The October meeting with Kristina and Adam Royter
Thursday October 18th at 8pm
Kristina and Adam are well known in the Australian fly fishing world. Among other significant contributions both have written articles for FlyLife and other publications. They moved to New Zealand some years ago, and commenced a trout guiding operation - Stray South Fishing Outfitters - a few months ago. Here is Adam’s introduction to their world.
Fishing South of the Border Geographically, if you fish where we live, you’re fishing south of any border in Australia. Our home town of Alexandra, in the South Island of New Zealand, is some 200 km south of the most southern town in Tasmania. So, when we say it’s cold, we mean it! But let’s look at what the fishing here has to offer.
I’ve been fly fishing for 31 years and involved in the fishing industry for 30 years, so have a clear idea of what is and what is not a good fishery.
New Zealand offers something different to the travelling angler. It’s not that you can’t catch a 10-pounder in Australia, because you can! But people come to New Zealand because the fishing is excellent (on the right day), and yes, the fish are on average considerably bigger. And this is the point - you shouldn’t come to New Zealand to catch a 10-pounder. You come instead to tackle fish that are 3 to 5 pounds with every
hook set. So, you’re getting more bang for your buck!
Now trout are the most opportunistic freshwater fish around and that makes them pretty easy to catch. If I was to give you just three pieces of advice on fishing New Zealand they would be these:
First, you need to fish skinnier tippet. The water here is incredibly clear and if you don’t make allowances for that then you're going to get refusals! The bottom line is you’ll be fishing more 4lb tippet than anything else, so you’ll have to be more gentle and take more time when it comes to the netting process.
Second, fish with smaller flies. Trout are stupid, but one thing they are masters at is picking a fraud!
Trout have the ability to look at your offering and instantly refuse it as a fake.
So how then are you going to hold on to this leviathan you’ve just hooked on a size 16? For starters, hold back a tad on the pressure. Once the fish is hooked, take your time. Finally, and this is probably the most
Finally, and this is probably the most important thing you can learn to do in your whole fly fishing career — become a better caster. And I’m not talking here about Sunday casting sessions at the club, where you all get out and try to cast a whole fly line. I’m talking about presenting your fly as fast as you can to the fish that’s sitting right in front of you.
The majority of the fish you’ll catch in New Zealand will be within 30 feet of you, and many will be less than 20! So if you want to practice something useful on your Sunday line-blasting extravaganza, try rigging up a line with a casting fly and a good working leader, and put a dinner plate out 25 feet in front of you. Then, with your fly attached to your guides as if you were walking along the river bank, unhook it, cast, and deliver the fly to the target, i.e. right on that dinner plate.
So, come to the South Island of New Zealand. The fishing is better, the beer is better (trust me on that, because I’ve had a few), and the times are better when you come on down and fish with the Royters at Stray South Fishing Outfitters.