About 18 months ago I was asked by Kilwell to field test a new Toby colour prototype that they had developed. It was code named Emperor as it looked vaguely like a penguin. Kilwell have been proudly making Toby lures in New Zealand on equipment originally specified by Abu for well over 50 years. Not copies of the Abu design but the real thing manufactured under licence, stamped … Continue reading HAIL THE EMPEROR!
Most anglers like nothing better than to show off their lure collection and generally it is an eclectic mixture of lure types and colours. Collections are very personal and most of the lures were purchased for a specific species or reason. However, irrespective of how many lures an angler owns, it is likely that the great majority never get used and when they occasionally do … Continue reading THE SINGLE LURE EXPERIMENT
Text: Alan Bulmer Lead image: Rob Wilson (https://www.ghostfishing.co.nz/) One of the biggest issues facing anglers spin fishing from the shore is snagging and losing lures. If you are fishing an area for the first time or using lures not suited to the terrain that you are fishing then losses can be significant and expensive. There is a fine balance between getting your lure close to the … Continue reading HOW TO STOP LOSING LURES
Video: Paul Smith Lead image: Henry Gilbey (https://www.henry-gilbey.com/) This 40 second video shows the power and finesse that can be achieved when side casting lures correctly. Check out how close the lure goes to the hull of the moored boat in the last sequence. The billowing of the shirt sleeve shows how windy it was. It is at technique worth mastering, especially for use in … Continue reading VIDEO – SKILFUL SIDE CASTING
Video: Paul Smith Lead Image: Stuff.co.nz Check out this cool little underwater clip showing the amazing amount of fish activity in a well constructed berley trail. Myriads of small bait fish, piper and even a stingray all enjoying the bounty. It concludes with a small snapper getting hooked, played and landed by a salt water fly fisherman. Continue reading VIDEO – BERLEY TRAIL MAGIC
Text: Mike Ladle & Alan Bulmer Lead image: Paul Smith The tides, the weather, and the manner in which these effect the sea are crucial to understanding the behaviour and feeding patterns of sea fishes. The tides are due to a double bulge of water, on either side of the earth, caused by the attraction of the moon. If the moon was stationary in relation to … Continue reading USING TIDES TO PREDICT WHEN TO FISH
Several years ago I began to experiment tying flies with combinations of rubber bodies and more traditional synthetic and natural fly tying materials. The initial aim was to craft hybrid flies which mimicked successful lures. The technique worked so I wrote an article on hybrid lures last year. Click on the following link to read it: – https://activeanglingnz.com/2016/08/28/crafting-flies-to-mimic-successful-lures/ Earlier in the year when researching an … Continue reading HYBRID FLIES USING RUBBER TAILS AND MYLAR TUBE