Posts by Matt Wilson

Team Tuesday - Fishing with Blair Daniel

Team Tuesday - Fishing with Blair Daniel

Recently I was lucky enough to get out with Blair Daniel, a super-experienced South Island fly fisher, tier and outdoors legend and the man on the scene at Hunting and Fishing Nelson..... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 11/08/2016
Salty Saturdays - Chasing Kahawai with Ollie

Salty Saturdays - Chasing Kahawai with Ollie

Recently on a sales trip to Christchurch I had the opportunity to catch up with Ollie the fly fishing guru from Ballingers Hunting & Fishing and hit a local rivermouth to chase some kahawai with the Scott Meridian 9ft #9. The Airflo Coldwater intermediate was enough to get the Moojoo minnow fly subsurface and down to the hungry, fit and fat fish. Arriving by boat was a nice touch too!.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 04/30/2016
Friday Fly Day - Eye of the Tiger

Friday Fly Day - Eye of the Tiger

What happens when the Manic warehouse is overrun with life sized Tiger props? We use it as a great excuse to introduce you to an awesome fly - complete with Tiger stripes!.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 03/13/2015
Team Tuesday - Those Thomas Bro's

Team Tuesday - Those Thomas Bro's

Matt spent a day chasing the fast walking, sharp spotting, tight casting Thomas Brothers up a Nelson river last month. As it turns out - angling skills must be genetic....... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 03/10/2015
Manic Monday - Chasing Salt

Manic Monday - Chasing Salt

During a "break from life", Clint Kemp spent three months wading the flats contemplating his next move. On one of his walks, he had a moment of clarity that lead him down the path of becoming a full time bonefish guide.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 03/09/2015
On the Grass!

On the Grass!

Jack MacKenzie must've been taught at a young age to get your chores done first, then you can go play with your toys! - because even today he's sure to mow the lawns before test casting a very special new Fly Rod toy!.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 03/05/2015
Salty Saturdays - The Sea Bomb

Salty Saturdays - The Sea Bomb

“I have never seen the harbour this flat” was a re-occurring comment last Wednesday morning. After a busy couple of days whipping around the stores of the lower North Island, a morning out on the Rangitoto Channel buoys flinging flies at Kingfish seemed the best way to ease back into the Auckland work day. We’d learnt a few weeks back that it’s achievable to nip out from the boat ramp at the butt-crack of dawn, haul in a few and make it back to the office in time for a normal work day…. But when the sea is this glassy,....... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 01/24/2015
Team Tuesdays - Kaikoura gets a facelift

Team Tuesdays - Kaikoura gets a facelift

Here’s a sneak preview of the brand new shop front of Kaikoura’s Hunting and Fishing store. Anton Evans - AKA “The Rodfather” and his team have been busy expanding the store, ready to fill with all of your favourite high quality brands (as you can see by the logos on the new front windows) If you’re in Kaikoura or passing through, make sure you stop by and check them out at 130 Beach Road Kaikoura. Look forward to seeing the finished make-over in the very near future!.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 06/03/2014
Team Tuesday - Welcome Alwin Haagner!

Team Tuesday - Welcome Alwin Haagner!

One of Auckland’s better known fishing nuts has just joined the team at Botany Hunting and Fishing. Please help us welcome Alwin Haagner!.... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 05/27/2014
Manic Mondays - Sunday fun-day in Taupo

Manic Mondays - Sunday fun-day in Taupo

Next week Alex (our man in the warehouse) is setting off on a new adventure in Japan. So, yesterday a few of the Manic boys said “farewell” to Alex and “hello” to winter in the most appropriate way - fishing (and a few cold ones). We set off to Taupo on Saturday evening and drove through some fairly horrendous rain. The next morning - as expected, our fishing options were limited. Both the Tongariro and Tauranga-Taupo were flowing high and filthy, the Hinemaia became the obvious choice. Running a little fuller and with a bit of colour, we knew there’d....... Read more

by Matt Wilson on 05/26/2014