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Saltwater Fly Fishing Within New Zealand – Part Two

The preferred rig of choice for my prospecting of New Zealand's flats fisheries: a well-sealed reel on a rod that can handle hurt.

It’s perhaps unfathomable that the delicate method of fishing with a fly can be successful with pelagic fish. The use of a supply line, choreographed by a fine-natured wand, creates a poetic method suited to wary trout. That said, with advances in technology and growing numbers of deranged anglers, fly fishing for saltwater species too can be taken to the extreme; these species are abundant in New Zealand’s shallow waters. Here, the fly fisher may visually pursue by foot pelagic and reef fish that enter New Zealand’s lively intertidal areas. Locating these moving fish is a time-consuming feat; to then hook, fight, and proceed to land the fish – with a rod finer in diameter than a child’s pinky … well, the odds are against you. Ultimately, of course, this is the appeal for the saltwater fly fisher.

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