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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….
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.
We’re here and we’re ready to go.
#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.
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'.
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.
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 www.strikeadventure.com or you can keep up to date on our facebook page www.facebook.com/strikeadventure
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
August 24th 2012 Fishing NewsletterWinter 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. (NB: You may need to use your up and down arrows on your keyboard to scroll in the link windows)
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 www.strikeadventure.com
June 2012 Fishing ReportLate 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
Happy New Year from Strike Adventure Fishing!
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.
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.
|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.|
|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|
|Magic Time: Steve Lennard, Brisbane, Australia, March 2011||Wilderness Adventurers: Christian Wurzinger and Christa Wuethrich, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2011|
|Big Dries: Late Summer trout can be suckers for big terrestrial dry flies.||Golden Brown: Another speckled beauty on its way home.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
HAPPY NEW YEAR from www.strikeadventure.com ! 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.
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!
|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.|
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!
|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.|
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.
|Exciting Heli-Pickup: Landing on boulders is all part of the fun.||Magic Kahurangi: Kahurangi National Park has some great rivers running through it.|
|Awesome West Coast Day: Blue Sky, clear waters, large trout!||Awesome West Coast Brownie: See...Large Trout|
|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.
|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.|
|Fish-eye View: Trout are beautiful creatures that live in pristine waters.||Tent camp: Nice soft moss made for s great camping spot.|
|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
|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.
|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.
|Molesworth Magic: Paul hooks up on the Acheron River.||Ted's Most Excellent trout: Ted enjoys an Owen moment.|
|North Canterbury Brown||West Coast Gold|
|Big Water Magic||Restaurant Empty: Joe & Zane toast a great fishing trip|
|First Fish: Murray Creighton's season opener.||Every Angler's Dream: Murray in action again.|
|Fish On: Murray Creighton hooks up yet again.||Emerald Pool: Joe Roberson in action.|
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…
|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.
|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".
|Guide Tony Entwistle: The 'Red Baron' of New Zealand Fly Fishing||Guide Cameron Reid: A busy day at the office.|
|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.|