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Three Kings Kingfish Saltwater Fly Video Review

Kingfish of the three kings on the saltwater fly.

Three Kings Kingfish Saltwater Fly Video Review by Allan Burgess

In this episode of Pure Fly NZ, we see show regulars and big-fish guns Jeff Forsee and Anto Hall heading into the kind of territory that really gets them excited. The Three Kings are renowned for their XXXL jacks and trevallies, so these two maniacs will be right at home, doing their best to tame a few of these beasts on the fly over unforgiving terrain. For this clip, Jeff explains what made the Scott Sector 8’4″ 13 weight the right tool for the job on this trip. Below is the link for the full video episode.

For hardcore fly anglers, a big trevally on the fly is probably New Zealand’s biggest challenge. They head to the Three Kings Islands and put their gear to the test on huge trevallies and trevallies. You can watch the Pure Fly NZ Series 3 – Three Kings Kingfish episode here on TVNZ OnDemand now called TVNZ+ (just create a free account and log in. The online adventure lasts 48 minutes).

It begins with Anto Hall, Jeff Forsee, Gerald Gates and the crews launching and marching their three large Stabi-Craft trailer boats into a shallow inlet out to sea to begin the 55km journey across the open ocean to the north- west of Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua, New Zealand, where the South Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. The fishing there is amazing. The fish are bigger and there are a lot of them. It’s just the perfect place to catch Three Kings trevally on the fly rod.

The Three Kings are a small group of 13 steep, rugged and windswept islands more or less in the middle of the open sea well out of sight of the New Zealand coast. They are home to seabirds that feed on the large numbers of baitfish and krill that inhabit the deep cobalt blue waters around them. This is a place where most Kiwi anglers want to fish at least once in their life.

Arriving on the islands, our intrepid saltwater fly fishermen leap straight into action hooking up to a big yellowtail trevally. The boat crew is doing a great job on set as one of the real cameramen is seasick and out of action. The filming is complemented by very good drone footage in which you can clearly see lots of big fish just below the clear water.

The most remarkable thing you notice right away is how inhospitable the shoreline is with sheer cliffs rising straight out of the sea.

Powerful fly rods are required

Jeff Forsee is the best saltwater fly fisherman who really knows what he’s doing. Clearwater fish may appear to be only a few meters from the surface when in reality they are 10 meters or more. Jeff’s favorite tackle is a powerful 13 weight fly rod with a fast sinking 13 weight “Gamefishing” fly line that incorporates a super strong core to tackle big powerful fish.

His favorite fly is a black and green Clouser with lead eyes attached to a large hook, probably 6/0 or so, and designed to sink deep. Interestingly, later in the video they fish for trevallies in a huge school just on the surface, feeding on krill. Jeff’s big black and green Clouser is more of a baitfish imitation and is usually ignored by trevallies – although with so many trevally in the water you’re sure to hit it. If you are targeting yellowtail trevally, however, it is a good choice of fly in this case as it has a better chance of passing through surface fish and descending deeper into trevally.

As an interesting side note at one point, a clumsy cameraman accidentally steps on the loose spools of fly line that Jeff stripped on deck, causing the loss of a good fish. This minor incident should be mentally noted as it highlights one of the potential problems associated with saltwater fly fishing from the deck of a boat, especially when targeting large species. of sea fish.

Several good sized snappers are also caught on the fly rods, as well as the red colored golden snapper, which is generally a deep water species everywhere else.

Anyway, here you have a brief summary of this very exciting saltwater fly fishing trip to these remote islands in search of the Three Kings trevally. Here is the link again to check it out for yourself: Episode Three Kings Kingfish here on TVNZ OnDemand now called TVNZ+