Monthly Archives: May 2020

Public’s Rivers – a Toxic Legacy

The Government’s recently announced freshwater reforms are a masterclass in rhetoric over substance, says a trout and salmon fishing advocacy, the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers. The widely held view is that while Government listened to the science, acted …

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Europe Rivers Being Raped During Lockdown

From “Fly Dreamers” USA The Corona crisis is a threat to the Blue Heart of Europe – the unique Balkan rivers. While Europe is in lockdown, investors are increasingly taking advantage of the unusual situation to build controversial hydropower projects in …

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Survey Shows Women Like Husbands to Go Fishing But for Different Reasons

By Tony Orman I once read a very funny spoofy story in a very funny fishing book. It involved a survey by some mythical university on trout fishermen and wives. I’ve semi-plagiarised it below. I can’t recall the book now but I think it …

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Ted’s Wise Advice – Go Fishing Now!

by Tony Orman An American writer Ted Trueblood was a boyhood hero of mine in the fishing and hunting world. I avidly read his articles in the US “Field and Stream”. He was a superb writer, unpretentious, practical and with …

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Don’t Overload in Flies

by March Brown Just a few flies will do instead of a hundred and one different patterns. That’s the message to learn from the masters. One of the classic books of fly fishing is Englishman Franks Sawyer’s “Nymphs and the …

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Fish and Game Has Strength and Enduring Relevance

by Dave Witherow An article by a former NZ Fish and Game Councillor Tom O’Connor appeared in some Fairfax papers. O’Connor’s article can be seen at:- https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/121437761/time-for-change-for-fish-and-game. This article is by Dave Witherow, also a former NZ Fish and Game councillor, in …

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The Soft Hackled Fly on the South Branch

by Brian O’Rourke Reprinted from the “NZ Fishing and Shooting Gazette” September 1955. The South Branch of the Waimakiriri River is about 12 miles from Christchurch – a long way on a bicycle with a load of fish!  Years ago …

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Selwyn River Trout yesteryear

  by “Hare’s Ear”   Author of trout fishing books in the 1950s, the late George Ferris of Christchurch, described Canterbury’s  Selwyn River, in its hey-day, as being regarded as “the best brown trout river in the Dominion.” Sadly, this is …

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The Coalition Government’s record on freshwater:

The road to hell is pathed with good intentions   Message from the Ministers Healthy freshwater is important for all New Zealanders. It is our birthright. 1 TVNZ Q&A programme environment election debate, 10 September 2017. At the election the …

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Jest About Fishing

An Angel and Three Anglers Three guys were fishing in a lake one day, when an angel appeared in the boat. When the three astonished men had settled down enough to speak, the first guy asked the angel humbly, “I’ve …

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