Category: Reel Life
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Reel Life March 2023
April is awesome for fishing; if you want to maximise your fishing opportunities, April is right in the Goldilocks zone of angling, not too hot, not too dry, and the...
Reel Life January 2023
February is a fantastic time for fishing - it's the time when fish are aggressive and hungry.
Reel Life December 2022
Merry Christmas to all our anglers from Fish & Game
Reel Life November 2022
December is looking great for fishing, and it's a great time to get out there for a fish.
Reel Life October 2022
What better for a holiday weekend than a bit of fishing.
Reel Life September 2022
The countdown is on!
Welcome to the first Reel Life issue of the 2022/23 fishing season
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
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Reel Life April 2022
April brings a whole heap of late season fishing opportunities
Reel Life March 2022
We are in the peak dry fly season
Reel Life February 2022
Happy New Year anglers.
Reel Life January 2022
Merry Christmas from the team at Fish & Game.
Reel Life December 2021
With only a month to go till Christmas, now is the time to start planning your holiday fishing adventures.
Reel Life November 2021
With Labour Weekend a couple of days away, now's the time to maximise the holiday's opportunity for an extra day's fishing.
Reel Life October 2021
Our expert staff from around the country all say that the new season is the best time to get onto a fish, most waterways around the country will reopen on...
Reel Life September 2021
With only a few weeks to the new season, checking all your gear is in tip-top shape and fit for purpose is top of the list, especially while we have...
Reel Life April 2021
Winter fishing is all go.
Reel Life March 2021
This April is the month to go fishing, with loads of holidays in the coming month that will give anglers the chance to hit the rivers and lakes and catch...
Reel Life January 2021
We hope all subscribers to Reel Life got the chance for some quality fishing over the Christmas/New Year break.
Reel Life December 2020 – Fishing tips for the summer holidays
Merry Christmas to all members of our angling community.
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Reel Life November 2020
With the weather warming, more and more anglers will be heading out there and reaping the benefits of having a fishing licence.
Reel Life October 2020
This weekend being Labour weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out and have a fishing session without rushing home on Sunday.
Reel Life September 2020
It’s time to go fishing!!!
Reel Life August 2020
The new fishing season is only five weekends away and your new season fishing licence will unlock the full fishing potential of New Zealand for you to explore.
Reel Life February 2020
March has many positive offerings for the angler, often (hopefully) the weather system over New Zealand is more stable during this month.
Reel Life January 2020
Fish and Game hope that all anglers got the chance for a fish over the holiday season, and want to remind anglers that some of the best fishing is yet...
Reel Life December 2019
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the team at Fish & Game.
Reel Life November 2019
With summer officially starting on December 1, it's time to start thinking Christmas holidays, which for many of us is our main angling effort.
Reel Life October 2019
With the long weekend just a day away, it's the perfect time to head out to your favourite fishing spot and chance your arm at catching a fish.
Reel Life September 2019
Right: Local junior angler Emma Newton utilising the low reaches of a South Westland River. (Photo Glen Newton)
Reel Life August 2019
Photo Caption: Weesang Paaka with a tagged trout in the Branch Catchment in the Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game region-Photo Jacob Lucas NMFG
Reel Life April 2019
Don’t hang up your fishing gear just yet…May can produce some sunny days and very satisfying trout fishing.
Reel Life March 2019
If you’re an angler – fly, spin or complete newbie – April will provide some great fishing opportunities.
Reel Life February 2019
After a long hot summer, fresh water fishing has been given a boost with widespread rain replenishing rivers and streams and hopefully dropping water temperatures to more trout-friendly levels.
Reel Life January 2019
"Nothing compares to a magical February day when seemingly every trout in the river is rising.'
Reel Life December 2018
With the rain-soaked start we've had to December and summer, things are looking brighter all the time, especially with more and more fine and fishable days coming along.
Reel Life November 2018
December is a great month for all kinds of fishing.
Reel Life October 2018
Thanks to all anglers who have joined the battle against the anti-trout sections in the new Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill.
Reel Life September 2018
With the new season now only days away from opening, anglers need to make sure that the first thing they do before even casting a line on October 1 is...
Reel Life August 2018
Signs of spring are everywhere – and one of those early signs is that licences for the new trout and salmon season are now on sale!
Reel Life May 2018
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
Reel Life April 2018
Trout are all set for action - getting ready or beginning their upstream journey to spawn.
Reel Life March 2018
By now many of you will be heading off (if you haven't left already!) for a long Easter break and the word is there are trout in top condition in...
Reel Life February 2018
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Reel Life January 2018
As this is written, New Zealand is in the grip of a heat wave…challenging for angler and fish alike.
Reel Life December 2017
Seriously, when can you last remember days on end of weather this good in December for hitting the great outdoors?
Reel Life November 2017
We'll run the risk of a cliché, to say that summer has arrived early and we're getting some glowing reports of how good the fishing is in different parts of...
Reel Life October 2017
If ever there was a month to contemplate some great fishing ahead…November is it.
Reel Life September 2017
Spring has sprung some awful weather on us…but we "relentlessly positive" folk reckon it can only improve for the new fishing season.
Reel Life August 2017
Woohoo! Licences for the new trout and salmon fishing season are now on sale. While the licences can't be used until October 1, it's a great little milestone as we...
Reel Life May 2017
Falling temperatures, shorter days and the competing attraction of game bird hunting often prompt many anglers to put away their rods over winter with the result that they miss out...
Reel Life April 2017
While closures are looming for some fishing waters, there are still opportunities galore to poke a rod at before winter really bites.
Wellington Reel Life Mar 2017
Okay, the weather has been crazy, and at least in some rivers that normally fire the fish have been fickle...
Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Mar 2017
An ambitious tagging program has been started on the Whanganui River by Fish & Game councillor Nigel Juby.
Hawke's Bay Reel Life Mar 2017
After another hot dry summer, it was refreshing to get some decent rain in early March to give the rivers a flush out and add some volume to their flows.
Taranaki Reel Life Mar 2017
With only one significant fresh in the last month, Taranaki ringplain streams and rivers have been very fishable – and there’s even been a nice period of settled weather to...
Nelson Marlborough Reel Life Mar 2017
Trout flying bright green streamers were released into the Riuwaka River during a day long operation in mid-March.
West Coast Reel Life Mar 2017
Conditions have certainly come right recently, with great fishing available.
Both opportunities for salmon and trout fishing have been excellent this month, as the weather has settled down and the river flows have stabilised.
North Canterbury Reel Life Mar 2017
Late March and early April often brings settled weather to the Canterbury region.
Central South Island Reel Life Mar 2017
April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season.
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Otago Reel Life Mar 2017
Calm conditions and clear water through March was welcomed by anglers.
Southland Reel Life Mar 2017
Finally, in a clear patch of weather Southland staff were able to get out and undertake drift diving surveys as part of their annual trout monitoring program.
Northland Reel Life Mar 2017
Autumn has arrived – with the mornings noticeably cooler and some heavy dews happening.
Eastern Reel Life Mar 2017
Autumn has rolled around quickly and seasonal changes are evident in the Eastern Fish & Game region.
Central South Island Reel Life FEB 2017
Weather-wise March can be brilliant with mild and settled weather.
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North Canterbury Reel Life FEB 2017
High hopes for March fishing
Nelson / Marlborough Reel Life FEB 2017
'exhilarating' cicada season in full swing
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Northland Reel Life Feb 2017
With warm temperatures and a “medium adverse event” declared in Northland, water levels have been getting very low.
Taranaki Reel Life Feb 2017
At last...after a long period of westerly conditions bringing cool winds and lots of rain, we've finally enjoyed some settled summer weather in Taranaki, not a moment too soon!
Eastern Reel Life Feb 2017
Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.
Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Feb 2017
The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.
Northland Reel Life Jan 2017
We hope everyone has had a good summer break...or are still enjoying your holidays.
Eastern Reel Life Jan 2017
Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.
Central South Island Reel Life JAN 2017
It has been a fickle summer weather-wise, with welcome small but regular rainfall events occurring across the region.
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West Coast Reel Life Jan 2017
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
Nelson/Marlborough Reel Life JAN 2017
The Taylor River fishery is in good shape after a 50 medium to large brown trout were released before Christmas.
Wellington Reel Life Jan 2017
Spring and now 'summer' continue to be a real mixed bag when it comes to weather and fishing prospects.
Taranaki Reel Life Jan 2017
Regular freshes, persistent westerly winds and even an early dump of snow have conspired to provide great conditions for the trout, but not so flash for the anglers.
Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Jan 2017
December and early January have seen many of the rivers running low and clear as we progress through the hot summer months here in the Hawke’s Bay.
Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Jan 2017
Fish & Game staff were recently on the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers monitoring water quality and witnessed some amazing hatches in the late evening, and heard cicada sounding off all day.
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