Category Archives: Fly Fishing

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Good to go! 👍

Category:Fly Fishing

I can tell New Zealand Customs that, in all honesty, I definitely packed this bag myself. Not quite a triumph of three dimensional spatial optimisation.

Good to go 👍 I can tell New Zealand Customs that, in all honesty, I definitely packed this bag myself. Not quite a triumph of three dimensional spatial optimisation.

 


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Kids Packing List

Kids’ Packing List

Category:Fly Fishing

After a week working on combined SQL and AI data and text modelling, I decided to go low tech for the kids’ packing list for our Kiwi trip.

Kids Packing List


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Getting a share of the pie before taking off to NZ

Angling for a share

Category:Fly Fishing

The kids and I are getting our fair share of the pie before packing for our trip to NZ next week. Apparently, I’m fact finding, as well as fish finding, as my AFR editor is angling for a hook on a NZ election story. I’m in party mode already, as you can probably tell.

Getting a share of the pie before taking off to NZ

 

 


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Off to Tongariro

Category:Fly Fishing

Guess who is taking the family for a fly fishing trip to the mighty Tongariro? 🎣
Our first trip to Kiwi in four years, thanks to Covid.

Packing the gear, as I type and hoping the waders haven’t shrunk. More to come …


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I cannot believe this! Here's Tim's perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.

Klahova Lake Today

Category:Fly Fishing

Beautiful final day with no. 1 son at Klahoya Lake today. We parked the float tubes for a camp fire lunch by the lake. Unbeatable #Spatsizi

Beautiful final day with no. 1 son at Klahoya Lake today. We parked the float tubes for a camp fire lunch by the lake. Unbeatable #Spatsizi

 

No. 1 son in float tube on Lake Klahoya today. The stone flies were landing on the tube, by way of a hint on fly choice #Spatsizi

No. 1 son in float tube on Lake Klahoya today. The stone flies were landing on the tube, by way of a hint on fly choice #Spatsizi

Our guide Tim shows us the Canadian way to toast marshmallows on our last night #Spatsizi

Our guide Tim shows us the Canadian way to toast marshmallows on our last night #Spatsizi

I cannot believe this! Here’s Tim’s perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.

I cannot believe this! Here's Tim's perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.


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Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Grayling Hole – Spatsizi

Category:Fly Fishing

We’re all off to the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi today. Woo hoo!

We're all off to the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi today. Woo hoo!

Spot the Bald Eagle on the nest in top of the broken tree #Spatsizi

Spot the Bald Eagle on the nest in top of the broken tree #Spatsizi

My little girl getting a lesson on fly selection from Master Guide Ray Collingwood at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

My little girl getting a lesson on fly selection from Master Guide Ray Collingwood at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Lunch around the camp fire at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Lunch around the camp fire at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Number one son sitting on the bear-proof food safe at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi I was wondering what the bear was supposed to eat if it couldn’t get your picnic basket.

Number one son sitting on the bear-proof food safe at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi I was wondering what the bear was supposed to eat if it couldn't get your picnic basket.

 


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So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.

Time to catch (and release) some unwary trout.

Category:Fly Fishing

Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he’s getting to know them at breakfast.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he's getting to know them at breakfast.

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

So far you’ve been spared the grip’n’grin shots … but … well … these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn’t resist #Spatsizi today.

So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.


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View wasn't hard to take on our hill climb today.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella

Category:Fly Fishing

In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

In bear country, I like a guide who packs heat.

Today we’re mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

Today we're mountain climbing behind Lake Ella. All packed and ready to fly to the lake. Talk later.

At the top of our hill climb today. Spot the float planes at the bottom of the shot. It was quite a hike #Spatsizi

 

Tough day ... hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

Tough day … hot chocolate and marshmallows in the snow.

 

View wasn't hard to take on our hill climb today.

View wasn’t hard to take on our hill climb today.


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A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

Early to bed for this little black duck.

Category:Fly Fishing

Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Heading home from the Firesteel today #Spatsizi. Early to bed for this little black duck.

Our guide Ray Collingwood was clearly exhausted by a hectic morning on the Firesteel #Spatsizi

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

A bloke caught a few rainbows, had a nice lunch. Deserved a break. Nice backdrop.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.

The Black Family spent the day on the famous dry fly Firesteel River today. No room left for floatplanes.


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Flying up front in the Cessna 185

Nature Putting On A Show

Category:Fly Fishing

Flying up front in the Cessna 185 and getting a goat’s eye view of the ranges en route to the Spatsizi plateau. Timeless beauty of nature putting on a show.