Saltwater Fly Fishing for Kingfish in the Gulf

After another great Summer saltwater fly fishing in the Hauraki Gulf, I can say 2 things. The first, it’s great to have some productive water right on the doorstep. Secondly, kingfish can absolutely whip your butt if you aren’t ready for them. Little details like forgetting to tighten your drag after peeling line of the reel to cast and leaving line to dry out and tangle below you are recipes for disaster, However, once those “little” things are ironed out, the fight is awesome and it’s great to know an 8wt is capable of landing some excellent sized kingfish!

Will and I spent the Summer roaming the buoys, looking for surface action and cruising the flats. We managed some great fish on the fly rod and have plenty of tales of being spooled in others. It was a great warm up for our Aitutaki trip (what a trip!). After last Summer spending quite a bit of time with a 10wt rod in my hand, moving almost permanently down to an 8wt gave to casting RSI wrist a chance to recover and really upped the enjoyment factor. Big baitfish fly patterns like Will’s Baitfish tied with Congo Hair fibers did the damage and lead to some great scraps.

The Predator saltwater rods paired up with the VM or Shield saltwater reels are an excellent combo for fishing strong fish. They really seem to be forgiving in the tip while having great pulling power in the butt section. At the price they come in at, its fully worth getting out there for a bash! Click the link under the photo to check them out and talk to us to get set up for saltwater fly fishing and start exploring!

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Bring on the Winter fishing!

Next Blog: Salt Water Fly Fishing Aitutaki Trip


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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