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July 2014 Newsletter
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.
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...
It may be mid-winter here in NZ but we’re still out fishing…..
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…
|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.
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.
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.
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
Back to New Zealand…
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 www.strikeadventure.com or phone +64-3-544 2100.
Family at War - Stamped in history - 26 July 2014
by Fairfax Reporter Tracey Neal, Nelson Mail
Mirfin family history: Zane's grandfather and three of his six brothers served in WWI, now their stories are being told and feature on NZ Post stamps commemorating 100 since the start of the war.
Read Tracey Neal's Nelson Mail Article
Hearts in highlands chasing deer - 26 July 2014
Zane Mirfin holds Jonathan Young's NZDA winning red stag antlers.
Carrying stag head a rite of passage - 12 July 2014
Fish bite in winter, too - 28 June 2014
Edie Stevenson, 10, left, enjoys gurnard success with friend Rosie Mirfin, 10
Read about Edie and Rosie fishing for Blue Cod and Gurnard this winter in Tasman Bay
A rich history and a future - 14 June 2014
Billy Goat Gruff:
English hunters Steve and Andy Black with a Marlborough Goat shot with Zane's single shot .223 rifle.
Read about Steve and Andy hunting in Marlborough with hunting guide, Zane Mirfin.
Aggressive trout thrill from wintry depths - 31 May 2014
Time to restore order - 17 May 2014
Wise Aussie anglers save the best till last - 3 May 2014
Australian anglers Craig Henderson and Mark Parker with a pacific salmon caught in the Grey River.
Read about late season Fly fishing in Nelson, the West Coast and North Canterbury
Taking sides for the great barra quest Part two - 19 April 2014
Living it up on the Great Barrier Reef Part One - 5 April 2014
The Viking Connection
Special Angling Friendships - 8 March 2014
Skip Herman was rapt with the catch of the day.
Read about Skip's adventures fishing with Zane over many years.
Fishing warm summer waters - 22 February 2014
Passion for outdoors has no age limit - 8 February 2014
Over the rainbow:
The search for fish never ends - 25 January 2014
Fred young and daughter Mindy, share a father-daughter moment with a rainbow trout.
Read about fishing for brown trout and exploring the river of Nelson and the West Coast
Hunting the alpine tops - a summer hunting tale - 11 January 2014
Black billy down
: Tony Fyfe with a mountain goat
Read about hunting the mountains of Marlborough.
Rites of passage and dancing in the rain - 2 January 2014
Life and hope:
Treasured river deserves respect - 14 December 2013
A Maitai River brown trout caught on a No. 14 Parachute Adams dry fly
Read Zane Mirfin's article about fishing the river of his boyhood dreams, Nelson's Maitai River
When progress clashes with the environment - 30 November 2013
A Groper caught in 30 meters of waer over a mud and sand bottom within sight of Nelson City.
Read Zane's article of current environmental challenges facing our fisheries.
Sea-run trout a true treasure - 16 November 2014
Lawrence Schicker of the North Island with his first South Island "Nomad of the Tide".
Digby Carroll of Wellington with a nice kahawai caught in Nelson Harbour with fishing guide Izaak Mirfin.
Read about fishing for sea-run trout and kahawai in the waters off Nelson.
'Gone troppo' up in Queensland - 2 November 2013
Zane Mirfin with a Wahoo caught trolling at Linden Bank, Coral Sea, Northern Queensland
Catch of the day:
Gary Munro, right, of Nelson, with guide Casey and a barramundi from the Daintree River
Read about fishing Northern Queensland with Far North Sports Fishing.
To tie for: Tom
Catcher on the fly -19 October 2013
Maling, left, and Kit Maling with a Motueka brown trout caught on Monday. Tom is using homemade flies with braided line.
Saltwater fishing flies.
Read about tying flies for fishing in Saltwater and fresh water.
Sharing the family magic - 5 October 2013
Jake, left, and Scott Mirfin on a fishing trip in the Marlborough Sounds
Read about Mirfin family adventures in the Marlborough sounds, hunting and fishing.
Catch of the day:
From a woman's angle - 21 September 2013
Aimee Mirfin strikes it hot on a recent trout fishing outing.
Read Zane Mirfin's article about women anglers.
Three Generations of hunting - 7 September 2013
Stuart and Jake Mirfin share a grandfather-grandson moment on the banks of the Rough River, West Coast, near where Stuart grew up and continue the family tradition of hunting.
Read Zane Mirfin's Wildside Column Tradition of the Hunt
Boat ramps & Fishing Access
Read Zane's Article of South Island Boat Ramps and fishing Access
|Stairway to Heaven: Lonesome Boat, Okiwi Bay Ramp, Croisilles Harbour in the Marlborough Sounds.
||Helping Hand: Kit Maling of Richmond assists with boat launching.
Using Berley to catch more fish - 10 August 2013
Read Zane's article on how to recycle old bait and fish to make berley and bait for new adventures.
|Little shop of horrors: Zane Mirfin mincing up fish to make berley.
||Gourmet berley: Frozen fish biat made with minced fish, pig pellets, fish meal and fish oil.
Nelson Hunting Rifle Legacy - 27 July 2013
Read Zane Mirfin's article on the Legacy of this Nelson hunting rifle.
|Succession?: Jake Mirfin with the hand-me-down Husqvarna and an Otago fallow trophy shot by Zane Mirfin with Rob's rifle.
||Original Owner: Rob Mirfin with a red stag and his Husqvarna .30-06 on the Cobb Tops in the 1960s.
Outdoor Campfires, Cooing and Smoking Fish - 13 July 2013
Read Zane's article about campfires, cooking outdoors and how to smoking fish and other foods.
|Flavour of the month: Essential ingredients for brining trout prior to smoking.
||Burning Bright: Outdoor fires for warmth, cooking and camaraderie have fascinated humanity since the dawn of time.
Saltwater Flies & Jigs - 29 June 2013
Read Zane Mirfin's Wildside Column about fishing with Saltwater flies and jigs.
Nelson Winter Saltwater Fishing Charters - 15 June 2013
Read Zane Mirfin's Wildside Newspaper column on Pigeon Shooting in Marlborough
Feral Pigeon Shooting - 1 June 2013
Waimea Estuary Floundering & Duck Hunting - May 2013
Albacore Tuna Fishing in Tasman Bay - March 2013
Late Summer, low water trout Fishing - February 2013
Fly Fishing for Trout in Wild Weather -12 January 2013
Snapper Fishing - January 2013
Read Zane Mirfin's Wildside Column about Hunting and Fishing on Molesworth Station, Marlborough
Hunting & Fishing Molesworth Station - December 2012
Tasman's Great Taste Trail Opening
Waimea River Bridge Opening 8 July 2012:
We were at the Official Opening of the Richmond - Brightwater section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail. This trail will eventually link Nelson City, Richmond, Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri and be a great ride for locals and visitors alike.
June 2012 Stag Hunt:Stuart Mirfin, almost 70, with a Marlborough red stag above the tree-line.
Read about Stuart Mirfin hunting with Zane in alpine Marlborough
New Boat 'Strike Adventure'
|Our vessel 'Strike Adventure': 5 chamber aluminium pontoon boat, 4.1metres long, full safety gear and systems. SSM registered commercial vessel with Maritime NZ, Ministry of Fisheries, Tasman District Council and Dept of Conservation - We can fish virtually anywhere.
||Qualified Skipper: Zane spent much of August & September back at school obtaining his skippers ticket with radio, navigation and engineering exams. Above is ILM Engineering tutor, Mark Rothwell, after a ride in Tasman Bay.
We're excited about our new fishing platform, which has performed very well already. We are the only fishing guide service to be commercially certified for Tasman Bay, Golden Bay, Croisilles Harbour, Current Basin, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson Lakes National Park and other areas.
The Tasman District Harbourmaster advises that there are only three commercial vessels able to operate on Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa. We can get you to the best fishing on the Travers, Sabine and D'Urville Rivers that other guides can't access.
Fishing for Votes...Peter Dunne, United Future, Outdoor Man
|Outdoor Politics: Hon. Peter Dunne (R) with Ministerial Advisor Hayden Cox, troll for kahawai with Zane.
||Lunchtime: Peter and Zane catch up for lunch at TDC.
We had Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Health, Leader of United Future, and MP for Ohariu out on my boat recently when we circumnavigated Rough and Rabbit Island on a Waimea Estuary Crossing.
Peter Dunne is a great man, an astute and experienced senior politician, who is a friend and ally of outdoor people, and one MP that we’d crawl over broken glass for. We first met Peter in Wellington before the 2005 General Election when we merged the Nelson-based Outdoor Recreation NZ political party into United Future, and he’s kept in touch ever since. It’s also great to have Nelson’s Doug Stevens, a keen outdoor man, as No.2 on the United Future party list in the 2011 general elections. Here's hoping for stable government - with an outdoor flavour.
First Trout of the Season
New Season Success: First Brown Trout of the 2011-2012 Fishing Season. Travers River, Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park, October 2011
New Zealand Rugby Extravaganza
Nelson City was the venue for some great Rugby matches in the September -October World Cup. Nelson hosted three games, Italy vs Russia, Italy vs USA and Australia vs Russia. Canterbury-based Crusaders held three "home" matches here too. Fishing and Rugby was a great combination, and we loved it!!
|We love Rugby (& fishing!): Zane & Aimee Mirfin at Nelson's Trafalgar Park, watch Crusader's & All Black's star player, Dan Carter, practice his kicking.
||Victory Lap: The Crusader's salute the crowd after their 36-8 win over the Sharks.
Winter Trout Fishing
We're a year-round guide service and Zane was out and about with our anglers in August and September with success.
National Politics/ Nelson-Tasman Tourism
|Freshwater Politics: Zane Mirfin and Tasman District Mayor, Richard Kempthorne (far right) discuss the politics of water with Hon. Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, and Nelson MP, on June 30th 2011.
||Coffee Time: Zane and Nelson Tasman Tourism CEO, Lynda Keene, talk local tourism over an extended coffee session at Ambrosia Cafe in Richmond.
June Fishing & Hunting
|Fish Dinner: Scott Mirfin with a red Gurnard caught on a slow-jig, on a recent fishing trip in Tasman Bay.
||Pheasant Hunting with Grandad: Stuart Mirfin with grandsons, Jake & Ike, after a June hunt.
Strike Adventure One of Top 10 New Zealand Experiences 2010
Strike Adventure is proud to announce we have been voted by the travellers of New Zealand Travel Inc, as one of the top 10 New Zealand tour experiences of 2010. Thanks to all those customers who voted for us!
Late Season Fishing April-May 2011
Mot is Hot!: April and May are two of the best months to fish our lowland rivers. Rivers are low and clear with fine sunny days with no wind. Hatches can be good and fish come on the feed in preparation for spawning over the winter. Some days onstream are t-shirt weather! Best of all it is rare to see another angler. Guide Martin De Ruyter shows how it is done on a recent boys day out with Zane.
Mirfin family update
Mirfin family April 2011: Aimee and Zane, Jake, Charli, Rosie and Izaak recently enjoyed some family time in Blenheim. Oops! We haven't updated our news section lately because we've been so busy fishing over the spring, summer and autumn.
ZM meets Minister for Local Government
Dancing with the Stars:
Zane Mirfin talks fishing with the Hon. Rodney Hide, Minister for Local Government at a Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on 10th August. Rodney is a well known New Zealand Member of Parliament but also known for his celebrity appearance on popular TV show " Dancing with the Stars". We hope to take Rodney fishing sometime.
First Aid Re-certification
Every two years our guides renew their First Aid certificates. This process is underway and the first course was on 5 August 2010. It was great to refresh our skills and learn the updated CPR techniques.
Strike Adventure joins Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce
A Kid in Sport Stays Out of Court:
Sport Tasman hosts the Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce & members at their new offices at the Saxton Sports complex - Tim Dean (L) - BNZ Partners (sponsors), Nigel Muir - CEO Tasman Regional Sports Trust, Dot Kettle - CEO Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Zane Mirfin (R) Strike Adventure Ltd (NTCC's newest member) Tuesday 3 August 2010
Strike Adventure has joined the Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce. As a local business the Chamber offers some great business benefits and in tougher economic times having stronger connections with more than 500 local businesses makes good sense. http://www.commerce.org.nz
Strike Guides Win Club Trophies
Cam was the recipient of three awards at the Nelson Trout Fishing Club annual awards held on 21st July 2010: the Nelson Trout Fishing Club Award for Top Photograph, the Nelson Trout Fishing Club Award for Distance Casting, and the Christopher Lenting Memorial Cup for Services to the Club. Cam is the Club Treasurer and a hard working and enthusiastic member working behind the scenes to keep the club running well. Well done Cam!
Zane unexpectedly won the Doug Zumbach Cup for the Best Newsletter Story ( He was surprised as he hadn't actually entered the competition ) The story was about taking the kids fishing. Doug Zumbach was a former Nelson Acclimatisation Society ranger from 1956-1987 and was the longest serving ranger in the history of the Nelson Society. Zane remembers Doug 's contribution to the fishery and his fishing advice from when he was a boy starting out fly fishing. The cup has a long list of well known Nelson trout fishing names engraved on it, interestingly Zane first won it in 1984 when aged just 16 years old.
Prize Giving: Nelson Trout Fishing Club President Dennis Ealam (left) and Past President Richard Boyden (right) present the Doug Zumbach Cup to Zane. Photo: Henry Sulser
Winter Fly Fishing
We've been out guiding a few days over the winter - Strike Adventure Fishing is a year-round operation.
|Winter Success: John Dow, Chairman of Pike River Coal, New Zealand, with Motueka River brownie.
||Showdown at High Noon: Roy Fuerstenberg, of Documation LLC, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, braves 5ºC water on 10 July 2010
Zane Mirfin Speaking Engagements June / July 2010
Mr Strike Adventure has been out and about talking fishing to interested groups:
July 10th, Zane & Aimee are "special mystery guests" at the annual Tennyson Inlet Boat Club Dinner where Zane will talk about his many outdoor adventures.
June 17th, Zane was the guest on local fishing personality Daryl Crimp’s popular radio show ‘Fishing with Crimpy’ which airs on Newstalk ZB and other South Island radio channels. Zane & Crimpy discussed the topic ‘technological creep’ where increasing technological sophistication is affecting where, when, and how we fish and what fishing of the future may look like.
June 10th, Zane addressed Motueka Rotary Club at an evening dinner. A promotional 5 minute Strike Adventure DVD was an instant hit, followed by an image show and talk on big trout, wild places, and exciting fly fishing.
NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association AGM, June 2010
|Business Lunch: National Director of Fish & Game, Bryce Johnson, with Strike Adventure's Zane Mirfin.
||President's Shout: Post AGM drinks, from left, Kris Shepherd - Turangi, Grant Petherick - Napier, Tony Entwistle - Nelson, Nigel Birt - Methven, Bryce Johnson - Wellington.
Strike Adventure co-founders, Zane Mirfin & Tony Entwistle, were at the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA) AGM in Christchurch on June 11th & 12th. As usual it was great to see guides from all over NZ at the annual gathering of the clan to discuss threats and opportunities to the wider fishing guiding industry. The most pressing issue of debate was the current global recession which has acted as a grim reaper of the guiding world.
Guest Speaker was Mr Bryce Johnson, National Director of Fish & Game Council who talked positively of the actions both F&G and NZPFGA could undertake together to safeguard opportunities for anglers.
Rigorous AGM debate on the floor was also supplemented by portfolio reports from:
Frank Murphy, Motu – Presidents Report, Tourism NZ, Marketing, Political Affairs
Bryan Colman, Rotorua – Membership, Marine Transport.
Grant Petherick, Hawkes Bay – Disputes, Standards & River Etiquette, Publicity, Tourism Industry Liaison.
Alan Simmons, Turangi – Fish & Game, Internet, Taupo Advisory.
Neil Goldie, Christchurch – Bio-security, Finance, Administration.
Kevin Payne, Timaru – Membership Benefits, Public Relations, ACC
It wasn’t all hard work though, and plenty of ale & wine was consumed at the two social evenings and formal dinner. Another great NZPFGA AGM!
Strike Adventure Team Night
June 3rd 2010
Our annual Fly tying night was a great success. One of the advantages that Strike Adventure guides have, is access to the best fly tying materials, tungsten beads and hooks etc, at rock bottom prices. We want Strike Adventure guides to have the best flies and terminal equipment available for our fishing customers come summer because that's how the best and biggest trout get caught. Ross Gigg, Sales Rep for Feather Merchants, ran us through the latest & greatest materials plus old favourites. We discussed techniques, strategies, and equipment for the coming 2010-2011 fishing season plus had a lot of fun and learning at the same time. Our guides purchased a huge amount of fly tying materials and associated fishing tackle and are now busy tying loads of innovative and effective flies for you to fish with.
Photo: Zane Mirfin thanks Ross Gigg for a great Strike Adventure Fly Tying Materials Evening.
Strike Adventure Award For Excellence 2010
As usual it was a tough decision as to who would receive the 'Award For Excellence' Trophy. Following in the footsteps of Martin de Ruyter 2007, Tony Entwistle 2008, Cameron Reid 2009, our 2010 winner was Bill McKenzie.
Bill McKenzie is a wonderful guide, whose ability to step up to the mark and perform to an excellent standard at short notice when another Strike Guide went down with illness, was very much appreciated by all concerned. Bill's can-do attitude and loyalty to the team typify what it is to be a Strike Adventure guide. Well Done Bill - we salute you!
Bill is also on the Nelson / Marlborough Fish & Game Council, which manages the local fishing resource. Bill was formerly Chairman of the Council for a number of years, and has done more than most, to contribute to the ongoing well-being of the trout fishery.
Photo: Zane Mirfin presents Bill McKenzie with the Strike Adventure 'Award For Excellence' Trophy for 2010
Political Lobbying for Anglers
May 20th 2010
Strike Adventure Fishing has always believed in doing our best to protect fishing here in New Zealand for recreational & visiting anglers, as well as for future generations. Lobbying important politicians has always been an important role to us.
Zane Mirfin met up again with the Hon. Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue in the current Government, at a Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently.
The Outdoor Recreation Political Party (2002 founders - Stuart & Zane Mirfin) formed an alliance with Peter Dunne's United Future Party before the 2005 General Elections and the two men remain close. Peter Dunne and Zane hope to go fishing together again sometime soon.
Hon. Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue 2010 with Zane Mirfin, Strike Adventure Ltd.