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All By Yourself
Don't Move!
Dapper Mr Hawkins
Go With The Flow
Poetry in Motion
An Eye for an Eye
Barb-Wire Canoes
Happy Birthday


New Zealand angling authors have, over the years, produced an outstanding array of outdoors books and stories, many of which are accessible via the link at top right. I'm in the process of writing a book.. slowly.... and give you a sneak preview in the short strois outlined below.Constructive criticisms are welcomed. 

The stories here are all true.... in some cases it may have been necessary to change the names to protect the guilty, but seldom the innocent..... Otherwise, they are a chronicle of events, both happy and sad, over a life time of outdoors experience. 

The Dapper Mr Hawkins

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Dapper – one who daps… The dapper Mr Norman Hawkins was here on a fishing vacation a few weeks ago. I refer not to his sartorial elegance as, oft-clad in chest waders, this was not so much in evidence. A native of Adin, California, and a youthful, sprightly 70+ years of age, this vacation doubled as a honeymoon for himself and his lovely bride, Bunny.

Poetry in Motion

I guess you’ve all heard the phrase before, but do you really understand what it means? To me, its that rare and special event where every segment, every millisecond, just flows together, smooth as silk, sweet as honey, to produce a result so perfect, you will remember it always.

Building the Drifter - A Boat-builders Tale - Go With The Flow

Finding the right boat to assist with our fishing guiding business was not an easy task. So, we did what kiwi's usually do under those circumstances - either make it out of something else, or build it from scratch!

Down the Creek in a Barbed Wire Canoe

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A tale of two kayaking trips down the mighty Clarence River. The first, some 20 years ago, a voyage of survival and shipwreck. The last, only months ago, a voyage of discovery, a four day pleasure cruise.   

An Eye For an Eye

Toby was my friend, and I killed him. My conscience is not clear, and I'd like to share my memories of him with you.

Happy Birthday

I've learned to trust my  instincts, and when the urge to hunt descends upon me, I don't ignore it any more.

The Comeback

Try two broken legs in one year, when you are 44 years old. Its not so easy to bounce back from, but sometimes the pain and perseverance is worth it. 

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And New Zealand writers, journalists, interviewers, reporters and others - we all had to start somewhere. Hope you like what you found here. Check back from time to time, as more will be added. 

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NZ Fishing Books 
List of the best NZ fishing books, all available online, with descriptions example pages etc.

Outline of clothing and accessories required to make the most of your NZ fishing vacation..

Fly Selection 
A list of popular flies suited to our local conditions. 

Drift Boat Fishing 
Drift boats are the answer to difficult bank access, and provide a safe & comfortable fly fishing platform. 

You can check out the West Coast's seasonal variables and conditions you might encounter at differing times of year.

Brief outline of angler's access rights to NZ lake, river and stream margins. 

The West Coast is noted for its rain forests -and  the weather plays a significant part in the day to day fishing opportunities.

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