Salt Fly’s Getting Hot

I love this time of year! The weather’s warming, with those slightly crisp mornings leading to bluebird days and Daylight Savings sitting on the horizon. Best of all, the salt water fly fishing is heating up, and there is plenty of action out in the water. Reports from the awesome Salt Fly Tauranga Facebook page show Dick and the crew getting into some quality trevally and copious amounts of Kahawai while Mark gives hope of early Spring monster snapper out on the hunt for a well presented fly.

A healthy small kahawai on a anchovy fly to start the action

Things really seem to be working up in the Gulf. Last weekend, there were copious amounts of kahawai sitting on top of constant balls of bait. The birds were there in droves, but there wasn’t much actually happening till the tide got moving. Once it did though, it was all on with double hookups in abundance and a consistent few hours of hard fighting. The 8wt Predator was kept busy, and once the surface activity started, the Power Shot line proved to be a pleasure to cast. Great options to get in the game if you are looking to dip your toes in salt water fly fishing. That rod has landed me some solid fish over the last few years so it ends up coming out often to get its bend on.

Will fishing up a solid specimen on the salt water fly

Great to see birds around and fish out. At times the workups pushed right into the shore, so there’s action for all! Always worth heading out for a flick! Enjoy!

Birds working


Simon is a keen enthusiast for fly fishing, especially all things trout Spey and Skagit style tactics. He's a keen fly tyer, with a strong focus on tube flies, leech and Intruders style patterns. He has been with Iloveflyfishing since the early days and has been a key ambassador for OPST, Aquaz and Speyco as well as all of the ILFF catalogue. He is also a man-keen saltwater fly fisher and can often be found flicking a Crazy Simon fly around the Auckland region. Simon is a regular contributor to NZ Trout Fisher magazine where you can find his column "On the Swing with Simon"

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