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TravelTruly Fly Fishing

Wanaka, OTAGO, New Zealand

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Brown Trout Rainbow Trout

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Wanaka

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Full Day Trip

Walk/Wade / 10 Hours / Fly Gear
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  • Season: October 10 - June 6
  • Featured Fish: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Food & Drink: Provided (confer with outfitter about details)
  • 1-2 People $619.00

Half Day Trip

Walk/Wade / 5 Hours / Fly Gear
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  • Season: October 1 - May 31
  • Featured Fish: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Food & Drink: Provided (confer with outfitter about details)
  • 1-2 People $450.00

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Recent Photos

- In The Shadows - Jakub shows off an immaculate fish from a tight and tricky spot. While approaching the small pool and having nothing obvious stand out, I peered over to the opposite side of the fast current, under the shadow of the trees and saw a faint bit of movement. After bit more examination I knew it was definitely a fish and that a streamer would be the only way to get him out. Jakub did well to bow and arrow cast the large fly into a tight spot, luring this absolute chunk of a 9lber out from the shadows and to the bank!
- Tiny Water - Sam hooks into a good rainbow in tiny mountain creek on another stunning day here in the south. With few clouds and no wind, the conditions were perfect to spot fish on this tough little stream where you have to take your chances, as they can be limited. However, it went well with several good fish to the net amongst some incredible landscapes!
- Getting Bent - With a few days off coming up I can’t wait to get back on the river with a rod in MY hand. The weather has been unreal so far this month and guiding has been great fun, but there’s only so much dry fly takes you can watch without yearning one for yourself. There’s nothing like hooking into a fish on a hot sunny day in Aotearoa!
- Flying High - A bow takes to the air in an attempt to throw the hook. The trick to counter this is to lower your rod and provide some slack so not to pull out the hook, see here that my rod is not in full bend and I will continue to lower it more until the fish back in the water. I’ve seen many fish lost at this moment, so it’s best to be prepared!
- The Fruits - It’s been an epic week buzzing around the backcountry in a Heli, from Otago to Fiordland we have seen a bit of everything and had some amazing weather to boot. With the warm days the fishing has been going off with fish out in the open and easy to spot as they chomp on dry flies! With a few days off coming up, the first thing I’ll be doing is getting back out there myself 😉
- Snow Stop - Heading over the Alps today for some fishing so why not make a glacier landing on the way! We then passed down through the fiords to the coast, spotting a few seals and penguins on the way to picking up a few crayfish from the ocean for lunch before hitting the river. Just another epic day with @minaret_station
- Snow Capped - Today’s location was one deep into the western side of NZ’s famous Southern Alps, accessed thanks to @minaret_station Heli’s. Most of our weather comes in contact with this place first, creating a lush rainforest separated by gin clear mountain rivers, inhabited big brown trout! (some more happy than others eat our fly).
- Heli Help - A dot of civilization amongst the solitude as the Heli lands for our pickup. It was a great day in NZ’s glorious backcountry today with a huge fish tally and some decent weather. Plenty more to come this week as we take flight in search of epic places!
- Jedi Fish Flop - Just one of those moments when a fish refuses to have his photo taken!
- Adapting Approach - With little to no rain during October, the rivers were running as low as they would mid-summer and this made it a tough prospect targeting these big fish in a tiny headwater. Using long leaders and a stealthy approach gave us the shots at a few fish as they sat in the shallow head of the pools. It’s important to adapt your approach to the conditions as they change through the day/season, the results speak for themselves.
- Tiny Water Trout - The weather cleared today and provided some great small stream fishing for a pair of mates traveling from the US, Peter and Paul. They did well to battle some strong winds and close quarter battles to get around 20 fish to the bank with many other close calls. Early season fishing has been insane this year!
- Slow Sip - A stunning day on the Wild West coast brought out some hungry browns that were happy to look up. This colorful guy sat on the edge of a shallow riffle entering a huge slow moving pool. I lined myself up behind the fish to prevent drag and placed the large dry in the still water to his right. As soon as it dropped he turned and as if in slow motion, made his way towards the fly and made a full head rise to take gulp it down. What a moment!

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