A Definitive Guide to the Top New Zealand Fly Fishing Lodges

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 13, 2017 4:59:57 PM

Yellow Dog’s New Zealand program has experienced considerable growth and expansion over the past two years, going from one lodge and one independent guide to eight lodges and three independent guides. We also partner with dozens of resorts and providers of tourism products (from wine tours to boat cruises), which allows us to create completely customized trips to a country that has so much more than just fishing to offer. However, each of the New Zealand fly fishing lodges we work with have been highly vetted and represent a wide range of options in terms of fishing programs, pricing, and more. To help you identify which lodge or lodges might be a good fit for you, we have summarized each of them below:

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Pursuing Trophy Brook Trout in Southern Patagonia

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 12, 2017 9:46:00 AM

“What an awesome fish!” Kevin Eddy, my fishing buddy, yelled to me as he ran down the rocky bank.  Both of us knew it was big; now it was a matter of landing it.  As Kevin ran down the sides of the river, he looked minute in the middle of such a vast place. The jagged Andes mountains surrounded us, and the gin-clear river meandered like an Anaconda stretching across the harsh landscape - slow, tactful, powerful.  Nowhere have I felt smaller than fishing in Patagonia, Argentina.  “Keep your rod tip up!” Kevin yelled as he neared me, “let him run!”  We both looked at each other and knew that there were no browns this high on the river - I was using a large heavy streamer making a rainbow unlikely, which meant it could only be that one big brook trout we both so desperately wanted. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

When the Bamboo Blooms: A Fly Fishing Phenomenon

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 8, 2017 1:23:22 AM

I was born in Montana. I've spent my entire life fishing and exploring the different waters in my great state, and only a handful of times have I lived anywhere else - once when I was in college on the East Coast, and the second time when I worked in Patagonia, Argentina.  I need more fingers to count the number of times I've heard, "Imagine Montana 80 years ago." Images of the Maclean brothers tromping around in the Blackfoot River come to mind.  Rugged peaks stand guard over endless miles of untouched water chocked full of trophy-sized fish.  Those images of Montana naturally drew me to seek out places of equal grandeur and adventure.  I think for any Montana boy, fly fishing in Patagonia, Argentina holds a certain lore, a place of unimaginable wilderness with pristine rivers and giant trout. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing