Hi again,

Quite excited this week to get the report done as we have had some pretty special fishing with some suprising sessions and great fish coming out. I must admit in general I have been blessed with some good fisherman lately which really only needed me to direct them and net their trout as they were awesome casters and needed no instruction which is what I find the hardest thing to teach to begginers and clients that are learning.

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I am so passionate about my trout fishing I wish all my clients the best of luck and try and give them the best day that I can with my personable character and knowledge of the Taupo fishery but I will admit some days I struggle in the finer points of teaching people to effectively lay  a decent line. I go through the steps with a huge amount of patience and try and build confidence with plenty of encouraging but sometimes that’s still not quite enough to get it across to people to let line straighten out, water loading, double haul, straight arm, bent arm, side cast,ten and two o clock lets face it that’s heaps of info before we even get a fish on. Anyway we still have a great day regardless and not once have I ever walked away from the client and we all just have to realize that it is  a very complicated and skillful sport that we are trying to master.

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As you are all aware we had one good flush out in the river with plenty of flow for a day or two which was sure to make fishing productive as it clears and maybe even encouraged a few silver bullets to appear further up the river and it definitely pushed some good browns through to pools above the road bridge which gives us something else to try and hope for. I had the pleasure of guiding Danny from Scottland after the rain and we both knew the fishing was going to be hot and we would search the river until we found it as the river was the just off colour and just looked darn fishy. We started of with the Cicada and dropper which Danny had success straight away from the dropper so we knew we were in the right place as the first fish was silver and feisty, freshies were through. Danny was used to catching wild fish back home of no more than a pound so the 3lb rainbow already was a personal best and had Danny smiling and eager for the next one. We  fished through to lunchtime with heaps of luck from the same run in the pool and had landed 10 good fish and lost a few others all on the deep dropper.

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When the water seems to be coloured a little or an overcast day we don’t get too much on the dry for some reason so being versatile helps and as long as you have a large dry you can almost have the best of both worlds by just watching that dry.

I didn’t know what the afternoon would bring but it was going to be hard to top the ten fish morning, we ate a fantastic lunch overlooking the Major Jones pool and pondered what our next assault would be. We headed out again  in search of more action and was pretty much disappointed as we didn’t find a fish until 4pm after thousands of casts with no action, welcome to reality. Danny and I snuck up a bank casing into all the usual lies and wherever looked fishy when we came across a couple of large figures in shallow water which could have either been big browns or just logs.

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Still fishing the dry and dropper it was pretty safe to just a wack a cast over the LOGS and see what happened as we were fishing a slightly weighted size 10 hare and copper. As the cast was laid out and the dry drifted over the target we bothsaw the white or flash of a mouth, Danny struck straight away and was hooked into a bloody big angry brown with a tail like  a shovel which started stripping line at will, game on Danny. I am a very nervous fisherman and I had the net of my back and on my way down the river after the torpedo that was attached to the 6lb tippet as I had no need to stay with Danny as he knows how to fight fish correctly ,I was actually really worried about my tippet joining knot and had fingers crossed. This was a fish of a life time for Danny and he and all his mates had never dreamt of catching such a beast so I hoped for his sake that this one made it to the bank otherwise we could be having a early day and quiet trip home in the truck. As you can tell by the photos the Scottsman one the fight after a fine scrap from the brownie, you could have heard the screams of excitement from anywhere in Turangi if you were around as I slipped this fish into the net. Good onya Danny you deserved that fish and it’s great to see a tourist catch it which values the size and uniqueness of such a fish.

The following day I was guiding Jake and Loreal from Colorado and they also had a similar day, not with huge fish but Jake especially managed plenty of them and in great condition.

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Jake once again was a perfect client and needed no instruction from me and I think he got me really to take his nagging whinging girlfriend away from him for half the day and give him a break. As you can imagine the majority of my time was with Loreal which was fine withme as she was much better looking than Jake and had nice perfume on which wafted my way in the evening air attracting anglers from all over the river. We worked together on the casting and to tell you the truth she really was very good and was unlucky not to have hooked up and landed her first trout. I could see the tension rising between the two as the only thing Jake had to say was “can you come and net my fish” and by the 8th one I could see that if she didn’t get one holiday sex was out of the question, well at least with Jake anyway.

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The afternoon got away from us fairly fast and time was  running out but just before dark the water exploded with a good rainbow attached to Loreal’s line and after a nervous minute or two she had a great little fish to brag about, I even got  a hug she was so happy. This is why I’m a guide (for the hugs and kisses). Few beers were enjoyed in the sunset and another day at the office was completed.

Great couple of days people,wish you were here

Tight lines Andrew Christmas