Saltwater fly fishing around Auckland

Thursday Evening Session

That’s the great thing about suburban swoffing. Get home, change clothes and grab the fishing tackle and head to the local beach. High tide was ebbing so the channels will be flowing and the fish will be sitting in the outflow expecting easy pickings to float their way. The day was pure summer – calm water, faint westerly and warm water – perfect ingredients to chase predators in shallow water. My 5 weight outfit was an appropriate to the scale of the likely kahawai or snapper to be encountered. A size 6 Interceptor fly adorned a  2 meter length of 10kg leader.  Later changed to a smaller fly as the water shallowed and the current faded. To sweeten my chances of success some frozen pilchards came along as appetizers.

And over the next 3 hours I hooked about 30 fish, shared pretty evenly between kahawai up to 35cm and my first keeper snapper of 30cm. Since my camera had a memory card error no action pictures accompany this article, but my iPod got its chance to do the home-coming pictures.

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