Hi guys,

Sorry I have been slack with this side of things and keeping you up to date with all the important things in life but I literally have lived on the river this week and just getting home and into bed has been a effort some nights, yes I can hear the violin. In saying that some of the people that I have had the pleasure of spending time with this week has made it worth while and it makes me realize again as I pinch myself I still have the best job in the world and will keep trying my best to make this venture viable and live the dream.

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This week I have made friends with John and Sarah from South Africa, Rodger and Sue from America, WB and Jim from Canada, Bob and Micheal from Australia and we all will keep in touch and reminisce on great fishing days and very funny happenings from falling in, hook removal from finger and near death experiences from the guide walking too far in search of fertile waters.

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I have one very big weakness and it has been brought to my attention that I need to slightly change where I take people depending on their physical capabilities as this week I have seen some sweaty puffing bodies which haven’t been put through those yards for twenty years. It’s not that I am trying to kill all of you as you are valued clients and I need to see you back again year in year out but I really want to give you the best fishing that I know about . It is important to me that you have awesome scenery, see fish, hook fish and eventually land a fish to take home or photograph and release.

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You are all great people that say it doesn’t matter if we don’t catch anything but I know deep down everybody wants to feel the throb of that rod and get that feeling of completion so that’s why I sometimes take you a little far or down cliffs I probably shouldn’t, I will try and change. These photos are quite funny when I look back at them, anyone would think I try and ware them out so they sleep the morning by.

Most of the river seems to have plenty of hungry fish in it and catching them for most is not too hard but they are slowly getting smarter as more and more Cicada patterns are tossed into the right areas. I have had many fish just look at the fly and splash at it this week which is telling me that it is not a good representation of what we are trying to copy.

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I have also had many non hook ups and broken or bent hooks from 2lb fish which I don’t want to get started on because it annoys me at the moment, this shouldn’t be happening.

The trout are good in general and many are hard fighting silver bullets which some look better and bigger than what I saw all winter so maybe we are in for a good spawning run this coming winter. We will always catch a few spent fish but at least we know that they have done the job and are  they are helping us reproduce the great fishery that we all have in our memories that keep us coming back at every opportunity we get. I did see another bloody guide this week which reported catching a 7lb rainbow hen down in the lower river so if all is told correctly that is one fantastic fish. Realistically you could probably half it then minus a pound or so!!

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Anglers do not have to lie about the size of brown trout in the system and we are seeing  a few blokes walking around with solid fish many over 5 lbs and the odd 8 lb so that is very encouraging especially when seeing them throughout the length of the river, I have not caught one for some time now.

Something that I cant seem to get across to my clients when dry fly fishing is the 3 second rule and letting them have the fly so when you strike it just doesn’t pull back out his mouth. It has taken me hundreds of lost fish to now be able to control myself enough to give the good thing time and set the hook and then enjoy the feeling of a solid hook up.

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Occasionally the hook will set anyway if the trout turns on the fly quickly but generally they will be lost if you don’t say www.taupotroutguide.com  but I know it is  a reflex action as you see the white of the trouts mouth pen or the splash of a take to yank the rod and hold on for the eruption of a angry fish. I think we could have landed at least 50% more fish this week if only we wait that extra couple of seconds, most people know exactly what they have done wrong the moment they lift the rod. We all learn the hard way generally  and even the most experienced guys will still get excited seeing  a shadow rise from the depths and whip it back out of his mouth followed with something from the dark vocablery.

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The Tongariro is really quite low and crossing is available at most of the popular pools to gain faster access to your desired pool or secret run but you have to be very careful with slippery slimy rocks. Most of the river has developed some sort of rock scum on them and with our rubber boots we seem to be taking the odd tumble which will end up with broken anglers I’m guessing, especially the older folk. I have recently acquired the wizard stick which I lend out to most of my guys to keep their stability while making slippery crossings the stick also has lot of knowledge and the information it gives out I’m still learning and cant pass on as yet, the older gentleman that gave it to me has done many miles on it and no longer needs to keep learning. A wading pole can be as simple as a stick found in the bush or as expensive and high and tech as the simms wading pole that retails at $150 bucks, I know what I would prefer.

Eyes are getting heavy so I best hit the pillow, hope you enjoyed the read.

Andrew Christmas