Manic Mate and all round good guy Mr Dave Deakins is the fly-fishing guru at Christchurch’s Ballingers Hunting and Fishing store. He also happens to be the drummer and one of the co-founding members of the extremely popular and epic New Zealand band called “Salmonella Dub”.
Dave is an expert fly angler with many years of fly-fishing experience chasing trout, a journey that all started at a young age. Dave also has over 20 years of experience selling fly fishing gear, he really does know a thing or two about equipment. Whether its fly fishing for trout on Christchurch’s lowland rivers and streams, pulling some monsters from the canals or taming the spooky trout of the many spring creeks on offer, then Dave has done it all.
That said, Dave will tell you, he loves nothing more than getting out into the back country where he has put in countless hours and many miles of walking in search of the prized back country trophy. The knowledge and expertise extend further than the South Islands fishing and to the North Island with its winter fishing in the central plateau and for many years has made a religious annual trip to fish the Tongariro river and the likes. Ballingers Hunting & Fishing is an impressive store with a comprehensive range of fly fishing equipment on offer.
They have the best gear and the best brands you can get your hands on. Add to this the expertise which has come from experience gained out in the field, doing what they preach. With the new season upon us, now is the time to get instore for or those supplies you need for making your next fishing trip more enjoyable and smooth running. If you have any questions at all around fly fishing, then make sure you have a chat to Dave. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fly fishing and he will point you in the right direction with the right advice on what to buy and where to go fishing. Warning; his enthusiasm is infectious and given the slightest chance, he will sell you the whole fly fishing dream. This is a must see store, so why don’t you head on down and see the awesome range on offer and say gidday to Dave.