Return To The “Promised Land”: Exploring New Caledonia Fly Fishing

In Searching for the Promised Land: Exploring New Fly Fishing Waters in New Caledonia I had been fortunate enough to very briefly explore a new fly fishing spot on the West Coast of New Caledonia’s mainland. A month or so later, the opportunity was there to head back for a day’s fishing, thoroughly explore the flat and exorcise the frustration of having only been able to send out a couple of casts during the previous visit. Continue reading “Return To The “Promised Land”: Exploring New Caledonia Fly Fishing”

Tails On Instagram


Hi everyone. Just a quick post to let you know that Tails On The Fly is now on Instagram also. To check out the photos from recent fly fishing trips, all you have to do is click here: @TailsOnTheFly Then hit the follow button to stay up to date with our latest publications. 

We’ll also display a selection of our latest photos on the right hand side of the main blog page.


Bonjour à tous. Un message rapide pour vous informer que Tails On The Fly a également un compte Instagram. Pour voir les photos de nos sorties de pêche à la mouche, il faut simplement cliquer ici: @TailsOnTheFly Ensuite cliquez sur le bouton “Follow” pour suivre nos mises à jour. 

Nous allons également publier une sélection des photos les plus récentes sur la droite du page principale.

A Game Of Two Halves: From The Salt To The Stream


There are certainly more evocative names in New Zealand fly fishing destinations than Tauranga. For many, fly fishing doesn’t even necessarily come to mind when you mention the city’s name. But each time I go back, mainly to visit my parents who have lived there for the past 25 years, I’m struck by the opportunities that abound for a keen fly angler. With kilometres of saltwater flats to be explored (many of which are accessible on foot) and some beautiful streams, at least one canal and a lake less than half an hour’s drive away, there is plenty of decent fly fishing to be had close by and even more if you venture slightly further afield.

Looking to make the most of those opportunities, last summer I set myself a goal: to catch a Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) on the flats and a trout up in one particular river which flows down from the nearby Kaimai Range and which I consider to be something of a hidden gem. Continue reading “A Game Of Two Halves: From The Salt To The Stream”

A la recherche de la Terre Promise: l’exploration de nouveaux coins de pêche à la mouche en Nouvelle-Calédonie

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This post is the French language version of my earlier post published in English Searching for the Promised Land: Exploring New Fly Fishing Waters in New Caledonia. Ce post est la version française du post publié en anglais Searching for the Promised Land: Exploring New Fly Fishing Waters in New Caledonia

Lorsqu’on est obsédé par la pêche à la mouche, le temps que l’on passe hors de l’eau est souvent monopolisé en pensant à la pêche : les stratégies à employer, le montage des mouches, le bon montage pour sa canne et… l’identification de nouveaux coins de pêche.

Cela faisait au moins six mois que Stéphane et moi avions commencé à parler d’une expédition de prospection. Nous avions étudié de près la côte de la Nouvelle-Calédonie sur Google Earth pour identifier des lieux prometteurs, notamment de grandes étendues d’eau bleu clair avec un accès facile à partir du rivage qui témoignent souvent de la présence de flats de corail ou de sable. Et enfin nous avions l’opportunité d’en explorer un. Continue reading “A la recherche de la Terre Promise: l’exploration de nouveaux coins de pêche à la mouche en Nouvelle-Calédonie”

New Zealand’s Top Fly Fishing Lodges / Les Meilleurs Lodges de Pêche à la Mouche en Nouvelle-Zélande

Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures has just published its Definitive Guide to the Top New Zealand Fly Fishing Lodges. From Poronui Lodge and Tongariro Lodge in the North Island to the South Island’s Stonefly Lodge,  Owen River Lodge, Riverview Lodge, Minaret Station, Cedar Lodge and Fiordland Lodge, the guide showcases some of the best dedicated fly fishing accommodation and river access New Zealand can offer the travelling angler.

Of the eight lodges which made the list, I have only been lucky enough to stay and fish at Tongariro Lodge, near Turangi at the Southern end of Lake Taupo, and I can certainly vouch for the quality of the accommodation and the fishing. Continue reading “New Zealand’s Top Fly Fishing Lodges / Les Meilleurs Lodges de Pêche à la Mouche en Nouvelle-Zélande”

Pre-Trip Flats Preparation / Bien se préparer avant une sortie sur les flats

Pre-Trip Flats Preparation Fly Fishing In the Salt
Photo Credit: James Laverty

I discovered In The Salt, a new Australia-based online magazine dedicated to saltwater fly fishing, a short while ago. You can check out In The Salt, Issue #2 right here and while it shines a light on some of the quality saltwater fly fisheries Australia has to offer, it also contains some great stories and images from around the globe, including Cuba in the most recent edition, together with fly tying tips and advice for the travelling angler.

Today’s Tails On The Fly post highlights the article penned by James Laverty, Director of Fly Odyssey’s Australia and South Pacific operations. Continue reading “Pre-Trip Flats Preparation / Bien se préparer avant une sortie sur les flats”

Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Pacific / La Pêche à la Mouche en Mer dans le Pacifique

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Scanning the flats in New Caledonia. Photo credit: Cameron Diver. Angler: Stéphane Allier

Following on from yesterday’s post on Bonefishing in New Caledonia, today’s offering is a more serious look at the development of New Caledonia and some other Pacific destinations as world class sports fisheries, in particular for saltwater fly anglers.

Continue reading “Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Pacific / La Pêche à la Mouche en Mer dans le Pacifique”