TOP TIPS FOR SALT WATER FLY FISHERS
Use the shops. NZ is fortunate to have our own dedicated SWF shops like Rod and Reel in Newmarket, with excellent staff and websites Perfect your cast. It is not as hard as it looks. Join a club like Stripstrike if you are in Auckland or use instructional videos Use barbless hooks. You will not lose fish (except kahawai) and barbless hooks are much easier to remove from your soft bits, clothes and friends Make fly fishing part of your trip. When getting into SWF for the first time, I recommend taking fly gear with you on a regular fishing trip. If the fishing is great, get your fill on your tried and tested methods, then drop down a fly. Good value and cheap aren’t the same. Beware of the super cheap saltwater flies on Trademe. They tend to be tied on poor hooks. I recommend going through a local shop.