This year I had the privilege of fishing in the 20th New Zealand One Fly competition held in Hawke’s Bay which was a highly successful and enjoyable event. The New Zealand One Fly competition is a friendly tournament based on the original One Fly competition in Jackson Hole, USA. Contestants have three days to fish wherever they choose but must only fish one fly at any time.
We fished various sections and tributaries of the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers which were all both challenging and rewarding. We cast at fish that would readily eat flies and equal numbers of fish that would readily spook or refuse flies. These situations challenged us and truly tested our skills. Luckily we were rewarded in some instances for our persistence, patience and perseverance.
‘Brothers of the Angle’, consisting of Peter Godfrey, Wayne Harrison and myself were very pleased to win the 2014 competition along with the largest Rainbow and largest Brown awards. Our team scored fifty fish over the three days including a 73cm Rainbow and a 69cm Brown, caught by Wayne and Peter respectively.
The highlight of the weekend was the closing dinner at The Post Bar and Bistro in Havelock North. I thoroughly enjoyed trying local New Zealand lamb and was impressed by the entrée of parmesan crusted lambs fry with a sauté of mushrooms. The main meal of pan roasted lamb rump, potato and kumara rosti, vegetable medley and thyme jus was just as delicious. The Te Mata 2013 Merlot Cabernet from Hawke’s Bay was an excellent complement.
The 20th New Zealand One Fly competition was a fantastic fishing and social experience which I’m certain all contestants would agree with. Well done to Terry Duval for organising an outstanding event!