strike Adventure website. Check out Tony's latest 'Trout Max' video.


'Famous' Zane Mirfin Road Trips are Back

Zane can't wait to get back on the road again in search of the best fishing and the best adventure. Join him again this season in search of the holy grail of New Zealand fly fishing. Limited availability so you'll need to book your dates soon.
Read about Road Trips here.

Locally Produced: Zane with an 11lb Brown Trout, January 2010

We'd love to take you fishing in 2010-2011 and welcome you back to our beautiful New Zealand rivers. We're only a phone-call or an email away and always keen to talk fishing and advise on options and opportunities for the upcoming season.

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