Matt Harris' Fly Fishing Year - January
Home: Winter pike on the Norfolk Broads
As our winters become more and more benign, fly fishing for pike has become more and more of an attractive proposition. Jonny Stephenson at Topwater Kayak can access little-fished waters where these ferocious predators can be targeted with his lovely wife Jo's custom-tied flies. These beautiful creations are big enough to seduce even the largest fish, but are, crucially, remarkably easy to cast. The sight of a big, angry pike cartwheeling into the winter air is unforgettable, and it's something every fly angler should experience.
Away: Brown trout in New Zealand
January is a magical time to be in New Zealand. The last of the snowmelt is normally gone, and the rivers are gin-clear and perfect for sight-fishing. Both islands offer great fishing, but I normally head for the South Island and its astonishingly large brown trout. There is no better trout guide anywhere in the world than Craig Simpson, and he will show you fish that will make your eyes pop. Keep your bottle, and don't fluff your chance!
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