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The Fly Fishing Ninja

Posted by Carl McNeil on

I had already fallen in love with this art by then. I wanted to be a flyfisher. I saved every single pocket money towards the kit. It took me more than one year to save 7000Yen($NZ92.00). I finally bought a Shakespeare Beginners set, which included a rod, reel, line, tapered leader and 5 dry flies and 5 streamers

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The Fly Fishing Ninja

Posted by Carl McNeil on

I had already fallen in love with this art by then. I wanted to be a flyfisher. I saved every single pocket money towards the kit. It took me more than one year to save 7000Yen($NZ92.00). I finally bought a Shakespeare Beginners set, which included a rod, reel, line, tapered leader and 5 dry flies and 5 streamers

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NEVER FAILS - Impressionistic flies by Bob Wyatt

Posted by Carl McNeil on

The belief that trout pay close scrutiny to every detail of every bug that comes their way took root firmly in fly fishing lore and literature and has lasted well over a century. Meanwhile, plenty of trout were being caught on rough approximations of the things they eat, and still are.

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NEVER FAILS - Impressionistic flies by Bob Wyatt

Posted by Carl McNeil on

The belief that trout pay close scrutiny to every detail of every bug that comes their way took root firmly in fly fishing lore and literature and has lasted well over a century. Meanwhile, plenty of trout were being caught on rough approximations of the things they eat, and still are.

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Big Flies, Big Fish - 5 tips for Fishing Streamers

Posted by Carl McNeil on

It’s all about the retrieve.
If you’re not having much joy but there are fish around make sure you mix things up and vary your retrieve.

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Big Flies, Big Fish - 5 tips for Fishing Streamers

Posted by Carl McNeil on

It’s all about the retrieve.
If you’re not having much joy but there are fish around make sure you mix things up and vary your retrieve.

Read more


Nepptuna - the Mad Saffa

Posted by Carl McNeil on

In early 2015  we received an order for one of our 686 Fly Rod kits to go to a chap in South Africa. At that time we didn't get many orders from South Africa, an email followed soon after and correspondence was entered into around fly line section and shipping over to South Africa.

The bloke on the end of the email seemed as keen as mustard and we shipped the kit - Only to hear a couple of weeks later it went missing in action. Eventually the kit was found and re-routed to it's new owner. A few more enthusiastic emails were exchanged once the kit touched down in South Africa and rod build had commenced.....

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Nepptuna - the Mad Saffa

Posted by Carl McNeil on

In early 2015  we received an order for one of our 686 Fly Rod kits to go to a chap in South Africa. At that time we didn't get many orders from South Africa, an email followed soon after and correspondence was entered into around fly line section and shipping over to South Africa.

The bloke on the end of the email seemed as keen as mustard and we shipped the kit - Only to hear a couple of weeks later it went missing in action. Eventually the kit was found and re-routed to it's new owner. A few more enthusiastic emails were exchanged once the kit touched down in South Africa and rod build had commenced.....

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A Kiwi in the USA - Impressions of a New Zealander fishing Montana

Posted by Carl McNeil on

A couple fantastical coincidences, a handful of conscious choices and a very cheap plane ticket saw my life take a slightly unexpected turn in March of this year: I moved to Montana. Not for good but for a whole year

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A couple fantastical coincidences, a handful of conscious choices and a very cheap plane ticket saw my life take a slightly unexpected turn in March of this year: I moved to Montana. Not for good but for a whole year

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