Gary’s Fly Tying Bench - MKII

Posted at  Jul 31, 2014      2 Comments
Once you have been tying flies for a while you soon realise that keeping your gear organised is vital. We end up with so many tools and materials thats it’s hard to keep track of everything. One great piece of equipment that really helps is a fly tying bench. Gary has been making these great little mobile benches for a couple of years now, supplying many of the tiers in the Taupo Fishing Club. Gary has added little improvements along the way

Never Stop Learning

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About 12 months ago I found myself nymphing the Tongariro River along side Jack Kos and a pile of other fisherman from around the country. Now, I have no illusions about being a great caster, but I can get the line out there, catch fish when I need to and I usually hold my own. Most of the effort I put in to improving my fishing is in the area of fly tying, exploring new water and just spending as much time on the river as possible.

Swinging Season

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Winter is truly here, frosts are getting more regular and the heater is on in the shop. While we have had some solid little runs of fresh fish already, as soon as we get some more rain the rivers will really fire. High river levels with a bit of colour in the water provide ideal conditions for Spey casting.

Join your local Fishing Club

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Joining your local fishing club is a great way to meet fellow anglers and get more involved in our wounderful pastime. If you are in the Taupo area then your local club is the Taupo Fishing Club. The club rooms are open every Friday night from 5:30pm for drinks. This winter the club has various events and activities to enrich your fishing experience.

Kids Fishing Day, 30 April 2014

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Today we got to experience one of the great opportunities for kids here in Taupo, the Kids Fishing Day at the National Trout Centre. We have some guests staying from overseas and the young boy wanted to try fly fishing. We were lucky enough to be able to get a booking at the Trout Centre, as these events are always booked out come fishing day.

Pro Sportfisher Tube Flies, 15 March 2014

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Tube flies have been common place internationally for a long time, salmon flies in north America, pike flies in Europe, and salt water flies everywhere. We have been playing around with these ourselves a bit lately, and have been very disappointed at the lack of tube fly materials and equipment available locally. So we decided to change that.

Raw Trout, 23 January 2014

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Summer has been crazy as usual so far, fun family times, flat out in the shop and on the rivers, and trying to fit in as much time on the lake as possible. So many exciting things are happening and its hard to keep on top of things, but the top story I suppose is the continuing great fishing out on Lake Taupo. We have had so many families in over the school holiday period who are completely new to trout fishing, and I am pretty sure we have man

Too Many Lures, 8 December 2013

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One thing all fisherman love to collect are lures. There are so many varieties available these days that its hard to keep up with all the latest releases. We have NZ’s largest selection of trout trolling and spinning lures from the old traditional Black and Gold Toby, to the very latest Spinsect from Black Magic.

New Top Lure, 5 December 2013

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Fishing continues to be excellent out on the Lake Taupo. Early morning harling has slowed down a bit now, with mostly smaller fish being caught, and many dropped fish due to them biting the tails of longer flies and not hooking up properly.

New Fly Tying Desk, 14 November 2013

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I finally got myself a proper fly tying table, somewhat of a life long dream. No more piles of feathers and dubbing shoved in the corner of the lounge, hooks spilling onto the carpet, always upsetting the rest of the family.

Lake Okataina, 25 October 2013

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Lake Okataina is one of those very special lakes that can offer solitude, scenery and trophy fish all in one afternoon. I managed to get over there this week with good friend and avid fisherman Peter. It was Peter's first time on the lake, so the pressure was on for me to put us onto fish, especially as I had been bragging for weeks about how well I know the lake.

To mount or not, 29 September 2013

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Each angler derives their own pleasures from fishing.  For some it's the solitude of the river, a well derived brake from the pressures of life.   For others it's the hunter-gather instinct, providing food for the family table or a special occasion.  Many of us just love the shiny gear we get to collect and play with like little boys with new toys.

Long slow drifts 3 September 2013

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I had the great opportunity to stay at Kereru lodge this week, in the secluded reaches of the Tauranga Taupo river. After a busy few weeks in the shop, a night up here with a couple of fishing buddies is just what I needed. Being my first time, I was really surprised how remote and peaceful this place feels, considering it's only 3km off the main Taupo - Turangi road.

What happened to winter? 5 August 2013

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After a long, dry summer, it seems that we are not going to get much of a winter either. Conditions here in Taupo remain mild and dry...

Nice Fish Around 26 July 2013

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Some nice fish are being caught in the lake lately, but in general a lack of ran in our region has continued to leave our rivers low, clear and difficult to fish.

New Season. 8 July 2013

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The new Taupo season started this week, so a little reminder to come on in and renew your Taupo Region fishing licenses.