Like most people I love Christmas time, especially when a courier parcel follows a phone call asking for a review on the R1 spring creek arbour fly reel. I figured at 137grams it would be the ideal size for a Euro style nymph set up so out came the rigging kit. My hunch was right ...continue reading Lucas Allen – A Rainy R1 Reel Review

A few weeks ago I had a trip that will be etched into my mind for a while to come. It all started late last year while I was wearing a dress shooting clays off the back of a boat in Lake Taupo - as all good Stags should. Amongst all the schemers onboard causing ...continue reading From Back Country to British Columbia


Nothing! Over the recent months I have poked around the Taupo rivers, enjoying some of the top class fishing that it shares with anglers from all over the world. This fishery has had a patchy few seasons of late but I was more than happy with it this time round. My last 2 hour session ...continue reading What’s wrong with Taupo?


Just a quick pic to ram home why Alex, Andrew S and Andrew M should be planning a trip North... While you boys are wrapping up the end of season, I'm wrapping up warm. The calibre of these lake side fish are very impressive and the fish below is testament. Matt, Jeez and I fished ...continue reading Strangers in the night

A while back Hamilton Anglers Club held a trip in Taumaranui to fish the well regarded waters surrounding this region. I was fortunate enough to pick up a spot and jump in on the action. Matt, his partner Sophie and I bowled down the line after work on Friday and got into the camp dining ...continue reading Lucas Allen – The Deep End

A while back I devised a plan to convince Matt into a weekend of fishing in the Central North Island, that was the easy part. I was overdue a good concentrated dose of fly chucking so we schemed, planned, googled, schemed some more and had plans A to F sussed. What I didn't plan for ...continue reading Lucas Allen – Curing an Ailment

I've just received a comprehensive report from my fishing pal Matt. He has just returned from the Whirinaki with Hamilton Angling Club, they have a major soft spot for this place from what I can gather. Their club trips are incredibly popular and having recently joined the club I'm itching to get a spot on an ...continue reading Lucas Allen РHAC Trip Report РFly fishing the Whirinaki

Well well, looks like the sun is still out and giving us some cracker days on the water. But just to reiterate Winter is not far from making itself known. With this in mind I decided to have a sample of what's on offer over the next few months. Tina had some business to attend ...continue reading Lucas Allen – Winter Appetizer

Just got back from an eventful night fishing trip. Matt was on form and got smoked by something that may have been even bigger than this specimen. Best be going to sleep. V is good for the drive home but terrible when it's 1.30am and you have work at 6.30. Have a great fishy weekend. ...continue reading Lucas Allen – Dead dog burley