Read the first part of this series HERE. After a few weeks on the island we had put some great fish in the net but conditions had been tough. The rivers had blown out twice and most of the fishable days had overcast skies which made spotting tough in lots of the water we were fishing. We pushed through and made the best of it. We spent some time fishing the flats for kingfish which was a wild experience. I think we were a few weeks behind on timing and it seems that the locals feel the fishery is getting heavily pressured and there’s some shady tactics being used by guides with boats. We had a good time despite few kingfish sightings and wen’t back to town before being flow deep into the backcountry.
Headed into the abyss, and hopefully home to many big brown trout.
NZ flats tugger
Headed out in search of kingfish
Kahawai headed back to go smash baitfish
Target spotted. Clear water made it easy to see fish but harder to catch.
Teamwork as Zack tries to bring a brown trout to the net.
A medium sized backcountry brown. A hell of a fighter though.
The longest and arguably the prettiest fish of our trip to NZ.
Josh making light work of a bank side brown trout.
This day we got worked for hours until Josh picked the right bug and flawlessly drifted it until this brown took.
Chasing brown trout in big water meant a slip was inevitable.
Got him netted baby!
Small guy but big engine.
1st fish after the heli drop. Stoke was HIGH
The backcountry was amazing but the fishing was tough! Coming that late in the season meant that the easy to see fish were insanely spooky and picky on flies. We all got into beautiful fish but our hookup to sighting percentage was definitely in the single digits. Finding fast water and taking extra time to try to spot fish in that water made things easier as it seemed these fish hadn’t been pressured as much. Be looking for Part 3 soon.
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