Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Stopgap - New Zealand 2015

I've never broken a rod before so snapping the tip off my Helios this week has been particularly galling. Even worse, it happened in New Zealand of all places. I packed light so the only other rod I have with me is a 7'6 3 weight, nothing more than a pop gun in New Zealand.



So passing through Christchurch briefly to catch a bus to Queenstown I took the opportunity to pop into a fly fishing store and buy the cheapest 5 weight rod on their shelves. A local brand called Riverworks, it set me back NZ$149.99 (about £75). I've tested it on the grass and it casts surprisingly well with a pleasing amount of power. I'm impressed. It will do for now while I sort out the guarantee on my Orvis rod. There's something comforting knowing I have a rod just in case.



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  1. Justin
    Breaking an expensive fly rod is a killer, but to have one stolen is even worst, in the form of my 9 ft. 3wt. Streamflex last year, right out of my garage.

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    1. Horrible thing when it happens Bill, sorry to hear about it.

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  2. Hi Mate. Nothing wrong with a Riverworks or a Airflo. Is it a 9" 6wt? I am a bit disappointed in you passing through Chch without having that beer that we talked about when fishing the river a couple of weeks back...remember? Have a good trip down south...Cheers

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    1. Hi Pieter, it was only the briefest of stop overs to catch a bus. Maar moenie worry nie I have to visit Chch again and I don't pass up the promise of beer!

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    2. I will keep you to that promise then mate! What is your plans from here forward?

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