This recently popular sport is taking off in New Zealand waters as anglers realise the possibilities available to them.
Most of our saltwater species are catchable on fly. As lines that allow fishing at great depth are used by saltwater fly fishermen in New Zealand, more and more species will be added to the catch list. Most common catches for the few fly fishermen around our coast are kahawai, snapper, trevally, and barracouta. Offshore anglers are starting to look for bigger game with fly tackle. Skipjack tuna, albacore and yellowfin tuna, striped marlin and mako sharks are all on the list for offshore anglers.
For smaller tuna and some inshore species like kahawai and trevally, fishing to visible surface schools is often possible. If not, a burley trail of attractive pilchard pieces will usually attract them into casting range. Here is also some scope for wading anglers on the estuary sand flats where kahawai, mullet, trevally and other species will be found to be feeding at certain times of the tide.