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Old 11-24-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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Wandering New Zealand on a bike with a fly rod

After finally reaching a completion point in a software project and winding up an eight year milestone, it was the perfect time to load the bike with camping and fishing gear and head off on an extended trip. The main objective for the trip was to dry run some of the riding and fly fishing route packages I am putting together for the RemoteMoto website.

As for introductions, my name is Josh, a Kiwi who enjoys mixing adventure riding and flyfishing.



The steed of choice is a DRZ400 setup for riding and fly fishing trips


With that said, the bike was packed and I was off...
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:00 PM   #2
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Leg 1....

With it being the start of November and mid Spring the weather was naturally forecast to be volatile and scrappy. Regardless, there would still be many good days in amongst the wet and windy days


Heading south was first on the cards, the weather was scrappy every which way with a big southerly front was pushing in, but there was a little reprieve in the centre of the island. Photo of Arthurs Pass looking north from the top of Porters Pass


The majority of the first day was spent GPS logging back roads and campsites for the RemoteMoto website






A beautiful High Country lake


Not too long after hitting the water came success, not a trophy by any means but it was in absolute magic condition. Lifted for a quick photo, then set on his way


After a great day mixed with both riding and a spot of fishing it was off to setup camp. I had resigned myself to wake to rain with regard to the gale force southerly winds and intimidating looking clouds fast approaching
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:03 PM   #3
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Leg 2

Much to my surprise the weather held out right through till the morning just long enough for me to pack up and head off before the rain started. Once I dropped out from the hills I met blue sky and the day was spent exploring back roads and rivers while making my way further south




Ain't that pretty ;)


A good portion of the day was logging roads in the vicinity of Lake Opuha


Heading to a potential night's accommodation was brought to a halt. I poked my nose up to see if the Southerly front had come over into the Macaulay Valley. Sure enough it had meaning it would be far too dangerous to cross the river to get up there. With being a fan of staying alive I decided to have a comfortable night in a cabin


The night's accommodation
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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Leg 3...

Heavy rain and strong wind all night was not all that inviting to go jump on the bike the next morning, but I had a plan to fish water fed predominantly by spring creeks that would hopefully not be too affected by the rain


Arriving at the destination the clouds almost opened up on my approval. Thanks Mr Cloud Controller =)


The target rivers were slightly coloured but still fishable


Some walking between sections was needed but on a day like today ya couldn't complain


The tail of this glide was filled with bobbing heads of surface feeding rainbows, it wasn't too long before the first came to the net


Yehaa =) The other two fish pulled from this tail were also around the 2 and a 1/2 pound mark
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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A stretch of water that screamed of holding fish...


...sure enough it did


A beautiful rainbow jack


Followed by a rainbow hen. As the day wound up it couldn't have been any more successful. A great pocket of weather, a few fish lost but around eight came to the net. A simply fantastic day!
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:43 PM   #6
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Followed by a rainbow hen. As the day wound up it couldn't have been any more successful. A great pocket of weather, a few fish lost but around eight came to the net. A simply fantastic day!
Sounds like paradise to me

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Old 11-25-2014, 05:04 AM   #7
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Nice Pix, keep `em coming. NZ is a dream trip for me.

How do you trigger your camera?
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:06 PM   #8
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Sounds like paradise to me

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Nice Pix, keep `em coming. NZ is a dream trip for me.
Thanks guys, NZ certainly has a lot of eye candy and good riding to offer

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I've polished a system to be quick and gentle on the fish before being released. The fish are fought hard and brought in quick so they are not worn out, once landed they remain in the net, in water and resting upside down as that calms them. The camera (mounted on a gorillapod) is set to a 10 second timer, just before the camera beeps and takes the photos the fish is lifted for a quick pic and then gently put back in the water and sent back on its way. The camera is set up to rattle off a dozen shots in quick succession so the process only needs to be done once and the fish can be sent back home quick smart and in good health.

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Old 11-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #9
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Leg 4...


Packing up the tent on another magic morning it was off deep down south to fish an area I have wanted to fish for a long time




Along the way nearly all the rivers were blown out from the heavy rain


Lindis Pass had not only received rain it also had a dusting of snow


Chilly


Not long after this shot on SH6 the clouds got dark and released generous amounts of rain and hail. On the positive side it gave me a chance to test how waterproof the new Klim Latitude Jacket is. It passed the test and kept me dry and warm


Getting late in the day and after a solid day of riding I opted for a Motel to shower up, charge batteries before heading off camping for 4 days
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:14 PM   #10
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Leg 5...

Making my way into Milford Sound, I took the time to explore all the little side roads down to the rivers that I normally ride past; some of them very scenic




I must have eaten too much for tea last night because my Airhawk cushion gave way


No probs, a bit of UV cure Aquaseal and we were fixed and good to go in 10 seconds


Lake Gunn
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At one of the stops a kea tried to steal my front wheel, luckily I had done the wheel nut up tight enough so he couldn't get it off


Heading into Hollyford Road, this slip from Roaring Creek was something else. This photo does not do it justice, thousands of tons of rocks and boulders metres high had swallowed the road


Views over the Hollyford River at the end of Hollyford Road




Upper reaches of the Hollyford River
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #12
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Heading into Milford


Amazing views of water bleeding from the rock face between Mount Moir and Mount Belle


Homer Tunnel


Homer Tunnel's exit point from Mount Moir. Easy to see why the road goes through it and not over it


At the end of road, Milford's jaw dropping sights continued to be hard to capture on camera. The boat bottom left in this photo gives some indication


After a great ride and some grub at the Blue Duck Cafe it was time to head out and find a more non-touristy location to setup camp for the next three days


As evening was setting in I thought I'd have a quick flick on the river by camp. This turned out to be very successful. I spotted three beaut browns just 200 metres from camp, very pattern selective but I managed to bring two of the three to the net. Both decided to go flying down this rapid and have me chase after them, how rude!


This was the larger of the two, a cracking 5 pound brown in great nick
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:22 PM   #13
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Beautiful ! Bright waters and bright fish !
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:37 PM   #14
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