Hi people,

            Hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas period and the ones you love came up with the goods like rods, reels and fly lines for the summer season. Things have been relatively quiet on the guiding front with people spending majority of time with friends and family up till the new year so it has enabled me to get out and have  a look about and see what is in the rivers.

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The Tongariro still has big brown trout in the lower section and these fellas are very hard to catch so full stealth mode has to be applied with delicate presentation of Cicada type patterns with emerger droppers trailing. I personally think you have one cast at these fish in which after that your chances drop by 20% so make-sure when you have a go at these trout you mean business. The Waitahnuie also  is also sporting some good browns and the odd run of small rainbows which is great to keep the sport in the river as once again fishing for those browns can lower the enthusiasm after you scare the first ten and the rest wont take anything.

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Brown trout are weird fish one day they will be difficult as hell to entice to strike and other days they are totally suicidal and your luck will be in, it’s just a matter of time and patience until you come across such fish.

The upper river of the Tongariro seems to be fishing fairly steadily and most anglers are having good success if they persist long enough and keep moving. The braided area is still a good bet and holes like the Honeypot are producing good numbers of fish if you can try and get through the pool first thing in the morning if that fails my next move would be to head down  the pines on the corner as I always seem to find fish in there at all times of the day. With the flow down to summer fishing flow most pools can safely be accessed either wading around the sides of the river or crossing in the tail in the shallower faster water. Alot of fish were seen in the main Birch pool two days ago but they don’t seem to be feeding as they were inactive and sat in the calm deep water having a rest, I find fishing the fast water at this time of year the best option in trying to find feeding Rainbows.

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I am personally catching alot of fish on small natural patterns and will continue to nymph with small flies all summer whatever river in New Zealand I am in as most water levels will be down and very clear, so until the dry fly really kicks in try this option. I like to use flies such as pheasant tails, hare and coppers, copper johns and any small black nymph.

The lake is still producing good numbers of fish to the boaties that are down-rigging in 100ft of water and all  fish have been fat and silver which are great for the pan or smoker, I am pleased to see the good numbers of good condition fish maybe we will have good winter runs this coming winter.

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I fished with Ben and Julie the owners of the beautiful Turangi Trout lodge during the week and had an interesting session in the upper river around the Boulder pool. Seeing mother and son together sharing the love for the outdoors was really rewarding and they both had a great day checking out water that they had not seen or fished before. Both of them are great fisherman and Julie has taught Ben to cast just perfectly but somehow he managed to slam two flies deep into his forearm that I had to remove with old nylon around the bend trick, we caught a few fish and had  a good session.

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I was lucky enough yesterday  to get the chance to guide in the upper Mohaka via Helicopter which was a real buzz ,every guide in New Zealand chases those jobs around as it is nice to get a ride in the chopper and explore new water with no chance of running into another angler. It is really amazing seeing a chopper pilot flying up the river to find where you might be and landing on rocks to take you home. There are no tracks to speak of in these areas and it is all freestone wading but it is funny how you find a way of getting to the next pool otherwise you would be stuck with no further water to fish, the chopper pilot knows the beats well and will drop you somewhere so you wont run out of river.

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There are some nice fish in these areas but they are not easily fooled so you have to use light gear, small nymphs and fish all the water with full confidence and you will end up with some amazing brownies and solid hard pulling Rainbows. The scenery speaks for itself and even if the trout are  not jumping on the hook you will be amazed with the diversity of the forest and the beauty of the river that is untouched by man unless you fly and trek your way through it. This is a trip worth while and I think you should all phone and book one of these trips ASAP as these remote locations are only open for limited time, treat yourself and a friend. Prices are different for different locations depending on how long the chopper flight will be so give me a call and I can get a prompt quote for you.

Well that’s a long and drawn out report so I best go and empty the truck from yesterday and sort myself for tomorrow, cant believe I took on a job on New Years day no party for me that’s for sure.

Happy New Year to all, stay safe

Kind Regrds, Andrew Christmas