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

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

Stu talks to Field and Stream about the Mouse 'Hatch' happening in NZ.

 

January 13, 2015

Fishing the New Zealand Mouse Hatch

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Do you see the mouse in this photo?

Still don't see it? Here's a hint. The fish ate it. Don't worry it took me a while too… A bit on the gross side, eh? 

Gross, but oh so cool if you like fishing mice patterns on top for trout. The past few years I've really gotten into fishing with the little rodents. So when fly shop owner and fly tier extraordinaire Stu Tripney sent me this photo I had to ask him about the "Mouse Hatch" that's supposedly going off down in New Zealand where Stu lives and runs his business. It seems every few years there's an overabundance of the little rodents way down south and it can make for some spectacular fishing. Here's what Stu had to say about the matter.

FLY TALK:  Is the mouse "hatch" really a real thing?

STU: We as fly fishermen and women, seem to call any mass of fish food a hatch. Amongst the beach trees where it all starts, although I have never found any mouse eggs or discarded shells. What we do get sometimes is plauges of mice, more rodents than normal…

FLY TALK: Does it happen every year? 

STU:  Yes every year there are areas where the population of rodents is greater than others. Though in certain years if everything in nature comes together there can be a much larger explosion of rodents. This seems to be anywhere from five to eight years and that is when the big rodent plague happens.

FLY TALK: Tell us a little about it I you don't mind? 

STU: There are always mice and rats around the countryside, but in certain years there can be more than normal. This is when some fun can be had during the day fishing with a mouse pattern fly… Watching a big brown or rainbow gently lift up from the bottom in gin clear water and sip down the large fly is incredible. Though fishing during the night produces the best results. Often, some people will scout out a lake, surrounded by beach trees during the day and put little markers were they can stand and get a clear back cast when they return for a night of mousing.

FLY TALK: What causes it? 

STU:  It is caused when all the beech trees flower at once and then seed en-mass. In turn there an abundance of food and rodents throughout New Zealand take the opportunity to increase their numbers.

FLY TALK: Do you really notice more fish eating mice these years than say a regular year?

STU:  Most definitely, This is when you see very fat and heavy fish. This is when most people have a chance of breaking the 10lb trout mark regarded by many kiwis as the ultimate trophy trout.

FLY TALK: What's the most mice you've ever heard being found in one fishes stomach?  

STU:  Twenty one mice.

FLY TALK: What's the craziest mouse/fishing story you can give us in a few sentences?

STU:  I don't have any crazy mouse stories, just plenty interesting ones. Like the guys who came into my shop to show me a few photos of a fish they had caught recently. It was around eight pounds in weight and was in top mouse eating condition. When the guy netted the fish, he then went to look at the fish and take out the fly. Putting his hand down into the net he jumped back with fright as there was a huge long rats tail hanging out the trouts mouth. His friend thought it was all rather hilarious when his mate got the fright and threw down the net. Realizing it was not a snake, he removed his fly. It was amazing that the fish had just swallowed a big rat and still wanted to eat a small nymph.

FLY TALK: Do you have a secret mouse fly? 

STU:  Yes I have my Bionic Mouse fly that I may release this year...