Answers to Your Questions on Saltwater Fishing and Fly-Fishing
The questions on this page have been either sent to me by email or were searched for via the search facility on this site, or search engines.
Questions are sorted
alphabetically (mostly :) - but with a few frequently asked questions
(FAQ) at the top.
(See notes below for a guide to what questions will not get an answer.)
Some words (in brackets and italics) are intentionally misspelt to match common misspellings when searching. Language and spelling is UK English, with a little bit of Kiwi thrown in.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
"How do I use bait?" - for what, where, etc.
"How do I fly fish?" - are you kidding, go to any bookshop and see how many books there are on the subject, some are even mine.
"How do I catch...(fill in the name of a fish)? - No question this broad is going to get answers, you need to do some research yourself, and get into book shops or search the net for the fish you want to catch.
How do I tie knots?" - well you will be getting the picture by now. Please ask specific questions.
Asking me to give out information on my fishing spots is not going to get an answer - I have spent to much time and effort finding them!
New Zealand fishing spot info
There is a very good guide to fishing spots throughout NZ put out annually by NZ Fishing News Magazine. This is very thorough and covers fresh and salt water.
There has also been a number of books published that have details of good spots. A number of good books with detailed information on fly-fishing rivers and lakes are available. The NZ Fishing site has detailed information on fly-fishing spots, with maps.
Fishing spot books and web sites are readily obtainable around the world.
All these guides will certainly put you in close proximity to good 'spots'. They are not expensive and very thorough.
But no guide or book that lists spots has detailed information of just where to anchor at these spots in various tides, currents and wind conditions. Neither will the the guides show trout 'lies' in any detail. Very often 'near enough' is not.
And as an unashamed plug, in my books 'Fishing Even Smarter' and 'Fishing Smarter for Trout', I cover the subject of finding fishing spots and lies in some detail, and for salt water how to anchor in various tides, currents and winds - as I believe this knowledge is critical to becoming a successful angler.
I do not put fishing regulations on the site because they vary too much by area around the New Zealand, and change too often. It is up to the angler to ensure they know the regulations for the area they will be fishing. All tackle stores should have copies of the local regulations; the Dept. of Fisheries supplies them free.
Your freshwater licence has full details of the regulations in the area. There is no licence required for saltwater fishing in NZ, (yet).
Article written by Tony Bishop