All About Stu

Video -Short film about the services that Stu's Fly Shop offers and his unique fish catching flies-released oct 2014

Video- film by Stu that has made people,smile, think and talk about fly fishing, pink elephant, released Sept 2014

Video - Short film telling the story of Stu’s Superior Fly designs,released 2012

Video - 'A Foam Odyssey' Fly Fishing New Zealand with Stu Tripney ,filmed in 2000

Video - Stu’s Willow Grub has been featured in the Gin-Clear film “Hatch”

Video - Stu’s Fly Shop has been featured in Gambit Stone’s film “The Waters Of Greenstone”

Photo slide show - Trout Diaries interview 2013 with Stu

1976 - At the age of 9, Stu won his first competition - Schoolboys Championship

1977 - At the age of 10, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 2nd year in a row

1978 - At the age of 11, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 3rd year in a row

1979 - At the age of 12, Stu won the Schoolboys Championship for the 4th time!

1981 - At the age of 14, Stu with more trophies won at another angling club

1982 - At the age of 15, Stu became Junior Fishing Champion in Queenzieburn

1983 - At the age of 16, Stu with his biggest ever caught Scottish wild brown trout

1985 - Fishing in Scotland article by old fishing/poaching friend

1988 - Stu travelled, studied and worked throughout the world as a safari driver in Africa, spin and fly fishing - photo with Talapia

1990 - Stu registered his first fishing company in Uganda - “Uganda Sportfishing Safaris Limited”

1991 - Some of Stu’s flies have been featured in the USA Fly Tying book “Fly Patterns: Tie Thousands Of Flies” by Randall & Mary Kaufman

2001 - Stu’s NZ Guided Fly Fishing adventures began - Born To Fish

2002 - Queenstown Fly Fishing School

2004 - Stu became a Royalty Fly Tier for the Umqua Feather Merchants fly tying pro team who produced 17 of Stu’s fly designs. Stu had no control over his designs so he dropped out of the program.

2005 - Stu became a Royalty Fly Tier and member of Rainy USA fly tying program. He was the first fly tier outside of America ever to sign a contract by a large American fly tying company.

2005 - Stu was commissioned to design and tie flies by an Auckland Real Estate company for the promotion for the selling of some NZ prime real estate life style properties. The fly designed and tied was called the Bendemeer Beauty.

2006 - Stu won the 1st gold medal for fly tying in Australasia – the People’s Choice Award in an international fly tying competition with his fly the Bionic Bug

2006 - Stu’s fly designs are featured in the book NZ best trout flies - 6 pages of flies

2006 - Stu became a certified IFFF Fly Casting Instructor

2007 - Stu released his cutting edge fly tying film, A Foam Odyssey

2007 - 'High flyer born to fish in NZ' - Southland Express, Oct 11, 2007

2007 - Stu went to the USA and became the 1st FFF certified master fly casting instructor in Australasia

2007 - Stu with the legend and inspiration Mel Krieger and other FFF Masters

2007 - Stu represented NZ Southland as a guest fly tier at the 22nd FFF conclave in Livingston, Montana, USA

2007 - Fly-fisherman Stu masters his goals Otago Daily Times

2007 - Rise Article in Trout Fisher magazine, August 2007

2008 - Article by Rob Sloane from FlyLife

2008 - Article in NewsLink Oct 2, 2008

2008 - Article In Troutfisher, February/March 2008 'Chasing your dreams or goals'

2009 - The Complete Flyfisherman - article about Stu bringing the foam back into the world of fly tying

2009 - Stu as a saltwater guide in Northern Australia, Cape York

2010 - Front cover of Flyfisher magazine, flies and article

2010 - Article 'Flash Flies' in 'Be Guided' Winter 2010 issue

2010 - The Southland Times article, Oct 29, 2010 'The Artistry of Fly-tying'

2010 - The Waters Of Greenstone featuring Stu

2010 - New York Times featuring Stu fishing the Mataura river - Jan 31, 2010

2010 - FlyLife Article, Autumn 2010 'Review - Stu's Superior Flies'

2011 - Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fall 2011 – 'Neutral Buoyancy Nymphs' article

2011 - Stu’s fly designs are featured in the top selling fly fishing book The Trout Diaries

2011 - Stu’s flies were painted for the month October in the NZ fly fishing calendar

2011 - The Complete Fly Fisherman, Nov 2011 - Stu appeared besides well-known other fly fishing legends, authors and industry players e.g. Lefty Kreh

2011 - Election newspaper article, The Southland Times, Nov 2, 2011

2011 - SAGE advert featuring Stu's Fly Shop

2012 - Stu’s saltwater crab fly got a mention in The Western Australia Fishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2012, Issue 6

2012 - Stu was interviewed and filmed for the Willow Grub section of the award winning Fly Fishing Film 'Hatch'

2012 - Trout Fisherman article 'Foam? Subtle? Some mistake surely...'

2012 - 'The Essence Of Fly Casting', Derek Grzelewski

2012 - Article in Fliegenfischen (Germany’s biggest fly fishing magazine), Issue 1/13, Dec, 2012

2013 - FlyLife Magazine Article 'Shop Locally'

2012 - FlyLife Advert, Edition 69, Spring 2012

2013 - Front Cover of NZ Trout Fisher magazine, Feb/March 2013

2013 - Stu’s advertising and cutting edge marketing campaigns inspired professional Australian photographer Jesse Whyte

2013 - Some of Stu’s Superior Flies have been painted by Wanaka artist Stella Eve Senior for the NZ Trout Bohemia book

2013 - Stu's Fly Shop is listed at Landandsee.com

2014 - Stu is featured at 'Around The Mountains'

2014 - 'Fisherman Content in His Niche', Otago Daily Times

2014 - FlyLife Advert, Edition 75, Autumn 2014

2014 - Stonefly Magazine Advert

2014 - Trout Unlimited Advert, Summer 2014

2014 - Stu's Fly Shop and New Zealand Fly Fishing School are listed at www.newzealand.com

2014 - Field & Stream Review by Kirk Deeter, July 2014

2015 - Field and Stream Blog Q & A with Stu on the NZ Mouse 'Hatch'

2015 - TROUT Spring 2015 article

2015 - The Last Word in Denizen Magazine

July 2015 Drake Fly Fishing magazine story

2010 - FlyLife Article, Autumn 2010 'Review - Stu's Superior Flies'


Stu's Superior Flies
Rob Sloane samples a series of functional fly patterns.

With names like the Luv Grub, King Pogo, Bionic Alien, Luv Machine and Bionic Beaver, you have to wonder if Stu Tripney’s flies are designed for fishing on Mars. You may know the man from his Foam Odyssey DVD and his outlandish cicada patterns with foam bodies and goggle eyes, but there is a lot more to Stu Tripney than silly glasses, Bionic Bugs and orgasmic t-shirts.

Stu’s Superior Flies are not just the recycled ties of popular favourites that you would find in any tackle shop. Stu is clearly a fanatic and has developed flies to meet every trouty circumstance from fussy willow-grub feeders and delicate mayfly sippers to mouse and cicada munchers. The range includes caddis larvae, backswimmers, boatmen, damsel nymphs, mudeyes, beetles and all sorts of mayfly dries, nymphs and emergers.

There are peepers, creepers, wrigglers, crawlers, sinkers and floaters. The punch lines say it all. His fast sinking Mayfly Bomb ‘will break rocks, and rods.’ His Extra-Hi-Vis mayflies have ‘spindly legs hanging down and punk rock posts—you can’t miss them!’ Then there’s Stu’s Bionic Luv Machine: ‘like a dodgy porn star this one will get all the action.’ His Dancing Dragonfly is described as ‘a counter balanced lead-and-foam piece of genius.’

Stu isn’t just devoted to the look of the fly; it’s all about form and function. His patterns excel in the use of foam and synthetics, colour and sparkle, and weight to add realistic posture and movement to the fly. His tiny emergers rest in the surface skin, his nymphs are designed to flicker and shine and wiggle.

Where Stu’s patterns do borrow from traditional favourites like the Kakahi Queen, Dad’s Favourite, and the Hare & Copper he has ‘super-sized’ them, or jazzed them up with more-visible wing posts. Even his Woolly Buggers are mini- versions, with just enough weight for correct balance.

Although Stu is a Kiwi with a Scottish accent, his flies are sure to surprise some Australian trout too. His damsels and mudeye patterns will be ideal for mainland lakes. His stunning shiny-backed Bionic Beetles will do the job for tea-tree beetles and evening cockchafers. A great deal of thought has also gone in to his willow grub patterns, which work just as well in Australia. All Stu’s mayfly and caddis nymphs and dries will happily adapt to the Thredbo or the Goulburn. His ant/gnat cross (Stu’s Gnant) is a little ripper that I plan to try in a caenid hatch as soon as I can.

There are some well thought out saltwater patterns in the range too, with bonefish, permit and golden trevally in mind. His Bonefish Shrimp rides upside down; his ingenious Bonefish Worm ‘is so simple it took 7-years to perfect!’ Stu’s Bionic Alien is a dead-drift baitfish design for tuna and the like.

Check out Stu’s Fly Shop website to browse and order from the full selection of flies. Priced from only $25NZ per dozen.