Yes anglers, the title says it all! The past couple of days have been terrible for wind and has caused even the strongest of casters to retire, have a cup of tea and hope that it drops of for the evening. Angling pressure on the Tongariro has been minimal and many pools have been vacant all day- even the braids were empty for a couple of hours when I guided there on Tuesday 18-11-2008

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Already the week is shaping up to be busy for me and once again I have met all types of wonderful people that have all been interesting in one way or another. Thats what I love about what we do- it is totally open for anyone and everyone to enjoy at their own pace.

I guided a family of five from Singapore on Tuesday and introduced three young children to fly fishing and I hope that the seed has been planted and I made a good enough impression on them for them to see it as a highlight of the family trip. Fishing was hard and I struggled with three young anglers thrashing the braids and scaring fish from bank to bank. They certainly gave the knot-untying skills  a work out and the thought of having kids was once again blown away with the breeze. One young lad did manage to hook up breifly in spot X before pulling the hook due to a brutal tug of war and that kept him enthusiastic, while his sister skimmed pumice pretty much across his indicator, ahhh ahhh help!!! We did manage to land  a very average jack of 2lbs which I quickly released after I heard the Mother of the children mention wasabi and sushi. All in all, a testing day due to the wind and not a  huge amount of fish around but I’m glad I was able to be apart of it and take part in introducing our beautiful sport to the  kids of the future.

Wednesday 19th I was straight back into it and was greeted by blue skys and still lake conditions. I peered out my lounge room window and stared at my neglected boat and wondered what it would be like at Lake Otamangakau today.

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Reality hit and  I was on my way to pick Larry and Nicole from Canada who had asked for a day on  the magestic Tongariro. Both had very good casing ability and had been given casting lessons before back in BC so I had an easy day ahead as far as teaching was concerned. All we needed now was a few suicidal trout. We started the first half of the day up river and all we achieved was two hook-ups from Nicole but she was not used to our hard fighting wild Rainbows and they soon pulled the hook. A bite to eat was enjoyed and we set off to assault the braided area for the afternoon in hope of sight fishing a few on the dry and finding a fresh runner in the faster water. The only old bugger down there was Mike from Kapiti who is starting to become part of the furniture and never seems to slow up (I wouldn’t either with a solar panel like that). He was working the usual lies quite hard and seemed to be hooking-up every now and again which was a great sign. Spot X was left vacant and we were also soon hooked-up on a nice silver bullet that tried r to escape the net and the claws of Nicole, a great fight was enjoyed, a few photos and the fish returned with a kiss (lucky thing). Larry and Nicole held their own during the afternoon, hooking a few fish that were sitting in the shallow stuff before the wind once  again blew us off the water and to the safety of the wagon.

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All fish today were hooked on naturals and at no point did I try a glo bug as it was very clear, very bright and fish were spooky so I think the summer has started and small patterns will have the most attention.  Hard start to the week people but I’m sure someone on the river is slaying them somewhere it’s just a matter of exploring and getting out there.  Till the weekend, be safe and tight lines Andrew