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In Canterbury? Want to learn about trout fishing?
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In Canterbury? Want to learn about trout fishing?

Or seeking to improve your trout angling and learn new techniques? Come along to the free Canterbury Trout Festival starting at 8.30am on September 4 2021 at Peppers Hotel, Clearwater. We have again been able to persuade some of New Zealand's best trout anglers to come and share their knowledge and skills.
Fly Fishing for Big Browns in South Island New Zealand
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Fly Fishing for Big Browns in South Island New Zealand

With the world in the fierce grip of a global pandemic, there are few places in the world where anglers have the freedom to roam and fish with unrestricted access and companionship. New Zealand is one of the few... Although we miss our international friends and our guiding industry is on it's knees, there is a shining light at the end of a long and gloomy tunnel here - FREEDOM TO FISH! Join myself (Mike Kirkpatrick) and good mate Hans Kreuer, as we embark on a three day trip in search of some large brown trout, with the unsettled spring weather looking to finally relent into some fine days.
Testing the Scott Centric #5 and #6 weight rods on big South Island Browns
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Testing the Scott Centric #5 and #6 weight rods on big South Island Browns

Here's a great review with some lovely fishing footage, if you're considering a #5 or #6 wt rod, a weight that is so well suited to much of NZ's fly fishing.
How to Drift Fish the Twizel Canals
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How to Drift Fish the Twizel Canals

Here's a brilliant and well presented instructional video from Complete Angler. We have been developing a very effective method for catching fish and it's by drifting eggs and glow bugs. We give you all the tips and tricks in this comprehensive how-to video so that you can have a fantastic time fishing this world-class fishing resource.
Pat Swift Jigging Flies
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Pat Swift Jigging Flies

Since the introduction of jigging for trout, this fun and very fruitful method of fishing has made catching trout in lakes a lot more fun than dragging them in on heavy lead lines.
How to set up the perfect nymph indicator
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How to set up the perfect nymph indicator

This is my favourite way of running a nymph indicator, explained well by the team from Trout Hunting NZ
How to tie a Bead Head Prince Nymph
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How to tie a Bead Head Prince Nymph

This is one of the greatest nymphs of all time, really effective in most New Zealand streams and rivers. Here's how to tie it.
Fly Fishing New Zealand
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Fly Fishing New Zealand

Take a look at some stunning scenery and epic fly fishing from the South Island filmed by the Internationally based CatchMagazine channel.
Soft baiting for monster trout in the South Island
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Soft baiting for monster trout in the South Island

A nice video from Adam with some good information on targeting big trout with light soft bait gear. Watch some great fishing action, and get great tips about soft baiting for mega trout, in the stunning beauty of the South Island of New Zealand.
Adventure Fishing the Whanganui River
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Adventure Fishing the Whanganui River

If you’re anything like me, when it comes to holiday time, the first thing you think is…I wonder if I can take a rod and reel. If it’s a YES, this thought process quickly evolves into some research, and subsequent agonizing, over how much gear, how many lures, what weight line, when you’ll escape and so on. This year, a family escape actually meant escaping the family. Well, the kids anyway. Just my wife, brother, and sister-in-law, all alone on a four day journey canoeing 145 kilometres down the middle reaches of the mighty Whanganui (once Wanganui) River from Taumarunui to Pipiriki. The plan was to canoe the river and stay at the camping and glamping opportunities on offer along the way. Just good outdoor action adventure paddling our way through canyons and the odd rapids. In my mind…surely there would be trout fishing opportunities?
Thai Fish Cakes - How to make them
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Thai Fish Cakes - How to make them

Here is an incredibly tasty and different way to prepare any variety of fish that tastes amazing and is easier than it looks to prepare. It’s a great way to utilize trout, kahawai, or any other more popular fish species, that actually is more about the texture than the pure flavour of the fish.

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